In the overshadowed depths of the Utah's Wasatch Oquirrh Mountains, a new structure has been created, one which will decipher every piece of digital litter and file it for the National Security Agency's subjective use. We're talking by 2013, a new Intelligence operation that will intercept phone calls, texts, emails, Facebook "likes", Tweets, Google searches, and so much more. And this structure is pointed at the citizens of the United States.
What is this digital juggernaut called? If you are thinking Skynet, you're on the right page. This is all part of NSA design, an organization which keeps seeing increased funds and secret locations, despite it's overall failures, such as car bombings in NYC or even 9/11.
The obvious purpose for the NSA's daily operation is to prevent more terrorist threats from becoming full-blown attacks on the nation's soil. It's to make sure we're all safe. In some minds, however, it's like having a massive police force in a small town: People feel more threatened by their security than comforted.
Maybe science-fiction has ruined my trust towards the NSA, but in every instance a democratic nation has developed a plan for protecting its people based on a massive (and invasive) collection of information, it has inevitably lead to a pseudo-enslavement of the innocent. In essence, this new operation will limit the transference of data and information, which is the entire reason why the Internet was released to the public domain. That is, of course, unless you believe the Internet was to do exactly what the NSA is trying to carry out.
With the recent improvements in robotic technologies and now Skynet in Utah, you can jump to whatever conclusion you'd like. The main worry is what this sort of potential authoritarianism can do the cyber world. At the very least, can we for once learn from Big Brother, Skynet, those firemen from Fahrenheit 451, how Apple abuses Siri, Brave New World, We, and probably a million other dystopian, information-based stories?
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