“We Are This Far From A Turnkey Totalitarian State" - Big Brother Goes Live September 2013

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George Orwell was right. He was just 30 years early.

In its April cover story, Wired has an exclusive report on the NSA's Utah Data Center, which is a must read for anyone who believes any privacy is still a possibility in the United States: "A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks.... Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.”... The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013." In other words, in just over 1 year, virtually anything one communicates through any traceable medium, or any record of one's existence in the electronic medium, which these days is everything, will unofficially be property of the US government to deal with as it sees fit.

The codename of the project: Stellar Wind.

As Wired says, "there is no doubt that it has transformed itself into the largest, most covert, and potentially most intrusive intelligence agency ever created."

And as former NSA operative William Binney who was a senior NSA crypto-mathematician, and is the basis for the Wired article (which we guess makes him merely the latest whistleblower to step up: is America suddenly experiencing an ethical revulsion?), and quit his job only after he realized that the NSA is now openly trampling the constitution, says as he holds his thumb and forefinger close together. "We are, like, that far from a turnkey totalitarian state."

There was a time when Americans still cared about matters such as personal privacy. Luckily, they now have iGadgets to keep them distracted as they hand over their last pieces of individuality to the Tzar of conformity. And there are those who wonder just what the purpose of the NDAA is.

In the meantime please continue to pretend that America is a democracy...

Here are some of the highlights from the Wired article:

The Utah Data Center in a nutshell, and the summary of the current status of the NSA's eavesdropping on US citizens.

Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks. The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013. Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.” It is, in some measure, the realization of the “total information awareness” program created during the first term of the Bush administration—an effort that was killed by Congress in 2003 after it caused an outcry over its potential for invading Americans’ privacy.


But “this is more than just a data center,” says one senior intelligence official who until recently was involved with the program. The mammoth Bluffdale center will have another important and far more secret role that until now has gone unrevealed. It is also critical, he says, for breaking codes. And code-breaking is crucial, because much of the data that the center will handle—financial information, stock transactions, business deals, foreign military and diplomatic secrets, legal documents, confidential personal communications—will be heavily encrypted. According to another top official also involved with the program, the NSA made an enormous breakthrough several years ago in its ability to cryptanalyze, or break, unfathomably complex encryption systems employed by not only governments around the world but also many average computer users in the US. The upshot, according to this official: “Everybody’s a target; everybody with communication is a target.”


In the process—and for the first time since Watergate and the other scandals of the Nixon administration—the NSA has turned its surveillance apparatus on the US and its citizens. It has established listening posts throughout the nation to collect and sift through billions of email messages and phone calls, whether they originate within the country or overseas. It has created a supercomputer of almost unimaginable speed to look for patterns and unscramble codes. Finally, the agency has begun building a place to store all the trillions of words and thoughts and whispers captured in its electronic net. And, of course, it’s all being done in secret. To those on the inside, the old adage that NSA stands for Never Say Anything applies more than ever.


...Shrouded in secrecy:

A short time later, Inglis arrived in Bluffdale at the site of the future data center, a flat, unpaved runway on a little-used part of Camp Williams, a National Guard training site. There, in a white tent set up for the occasion, Inglis joined Harvey Davis, the agency’s associate director for installations and logistics, and Utah senator Orrin Hatch, along with a few generals and politicians in a surreal ceremony. Standing in an odd wooden sandbox and holding gold-painted shovels, they made awkward jabs at the sand and thus officially broke ground on what the local media had simply dubbed “the spy center.” Hoping for some details on what was about to be built, reporters turned to one of the invited guests, Lane Beattie of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce. Did he have any idea of the purpose behind the new facility in his backyard? “Absolutely not,” he said with a self-conscious half laugh. “Nor do I want them spying on me.”


Within days, the tent and sandbox and gold shovels would be gone and Inglis and the generals would be replaced by some 10,000 construction workers. “We’ve been asked not to talk about the project,” Rob Moore, president of Big-D Construction, one of the three major contractors working on the project, told a local reporter. The plans for the center show an extensive security system: an elaborate $10 million antiterrorism protection program, including a fence designed to stop a 15,000-pound vehicle traveling 50 miles per hour, closed-circuit cameras, a biometric identification system, a vehicle inspection facility, and a visitor-control center.


