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JAMES COMEY’S NIGHTMARE

With recent revelations by Apple and Google that their new hardware will come with default encryption for e-mails and messages, FBI Director James Comey, proving that the government could really use a PR person, came out on Thursday screaming that it will be the downfall of society as we know it.

Citing the “Post-Snowden Pendulum” that has seen US citizens awake from their sleepwalking ways and come out in support of stronger privacy rights, Comey all but told the public that they have no right to safety or security and has promised to go to war with major tech companies who are simply fulfilling their consumers’ wishes for a sense of security.

Of course, it’s all a smokescreen as those same tech companies who promise their PROPRIETARY encryption software will be impenetrable, EVEN TO THE COMPANY ITSELF, continue to mine data in their ever expanding efforts to sell you to advertisers. In encrypting your selfies and sexts, the monoliths of Silicon Valley have brilliantly found a new customer base: the US government. Don’t be fooled, dear readers. The movement to default encryption does little to protect the consumer and only serves the interests of multinational corporations.

Meanwhile, as hacktivist group, Dramatis Personai, recently uncovered, questions surrounding the FBI’s top secret surveillance tactics, particularly as it relates to data privacy, have come under intense scrutiny by Congress.

Until humans evolve into telepaths, the only safe form of communication for those of us that prefer our solitude, is behind a wall of proxies and bots.

ASSANGE ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS

As I post this, Julian Assange is on Gawker answering readers’ questions (it’s part of the P.R. push for his new book, When Google Met Wikileaks). As you can imagine, it’s pretty rousing stuff. Example: “One thing you can do, which is quite simple, is treat companies like Google and Facebook as the corporations they are. Lots of people – especially on the left – are aware of the ways in which corporations are exploitative and harmful. But there is a disconnect when it comes to Silicon Valley. Lots of people refuse to buy Coca Cola, but they don’t see any problem with having a Gmail account. I think that is changing lately, but we need a movement to divest from these corporations—which destroy privacy—and to build an alternative internet that isn’t as actively harmful to human interests.” A call to action if ever I heard one. Here’s hoping Apple, Panjea, et all, are quaking in their boots today.