From the Publisher's Desk
"Anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of the majority... It thus exemplifies the purpose behind the Bill of Rights, and of the First amendment in particular: to protect unpopular individuals from retaliation-- and their ideas from suppression-- at the hand of an intolerant society."
US Supreme Court Justice Stevens, McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Commission, 1996.
Whose listening to you today?
The amazing part of the article, "The Snitch in Your Pocket" [http://www.newsweek.com/id/233916] is that it's from the March 1, 2010 issue of Newsweek Magazine, a very main stream press publication. You know matters have gotten out of hand when Newsweek Magazine is reporting these types of privacy and civil liberty abuses!
Perhaps it's time to rethink your security and personal privacy, especially regarding your mobile phone use when making or expecting sensitive calls.
We received an email from a reader who said he was talking on his cell phone to a pal in the states and they mentioned the word "bomb" when talking about the failed Christmas Day Underwear Bomber episode.
He wrote that soon thereafter the men in the crew cuts from the HLS (Dept. of Homeland Security) paid him an unexpected and un welcomed visit and grilled him for the better part of an hour. Not a pleasant or welcomed event if I say so myself.
The reader says: "<snip> the only possible way for the authorities to have learnt of my mobile number, is they're snooping 24/7 on everyone's cell calls. I believe that if a *key* [publishers emphasis] word like "bomb" and who knows what other words are spoken, that must trigger something that targets you, the caller and or receiver of the call/s. <snip>.
I'm all for safety and certainly against terrorism. However this incident really caught me off guard and is taking matters too far in my book. If I can't make or receive a call without big brother listening in on me the US has become the former USSR."
What to do? One option for some might be The Freedom Phone[TM], which offers a totally anonymous, non traceable mobile phone and sim chip (mobile number) from an Asian country. See http://www.ptshamrock.com/auto/freedomphone.htm
Another possibility is using a mobile encrypted network. Our one source is a leader in data and email encryption for individuals and businesses. Their offshore private network utilizes state of the art military grade email encryption technology (4096-bit key based) to ensure all their users communications and data are secure and private. This could be the first really sensible answer for those who want wireless encrypted email.
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Although this encrypted network option is not cheap, privacy is paramount. Interested readers can email for further information by placing "encrypted network" as your subject heading.
Unfortunately one of our highly reliable sources informs us that the US has legislation on the books that will make it a crime to dispatch mobile phones with batteries in the same courier packet, in essence killing the mail order cell phone industry. Assuming that happens, for certain ID will be asked for and required by law under penalty in order to purchase a mobile phone over the counter. This is already happening in many countries today, especially if you want to purchase a sim chip. E.g. Australia, Singapore, Switzerland, etc.
Let's hope this nasty legislation is stopped dead in its tracks or our mobiles will have to be dispatched via a very slow snail mail method in the future.
Our question for you is, what are you going to do about it?
See you next issue
"The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion."
- Edmund Burke, 1784
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