Inside, the facility will consist of four 25,000-square-foot halls filled with servers, complete with raised floor space for cables and storage. In addition, there will be more than 900,000 square feet for technical support and administration. The entire site will be self-sustaining, with fuel tanks large enough to power the backup generators for three days in an emergency, water storage with the capability of pumping 1.7 million gallons of liquid per day, as well as a sewage system and massive air-conditioning system to keep all those servers cool. Electricity will come from the center’s own substation built by Rocky Mountain Power to satisfy the 65-megawatt power demand. Such a mammoth amount of energy comes with a mammoth price tag—about $40 million a year, according to one estimate.

Presenting the Yottabyte, aka 500 quintillion (500,000,000,000,000,000,000) pages of text:

Given the facility’s scale and the fact that a terabyte of data can now be stored on a flash drive the size of a man’s pinky, the potential amount of information that could be housed in Bluffdale is truly staggering. But so is the exponential growth in the amount of intelligence data being produced every day by the eavesdropping sensors of the NSA and other intelligence agencies. As a result of this “expanding array of theater airborne and other sensor networks,” as a 2007 Department of Defense report puts it, the Pentagon is attempting to expand its worldwide communications network, known as the Global Information Grid, to handle yottabytes (1024 bytes) of data. (A yottabyte is a septillion bytes—so large that no one has yet coined a term for the next higher magnitude.)


It needs that capacity because, according to a recent report by Cisco, global Internet traffic will quadruple from 2010 to 2015, reaching 966 exabytes per year. (A million exabytes equal a yottabyte.) In terms of scale, Eric Schmidt, Google’s former CEO, once estimated that the total of all human knowledge created from the dawn of man to 2003 totaled 5 exabytes. And the data flow shows no sign of slowing. In 2011 more than 2 billion of the world’s 6.9 billion people were connected to the Internet. By 2015, market research firm IDC estimates, there will be 2.7 billion users. Thus, the NSA’s need for a 1-million-square-foot data storehouse. Should the agency ever fill the Utah center with a yottabyte of information, it would be equal to about 500 quintillion (500,000,000,000,000,000,000) pages of text.

Summarizing the NSA's entire spy network:


Before yottabytes of data from the deep web and elsewhere can begin piling up inside the servers of the NSA’s new center, they must be collected. To better accomplish that, the agency has undergone the largest building boom in its history, including installing secret electronic monitoring rooms in major US telecom facilities. Controlled by the NSA, these highly secured spaces are where the agency taps into the US communications networks, a practice that came to light during the Bush years but was never acknowledged by the agency. The broad outlines of the so-called warrantless-wiretapping program have long been exposed—how the NSA secretly and illegally bypassed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which was supposed to oversee and authorize highly targeted domestic eavesdropping; how the program allowed wholesale monitoring of millions of American phone calls and email. In the wake of the program’s exposure, Congress passed the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, which largely made the practices legal. Telecoms that had agreed to participate in the illegal activity were granted immunity from prosecution and lawsuits. What wasn’t revealed until now, however, was the enormity of this ongoing domestic spying program.

Luckily, we now know, courtesy of yet another whistleblower, who has exposed the NSA's mindblowing efforts at pervasive Big Brotherness:

For the first time, a former NSA official has gone on the record to describe the program, codenamed Stellar Wind, in detail. William Binney was a senior NSA crypto-mathematician largely responsible for automating the agency’s worldwide eavesdropping network. A tall man with strands of black hair across the front of his scalp and dark, determined eyes behind thick-rimmed glasses, the 68-year-old spent nearly four decades breaking codes and finding new ways to channel billions of private phone calls and email messages from around the world into the NSA’s bulging databases. As chief and one of the two cofounders of the agency’s Signals Intelligence Automation Research Center, Binney and his team designed much of the infrastructure that’s still likely used to intercept international and foreign communications.


