German magazine Spiegel reported yesterday that a special NSA hacking division known as Tailored Access Operations (TAO), can intercept computer shipments (or related accessories) and redirect them to a secret workshop.The NSA labels this type of interception method as an interdiction.
Interdiction is a military term for the act of delaying, disrupting, or destroying enemy forces or supplies en route to the battle area. –Wikipedia
So, all these computers that you have been ordering online, could have been intercepted by an NSA division. How does this Interdiction concept work with FEDEX or UPS? I do not know the answer to that question. I do know that the USPS has a Mail Isolation Control and Tracking program that takes pictures of every piece of mail processed in the United States.
In Marches ANT
A document viewed by SPIEGEL resembling a product catalog reveals that an NSA division called ANT has burrowed its way into nearly all the security architecture made by the major players in the industry — including American global market leader Cisco and its Chinese competitor Huawei, but also producers of mass-market goods, such as US computer-maker Dell. –Spiegel
So now we have a special TAO hacking unit and another ANT division (Advanced or Access Network Technology) that steps in when TAO needs a few master implants.
A rigged monitor cable that allows “TAO personnel to see what is displayed on the targeted monitor,” for example, is available for just $30. But an “active GSM base station” — a tool that makes it possible to mimic a mobile phone tower and thus monitor cell phones – costs a full $40,000. Computer bugging devices disguised as normal USB plugs, capable of sending and receiving data via radio undetected, are available in packs of 50 for over $1 million.
If I order a new computer from Dell, perhaps I can anticipate an NSA interdiction because I am connected to activists, privacy advocates, hackers, and support causes that would appear to be anti-American (under current patriot act terminology). I also honestly perceive Snowden’s actions as an act of conscience. Sadly, I also believe that America has declined to the status of a banana republic.
Am I a terrorist or anti-American? The answer is no to both. Can I anticipate a Tao interdiction? The answer is yes. How do I plan to counteract a potential TAO interdiction? Bottom line – I am A+ certified, I will build my own desktops and laptops. Though that does not cover the related accessories clause, I am thinking about that too!
The Least Corrupt Country?
Though America is the 19th least corrupt country in the world according to Transparency International, I’ve been on a research mission since 9/11. Prior to that dark day in our history – I went with the flow. Government was not over-reaching or corrupt in my book. America was cool and the government was an entity that existed to serve the people.
Post-9/11: I began to question the government. The NIST investigation did not settle well in my mind. I learned that I needed to take the time to do the research and to never settle for reports that could potentially be fabricated. We are consistently lied to everyday via the U.S. media, the Obama administration, (shrug) the propaganda…
Where do we go from here?
I am not sure where we go from here – but, I do know that the America that I once knew no longer exists. It is also noteworthy that anyone who goes online and owns a device connected to the Internet should hold an expectation that they are being monitored by our government. You only need to check out the scope of electronic surveillance (on steroids) replete with this ANT division of master carpenters to get a small taste of what us Americans are up against. If I was a cat, I am sure that my hackles would be standing at strict attention and I would definitely be in fight-or-flight mode.
It’s all about control
All these 3-letter-acronyms with all their not-so-cool code names add up to a surveillance state. The majority of generation Z and Alpha is clueless about this loss of privacy, because they grew up online. These two generations are by far, the easiest generations for our government to control through the public school system and via their digital devices. The type of control that I am discussing here is regarding the consistent dumbing down via entertainment, whether it is cable, Instagram, xbox, Spotify, or YouTube – critical thinking processes fail to fully develop and problem-solving skills have become archaic.
What can we do?
There is much that can be done at the grassroots level such as paying attention to the real news. BTW, friends don’t let friends watch faux news…
Stay in tune with what is going down in government at both a state, national, and global level. Be aware. Listen to talk radio and how other countries report American news. Subscribe to blogs that do their research. Follow journalists that report the truth. Dig into the cornucopia – examine and dissect. It is a dog-eat-dog world out there when you are searching for truth. Once you find the right path, keep digging.
What sources do you rely on for news? Leave a comment here.