This needs to be known.
I just can't resist dropping this into the public domain.
(This FBook post is set to "public"). I Listened to a bogus ABC news story this AM about US President Trump's assertion Obama wiretapped him. Folks are doubting Trump, as part of this game. Listen: I can assure you - with something close to statistical certainty
- that the offices of Trump Tower were fully wiretapped. And if not just by PRISM and various meta-data gathering tools, perhaps also by BLARNEY (where they have actual call transcripts). Trump knows this (as President, he would have been briefed). And of
course, Obama knows it also.
Don't take my word for it. Google "snowden slides" and just choose your rabbit-hole. Since the 1970's every long distance call leaving the USA is monitored. Guess what? Ever heard of the "Communication Research Establishment"?
It's in Ottawa. The not-so-secret rumor is that they (we - in Canada) wiretap all the US<=>International calls, and fwd the database to the USA. (Law only requires *domestic* calls to be authorized by a Court or judge, and existing info-sharing treaties
allow the datafiles to be handed over. This has been standard procedure since the 1970's)
The Brits watch US and Canada, Canada watches US and England, and USA watches/listens to everyone international - everywhere now. It is dirt-simple technology,
and dirt-cheap now.
Note how Obama responded to Trump's "tweet". Obama did not say ("I/we did not do this"). He just says "I never authorized this".
He did not have to authorize it, because it was already happening. What's happened is that both
Trump and the deeply dishonest Democrats know that some information linking Trump and the Russians has been leaked from the NSA or the FBI, and that this is being used to attack Trump - and Russia - politically.
Of course offices of Trump Tower were
wiretapped. This posting will be stored and forwarded. Just about *anything* anyone does on the internet, or the phone system, is fully recorded and monitored now. They don't even need people. Word-recognition Artificial Intelligence (AI) does this fine. Just
like SIRI on your iPhone, people!
Guys like me, who respect the law, support democracy and civil society - and believe in the need for *strong* and *enforcable* limits on the power of Governments, have been warning about this stuff since the 1980's.
I've worked on election campaigns, and they are mean, nasty, serious business.
It looks like rogue elements in either the FBI, NSA or CIA have taken it upon themselves to release Trump's discussions with Russian Government representatives. Such discussions
are not illegal, but perhaps now, President Trump - just like Chancellor Merkel of Germany - can understand now why personal private control of strong encryption technology is so necessary to ensure the survival of modern, civil democratic society. Not just
the bad guys, but your political opponents *will* gain access to all data, otherwise, and use it. This is why a judge's warrant is supposed to be used to obtain wire-tap permission. The presumption of privacy must trump the desires of the spys. Only when evidence
of a crime can be shown, should any wiretapping be allowed.
(Note: The "Wolframite" program slide is not from Snowden. It's one I found on the net. Shows funding startup 2011 for the British Gov't program to decrypt encrypted GSM (modern cellphone)
communication - called "Wolframite" - program name comes from the secret magic substance used to defeat werewolves, in European mythology. It's old news. But folks need to understand why the debate on encryption matters.)
Ok, now you can go back to
pictures of cats, and your kids. But your kids will grow up in a new world. Let's make it a *good* world, instead of a bad one.
This information is in the public domain. Some of the Snowden pages detailing specific *illegal* wiretapping
programs are shown. There are good reaasons why a judge's warrant is required to install a wiretap. In a free democracy, the rule of law, and the structure of civil society simply fails, if these legal protections are not present. It's like
getting maggots in your meat. Once there are even just a few, folks decide they don't want to eat.