He explains that the agency could have installed its tapping gear at the nation’s cable landing stations—the more than two dozen sites on the periphery of the US where fiber-optic cables come ashore. If it had taken that route, the NSA would have been able to limit its eavesdropping to just international communications, which at the time was all that was allowed under US law. Instead it chose to put the wiretapping rooms at key junction points throughout the country—large, windowless buildings known as switches—thus gaining access to not just international communications but also to most of the domestic traffic flowing through the US. The network of intercept stations goes far beyond the single room in an AT&T building in San Francisco exposed by a whistle-blower in 2006. “I think there’s 10 to 20 of them,” Binney says. “That’s not just San Francisco; they have them in the middle of the country and also on the East Coast.”


The eavesdropping on Americans doesn’t stop at the telecom switches. To capture satellite communications in and out of the US, the agency also monitors AT&T’s powerful earth stations, satellite receivers in locations that include Roaring Creek and Salt Creek. Tucked away on a back road in rural Catawissa, Pennsylvania, Roaring Creek’s three 105-foot dishes handle much of the country’s communications to and from Europe and the Middle East. And on an isolated stretch of land in remote Arbuckle, California, three similar dishes at the company’s Salt Creek station service the Pacific Rim and Asia.

In other words, the NSA has absolutely everyone covered.

We now know all of this, courtesy of yet another person finally stepping up and exposing the truth:

Binney left the NSA in late 2001, shortly after the agency launched its warrantless-wiretapping program. “They violated the Constitution setting it up,” he says bluntly. “But they didn’t care. They were going to do it anyway, and they were going to crucify anyone who stood in the way. When they started violating the Constitution, I couldn’t stay.” Binney says Stellar Wind was far larger than has been publicly disclosed and included not just eavesdropping on domestic phone calls but the inspection of domestic email. At the outset the program recorded 320 million calls a day, he says, which represented about 73 to 80 percent of the total volume of the agency’s worldwide intercepts. The haul only grew from there. According to Binney—who has maintained close contact with agency employees until a few years ago—the taps in the secret rooms dotting the country are actually powered by highly sophisticated software programs that conduct “deep packet inspection,” examining Internet traffic as it passes through the 10-gigabit-per-second cables at the speed of light.


The software, created by a company called Narus that’s now part of Boeing, is controlled remotely from NSA headquarters at Fort Meade in Maryland and searches US sources for target addresses, locations, countries, and phone numbers, as well as watch-listed names, keywords, and phrases in email. Any communication that arouses suspicion, especially those to or from the million or so people on agency watch lists, are automatically copied or recorded and then transmitted to the NSA.

Everyone is a target.

The scope of surveillance expands from there, Binney says. Once a name is entered into the Narus database, all phone calls and other communications to and from that person are automatically routed to the NSA’s recorders. “Anybody you want, route to a recorder,” Binney says. “If your number’s in there? Routed and gets recorded.” He adds, “The Narus device allows you to take it all.” And when Bluffdale is completed, whatever is collected will be routed there for storage and analysis.


After he left the NSA, Binney suggested a system for monitoring people’s communications according to how closely they are connected to an initial target. The further away from the target—say you’re just an acquaintance of a friend of the target—the less the surveillance. But the agency rejected the idea, and, given the massive new storage facility in Utah, Binney suspects that it now simply collects everything. “The whole idea was, how do you manage 20 terabytes of intercept a minute?” he says. “The way we proposed was to distinguish between things you want and things you don’t want.” Instead, he adds, “they’re storing everything they gather.” And the agency is gathering as much as it can.


Once the communications are intercepted and stored, the data-mining begins. “You can watch everybody all the time with data- mining,” Binney says. Everything a person does becomes charted on a graph, “financial transactions or travel or anything,” he says. Thus, as data like bookstore receipts, bank statements, and commuter toll records flow in, the NSA is able to paint a more and more detailed picture of someone’s life.

