Enemies of the State

This kind of surveillance was widely suspected (and somewhat expected) before these leaks, but is now supported with evidence directly from the source.  If you choose to continue to use social media (considering Google is involved, pretty much the whole internet), and you expect it's not an issue because you aren't important enough to be under surveillance, or you believe you can subvert it by blatantly using these sites in the name of protest and information sharing - you must take the time to duly consider and understand how far reaching the implications of these practices can be.   

If all of this data can be collected and stored, there's got to be plenty that would be worth amazing sums of money and serious favours if used for blackmail.  There surely are NSA employees who could be lured into using their access for private enterprise. Those are just the beginning of the unsavoury possibilities, if the NSA is doing it under the guise of security, imagine how marketing and public relations firms are certainly already using forms of the same software for their own purposes.  

Plenty of notable people and corporations are willing to do anything to protect and build their brand and what better edge than to own some leverage on your opponents or just be able understand a wave of protest against your company from the inside of the movement, and thus find ways to infiltrate and disarm it.   I don't feel very paranoid entertaining these ideas, all violations are on the table.  Just as whistleblowers will submit to their pangs of conscience and take risks to make this unlawful surveillance public, there must be a flip-side contingent of those people in the organisations involved that exploit it's collection to the fullest.  To expect otherwise is naive. 

There is a sense of synchronicity as Snowden comes forward just as Bradley Manning's trial begins and the media largely serves up "Chumpbait". 

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