Essays Related to NSA Spying Documents

Here’s a quick list of some of my older writings that are related to the current NSA spying documents:

Much more here.

EDITED TO ADD (6/14): More essays by others: Claims that PRISM foiled a terrorist attack have been debunked. A collection of headlines. Interesting comments by someone who thinks Snowden is a well-intentioned fool. The Economist speculates on the political factors that would lead Obama to allow this.

Posted on June 13, 2013 at 6:09 AM β€’ 9 Comments


Dilbert β€’ June 13, 2013 7:15 AM

Bruce, you might even go so far as to add your older essays and references to Echelon way back in ’99.

Yeah, I’ve been following you that long πŸ™‚

Derp β€’ June 13, 2013 8:32 AM

This is why I wasn’t surprised at all by the Snowden leak since I read all these stretching back to to the 90s.

Gregory Lemieux β€’ June 13, 2013 11:13 AM

Bruce, the title “The Internet Is a Surveillance State” got me thinking: are there people and groups out there thinking of ways to apply the concepts/theories of sousveillance to our activity on the internet? This of course assumes that the internet is a commons and access to it is a public right and good.

William Lee β€’ June 14, 2013 7:02 AM

This is one reason I’d like to see this blog on a platform supporting tags and/or categories, or something similar. Many times in the past I’ve wanted to browse your essays on, for example ‘nsa’ or ‘leaks’ or ‘privacy’ or whatever.

Not to belittle the awesome collection of writings that you’ve accumulated here, just wish it was more easy to browse for reading material. πŸ™‚

I for one β€’ June 14, 2013 9:08 AM

second Pete’s comment. It is topical, though to be fair, it might not be something that Bruce can talk about freely contractually.

Bruce, leak whatever you know about BT spying on their customers! πŸ™‚

Wesley Parish β€’ June 18, 2013 7:08 AM

Claims that PRISM foiled a terrorist attack

In a phrase: self-absorbed navel-gazers.

The Mullah Nasrudin was once seen by a neighbour casting handfuls of breadcrumbs to the wind around his house.

“What are you doing,Mullah?” the bemused neighbour asked.

“Keeping tigers away,” replied the Mullah Nasrudin.

“But there are no tigers around here,” said his neighbour.

“Ah, you see, it works,” replied the Mullah Nasrudin.

jon jones β€’ December 9, 2013 7:17 PM




It is very simple to fix this whole problem, and that problem seems to always be the USA. Everyone in the world and even the USA needs to boycott itself. They also need to know where there data is going and ensure servers that do not touch USA. This is very simple to do but does have a cost.

The alternative, do nothing. If you do nothing, you may ask what is the USA doing with your data. They are using it to make money plain and simple. It is not for terrorism or any other grand adventure. It is to take the worlds money plain and simple just like playing poker and knowing your opponents hand. If a company is ignorant enough to not secure their business without the USA and NSA spying, then using them is a sure fire way of destroying your business by espionage and stealing.

Microsoft has back doors to all its products. This includes getting rid of all microsoft products like windows and replacing it with Linux. People around the world should start writing for open source code to help linux work for the world. All companies should provide tech support and drivers for Linux.

Cisco routers have back doors to all their products and allow the USA companies in the know to learn secrets to your business.

This does not mean simply just use new encryption software. These companies built back doors and even your best encryption is not safe. Worse anyone can access your networks once the back-doors are released to the hackers.

Once trust is lost it is lost forever, and these corrupt American companies do not deserve another penny. They got funding from the USA government to take your information, and what should piss you off is they have it all right now. You have to change the game of your world business today.

Educate the next generation and your business partners. No companies in the USA on your servers period. Boycott Microsoft, Skype, XBOX, Verizon, Google, Cisco, Apple, Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Level3, Paltalk and there are 50 companies total so far look them up.

Follow the work of the BRICS nations (Brazil,Russia,India,China,South Africa) and Europe and start to build a wall around the USA. Even Australia, you need to switch sides and abandon the USA for good. For every dollar you refuse the greater the world becomes and the more money you keep in your pocket. This includes, don’t forget, boycotting the rest of all businesses in the USA. Make the USA hurt until it turns against itself and stops screwing with the world.


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