Can you hear me now? The NSA sure can:

According to Binney, one of the deepest secrets of the Stellar Wind program—again, never confirmed until now—was that the NSA gained warrantless access to AT&T’s vast trove of domestic and international billing records, detailed information about who called whom in the US and around the world. As of 2007, AT&T had more than 2.8 trillion records housed in a database at its Florham Park, New Jersey, complex.


Verizon was also part of the program, Binney says, and that greatly expanded the volume of calls subject to the agency’s domestic eavesdropping. “That multiplies the call rate by at least a factor of five,” he says. “So you’re over a billion and a half calls a day.” (Spokespeople for Verizon and AT&T said their companies would not comment on matters of national security.)

In fact, as you talk now, the NSA's computers are listening, recording it all, and looking for keywords.

The NSA also has the ability to eavesdrop on phone calls directly and in real time. According to Adrienne J. Kinne, who worked both before and after 9/11 as a voice interceptor at the NSA facility in Georgia, in the wake of the World Trade Center attacks “basically all rules were thrown out the window, and they would use any excuse to justify a waiver to spy on Americans.” Even journalists calling home from overseas were included. “A lot of time you could tell they were calling their families,” she says, “incredibly intimate, personal conversations.” Kinne found the act of eavesdropping on innocent fellow citizens personally distressing. “It’s almost like going through and finding somebody’s diary,” she says.

There is a simple matter of encryption... Which won't be an issue for the NSA shortly, once the High Productivity Computing Systems project goes online.

Anyone—from terrorists and weapons dealers to corporations, financial institutions, and ordinary email senders—can use it to seal their messages, plans, photos, and documents in hardened data shells. For years, one of the hardest shells has been the Advanced Encryption Standard, one of several algorithms used by much of the world to encrypt data. Available in three different strengths—128 bits, 192 bits, and 256 bits—it’s incorporated in most commercial email programs and web browsers and is considered so strong that the NSA has even approved its use for top-secret US government communications. Most experts say that a so-called brute-force computer attack on the algorithm—trying one combination after another to unlock the encryption—would likely take longer than the age of the universe. For a 128-bit cipher, the number of trial-and-error attempts would be 340 undecillion (1036).


Breaking into those complex mathematical shells like the AES is one of the key reasons for the construction going on in Bluffdale. That kind of cryptanalysis requires two major ingredients: super-fast computers to conduct brute-force attacks on encrypted messages and a massive number of those messages for the computers to analyze. The more messages from a given target, the more likely it is for the computers to detect telltale patterns, and Bluffdale will be able to hold a great many messages. “We questioned it one time,” says another source, a senior intelligence manager who was also involved with the planning. “Why were we building this NSA facility? And, boy, they rolled out all the old guys—the crypto guys.” According to the official, these experts told then-director of national intelligence Dennis Blair, “You’ve got to build this thing because we just don’t have the capability of doing the code-breaking.” It was a candid admission. In the long war between the code breakers and the code makers—the tens of thousands of cryptographers in the worldwide computer security industry—the code breakers were admitting defeat.


So the agency had one major ingredient—a massive data storage facility—under way. Meanwhile, across the country in Tennessee, the government was working in utmost secrecy on the other vital element: the most powerful computer the world has ever known.


The plan was launched in 2004 as a modern-day Manhattan Project. Dubbed the High Productivity Computing Systems program, its goal was to advance computer speed a thousandfold, creating a machine that could execute a quadrillion (1015) operations a second, known as a petaflop—the computer equivalent of breaking the land speed record. And as with the Manhattan Project, the venue chosen for the supercomputing program was the town of Oak Ridge in eastern Tennessee, a rural area where sharp ridges give way to low, scattered hills, and the southwestward-flowing Clinch River bends sharply to the southeast. About 25 miles from Knoxville, it is the “secret city” where uranium- 235 was extracted for the first atomic bomb. A sign near the exit read: what you see here, what you do here, what you hear here, when you leave here, let it stay here. Today, not far from where that sign stood, Oak Ridge is home to the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and it’s engaged in a new secret war. But this time, instead of a bomb of almost unimaginable power, the weapon is a computer of almost unimaginable speed.


