Who’s A Terrorist?

From Public Intellligence, via Michael Moore (whose site makes it damnably difficult to link individual front-page items)…

According to the FBI (link is to a copy of the FBI flyer on the Public Intelligence site, not the FBI site), if you like your privacy on the Internet, YOU MAY BE A TERRORIST. At the very least, if your neighbors or coworkers notice your predilection for privacy, they should report you. “If your mommie is a Commie then you gotta turn her in,” that old song about the John Birch Society says… Now the FBI says the same thing about privacy-loving individuals.

Do you encrypt any of your business documents when you email them? You may be a terrorist. Have you ever used an anonymizer to prevent being tracked? You may be a terrorist. Have you ever emailed photos of your friends or family, photos which could conceivably contain changed pixels representing a coded message? You may be a terrorist. Do you ever use your online residential Internet account from a remote location, say, a public library or an Internet café? You may be a terrorist. Do you pay cash a lot in the grocery store? You may be a terrorist.

And so on, and so forth. The list is long. It is a rare individual in modern society who does not do one or more of the things listed.

But if you are a loyal citizen, you must remember… “If your mommie is a Commie…” [/snark]

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  • jams o donnell (Shaun Downey)  On Friday February 10, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Paying cash for food? Send that bastards to Gitmo now! How bloody stupid

    • Steve  On Friday February 10, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      Shaun, if you know anything of the history of the FBI, you will not be surprised. From the days of J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI has been inclined to keep gratuitous files on every soul who comes to their attention, no matter how innocent or irrelevant. If I ever learn that I have no FBI file, I shall be disappointed. I know with certainty that they have a picture of me when I was about 20 years old, at a Vietnam antiwar protest at Rice University, where agents who thought they were camouflaged (heh… fools!) went around taking pics of everyone. Some things never change; the FBI is one of those things.

  • Bryan  On Friday February 10, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Whether I pay cash or use a debit card is dependent on the store policy and charges. I don’t use a card where they charge me to use it.

    I regularly encrypt e-mails because clients have me sign non-disclosure agreements and insist on it. Most former spooks use encryption like breathing, it is just something you do, same with an anonymizer.

    When you know how the ‘Net works, and how much of it is just plain text, you have to do these things or use snail mail for business correspondence.

    I would definitely pixilate a picture if it contained the face of a child because a lot of people don’t want pictures of their children on the Internet. I almost never post a picture with people in it for that reason. If someone wants to be seen on the ‘Net, that is their call.

    I guess if you insist of the rights that are listed in the Bill of Rights you are considered a trouble maker.

    • Steve  On Saturday February 11, 2012 at 7:14 am

      Bryan, FWIW, Public Intelligence is referring to “steganography, the practice of using ‘software to hide encrypted data in digital photos’ or other media.” And yes, I am a Bill-of-Rights-thumping troublemaker. 😈

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