You might think from the title that I am referring to the latest Wikileaks revelation that the CIA has been reaching out and touching us through our Samsung tvs (which I have), our Samsung phones, Iphones, iPads, Androids, you name it, and they have figured out how to spy on us at home on our devices.
And without a doubt, this news is BAD, BAD, BAD. In case you have missed it in the midst of the new Republican roll-out of Obamacare-Lite, here’s the latest on that from Reuters:
The discussion transcripts showed that CIA hackers could get into Apple Inc iPhones, Google Inc Android devices and other gadgets in order to capture text and voice messages before they were encrypted with sophisticated software.
The information in what WikiLeaks said were 7,818 web pages with 943 attachments appears to represent the latest breach in recent years of classified material from U.S. intelligence agencies.
Security experts differed over how much the disclosures could damage U.S. cyber espionage. Many said that, while harmful, they do not compare to former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s revelations in 2013 of mass NSA data collection.
“This is a big dump about extremely sophisticated tools that can be used to target individual user devices … I haven’t yet come across the mass exploiting of mobile devices,” said Tarah Wheeler, senior director of engineering and principal security advocate for Symantec.
In one case, the documents say, U.S. and British personnel, under a program known as Weeping Angel, developed ways to take over a Samsung smart television, making it appear it was off when in fact it was recording conversations in the room. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Awesome. Just awesome. Nothing like having your freakin’ TV spying on you, huh? Never mind your iPad, or phone. Now I am even gladder that I still have an old-school Blackberry type phone. Uh, yeah.
But no – this is not the reason I have the title I do, an Alison Krauss and Union Station tune. Nope. It is because of the TSA. This is apparently their new theme song.
Now, many of you know i have double knee replacements, and as a result, I have been subjected to incredibly invasive TSA pat-downs. Heck, even with the new scanners, AND the TSA pre-screen, I STILL get some pat-down action when I go to the airport. Suffice it to say, as I have noted before, it is not fun. And the more invasive ones have literally left me in tears they were so bad.
Well, they are about to get worse, which should strike fear into the hearts of everyone with a joint replacement, cochlear implant, or any other medical condition that often gets us yanked out of line and subjected to being physically assaulted by a government agency. From Bloomberg:
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has declined to say exactly where—and how—employees will be touching air travelers as part of the more invasive physical pat-down procedure it recently ordered.
The decision to alert local and airport police raises a question of just how intimate the agency’s employees may get. On its website, the TSA says employees “use the back of the hands for pat-downs over sensitive areas of the body. In limited cases, additional screening involving a sensitive area pat-down with the front of the hand may be needed to determine that a threat does not exist.”
Now security screeners will use the front of their hands on a passenger in a private screening area if one of the prior screening methods indicates the presence of explosives, according to a “security notice” that the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) sent its U.S. members following a March 1 conference call with TSA officials. 1
Uh, HELL YEAH, I would consider being sexually assaulted by a Government agent “unusual.” Are you KIDDING me with this?? I am infuriated jut reading this, knowing full well how much worse it will be for someone who is giving this kind of treatment.
In case you are wondering, here is the justification for this change:
“Passengers who have not previously experienced the now standardized pat-down screening may not realize that they did in fact receive the correct procedure, and may ask our partners, including law enforcement at the airport, about the procedure,” TSA spokesman Bruce Anderson wrote March 3 in an email, describing why the agency notified police.
The pat-down change, first reported Friday by Bloomberg News, is “intended to reduce the cognitive burden on [employees] who previously had to choose from various pat-down procedures depending on the type of screening lane,” the ACI-NA wrote in its notice.
Physical screening has long been one of the public’s strongest dislikes about airport security protocols. The TSA has all pat-downs conducted by an employee of the same gender as the traveler and allows a passenger to request a private area for the screening, as well as to have a witness present. Likewise, the traveler can request that the pat-down occur in public view. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Oh, YAY! That makes it SO much better – a peep show for all the airport to see. Awesome.
All I can say is I much prefer Alison Krauss’ version of “Let Me Touch You For A While” than the TSA’s any day of the week and twice on Sundays:
Yep – this is much better than being assaulted by the TSA…
That’s what I think. How about you? This is an Open Thread.