Poll: Government surveillance and your privacy

Today at 10 a.m., we’re talking about what our guest Shane Harris called “the rise of the surveillance society.” He says the arsenal of spying techniques and equipment used by the federal government to track terrorist and outside threats is now turned on U.S. citizens. Folks like you and me.

The N.S.A. created what one senior Bush administration official later described as a “mirror” of AT&T’s databases, which allowed ready access to the personal communications moving over much of the country’s telecom infrastructure. The N.S.A. fed its bounty into software that created a dizzying social-network diagram of interconnected points and lines. The agency’s software geeks called it “the BAG,” which stood for “big ass graph.”

Today, this global surveillance system continues to grow. It now collects so much digital detritus — e-mails, calls, text messages, cellphone location data and a catalog of computer viruses — that the N.S.A. is building a 1-million-square-foot facility in the Utah desert to store and process it.

–Stephanie Curtist, social media host

  • Tim Myers

    What do I have to hide? Why should I be ashamed of what I write or post. If I go to blogs and networks to post my opinion why should I fear the Government that I can vote out of office? Oh you mean the government that I did not vote for. The agencies that feel they are above the laws and no one is allowed to question. This is the IRS that can do anything and the only recourse it to go to a court run by them for them.

    What happened to by the people for the people???

  • Mark Wirbisky

    So long as the people that make up our government experience no legal consequences for these egregious violations of the Bill of Rights, they will continue to pursue power and control in whatever means they deem most efficient.

    If law does not carry weight, it is meaningless.

  • David Poretti

    “Those who would sacrifice freedom for security deserve neither.” – Benjamin Franklin