Sunday, May 14, 2006

Why They Spy On You


This is the first of what I hope to be many posts from Again. His understanding of how information impacts our lives and how it can be used, and unfortunately abused, is awe-inspiring. His own blog, About Information and the Human Mind, is in the links section of this blog.-Robert

Did you read JMF's comment on " Just something I had to get off my chest"? About the massive Databases of the NSA?

You know why they do it - they want to control you - but do you know how it works?

It doesn't work with prayers - the born-again Mr. Bush, listening to the voice of God to go to war, kill people and destroy their future...

The same believer doesn't trust the voice if it's about his own Americans. God is not reliable enough.

Math is.

The keyword is "scale-free networks". You only have to measure "distances" between "nodes" and the time needed, than you can control the whole network.

And you can detect the "highly interconnected nodes", the important ones, the backbone of the network. If you control those nodes, you control the network

"We find that, for an intentional attack, little knowledge of the well-connected sites is sufficient to strongly reduce p(c)" with "the critical fraction p(c) of nodes that must be removed for disintegrating the network" Stability and topology of scale-free networks under attack and defense strategies.

Mathematical methods to help people to prevent the spread of pandemics...

Works the same way to prevent revolutionary ideas.

And the magic number?


Only 25% of the people in a society belong to "the critical fraction p(c) that must be removed for disintegrating the network" - or must be protected to protect it.

As long as Mr. Bush is supported by those 25%, he will rule America - and as long as he is able to prevent "the other 25%" who strongly believing in freedom and justice, the "epidemic" ideas will not spread and will not be able to change the world.

And as long as people don't understand how it works, that "they" simply need "distances and periods" - of phone calls, of money transactions, of journeys...

To detect those critical 25% - who don't understand what's going on and how to protect themselves.

That's why they spy on you - secretly.


  • At 2:49 PM, Anonymous brian said…


    Is communism still illegal in the US? I just watched Good Night and Good Luck and it didn't make a lot of sense to me.

    Even if they could prove that someone is a communist, what difference does it make? I thought the US was a country that advocated free thought.

  • At 4:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This website contains some of the most inane rambling I believe I have ever read in my entire life.

    The "massive databases of the NSA" is --gasp!-- keeping record of what phone numbers your phone is calling! Heaven forbid!

    This is hardly being "spyed on." These are not wiretaps as several liberal groups have tried to make them about to be. The government sees what your phone number is callling.

    Also, case law indicates that this program would almost undoubtedly be upheld in the courts. See Smith v. Maryland here:

    So let's drop the hyperbole. The government knows as much as your phone company does... spooky! Your phone company is a private enterprise. It can do essentially do whatever it wants with the information you provide it, so long as it doesn't violate any mutual/contractual agreement you have with it.

    And as for the moron who asked the oft-asked by primates question "Even if they could prove that someone is a communist, what difference does it make? I thought the US was a country that advocated free thought." This is stupidity at its peak and proves that only fellow morons frequent your "blog." This country does advocate free thought. Yet still, somehow, I'm doubting that you would state that GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES should have the right to, say, be involved in a mosque known to be sympathetic to Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.

    Or maybe you would. Given that you are absent a brain, it could be quite possible that you support anything and everything that may cause the national security of the United States to be compromised.

    In any case, enjoy the little community of Useful Idiots you've assembled here. You are all the perfect Democratic voters, and like-minded people make up about 50%-70% of the Democrat voting bloc. Keep believing everything newspapers and the Center for American Progress and Media Matters for America keep telling you. I hope one day you will gain the ability to think independently from what the lying liberal talking points machine tells you to think. Until then, enjoy your absent-minded life!

  • At 5:08 PM, Blogger Robert said…

    I've left the above comment exactly as is. Other than spammers and ultra-obscene posts, I'm keeping all comments.

    I want you to see brave souls like Mr or Mrs. Anonymous. I want you to see them exactly as they are, in all of their slow-witted glory.

    Forgive me Brian. You are, by no means, a moron.

    I said it before, opening this blog to the public would no doubt invite the angry and ignorant to show...well, anger and ignorance.

    But their ranting means little. Their time draws to an end and they know it. I pity them, if anything.

    Please, feel free to stay a while "anonymous". You fascinate me.

    Please, tell us what led you to prefer rolling over for the government like a little prison bitch instead of standing up for your rights.

  • At 8:18 PM, Anonymous brian said…

    It wouldn't be the first time someone called me names. Maybe some of my posts are stupid.

    I would just like to know why in the US, it is legal to carry a weapon on one's person that can kill another human, while it is illegal to carry an idea in one's head that could possibly make the world a better place.

    I don't live in the US. I probably won't go again in this lifetime unless it is to transfer flights to another country. I would prefer to live the rest of my life without giving the US a second thought. Unfortunately, everything that happens in the US influences the world.

    Fortunately, there are brave and compassionate souls in the US that want to make their country and the world a better place. That is why I come to this site.

    I can't ever match Robert's writing skills or Again's superhuman logic. Maybe I am a moron...but in case you haven't noticed...50% of voters in the US are morons, as well as the current President.

