Guest Post: How To Give The NSA The Finger

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Simon Black of Sovereign Man blog,

On March 10, 1975, a group of US diplomatic and national security officials gathered at the office of the Turkish foreign minister’s office in Ankara. Henry Kissinger was among them.

The discussion turned to foreign aid and supply of parts for military equipment, at which point Kissinger (Secretary of State at the time) suggested something that violated the law.

William Macomber, the US Ambassador to Turkey, said, “That is illegal.”

Kissinger didn’t miss a beat, replying, "Before the Freedom of Information Act, I used to say at meetings, 'The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer.'"

Then, in an almost cartoon-like reaction, the room filled with laughter. You can practically see the rising cigar smoke and fatcats slapping each other on the back as they stick it to the little guy.

But that one quote, probably more than anything else, sums up the US government’s attitude: they will do whatever they want, legal or not, Constitutional or not. Most governments in the western world follow the same principle.

Just in the last few months, the US government has been found using its tax authorities to bully political opposition groups. They’ve confiscated phone records of the so-called ‘free press’. And they’ve been caught, very publicly, spying on... everyone.

It’s a sad state of affairs when NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden has been forced to flee to the governments of China, Russia, Venezuela, and Ecuador in order to avoid rotting away in a US prison, simply for publicizing the government’s very unconstitutional crimes.

Now they’ve revoked his passport– something typically reserved exclusively for international pedophiles according to Chapter 4, Title 22 of the US Code.

It’s as if the government is happy to continue bending or breaking the law in order to destroy someone who blew the whistle on them breaking the law. Very strange indeed.

Back in the Land of the Free, attention seems to have shifted. The discussion in Congress is not “let’s shut down these programs,” but rather, “how do we crucify Snowden?”

Make no mistake, these spying programs have been around for a long time. And they’re here to stay. Which means we all have a choice to make.

Either we can (a) simply accept that the government is spying on us, or (b) we can take some very simple steps to take back some of our privacy. And freedom.

The good news is that it’s fairly simple to do this in the digital world. There are a number of tools, many of them free and open source, to help you safeguard your privacy.

Over the last two weeks, my team and I have put together a special report about digital privacy and security; it covers everything from email to text messaging to VOIP. And we’re giving it away absolutely free, no strings attached.

There’s a lot of really important information in here, and many of these steps are very, very simple to implement. You don’t need to be a techie. You just need to care about your own freedom.

You can download it here. And, please do share it with friends and family.

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fightthepower's picture

The chair is agains the wall.


John has a long beard. 

jbvtme's picture

what are the signs that someone is accessing your computer from nother location?

The Juggernaut's picture

"The #1 responsibility for each of us is to change ourselves with hope that others will follow.  This is of greater importance than working on changing the government; that is secondary to promoting a virtuous society.  If we can achieve this, then the government will change.  The best chance for achieving peace and prosperity, for the maximum number of people world-wide, is to pursue the cause of LIBERTY.

If you find this to be a worthwhile message, spread it throughout the land."  - Ron Paul's Farewell Address

aerojet's picture

That's all well and good, but when millions upon millions of people don't give a shit about you being the change you want to see in the world, you just end up right back where you started. 

James_Cole's picture

Don't like Simon Black and generally he comes across as a giant buffoon, but was surprised by his pdf here. Actually pretty decent. 

No online activity is totally secure, but these are good suggestions imo. 

Joe Davola's picture

It's a pdf, yeah - those are super secure.

The Thunder Child's picture

Well that didn't take long, first section....stopped where he tells you to limit your Facebook information instead of deleting it. FAIL

Freddie's picture

Do those Doug Casey haciendas in N. Argentina have encrypted DSL and copper roofs to protect from NS--A satellite beams?

Cursive's picture


Unless you've got Uverse, using TOR on a DSL connection is akin to going back to the dial-up days.

The Juggernaut's picture

@aerojetThis is not some sort of mass publication thing.  Its more of telling your friends, family, collegues.  You will loose against the mainstream media if you go head on.  Grassroots is where its at.

Jumbotron's picture


Simon stupid douche bag.....if you do these things you are just waving a red flag in front of the bull.  Don't believe me....have a load of this.....




You're nothing but a troller for clicks...."Sovereignman".  There is no sovereignty....never has...never will be.  Ask the black man who was hanged from a tree the first time he went to vote with the Declaration of Independence in his hand claiming his self-evident right of being created equal.  The Bill of Rights is nothing but a bill of privaleges that can be withdrawn at a moment's notice with no prior warning.....I mean....just why the hell are we talking about this in the first place if what I say isn't true?