At the DOE’s unclassified center at Oak Ridge, work progressed at a furious pace, although it was a one-way street when it came to cooperation with the closemouthed people in Building 5300. Nevertheless, the unclassified team had its Cray XT4 supercomputer upgraded to a warehouse-sized XT5. Named Jaguar for its speed, it clocked in at 1.75 petaflops, officially becoming the world’s fastest computer in 2009.


Meanwhile, over in Building 5300, the NSA succeeded in building an even faster supercomputer. “They made a big breakthrough,” says another former senior intelligence official, who helped oversee the program. The NSA’s machine was likely similar to the unclassified Jaguar, but it was much faster out of the gate, modified specifically for cryptanalysis and targeted against one or more specific algorithms, like the AES. In other words, they were moving from the research and development phase to actually attacking extremely difficult encryption systems. The code-breaking effort was up and running.


The breakthrough was enormous, says the former official, and soon afterward the agency pulled the shade down tight on the project, even within the intelligence community and Congress. “Only the chairman and vice chairman and the two staff directors of each intelligence committee were told about it,” he says. The reason? “They were thinking that this computing breakthrough was going to give them the ability to crack current public encryption.”

So kiss PGP goodbye. In fact kiss every aspect of your privacy goodbye.

Yottabytes and exaflops, septillions and undecillions—the race for computing speed and data storage goes on. In his 1941 story “The Library of Babel,” Jorge Luis Borges imagined a collection of information where the entire world’s knowledge is stored but barely a single word is understood. In Bluffdale the NSA is constructing a library on a scale that even Borges might not have contemplated. And to hear the masters of the agency tell it, it’s only a matter of time until every word is illuminated.

As for the Constitution... What Constitution?

Before he gave up and left the NSA, Binney tried to persuade officials to create a more targeted system that could be authorized by a court. At the time, the agency had 72 hours to obtain a legal warrant, and Binney devised a method to computerize the system. “I had proposed that we automate the process of requesting a warrant and automate approval so we could manage a couple of million intercepts a day, rather than subvert the whole process.” But such a system would have required close coordination with the courts, and NSA officials weren’t interested in that, Binney says. Instead they continued to haul in data on a grand scale. Asked how many communications—”transactions,” in NSA’s lingo—the agency has intercepted since 9/11, Binney estimates the number at “between 15 and 20 trillion, the aggregate over 11 years.”


When Barack Obama took office, Binney hoped the new administration might be open to reforming the program to address his constitutional concerns. He and another former senior NSA analyst, J. Kirk Wiebe, tried to bring the idea of an automated warrant-approval system to the attention of the Department of Justice’s inspector general. They were given the brush-off. “They said, oh, OK, we can’t comment,” Binney says.

In conclusion, the NSA's own whistleblower summarizes it best.

Sitting in a restaurant not far from NSA headquarters, the place where he spent nearly 40 years of his life, Binney held his thumb and forefinger close together. “We are, like, that far from a turnkey totalitarian state,” he says.

... And nobody cares.

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Mitzibitzi's picture

No. Quite honestly, I don't think it's going to last that long.

mc_LDN's picture

The issue I have for you is who is making the laws? Right now looking at the circus that is the world banking cartel do you really trust the unelected military industrial complex?

Eclipse89's picture


What's a law?

You mean Jude Law?

Zero Govt's picture

the Law is what brought John Corzine to justice

and all the Wall Street bankers and ratings agencies for 3 million mortgage frauds and 3 million fraudulent robo-signed documents

and President Bush for 2 illegal foreign wars

and President Bumma for losing $400m to a shuttered green company

and 2 years in jail for Vice President Joe Biden for not being half as funny as an after-dinner speaker as he thinks he is and slacking on the job (does Joe work?)


memyselfiu's picture


The law only counts for the serfs if the elites make some modicum of effort to enforce it on their peers. Once that stops happening it's game on mutherfuckers ....

Debt-Is-Not-Money's picture

"If you are the police, where are your badges? Let's see them."

"Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges.

In fact, we don't need badges.

I don't have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and chinga tu madre!

