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Jul 14 2013   7:42PM GMT

How to defeat online surveillance

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

By now, we all know that each of us is being monitored: All of our electronic communications, email, Internet traffic, cell phone transmissions, faxes, even landline (which is really all delivered via microwave towers these days) is being intercepted and recorded in massive data centers run by the NSA. There are probably other secret three-letter (or four-letter, depending on your viewpoint) agencies that we don’t even know about yet who function as backups to the ones we do know about.

It’s unfortunate that our government is forcing its citizens to learn the art of surveillance in order to protect our First Amendment rights under the United States Constitution. This is being done, purportedly, to protect us from terrorism. The truth — and this is known by those who are doing it — is that our government is out of control and fears that its criminal activities will be exposed. I’m not talking about what we already know, I’m talking about those deep, dark secrets that, if discovered, could bring the government down.

But, that’s for others to address and fix.

There have long existed techniques for jamming radio transmissions to cripple enemy communications in times of war. One of these techniques is the transmission of high power carrier signals containing nothing but noise spread across the known frequency band the enemy is using, making it impossible for the enemy to get any valid traffic through the noise. This principle is applicable to internet traffic with a twist.

One could simply record random atmospheric noise in MP3 files, encrypt them to make them look like something of interest and keep a steady stream of them flowing from one’s internet connection to the cloud. Done with sufficient volume, this would tend to mask most of your valid traffic, burying it in the noise, so the watchers would have to sort through useless, random noise.

I’m not advocating this, mind you, just making an observation. I could probably turn this into a plausible plot for a cyber-thriller novel, but I’m not a novelist. If any novelist finds this an interesting plot, feel free to run with it.

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  • CarlCioffi
    Our government has been out of control for years but that doesn't necessarily mean that the surveillance methods they are now employing aren't really being used to hunt down terrorists.  They're just out of control period.  We need a second revolution.
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  • TomLiotta
    But, that’s for others to address and fix.   The fundamental meaning behind the words "We the People..." is that there really is nobody else we should be counting on. The control of government is exactly as much as is ceded by us to others.   Tom
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