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NSA's 'Anti-Privacy Services' and NASA's 'Earth-Shaking News' (O Globo, Brazil)

 

"What news could possibly create such a commotion? The exact date of the end of the world? Confirmation that ETs live among us? The location of God's dwelling place in spiral galaxy NGC 4414? ... Given the blackout of NASA's Web site, I realized there was nothing abstract about the U.S. government shutdown. There was no reference to the continuation of the NSA's anti-privacy services, which were uncovered by Edward Snowden. The case is now also undermining relations between Brazil and Canada. Where will it end? World government closing? The shutdown of the Internet?"

 

By Hermano Vianna

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Translated By Brandi Miller

 

October 21, 2013

 

Brazil O Globo Original Article (Portuguese)

U.S. Ambassador to France Charles H. Rivkin leaves the French Foreign Ministry in Paris, after recieving a dressing down over the latest charges of massive NSA spying against France, Monday, Oct. 21,

 

BBC NEWS VIDEO: France Summons U.S. Envoy Over Spying Claims, Oct. 21, 00:00:37RealVideo

Given the blackout of NASA's Web site, I realized there was nothing abstract about the U.S. shutdown. I also received a spam warning that on November 13th, NASA would announce a "discovery that will so shake the earth, it will never be the same."

 

Of course I didn't for a second believe the authenticity of this message. But it was fun to wonder what news could possibly create such a commotion. The exact date of the end of the world? Confirmation that ETs live among us? The location of God's dwelling place in spiral galaxy NGC 4414? So I decided to visit NASA's Web site to see how its officially addressed this viral rumor. Arriving there I came across text that really rocked my terrestrial world. I never thought I'd read something like that during my existence on this planet.

 

The note was short and gruff. In English: "Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this Web site is not available. We sincerely regret the inconvenience." The translation in Spanish was more dramatic: "This Web site is not available during the government shutdown. We deeply regret the annoyance this may cause." The "lapse in federal government funding" became "government shutdown," the "inconvenience" became "annoyance." Never, even in the most radical, anarchical manifesto, have I seen the possibility that a government - especially the U.S. government - could "close" without any revolution. Everything I read in newspapers here in Brazil seemed abstract to me (the impasse continues as we finalize this text). However, given the blackout on NASA's Web site, I noted that that reality was not abstract at all.

 

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A link below the note sent you to USA.gov, which provided information about the services available during the government shutdown (the official term). I was relieved to find out that, for example, despite the Statue of Liberty being closed to tourists, astronauts at the International Space Station would continue receiving support. Other consequences are more severe: "Hundreds of thousands of federal employees - including many that protect us from terrorist attacks, defend our borders, inspect our food and keep our skies safe - will work without pay until the shutdown is over."

 

There was no reference to the continuation - or lack thereof - of the NSA's anti-privacy services, which were uncovered by Edward Snowden (I know he won an award this week, but what's he doing in Putin's Russia?)

 

I am increasingly impressed with developments in this case, which are now also undermining relations between Brazil and Canada. Where will it end? World government closing? The shutdown of the Internet? I keep coming back to two old articles (something published in July is already an archaeological discovery) that seem to me the greatest help in understanding our moment.

 

The first is by John Naughton, professor of the "public understanding of technology" at the British Open University. The title is quite appropriate: Edward Snowden's not the Story. The Fate of the Internet is." What Naughton's article stresses, something few other analysts have commented on in any detail, is the outsourcing of espionage, with the state hiring private companies to capture/interpret "Big Data." Snowden wasn't a public employee, but an employee of Booz Allen Hamilton, a mega corporation. What government (especially one now more fragile from unheard-of shutdowns) can guarantee that powerful companies won't use secret information for other private matters?

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Another must read is by George Dyson (son of Freeman, brother of Esther - nifty family), historian of technology, author of the excellent Turing's Cathedral about the invention after World War II of the first computers by a group surrounding John von Neumann at Princeton [video, above]. This relationship of technology, war and espionage is an old and intricate one. Dyson, in the column NSA: The Decision Problem, recalls the Corona program. Without this ultra-secret Cold War satellite program for photographing the Soviet Union, which hired businesses from Stanford Industrial Park, we probably wouldn't have Silicon Valley, or - what a shame - Google Earth.

 

The difference in the two NSA secrets?: In the Cold War, there was a very determined enemy. The war against terrorism (a sorry excuse for today's espionage) is all pervasive. According to data cited by philosopher Michel Serres questioning the "industry of fear" - terrorist acts kill only 15,000 people per year. A puny number compared to the one million car accident victims. Yet we are all being watched. It's a terrible world that needs the threat of war to push forward technological progress. When will we learn to invent progress through peace?

 

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Posted By Worldmeets.US Oct. 21, 2013, 01:54pm