You fucking liberals voted for Clinton who let Osama get away with the first bombing.  Which led to Bush taking a shocker up the ass with 9-11 which allowed that Texan retard to go full blown Big Brother so he wouldn't get pinned again with being the guy who over saw TWO 9-11 style attacks under his which we get the inevitable reaction by the sheeple in the voting in of the Socialist from Hawaii, Kenya, Malaysia....where-ever the fuck....who, while campaigning against the evils of The Retarded Texan and his Big Brother ways....GOES FULL TILT RETARD HIMSELF WITH THE NSA AND THE DRONE STRIKES AND EVERYTHING ELSE.

And you think that a little browser plug-in and some encrypted e-mail is going to safe guard you or anyone else?  The moment you go half way dark, you fucking moron, the NSA will start fingering your electronic shit like a hormone enraged teenaged boy with his first up at bat chance for high school pussy.

Re-read those articles above if you don't believe me.  And just wait till Wikileaks releases more of Snowden's revelations.  You ain't seen nothing yet as to what the NSA knows all the time.....and just what tips them off to start looking at your shit in particular.

As the first article states.....if the NSA cannot ascertain your location via such means as anonymous web surfing (ala TOR) they will automatically peg you as a non US citizen and start a file on your digital shit.


Oh...and BTW....this is from right up top on ZeroHedge.....encrypt this shit asshole.

You were born into Prison will die on Prison Planet.  Death is your only escape.

Gordon_Gekko's picture

Ok, so you're so smart (not that I disagree with what you said), how come you STILL haven't figured out why and by whom 9-11 was conducted.

Jumbotron's picture

Ok, so you're so smart (not that I disagree with what you said), how come you STILL haven't figured out why and by whom 9-11 was conducted.

Simple....because camel jockies did it.  Nuff sed

And if it were remote controlled jumbo jets with missle launchers  and all the dead people are really alive and on some island owned by Larry Ellison and flown there himself at the request of the Government who just told Larry if you do this for us we will buy a lifetime license of Oracle database and Sun servers forever.....then so fucking what?

No one can or would do a thing about it.

Prison Planet baby....get used to it.  Have a your family and know that death is the great equalizer for tyrants and freedom lovers alike.

living on the edge's picture

Wrong answer. But you already knew that now didn't you... Nuff said...

Jumbotron's picture

Wrong answer. But you already knew that now didn't you... Nuff said...

Yeah hero....and you have the right answer.

And you haven't done a damn thing with it.

Where's the investigations with your "right answers"?

Where is the mass media or even the looney fringer media banging on your door to reveal your "right answer".

Yeah....the truth is so powerful it's crushing the powers that be along with the NSA as we speak.

LOL !!!!!

Imminent Crucible's picture

I can't believe the pussified defeatist attitudes on here: "You were born into Prison will die on Prison Planet" "you just end up right back where you started".

Let me tell you something: I am not a prisoner of ANYONE. I come and go as I will. This pack of craven donut-munching thugs, pirates and looters is NOT MY GOVERNMENT. They've lost their legitimacy, and you are only their slave if you consent to be. Everyone is free to walk away, and I have already done so.

If you change yourself, as Ron Paul suggested, there is no way you "just end up right back where you started". Once you stand for liberty and autonomy, you will never be the same, nor will you ever live your life in that hole again.  These people, these Kissingers and Cheneys and the whole hordes of Khazar detritus and their Kenyan/Texan/Arkansan marionettes....they have no power over you except that which you grant them.

Make no mistake; there IS a price to pay. You have to give up some things, all of which you can easily live without, unless the addiction of comfort and the illusion of security are your idols. I've slept in my jeep behind an acacia tree in the back country of Chihuahua and been awakened in the middle of the night by Federales. I've camped on Raramuri land in the depths of Barranca del Cobre with snow all around. I've sat in the dark at Organ Pipe while the coyotes and their charges filed by in the night. I've made the run from Tecate to La Paz and Cabo many times, by jeep, bus, plane and motorcycle.  I wouldn't take anything for those memories, and no one can take them from me.

It's not over yet, not by a long shot. Ignore the boogeymen; everyone else does. The Swiss just gave them the finger. Hong Kong refused to bow. Shake off the learned helplessness, and get on with life. Life is too short to live in a box.

Jumbotron's picture

Let me tell you something: I am not a prisoner of ANYONE. I come and go as I will. This pack of craven donut-munching thugs, pirates and looters is NOT MY GOVERNMENT. They've lost their legitimacy, and you are only their slave if you consent to be. Everyone is free to walk away, and I have already done so.

LOL !!!

Yeah...and everyone knows where you're going to asshole.  Do you pay taxes.  Do you pay with fiat "legal" tender.  No?  Then it must be know....the alchemist way of conjuring money from the bowels of Federal Reserve.  Do you own a car?  Then you must pay insurance or you can't drive legally.  Do you have a license to drive said car? Then you can't drive your car legally.  Do you pay property tax if you own a home.  Of course you do....even if you have paid the house off in full.  Stop paying your property tax and the county mounties will show up at your door with a sidearm in a holster to tell you to pay up or get the fuck out.

