Well, since NSA is part of the United States Government,
it can basically instruct
hardware and software manufacturers ... particularly including cell-phone manufacturers ... to include whatever-it-wants into whatever-it-wants. At least within the United States. More elaborate techniques would be reserved for special cases.
My main concern in all of this is that, well, "the cat's away."
Particularly since 9/11, anything
that any Defense Contractor could think to ask for "in the name of Homeland (tah dahhhhh)
Security" was like rubbing on a magic lamp. There was no oversight, no controls, no one questioning: "is this really a necessary and prudent use of public funds?" B
illions(!) of dollars were being spent every day,
and all of it was TOP $E¢RET
Over 100 years ago now, Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler, USMC (who was the
most-decorated military officer of his day) said that "War is a Racket."
A decade later, we find that "Homeland Security" is truly a racket, as well.
I, for one, want to know why we're being told that "we can't afford" to do so many important things for the citizens
of the United States, when we "have to" spend #CLASSIFIED#
dollars on (just to name a few ...) #CLASSIFIED#
, and, leave us not forget, especially... #CLASSIFIED#
I am of the considered opinion that, not only are we getting ripped off,
but we also are not
being made "safer" by it. Indeed, quite the opposite.
"The Public purse," as well as "The Public interest," is
the legitimate concern of every "ordinary" member of: The Public. (And, especially in this case, of: The World. We're all on this blue rock together.)