You know you’re chronically paranoid when in the effort to achieve something, you end up taking such extreme measures that eventually start to hinder the initial objective. And it appears this state of affairs has been reached in the US. Long story short, the NSA is so desperately trying to be able to spy the whole world, that they started bugging for automatic surveillance mechanism in telephone switches. The problem is that this kind of mechanism makes possible (or at least easier) for anyone with the proper resources (terrorists, Russians, … China?) to gain access to the information passing through those switches. Which ultimately fires back in what U.S. security (and privacy) are concerned. Hooray for uncle Sam!
Last, I reproduce one of the first comments on that Slashdot page:
I remember a quote from Reagan: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
My oh my has that come true. Sadly from the leader of his own party. Something needs to be done?