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Nov 24 2009   9:12AM GMT

Microsoft Denies Secret NSA Backdoor in Windows 7

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

Knock, knock. Tighten up your tinfoil hat, its going to be a long ride. Conspiracy theorists are acccusing Microsoft of building a secret ‘backdoor’ into the Windows 7 operating system that will allow Uncle Sam to sneak in without the user’s knowledge or permission.

The rumor began when it was discovered that the NSA provided support for the development of Windows 7. Yes, that NSA. The National Security Agency of the United States. The very same NSA that has been illegally eavesdropping on virtually all communications since the attack on 9/11.

What exactly does the NSA have to do with developing an operating system? Isn’t the NSA busy enough with more important things…like collecting intelligence to prevent another terrorist attack on American soil?

Oh! Now I see where the tinfoil hat crowd came up with this crazy theory. What better way to keep an eye on everyone and everything than to have a secret view into everything that goes on in the operating system that will eventually be on 90 percent of the personal computers in the world?

Certainly, the NSA doesn’t have a very solid track record when it comes to trivial concerns like privacy or Constitutional rights and I can understand that it sounds dubious for the NSA to have anything at all to do with developing Microsoft’s flagship desktop operating system, but the conspiracy theory, like conspirary theories tend to be, is still a tad far-fetched.

Steve Ballmer may be as patriotic as the next guy, but if it were ever discovered that such an egregious violation of trust and privacy as is assumed in this rumor turned out to be true it would be suicide for Microsoft. Money talks.

Let’s just add this to the growing pile of insane tin foil hat theories- like how NASA faked the moon landing, or Bush being responsible for the attack on 9/11, or Pesident Obama not really being a United States citizen, or how healthcare reform includes a government death panel to decide when and how to euthanize the elderly.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

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