Money 4 Nothing's picture

This Administration broke the law when they signed NDAA S1867, they shreaded the Bill of Right's and suspended the Constitution all in one swoop on 12-30-11.

I break laws everyday, even when I'm not aware I'm doing it.

Police State 2012. Long on beans and Bullets.

Henry Hub's picture

We may have lost the Constitution and the Bill of Rights through NDAA S1867, but we gained them all back with Obama's sighing statement. Nothing to worry about.

RickC's picture

I read tjhat as sarcasm.  I could be wrong, though


Zero Govt's picture

I don't think anyone is awake

Here is where we stand:

we have NO LAW


we have NO SAY in what is going on in Washington

we have NO WAY of stopping a 5th murderous illegal war that nobody in the country wants, nobody voted for and even Congress has been by-passed like a frozen turkey

and now with the US President able to kill anyone without trial we have pure unbridled in-your-face deranged tyranny

it's only the little pointy tash and the Nazi badges missing in DC and WS

Seriously this is Midnight NOW

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

The stage has been set but the play has not yet commenced.

freedogger's picture

I really want to up vote your post but am afraid they will use it against me at some point.

Vendetta's picture

agreed.  Welcome to zero govt, this is what it looks like.

Irelevant's picture

Unjust law is no law at all. St. Augustine

UGrev's picture

go fuck yourself..  I'm innocent until proven guilty you douche bag. When the law men's job is easy, it's a pretty good indication that our rights are suspended. The job of law enforcement is SUPPOSED to be difficult because the burden of proof is upon them... ALWAYS. 

Go fuck yourself.. 


oh, did I mention that you should go fuck yourself? if not, then go fuck yourself.. 

CoolBeans's picture

...and you are NEVER guilty of anything when you exercise your rights to freedom of speech, etc.

Add an F.U. for me, too.

eddiebe's picture

Well yeah, we need it to defeat those damn terrorists.

CoolBeans's picture

Your screen name suits you.

The Founding Fathers are spinning in their graves.


IndicaTive's picture

But what if you break the "Rules?"

lizzy36's picture

You know what the Yank election circa 2012 needs: more focus on contraception. 

The greatest threat to democracy has always and will always be:the unbridled power the state has over its citizens which is unleashed to "preserve" said system.

Amazing that anyone still pretends that anyone but the terrorists are winning.

SpykerSpeed's picture

At this point I'm starting to wonder if an invasion of the mainland US by China would count as a "liberation".

Sudden Debt's picture

Do you think they could bring democracy to the US?
It would be worthe civilian sacrifice of at least half of the population

ffart's picture

Well the survivors wouldn't be paying as much in taxes I guess. Too bad anyone who isn't Han Chinese would quietly be exterminated over the next few generations.

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

Do you think that telling them that I think Chong is funnier than Cheech will do me any good?

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

Hell, I can get that from the current crop of socialist overlords.

AnAnonymous's picture

Too bad anyone who isn't Han Chinese would quietly be exterminated over the next few generations.


Back to reality maybe. Maybe the Han are willing to perform this trick but well, they have to admit they sucked at it.

How many next few generations have they enjoyed to exterminate anyone who is not Han Chinese in China? Hans have been in Taiwan for more than 800 years and there are still non Han people living in their culture they got 900 years more.

Is that a few next generations?

Compare with US citizens. That is another scale, another quality of jobs. That is extermination brought to a much satisfying level. Indians, Chuck Norris like.

Only a fool would trust Hans for extermination jobs when you've got US citizens in the room.

Go for the best solution and Chinese in their quest to embrace US citizenism have some serious ground work to accomplish.

nmewn's picture

+1 Lizzy.

Clearly we need more "free" contraception for Georgetown Law students so they don't breed. Plus, maybe they'll leave better tips while on their european vacations with their .00001% boyfriends.


CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

Sandra won't need contraceptives 'cuz that dude's a pussy.

nmewn's picture

LOL!!!...maybe we should upgrade his nickname from Cutie Pants to Cameltoe.

nuscorb's picture


Democracy. It's all going like Ayn Rand said it would in Atlas Shrugged. Society cannot be sustained by violence.