  • At 9:00 PM, Anonymous JMF said…

    Anonymous said: "This website contains some of the most inane rambling I believe I have ever read in my entire life ... [blah, blah, blah ...]" Wow! A right-wingnut with an obnoxious attitude, zero facts and nary a clue, contempt for standard references, and a total lack of couth -- how "unusual"! >8^|

  • At 9:35 PM, Anonymous b said…

    Hmmm somehow certain initials come to mind when reading anonymASS's words. He certainly has reason to rag on this little gang of truthseekers.

    You know you're doing something right when someone like this comes along, wearing their smug superiority as a crown. You rankled the wank. Congratulations!

    btw, what's up with the photobucket stuff?

  • At 9:38 PM, Anonymous b said…

    Ohh, I've read several articles, all based on Truthout's revelation Karl Rove has been indicted. Even Yahoo is speculating, not that I like Yahoo, but it's not like Conspiracy Planet or one of those sites.

    Does anyone know or heard anything about this?

  • At 12:32 AM, Blogger Again said…

    Given that you are absent a brain, it could be quite possible that you support anything and everything that may cause the national security of the United States to be compromised.

    sounds familiar...

    "It is clear that such a major campaign against Germany's peace and security cannot go unanswered. World propaganda against us will be answered with world propaganda for us." - The Racial Question and World Propaganda by Joseph Goebbels

    Maybe some of my posts are stupid.

    i can't remember any stupid post of you, brain ;-)

    Again's superhuman logic

    please don't say so - to be able to develop such a logic is just luck and "obsession" (as Robert says) - by fate i was allowed to study analysis and theoretical physics, so able to stumble across some great thinkers and observations, then worked between humans, which allows me to learn (you know you learn by mistakes and you learn much by many mistakes ;-) ) and i am "obsessed" about the same thing Robert talked about - obsessed about being fooled, being manipulated. Works even why i myself try to manipulate me ;-)

    Problem in having such an "obsession" is that you are mostly alone against mainstream - therefore you permently have to argue - and therefore you develop something like a "therefore-because-therefore-because-therefore-quirk"...

    so please don't say "superhuman logic" - because i fear you stop talking when you feel "beaten" by my argumentation. My logic is unusual, yes, just because so many people are trained to think the old-fashioned way, but actually it is a really simple logic: cause and effect, space and time, objects and methods

    otherwise computers couldn't use it to detect "persons of influence" in a bunch of call-phone-datas - so considering that fact, i guess, my logic is rather "sub-human" ;-)

  • At 2:02 AM, Blogger Again said…

    Karl Rove has been indicted.

    i can't find much - except for the old stuff (2005). Seems as if that guy is often said to be indicted...

    Talkleft does only link to Truthout - but seems to be sceptical

    then there is a Rush transcript from Countdown with Keith Olbermann / MSNBC: "Shuster: Well, Karl Rove's legal team has told me that they expect that a decision will come sometime in the next two weeks. And I am convinced that Karl Rove will, in fact, be indicted" - or this: Rove's Time in Limbo Near End in CIA Leak Case: "Rove expects to learn as soon as this month if he will be indicted -- or publicly cleared of wrongdoing -- for making false statements in the CIA leak case, according to sources close to the presidential adviser."

    but since May, 08 - silence

    looks like they were able again to calm the waves?

  • At 9:58 AM, Blogger Robert said…

    "btw, what's up with the photobucket stuff?"

    Forgive me, you've lost me B. Photobucket?

    Brian, please don't let that dick get under your skin. I value your voice a great deal.The thing I love about our little group is that we have people from all over the world that can give us plenty of different perspectives.
    You have one hell of a large responsibility keeping us up to speed on Canada.

    Besides if you want to see just how smart Mr. Anony Mouse is check out the comments for "Germans".

  • At 4:32 PM, Anonymous JMF said…

    Brian: In answer to your entirely reasonable question, which Monkey Boy dodged rather conspicuously in his would-be "lambaste", the answer appears to be "Yes" and "No"! It seems the [Capitalist] powers that be in this country have alternately engaged in: (1) the delusionary insistence that Communist ideology was inextricably associated with seeking the "violent overthrow of the US government" -- actually a totally meritorious course of action under some circumstances, according to the authors of our very own Declaration of Independence -- and (2) the *occasional*, level-headed observation [See Footnote 42 in the following] that ideology alone obviously does NOT kill: FindLaw: US Constitution: First Amendment: Annotations pg. 13 of 21. ==== Nonetheless, the US government has consistently employed the former argument to "justify" all manner of oppression, including numerous atrocities, in both foreign policy and domestic pogroms, brandishing the fictitious "cause" of opposing an "international communist conspiracy" while in reality merely furthering the interests of its own international *capitalist* conspiracy. [For an exhaustive review of US state-sponsored terrorism under the spurious banner of "anti-Communism", see William Blum, "Rogue State"; also, "Killing Hope" and the web site] ==== Incidentally, one need look no further than *recent* years, via the revelations of "gagged" former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds, to realize that certain elements of this government are more than happy to harbor dubious operatives in their midst -- in highly sensitive positions -- who have *astoundingly* divided allegiances and have even engaged in what can readily be viewed as treasonous acts. (Of course, Ms. Edmonds' reward for attempting to identify and remedy the situation was her dismissal by FBI superiors, for whom she was apparently just "rocking the boat" of the status quo.) It's not a question of "radical" ideologies, it never has been; it's merely a question of "Qui bono?" that dictates who's "okay" and who's not. And under this regime, the only "okay" people are the Fascists and their Republican toadies. The rest of us can just "eat cake".

