Memo from the Deep State: Surveillance Still not Ubiquitous Enough
No sooner had the blood in Paris dried so to speak, as representatives of Western security services and police reminded us that they have still not enough funding and power. Say what?
As far as we are aware, their surveillance includes practically everything, to the point that the UK’s CGHQ has probably obtained the world’s biggest collection of amateur porn, by dint of spying at millions of webcam users. Lest we forget:
“Britain’s surveillance agency GCHQ, with aid from the US National Security Agency, intercepted and stored the webcam images of millions of internet users not suspected of wrongdoing, secret documents reveal.
GCHQ files dating between 2008 and 2010 explicitly state that a surveillance program codenamed Optic Nerve collected still images ofYahoo webcam chats in bulk and saved them to agency databases, regardless of whether individual users were an intelligence target or not.
In one six-month period in 2008 alone, the agency collected webcam imagery – including substantial quantities of sexually explicit communications – from more than 1.8 million Yahoo user accounts globally.
The documents also chronicle GCHQ’s sustained struggle to keep the large store of sexually explicit imagery collected by Optic Nerve away from the eyes of its staff, though there is little discussion about the privacy implications of storing this material in the first place.”
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