So you walked probably pay taxes on food you eat out on your walk about in Mexi-land.  The Federales know you and what you are about.  In're free to run...sure.   But you're on the run asshole....with your back to a tree and gettting harrassed.  Yeah baby that's freedom allright.

Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose.  In other illusion.  And you can't run free forever.  Welcome to Prison Planet asshole

SilverSavant's picture

Okay, you win, you ARE the biggest anus. 

Jumbotron's picture

Damn straight I am.....and I work hard at it everyday because I am confronted everyday with stupid shitheads like you guys.  You and your antiquated ideas of freedom and what you think you know about 9-11 and what you think you can do about anything....other than come here and let off some steam....just like the NSA and the Government likes they won't have to quell the revolution that is so needed.

But bitch away my so much easier than doing the hard thing.

But beware....even if you do the hard thing and take it all back by force....don't be surprised if you get the same ol' types of leaders you had before the revolution.

"Meet the New Boss....same as the Old Boss...."


Imminent Crucible's picture

I can see that Junko-Tron knows how to spell "asshole"....and not much else.  Junko's never been to Mexico, that's for dead certain. "Pay taxes on food in Mexi-land"---Nope. All the places I eat in Mexico are part of the informal economy. They don't collect taxes and they don't pay taxes.

"The Federales know you and what you are about"----ROFL!! The Federales don't know anything and don't care. They've never even asked me my name or asked to see a passport or even my FMM card, which I generally don't bother with. Here's the totality of my conversations with Federales over the past 13 years:

Feds: You shouldn't be sleeping here. Muy peligroso. Where are you going?

Me: Copper Canyon. I don't like to drive after dark.

Feds: OK. No hay problema. Bien viaje.


Federal: Speak Spanish?

Me: Lo siento, no hablo Español.

Federal: Where you headed?

Me: Castro's Fish Camp.

Federal: Okay. Have a good day.


Two Federales in Sonora: You were speeding. We need forty-five dollars.

Me: No hablo Español, and I wasn't speeding.

Feds: OK, we'll take twenty dollars.

The Federales are a joke. The border is a joke. The visa system is a joke. I've driven from Tecate to Cabo and back without anyone, and I mean anyone in either government knowing I'd ever left the U.S.  How many of the thousands and thousands of people crossing into Mexico every day at Tijuana get checked over by the CBP?  Answer: None.  The US Border Patrol does not maintain any facility on the southbound side. You just drive in and keep going.

My tenants pay the property taxes for me. I pay taxes when I buy gasoline. It's less trouble than building my own interstate.

Stay in your dark, smelly little prison where everyone is an "asshole" as long as you like.  For myself, sunlight, sea air and a Negra Modelo.

Jumbotron's picture

As soon as your tenants don't pay your property taxes ( your own fucking way) then the Feds want your money (i.e. your hard work...if indeed you do any hard work) or they take your property....and if you fight back hard enough....they will shoot you dead as some crazy whacked out homeowner over the edge.'s freedom....roll on Sovereign man.....with your back up against a tree on walk about on the coast with a beer.  Yeah....smell's like teen dillusion.

Imminent Crucible's picture

Addicted to fatalism....and ignorance.

First you tell me I'm an asshole for paying taxes. Then I'm a douchebag because the tenants pay them.

"If indeed you do any hard work"--40 years of framing, roofing, cement work, truck driving and five years in a boat works.

The Feds don't want my property, especially in a foreign country. They don't know whether I have a dime.

"Teen dillusion"--I can spell delusion, and I'm 60.

Just keep on feeding your laziness by saying, It's hopeless. 

Gief Gold Plox's picture

The way the World works lately, I will not be one bit surprized if he turns up working for the NSA with every IP clicking that link being flaged for further processing.

Jumbotron's picture

The way the World works lately, I will not be one bit surprized if he turns up working for the NSA with every IP clicking that link being flaged for further processing.

Exactly !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I mean...nothing gets a Libertarian-Tard's dick harder than the word "Sovereign".  How do we know Simon is not a NSA plant on ZeroHedge seeing as how so many so called freedom lovers congregate here?

For that do we know that Tyler and ZeroHedge are not simply an NSA "honeypot"?

In this day and age...just about the time you think you are too paranoid....something reveals itself that makes you realize you haven't been NEARLY paranoid ENOUGH !!!!

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Have you ever met him or have done business with him?  Offshore?  Well, lots have.  I have.

So, till you have something of value to say, take your FUD elsewhere, little boy.  And let the grown ups talk.

Jumbotron's picture

In the words of The Who....

"So tell me who the fuck are you...."

Hello NSA....can you see my middle finger while I'm in the back yard right now?

Jumbotron's picture you have done "offshore" business with a big shot you Masters of the Universe   are.  Haven't done shit to improve the world.....but hey...we've done business "offshore".  Wow...what an adult you are.

