Wednesday, February 26, 2014

NSA and British Equivalent Hacking or Harassing


Here's an interesting story in which a Guardian journalist writing about Snowden saw his words disappear from the page. Luke Harding tells his story on Democracy Now! That is, the NSA may be breaking into computers and editing texts.

Harding "says paragraphs of his writing mysteriously disappeared when he was working on his latest book, "The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man." "I wrote that Snowden’s revelations had damaged U.S. tech companies and their bottom line. Something odd happened," wrote Harding in The Guardian. "The paragraph I had just written began to self-delete. The cursor moved rapidly from the left, gobbling text. I watched my words vanish." 

According to Harding, the NSA or the British equivalent have not changed any of their practices since the Snowden revelations.  He calls Obama's reforms, "tweaks." That may be an overstatement.

And then there is the interrogation of one of Snowden's human rights attorneys trying to enter the United Kingdom. 

What a job! Think of it. Harassing people is actually a job that someone does. How exactly does that habitual engagement damage the imagination? The flow of body fluids? The lifting of a hand? The turning of a foot? How does that habitual engagement affect the way one kisses someone's lips?  Touches an infant? Dream? Reach for a calendar? Can it get into one's blinking? 

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