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So, today on the 1 year anniversary of the first Snowden Disclosures, we see this initiative – Reset the Net. Which asks you to take one part of the net that you deal with and make it a little more secure, whether you are a developer, a user, a company etc… I’m all for this. I don’t believe that what is being done in the wholesale collection of American Citizen records by the government is legal, or ethical. I believe quite strongly that it violates the US Constitution.
Today’s anniversary, whether you believe what Mr. Snowden did was right or wrong, is an important one. It marks the beginning of a large crack in the secrecy surrounding what our government does in the name of “protecting us” from whatever they think they are protecting us from. I don’t think anyone will remark that what has been released so far is even the tip of the iceberg of secrets that this government has been doing.
I’m also not going to hang this entirely on the current Administration although they’ve been especially untruthful and deceptive and quite frankly lied about what they are doing to the American People. All administrations leading up to this one over the last 20 years (or more) have had a hand in tightening the grip of the government around the very people that they are supposed to be protecting from that.
It is especially disingenious for our elected and appointed officials to stand up and condemn other world leaders for their tyranny when they themselves are integral to what has been happening here.
And it all stems from greed and the desire to protect at any cost what they have. The enormous sums of money, the power they feel they have, their innate feeling that they are better than everyone else in the country because of their birth, position or exeriences. They have a vision of this country that they want and
That’s a topic for another post, but I’m sure you see where I’m going… Back on topic…
Today, I have made it a point to install apps on my new android phone, to help try to secure it. I have moved from Chrome to Firefox again as my default browser and installed a number of extensions/add-ons to do my best to protect the little things I can.
I use Https Everywhere, Lastpass, Disconnect, Disconnect Search, gpg4Win, gnupg, APG, Truecrypt (not shown to be broken yet ver 7.1), RedPhone, ChatSecure, k-9 mail, and more apps, extensions and the like to try to keep myself secure.
I request that when you contact me that you use my pgp key. It’s out there on the net. Little things like that will help. It may not ever make it completely secure, but we do what we must, because we can…