And no one will remember shit about you two after your dead.....other than maybe Simon did a pdf showing some browser plugins that we have been using for years for just general security and privacy.  And tipping off the NSA that I may be a foreign combatant and not even knowing it.

Well....Simon...better late than never....but still useless.  But hey....I'll wave at you the next time we pass each other at 39,000 ft on my way to Australia.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Hey, if you're going to go for Ad Hominem attacks of a person, rather than the issue, be prepared to get knocked on your ass.  You offered only slander and FUD*.  I came back at you with facts.

And you now come back with a  quote from some damn druggy rock-star line?  How clever.  Got any more quotes?  Or do you have some original material, or a fact-based comeback to reality:  I've met him.  Have done biz with him.  So have many others.  What have you done -- besides shoot your ill-mannered mouth off?  Got an answer that'll stand up to scrutiny, or are you going to hide behind more aggression and deflection?

Welcome to Fight Club.

* FUD = Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt = A military/spook acronym

Jumbotron's picture


Here's the EVERYTHING jetsetting Simon the "Sovereignman" does and you will be looked upon as a non citizen until they crack your encryption and find out your just a schmuck who listens to that asshole Simon the "Sovereignman" that they are already tracking everytime he jetsets and everytime he does some "offshore" deal, and they know all the details of such deals and will allow him that illusion of freedom until such time as it offends them and then they will shut him him out, or otherwise harrass him until he finds out he has no sovereignty at all just like the rest of us.

Welcome to Fight Club asshole.  Prove I'm wrong.

tarsubil's picture

I doubt you've actually tried because that is simply untrue. Or maybe you just don't see the change around you and understand its significance.

James_Cole's picture

A lot of people say stuff like that because they've got the messiah complex and are disillusioned when everyone doesn't immediately follow them and listen to everything they say. 

Change requires patience and numbers. 

Temporalist's picture

I must disagree with you aerojet.  Mabe the change you are looking for just appears differently than you want.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

+ 1

Best for each of us to clean our own side of the street first.

Clueless Economist's picture

wow Simon I will have to get me a copy of that special report you and your team put together.

But first, I am going AWOL from this country to the rainforests of the Colombian backcountry to hook up with Mr Snowden.

Ms. Erable's picture

"This is Simon Black, reporting from an undisclosed but very secluded and posh restaurant somewhere that is definitely NOT in Manhattan."

Taku's picture

US previously warned HK, apparently now infuriated with them and China

US warning every other state not to allow Snowden travel.

- Spin and blame going strong
- Deflecting story and focus
- US agencies illegally spied on citizens
- US spied on many, including telecoms, Tsinghua University (Ivey league school)

Remember, sheeple, this is for your own safety. To catch terrorists the government deems it necessary to break the laws originally designed to protect you from abusive regimes.

Snowden labelled 'National Security Threat'

MeMadMax's picture

"Any computer(or device) connected to the internet is considered Unsecured"

Network Security 101

Yea, it says that in the older networking books, but now, since the internet is everywhere, they have shifted from isolation to mitigation of the security risks, which is a load of crap.

Fact is, anything wired to the net is free game... Both electronically and politically/judicially....

knukles's picture

Don't be naive.
They're listening to you from your fucking refrigerator, FFS
If its got a chip, if its connected, they own it, turned on or off, encrypted or not....
But, if you wrap yourself in aluminum foil, they can't read your thoughts.
And you fuckers thought tin foil hats were nut case conspiracy fun shit, huh?

tarsubil's picture

Actually, wrapping your head in tinfoil enhances surveillance techniques. It's a conspiracy.

CrazyCooter's picture

False. TIN foil actually worked really well to block signals, but they got it off the market and replaced it with ALUMINUM foil, which does enhance surveillance techniques.



Gief Gold Plox's picture

I've read that a home built (micro-wave sourced) EM pulse is pretty damn good at eliminating all of your online privacy problems.

One World Mafia's picture

Metals block all radio waves.  Tin and other ferromagnetic metals will also interfere with MRI imaging.

Parrotile's picture

Ferromagnetic implants can interfere with your LIFE if you have an MRI (and forget that you've had accessories fitted . . . .)

fallout11's picture

Sheet metal roofing works great, btw.

Parrotile's picture

wonder if two of the wire mesh faceguards (popular with lumberjacks) might do the trick? Far easier to see through than aluminium foil (you can still have that as a sort of skull-cap perhaps??)


Downloading your free guide sucked me into a big NSA holding pen at the zoo. Fucker.

Cathartes Aura's picture

/genuine tears of laughter. . .

dunno why occasionally a post here will do that, as life gets more absurd daily - nothing particularly special about your words, but damn!  I'm still laughing. . .

I reckon it was the "Fucker."

thanks dude.