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phantom [29958. Posted 7-Mar-2014 Fri 06:59]
Re: Governments are spying on our sexual lives. Will we tolerate it?
This is a real oddity.
Not merely because the authorities have been storing webcam snaps.
But more so because one can but wonder what they were actually hoping to find.
I mean what possible use to anti terror efforts could it be to store millions of randomly snapped freeze frames of webcam conversations?
Surely the results of any such trawl are going to be worthless by default.
So why store them? Moreover, why hold on to them?
How come it took four years of phishing for such imagery (2008-2012) until they realised there was just no point? Were they looking for Bin Laden? (killed 2011)
Just how much did this cost? Has anyone accounted for the money wasted on this pointless venture?
Has anyone been fired? If not for the breech of civil liberties, simply for the irresponsible squandering of public funds.
The most staggering aspect is simply the utter uselessness and futility of their operation. That is, unless they are lying to us about their actual aims.
But what possible information could a picture from a web conversation be? Even if the conversation is in fact criminal or terrorism related? You don`t have the conversation, only a picture. You can`t possibly discern what was said from a picture.
Or are the geniuses at GCHQ under the impression that all webcam conversations of wanna-be terrorists will look like terrorist `martyr videos`, complete with Kalashnikov on lap and al-Qaeda flag draped in the background?
What is perfectly clear however is that the governments of the `five eyes` countries have given up any pretence about caring for the rights of their own citizenry. Moreover they know there is nothing their own citizens can do about it. And they intend to keep it that way.
(Meanwhile, they criticise Putin for being an `autocrat`.)
There is of course a supreme irony in the fact that the government which bans certain types of pornography has acquired one of the largest collections of pornography in the world, including no doubt the very types of porn it says nobody else should be entitled to own.
So possibly the biggest collection of `extreme porn` in the UK is now in the hands of the Home Secretary. Moreover not a single one of these pics was obtained consensually. Food for thought.
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