A semi-secret government contractor that calls itself Project Vigilant surfaced at the Defcon security conference Sunday with a series of revelations: that it monitors the traffic of 12 regional Internet service providers, hands much of that information to federal agencies, and encouraged one of its “volunteers,” researcher Adrian Lamo, to inform the federal government about the alleged source of a controversial video of civilian deaths in Iraq leaked to whistle-blower site Wikileaks in April.
Pretty slick, eh? So we have an organization that is not accountable to government rummaging through our Internet traffic daily. Hey, "workers within the system" types, ain't that somewhat unconstitutional? It's okay. We'll vote the right politicians into office and put a stop to this in no time! hehe.
According to Uber, one of Project Vigilant’s manifold methods for gathering intelligence includes collecting information from a dozen regional U.S. Internet service providers (ISPs). Uber declined to name those ISPs, but said that because the companies included a provision allowing them to share users’ Internet activities with third parties in their end user license agreements (EULAs), Vigilant was able to legally gather data from those Internet carriers and use it to craft reports for federal agencies. A Vigilant press release says that the organization tracks more than 250 million IP addresses a day and can “develop portfolios on any name, screen name or IP address.”
The story broke at a recent Defcon Security Conference a few weeks ago.
The Examiner has an interesting story with more names associated with it here. More here, says it's not the big thing it's made out to be. Who knows? Patriotic Insurgents should always assume the worse.
And we can't overlook these constitutionally protected activities either, right?
Was this video on some Blight Wing conspiracy site? No, it was picked off Forbes.
So I guess we better start using our guns before they find them and prevent us from doing so, don'tcha thank? You know, I remember back in the day when people said if the United States Government ever became like it is today, there would be a revolution.