Protecting Your Privacy in the Age of Mass Surveillance

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In light of the NSA’s vast domestic surveillance network, can anything be done to insulate ourselves from an increasingly intrusive and power-hungry state? Dick Sterling, of Dick Sterling Publishing, asked privacy expert Mark Nestmann.

Forty years ago, Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote these prophetic words:

“The technetronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information about the citizen. These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities.”

Shortly after writing this, Dr. Brzezinski became the National Security Advisor to Jimmy Carter, and the rest is history. Today, in 2013, Brzezinski’s “mass surveillance” vision has become reality, and basic privacy has become a thing of the past. In light of the NSA’s vast domestic surveillance network, can anything be done to insulate ourselves from an increasingly intrusive and power-hungry state? Dick Sterling, editor for Dick Sterling Publishing, asked privacy expert Mark Nestmann what practical measures can be taken to protect what little privacy Americans have left.

Text of Interview:

Dick Sterling: "Mark, you've been writing extensively for many years now about the constant erosion of peoples' privacy by civil governments, and what can be done about it. Were the recent revelations about NSA domestic spying surprising to you?"

Mark Nestmann: "No, not really, although some of the specific strategies the NSA turns out to be using were a surprise. For instance, the NSA turns out to have spent a lot of effort compromising routers and other internet hardware. This is a rather clever attack that I wouldn't have thought of.

"James Bamford who wrote the definitive guide on the NSA 30 years ago (The Puzzle Palace) - and has kept up with them over the years - has long sounded the alarm on what this agency is up to. Thanks to Edward Snowden we now have confirmation of all of this."

Dick Sterling: "It seems as if things couldn't get much worse in regards to the state's domestic spying activities, but their appetite for control appears insatiable. Are there additional areas of surveillance where the state may attempt to establish a foothold in the future?"

Mark Nestmann: "I think a move toward banning cash transactions or at least requiring all cash to be registered would be a step in that direction. The cashless society is well-established and there are some businesses (e.g. airlines during flights) that no longer accept cash at all. Most young people never use cash, so this trend is well advanced. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see some kind of…"

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