Let’s all undermine NSA porn surveillance.

In the least shocking revelation yet from Greenwald & Co., we learn that the NSA is spying on the online porn proclivities of its surveillance targets—i.e., you, me and everyone else.

Top-Secret Document Reveals NSA Spied On Porn Habits As Part Of Plan To Discredit ‘Radicalizers’

WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency has been gathering records of online sexual activity and evidence of visits to pornographic websites as part of a proposed plan to harm the reputations of those whom the agency believes are radicalizing others through incendiary speeches, according to a top-secret NSA document. The document, provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, identifies six targets, all Muslims, as “exemplars” of how “personal vulnerabilities” can be learned through electronic surveillance, and then exploited to undermine a target’s credibility, reputation and authority.

Ah! As long as it’s only used against those dastardly Muslims, it’s all good. As we all know, this tactic will never, ever be used against against political dissidents. Despite, you know, all of Western history. Here’s digby:

And why are they doing it? For the usual reasons: defamation and blackmail.

And let’s be honest.”Radicalization” is a very elastic term, isn’t it? It’s not going to just be Muslims, although they are certainly at the leading edge of government paranoia. This is exactly the sort of thing that’s routinely used against political dissidents in times of crisis. We know this because it’s happened. We don’t even have to go back to hoary old 1960s COINTELPRO stuff. Recall that after 9/11 they did stuff like this:

The demonstration seemed harmless enough. Late on a June afternoon in 2004, a motley group of about 10 peace activists showed up outside the Houston headquarters of Halliburton, the giant military contractor once headed by Vice President Dick Cheney. They were there to protest the corporation’s supposed “war profiteering.” The demonstrators wore papier-mache masks and handed out free peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches to Halliburton employees as they left work. The idea, according to organizer Scott Parkin, was to call attention to allegations that the company was overcharging on a food contract for troops in Iraq. “It was tongue-in-street political theater,” Parkin says.

But that’s not how the Pentagon saw it. To U.S. Army analysts at the top-secret Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA), the peanut-butter protest was regarded as a potential threat to national security. Created three years ago by the Defense Department, CIFA’s role is “force protection”—tracking threats and terrorist plots against military installations and personnel inside the United States. In May 2003, Paul Wolfowitz, then deputy Defense secretary, authorized a fact-gathering operation code-named TALON—short for Threat and Local Observation Notice—that would collect “raw information” about “suspicious incidents.” The data would be fed to CIFA to help the Pentagon’s “terrorism threat warning process,” according to an internal Pentagon memo.

That’s not all, though. One of the things we must understand about all this is the fact that if any part of the US Government dragnet turns up what they think is evidence of a crime, they can pass it on to other agencies. So basically, if they are monitoring all of us,which they are, that means all of our private information can theoretically be used by the government if they can find some connection to a potential crime. All police agencies, whether it’s the DEA or the FBI or Homeland Security (or the Commerce department!) can use such evidence to squeeze possible witnesses, set up stings, infiltrate what they believe to be criminal associations, create informants and otherwise use people who they believe might have something to hide in order to make a case. It’s done all the time. But until now there was no central database available to go fishing in for blackmail material.  (And keep in mind that we now know they routinely go back and dummy up the paper trail so the court and the suspect never knows where the original “tip” came from, a practice that might be understandable if it only pertained to confidential informants, but apparently is also used to cover up government surveillance.)

These programs create a huge, global matrix of associations (and associations of associations) and a massive record of information about individuals, all of which could be accessed to provide the government with private and intimate details that people might not want the world to see and which could be used to discredit them or get them to cooperate. I think we know where this sort of thing can easily lead. It’s not just “terrorism” at stake here. We have an entire police state apparatus that could use this information and no way of knowing how or why they might be allowed to do it.

Clearly, people, as U.S. citizens we need to fuck this shit up. Like our brilliant Brazilian counterparts, we can take matters into our own hands. I propose a three-pronged approach:

  1. Destigmatize sex and kink. This step alone will go a long way toward disempowering hypocritical shitweasels. NEWSFLASH: Lots of people fuck! Including your mom! Also: lots of people like kink! Yep. So? If you have sprogs, make sure your kids understand from an early age that sex is normal, natural, nothing to be ashamed of—and can be an amazing and joyous part of their lives. Promote enthusiastic consent as an inviolable principle.
  2. Demand discovery of the porn viewing habits of anyone presuming to accuse, embarrass or prosecute you—or anyone else. Does anyone seriously believe that the very same panty-sniffers monitoring your online porn habits aren’t getting off on the very same porn they’re monitoring—plus a little voyeuristic boost to boot? Of course not. That’s exactly how we got here in the first place.
  3. MOST IMPORTANT: Fill your browser history with the nastiest, dirtiest, boundary-pushing porn searches you dare. You don’t actually have to view any of it: FFS we don’t get scat—but what’s the harm in running scat videos on mute while I’m out grocery shopping? If this isn’t patriotism, then nothing is. Also, this should go without saying, but just in case:

If you are a hapless sociopath and/or a total dumbass,
DO NOT SEARCH FOR PORN THAT IS ILLEGAL/NON-CONSENSUAL.
E.g., no snuff, no pedophilia.

When in doubt, DON’T CLICK. Mmmkay?

We need everyone on board with this. Get your freak on, people. Otherwise, the terrorists win.

4 thoughts on “Let’s all undermine NSA porn surveillance.

  1. Think the 2 xist website counts? They email me everyday with “sales of the day”, which I feel compelled to look at. So, will that help the cause? If you think it will just let me know. Just to help the cause, I’d be willing to view more than once a day – again, just for the cause!

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