A Conspiracy Theory About Conspiracy Theories

conspiracytheories One of the funny things about conspiracy theories, including false flag attacks, is how often they are proven to be true. You have to wonder how long the shame-inducing slam, “That’s a conspiracy theory,” will keep working. But that’s not my point for today. Today, I want to introduce a conspiracy theory of my own, a conspiracy theory about conspiracy theories. Here it is: The powers that be – the …

The Snowden Effect

SnowdenEffect I’ve never met Edward Snowden, so please understand that I’m not trying to besmirch his character. And the truth is that I was thrilled when his disclosures hit. I was managing a professional-level VPN and traveling widely, warning people (who were often skeptical) about state-level surveillance. Edward Snowden vindicated me. But it’s now becoming clear that there is a serious down-side to the Snowden disclosures. I’ve been noticing it in …

Welcome to the Machine

I’ve been flying around to conferences and warning folks about electronic surveillance for years. At first, people were generally willing to believe me (I presented them with evidence, after all), but more than a few thought I was probably exaggerating. Then came Edward Snowden, and a few more people believed that the threat was real. But Snowden’s revelations were only part of the story, and not really the most important …

What You Need to Know About Microsoft’s Spying Ways

microsoft I had a conversation the other day with the best and most knowledgeable computer guy I know. After discussing privacy threats, he made this statement: Everybody buying a Windows computer today is a traitor to humanity. Now, this is a very technically oriented guy, and he quickly agreed with me that most people don’t have a clue about such things. Still, the primary point stands: Whenever any of us buys …

Cryptohippie Responds to the NSA’s Attack on Encryption

cryptohippie Editor’s Note: The founder of FreemansPerspective.com, Paul Rosenberg, has spent many years trying to protect Internet users from unjustified surveillance by groups like the NSA. He is part of the team at Cryptohippie, who offer something called a Virtual Private Network (VPN). It’s a service that helps its users avoid tracking by the snoops. However, it’s just come to light that many such “protection” services have been compromised themselves. Lest …

The NSA’s Secret War Against Online Privacy Seekers

surveillance privacy If you haven’t seen this yet, I’m sorry to drop it on you: On September 5th, Glenn Greenwald and others revealed the extent of the NSA’s destruction of privacy – not just the privacy of people who are oblivious to the situation, but that of privacy seekers as well. You can find the story here or here, and commentary by a legitimate expert here. Here’s What Was Revealed The biggest …

Digital Diversification: How to Do It

digitaldiversification2 Thank God for Edward Snowden. I used to warn people about surveillance and the death of privacy, but most of them found it hard to believe me; it was just too far out of the mainstream. Not so anymore. Just as the diversification of investments has become crucial, so has digital diversification. Not only are the Western nations (especially the US and UK) abusing every piece of data they can …

The New Era of Surveillance is Here

surveillance Some have said it’s better to make decisions under the influence of alcohol than under the influence of fear. But in late 2001, Americans made an entire set of decisions under the influence of fear… and created a monster. We all remember what happened: A frightened public allowed politicians, secret agencies, and militaries to spend any amount of money and build any kind of system they wanted, to “protect us …