Friday, December 30, 2005

NSA spying on website visitors..

"NEW YORK (AP) -- The National Security Agency's Internet site has been placing files on visitors' computers that can track their Web surfing activity despite strict federal rules banning most of them.

These files, known as 'cookies,' disappeared after a privacy activist complained and The Associated Press made inquiries this week, and agency officials acknowledged Wednesday they had made a mistake....

Don Weber, an NSA spokesman, said in a statement Wednesday that the cookie use resulted from a recent software upgrade. Normally, the site uses temporary, permissible cookies that are automatically deleted when users close their Web browsers, he said, but the software in use shipped with persistent cookies already on." read on...

What was that? Another "oops" in the War on Terror where they keep their illegal activities operable only until someone tells on them. Much like the street criminal who continues to steal until he gets caught. Common crooks, they are.

BTW, how come a spy agency, supposedly as technologically sophisticated and ultra-secret as the NSA not know exactly what the cookie would do when they installed it? Are we to beleive that the US's largest intelligence agency is so incompetent that they don't know what's on their own software? The explanation by Mr. Weber doesn't pass the sniff test. IMHO, they knew exactly what they were doing, and that it was illegal.

Eat them up, yum.

1 comment:

pseudosig said...

Three points I think fall from this:

(1) This brings up the topic of accountability on behalf of government agencies, like that of the NSA.

(2) Where are the checks-and-balances here? How can one agency be so divorced from other agencies (or other powers) that this kind of eye watching goes on unchecked?

(3) If this slides because the NSA proclaims, “We didn’t know, it’s not our fault,” it would be ridiculous. This is ridiculous by comparison to all the citizen people who’ve been prosecuted and sent to jail for accidents they’ve made.

Societal complacency is not acceptable in this case and I hope we do what’s right in preventing this type of bugging in the future.

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