Since government is violence, as Rothbard and others showed, any society with a government will self-destruct.

And government is only the top of the iceberg, the real problem comes from having only learned to think in terms of blaming and punishing, as Marshall Rosenberg points out. IMO his solution is the only one we have.


CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

Watch this segment of Tomorrow (1982) in which Ayn Rand predicts a resurgence of freedom through something similar to the Ron Paul Revolution. Start the video at 6:50.

This was a great lady.

Yen Cross's picture

The "ALGO's are dying for those "Headlines".   SKYNET has " Gestated"!

Money 4 Nothing's picture

Becomes self aware, then watch out! Pre crimes and thought Police next, if not already?

mc_LDN's picture

Soon freedom of choice becomes a burden humans dont need. We become Automons.

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

I hope that some folks will become ottomans. Then at least I'll be able to put my feet up.

memyselfiu's picture

Isn't that, like, in the middle east somewhere?

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

No, it's in the living room just south of the armchair.

scatterbrains's picture

Based on your genetics HAL has determined that you possess a flaw that leads you predisposed to want to break laws and take risks. HAL has further determined  based on all of your recorded interactions that you are within 48 hours of committing a crime. Please report to the nearest police station and turn yourself in.  Be sure to use your case # 3944389211. This is a mandatory declaration and failure to turn yourself in with in 120 minutes increases your detention time by 2 months for each additional hour you are late. You must turn yourself in immediately.

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

I'd like to see how Buggs Bunny would handle something like that. You know he'd win and it would also be hilarious.

krmont22's picture

Are there any secure private e-mail services available?

A Lunatic's picture

No. Rule of Law is gone, nothing is secure.

mc_LDN's picture

The only free secure email is hushmail which ZH uses but Im not even sure that encryption cant be broken by this system. Best to use post it notes :)

AndTheRest's picture

Hushmail is not the only free encrypted webmail.  Nor is it "secure" in the sense you probably mean.  Most web mail providers are based in the U.S. or other Anglo nations.  All Anglo nations (the Five Eyes of Echelon) have laws that mandate backdoor access to all email services based in those nations.


If the U.S. government wait, Five Eyes Member State, wait, New World Order comes'a'calling, Hushmail caves in and provides them with your email spools.  Hushmail, like most other webmail providers, has probably just given backdoor access to various 3 letter agencies by now to avoid the trouble of dealing with huge volumes of individual inquiries.

From Wikipedia:

Hushmail has turned over cleartext copies of private e-mail messages associated with several addresses at the request of law enforcement agencies under a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with the United States.[3]

An example of this behavior is in the case of U.S. v. Tyler Stumbo.[4][3][5] In addition, the contents of emails between Hushmail addresses were analyzed, and a total of 12 CDs were turned over to US authorities. Hushmail also now states that it also logs IP addresses in order "to analyze market trends, gather broad demographic information, and prevent abuse of our services."[6]

The only "secure" email you can trust is an email server you run yourself using strong encryption for all messages sent.  But most ISPs don't allow outbound SMTP traffic from home customers, and running a mail server is time consuming and entails risks all its own, so good luck with that.



vato poco's picture

"Secure" email svcs available? Doubtful; if they say they are they're probably lying. (Although they may not actually know it. They might *think* they're secure, just like folks think encrypted comms are secure, but eventually, they'll lose to massive NSA-style brute-force decode attacks - the kind that Utah facility seems to be being built to do.)

If you want real security, you're gonna have to go low-tech: handwritten messages personally delivered, one-time codes....all the stuff that helped the 'insurgent' force beat the shit out of the 'US' force in the 'Millenium Challenge 2002' war games. (It's googleable, and interesting reading.)(Equally interesting is the Mil response to the 'Insurgents' success: they made' em start over, and only use comms and tactics the 'US' force could intercept. Unusual concept: "War Games" redefined as "make sure Blue Team wins.")

And start leaving your cell phones at home, gang. Buy an old car - one without GPS or Onstar. No QuikPay toll stickers. And pay cash!!