Big Brother’s Clever Roll Out?

by lizard

Is the normalizing of the surveillance state complimented by First Look Media?

It used to be anyone who thought “they” can watch you through webcams were considered unhinged. Well

Britain’s surveillance agency GCHQ, with aid from the US National Security Agency, intercepted and stored the webcam images of millions of internet users not suspected of wrongdoing, secret documents reveal.

GCHQ files dating between 2008 and 2010 explicitly state that a surveillance program codenamed Optic Nerve collected still images of Yahoo webcam chats in bulk and saved them to agency databases, regardless of whether individual users were an intelligence target or not.

In one six-month period in 2008 alone, the agency collected webcam imagery – including substantial quantities of sexually explicit communications – from more than 1.8 million Yahoo user accounts globally.

Glenn Greenwald also has a very important article (drip) at The//Intercept about How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations. I haven’t really dug in yet, but just from skimming the documents the depth of strategic deception appears astonishing.

While I appreciate the information, I remain suspicious of the source and the ultimate intention of these disclosures because it smacks of boiling frogs.

Not a popular position, I know, but watching the lackluster reaction I can’t help but wonder.


  1. evdebs

    Investigative reporter Beau Hodai, formerly of Red Lodge, found that fusion centers compare video of Occupy demonstrators to their drivers licence photo databases.

  2. d.g.

    “boiling frogs”….? A pestilence on The Pharoh, perhaps? What the hell is this reference referencing? When analysis sets its sights on motivation, I think we need Freud, not pseudo-cynicism.

  3. lizard19

    the boiling frogs analogy as described by wikipedia:

    The boiling frog story is a widespread anecdote describing a frog slowly being boiled alive. The premise is that if a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out, but if it is placed in cold water that is slowly heated, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death. The story is often used as a metaphor for the inability or unwillingness of people to react to significant changes that occur gradually




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