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From January through June, the US government filed more than 16,000 requests for user data from Google on as many as 7,969 individual accounts, the report shows.
According to statements made by NSA whistleblower Bill Binney at the Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE) conference in New York this year, the US government is “pulling together all the data about virtually every US citizen in the country and assembling that information, building communities that you have relationships with, and knowledge about you; what your activities are; what you're doing."
Elsewhere in the report, Google says it’s more than just surveillance of individual users that is on the rise. The US has also been adamant with censoring the Web, writing Google five times between January and June to take down YouTube videos critical of government, law enforcement or public officials. In regards to the five pleas to delete seven offending videos, Google says, “We did not remove content in response to these requests.”
United States : We received five requests and one court order to remove seven YouTube videos for criticizing local and state government agencies, law enforcement or public officials. We did not remove content in response to these requests.
As we all feared the government is rapidly attempting to censor our Google searches(removing possible search results that could affect the current government) and is demanding the removal of many YouTube videos, They are also requesting reports from Google email accounts. Surveillance is most definitely on the rise according to Google themselves.
Originally posted by Taupin Desciple
reply to post by The0nlytruth
if you don't do anything wrong you have nothing to worry about. I know that's not a popular notion in these parts, but the fact remains that that saying is true. Like it or not.
start discussing the technical aspects of how this surveillance effects personal computers.
I'm not interested in the guv watching me. I could care less because, by and large, they're inept. Sure, they have a few people and agencies that actually have their act together, but not nearly enough to be effective in the ways that are being discussed here.
I do care that in the process of them watching me, are they infecting my computer with a virus? Intentional or not?
There, I said it. A computer virus is more adept at ruining people the the government is.
The same goes for businesses that track peoples' online activity for advertising purposes. If they track my online surfing and find out that I have a foot fetish, and as a result start plugging my computer with sock ad's, more power to them.
Look, we all know this website is monitored by the NSA, RT and others. A few well guided clicks will lead you to that conclusion. Myself and others here have said some really disparaging things about the government through the years and, guess what? We're still here. ATS is still here and, while I can't speak for the admins of this site, no one has kicked down my door yet. You know why OP? Because I don't use words that draw their attention and my intent is not evil or dangerous. It's educational if anything. And if by chance I do draw their attention, I'm a non-issue in their eyes because, again, here I am.
Outsmarting the guv isn't rocket science.
All these topics about how the personal security sky is falling aren't humorous anymore. They're annoying
Originally posted by OneisOne
And here is something to ponder. Think about news websites and their comments sections. Most people see that as a way to make their voice heard on the subject. What most don't realize is the comments section is real-time feed back on how the story is received. Did it cause people to post an angry response or a sympathetic one? Some will even quote parts of the article that trigger the response. It's a pretty crafty way to determine how the manipulation is received, all wrapped up in a "have your voice heard" package.
Originally posted by Renegade2283
Are you serious? The government is a lot worse than a virus. They have a massive advantage......specificity.
Originally posted by Taupin Desciple
You see them coming from all angles, and after all that if they STILL influence you, you're more weak then you are stupid. A well placed virus on the other hand blindsides you and can shut you down, or change you, for God knows how long because you didn't see it coming.
I really don't see any difference between you and the people you're trying to "wake up", because you both think the guv has control over you via their "massive amounts" of intelligence and mind games. The only difference is that you want to fight them and the others don't.
I'm not going to fight anyone because I see it as a waste of time. I see it that way because I don't see myself as a victim of "what they do". Whatever the hell that is. They can't even get it together enough to keep the potholes at bay on the Jersey Turnpike, yet you want to believe they're insidious enough to get in our minds and change the way we think and do things?
Get real. Just because you think they're out to get you doesn't make it fact.
All these mind games you're trying to sell me on isn't working. They don't do it me and neither do you. Why? Because it all boils down to not how intelligent people are, but how strong willed people are. Sorry, but I have a mind of my own and upgraded advertising tactics don't work on me. If I want to buy a new pair of socks, or change my opinion on a subject, I'm going to do so because I need to and no one is going to convince me otherwise.
If the people you're aiming to influence really do NEED the type of influence you're trying to push on them, you need to approach it from a different angle IMO. Quit trying to scare them into thinking people are smarter then they are and trying to use that advantage against them.
You sound no better then the Bible thumpers who keep saying that the Devils biggest deception was making people believe he doesn't exist. Well, if that was his biggest deception then he's an epic failure because EVERYone who subscribes to religion, which is the vast majority of the world, knows he does. That's why they worship God you understand.
People in charge, Satan, whatever else it is out there that people seem to be afraid of, well......they need to stop it.
Go ahead and counter me all you want. I'm gonna go hibernate. See you January.