Zuckerberg: US Government Is A Threat To Internet

Facebook-boss, Mark Zuckerberg, seems to be pretty upset by the latest news reports on the US government agency, NSA, trying to build something like a malware empire by setting up a bogus Facebook server to intercept traffic and fool users. On his personal Faceboook page, Zuckerberg lashes out against the NSA, the USA government and its president.

“I’ve called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future.”

Mark Zuckerberg

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Earlier this week we wrote about Google’s Eric Schmidt directly claiming that the company was attacked by the NSA, and now Zuckerberg is publicly stating that the government has become a threat to the internet.

It’s about time both Google and Facebook and all the other major tech companies show their true colours, take a stand in this matter and act on it.

Facebook-Zuck writes in a status update – dated March 13 – that he personally called the US president, Barack Obama, to give him a piece of his mind.

“I’ve called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future.”

Zuckerberg also writes – more or less directly – that the US government is a threat to the whole internet.

This is why I’ve been so confused and frustrated by the repeated reports of the behavior of the US government. When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we’re protecting you against criminals, not our own government.

The US government should be the champion for the internet, not a threat. They need to be much more transparent about what they’re doing, or otherwise people will believe the worst.

Google recently announced that all of its searches are encrypted, but that’s probably just a start.

As the guys over at Techdirt.com points out: “The tech industry has to move to a world where encryption is the norm, and not the exception any more. It may suck in the way that it sucked when homes and cars finally “required” locks, but at this point it’s a necessity.”

Decrypted & Related:

 All Human Rights Reserved (h) 2014

How Many Lies Can A Politician Stuff Into A Single Sentence About NSA Surveillance?

Interesting question.  I would guess  that it – at least partly – depends on how long the sentence is.  But over at Techdirt.com has actually started to count –  the record so far is five.
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(via Techdirt): In a recent comment on the site, reader PT pointed us to a statement from Representative Joe Heck explaining why he voted against the Amash Amendment. The statement was from back in July, soon after the Amash Amendment to de-fend certain NSA activities…

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Representative Joe Heck, currently holder of the unofficial world record of lies in one sentence.

Recorded & related: 

Welcome to Watergate Hotel, Mr. President

The Best Privacy Tip, Ever

Americans Takes Spy Scandal to the Streets on July 4th

US Surveillance: More Than Just Surveillance

World Soon To Be Run by Powerful Networks, US Intelligence

The Masters of Lies

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US Spying on EU – A Big Charade?

Many European politicians have expressed their discuss and anger towards the US global surveillance project called “PRISM” as the German website, SPIEGEL Online, reports on spying, phone-bugging and infecting the EU leaders computers with viruses to monitor them. But this case just keep getting bigger: British news media reports Sunday evening that at least six European member states have shared personal communications data with the NSA,  In other words: EU state leaders have knowingly and willingly agreed to let the American intelligence services spy on European citizens.

 “It’s clear that the European parliament must intervene at this point through a public inquiry.”

Simon Davies

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According to some “angry” EU politicians are we now faced with prospects of a breaking trade pact between the US and the European Union worth hundreds of billions following allegations that Washington bugged key EU offices and intercepted phone calls and emails from top officials.  Some of those top officials are now raising their voices in anger, demanding explanations, apologies, etc., from top US officials.  But it seems like they all knew about it, and excepted it. 

The German publication Der Spiegel reported that it had seen documents and slides from the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden indicating that US agencies bugged the offices of the EU in Washington and at the United Nations in New York.

They are also accused of directing an operation from Nato headquarters in Brussels to infiltrate the telephone and email networks at the EU’s Justus Lipsius building in the Belgian capital, the venue for EU summits and home of the European council.

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Germany‘s justice minister, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, called for an explanation from the US authorities.

“If the media reports are true, it is reminiscent of the actions of enemies during the cold war,” she was quoted as saying in the German newspaper Bild. “It is beyond imagination that our friends in the US view Europeans as the enemy.”

France later also asked the US authorities for an explanation. France’s foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, said:

“These acts, if confirmed, would be completely unacceptable. We expect the American authorities to answer the legitimate concerns raised by these press revelations as quickly as possible.”.

“Shocked” and “disgusted” are the common (top official) reaction to the SPIEGEL story.

aap_2518_USData_EPA_800x600Well, just a couple of hours ago there was an aftershock.

The documents, seen by the Observer, show that – in addition to the UK – Denmark, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy have all had formal agreements to provide communications data to the US. They state that the EU countries have had “second and third-party status” under decades-old signal intelligence (Sigint) agreements that compel them to hand over data which, in later years, experts believe, has come to include mobile phone and internet data.

Under the international intelligence agreements, nations are categorised by the US according to their trust level. The US is defined as ‘first party’ while the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand enjoy ‘second party’ trusted relationships. Countries such as Germany and France have ‘third party’, or less trusted, relationships.

The data-sharing was set out under a 1955 UK-USA agreement that provided a legal framework for intelligence-sharing that has continued, The Guardian explains.

Viviane RedingIt stipulates:

In accordance with these arrangements, each party will continue to make available to the other, continuously, and without request, all raw traffic, COMINT (communications intelligence) end-product and technical material acquired or produced, and all pertinent information concerning its activities, priorities and facilities.

Simon Davies, an intelligence expert and project director at the London School of Economics, who writes the Privacy Surgeon blog, suggested the NSA’s role had been given a sharper focus following amendments to the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (Fisa).

In an interview published in full last night on Davies’ blog, former NSA director General Michael Hayden said: “The changes made to Fisa in 2008 were far more dramatic – far more far-reaching than anything President Bush authorised me to do.”

image_update_2806bbfb63edfe96_1372535517_9j-4aaqskDavies tells the Observer that confirmation of the secret agreements showed there was a need for the EU to investigate.

It’s clear that the European parliament must intervene at this point through a public inquiry,

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“MEPs should put the interests of their citizens above party politics and create meaningful reforms.” Davies says.

I wish I could say I was “Shocked” or “disgusted,” or something….but its just sad….

 

The earlier posts below should be read in a new light:

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See also:

2012 Data Mining Report (Published April 2013 by the Office of the Director of National Security)

All Human Rights Reserved (h) 2013