  • At 5:41 AM, Blogger Again said…

    they do it really openly - try to detect each spark of resistance...

    Federal Source to ABC News: We Know Who You're Calling

  • At 4:49 PM, Anonymous JMF said…

    Again: I'm glad to see you found that warning relayed to ABC News independently. I had set up a link "last night" -- "night" is pretty much a *relative* term for me, owing to my peculiar sleep physiology -- to notify you about that breaking revelation. And I could have *sworn* I submitted it, but I must have just *previewed* the damn thing, then exited. (I *was* tired.) ==== Yes, that illicit, all-seeing pattern analysis is obviously in full gear, seeking out any hint of resistance, as you so wisely put it. We may not (yet) have an outright "Fuehrer-oath" required of members of this government, but for all the effective "protections" afforded patriotic civil servants who conscientiously speak out about the crimes of this Reich, we might as well. :( ==== As one author put it recently, the ugly reality that confronts us is that, although "Total Information Awareness" was staunchly rejected, the Bush Reich simply went ahead with it, secretly, anyway. We have a Totalitarian dictatorship. And it's getting more brazen by the day.

  • At 5:21 PM, Anonymous JMF said…

    Direct confirmation of the sweeping insidiousness of this "Big Brother" government: FBI Acknowledges: Journalists' Phone Records Are Fair Game [ABC News]

  • At 8:42 PM, Anonymous JMF said…

    Further background on Russell Tice (formerly of the NSA), the allegedly 'paranoiac' spy who came in from the cold. True patriotism, it seems, is an amazingly LONELY proposition under the iron fist of the Bush Junta: NSA Thwarts Whistleblower ==== Russell Tice has something to say, but there is no one he can talk to. ==== He explained as much at a mid-February hearing before the House Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations. Tice is a 20-year veteran of the United States intelligence network, having worked for Naval Intelligence, the Department of Defense and, most recently, the National Security Agency, where he held the position of intelligence analyst and capabilities officer. He has intimate knowledge of the innermost workings of the intelligence community, and wants to tell Congress about an NSA program that, he says, is unconstitutional and possibly criminal. ==== "What [the American people] know about is Hiroshima," he says. "What I'm going to tell you about is Nagasaki. I'm going to tell you about three Nagasakis." He is gagged, however, by the non-disclosure agreement he signed before becoming privy to top-secret government activities. ... ==== Tice's story is complex. In 2001, he suspected a co-worker at the Defense Intelligence Agency of being a double agent. He discreetly notified a DIA counter-intelligence officer, who told him that the FBI had investigated and there was nothing to his concerns. He still had his doubts, but when he brought up the matter again in 2003, the NSA's security office called him in for an emergency psychological evaluation. Despite having cleared him for duty after a routine examination nine months earlier, they declared him to be suffering from paranoia, and downgraded his clearance to "red badge" status. (An independent psychological evaluation has refuted this diagnosis.) He was reassigned to do odd jobs at the NSA motor pool, where he began to talk to other demoted red badge employees, and his supervisor accused him of trying to form a union. ==== Tice asked the Inspectors General at both the NSA and the Department of Defense to investigate the matter, and neither claimed to find any impropriety. In February 2004, he told the NSA's security office that if he didn't receive a new investigation or get his security clearance back, he was going to talk to the press. Shortly after that, he lost his job. ==== The NSA denies that it practices retaliation against whistleblowers. Yet, Tice is still being monitored by the agency. In a January 9 letter to Tice, Renee Seymour, Director of NSA Special Access Programs Central Office, reminded him that he was required to report problems to "appropriately cleared individuals" at the NSA or Department of Defense before talking to any congressional committees-and reinforced that no one in either the House or the Senate Intelligence Committees was cleared to receive the information he wished to divulge. ...

  • At 9:04 PM, Anonymous JMF said…

    A "footnote" to the above: It's interesting to note how well Tice's NSA experience jibes with that of translator Sibel Edmonds at the FBI (and also, to a lesser extent, with the curious obstruction of Agent Colleen Rowley's investigations by FBI headquarters). Both Edmonds and Tice expressed grave misgivings about a dubious co-worker who showed clear signs of "divided loyalties". And both were themselves punished, while the suspected "moles" they identified were seemingly held above reproach. That at least suggests to me that there may a broad pattern of "insider collusion" in these agencies, with certain high-level persons bent on *shielding* those innately questionable operatives. The obvious question: Why? On the surface of it, it appears that potential *treason* is being vigorously protected! Troubling, to say the least. And it brings to mind two very discomforting words from the past: "shadow government".


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