tisdag, juni 10, 2008

FRA - They lie with such ease

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We know Sweden will play Greece today and there are important things to discuss about the match, but this is pretty important too. On the 17th of June, the swedish parliament will(probably) vote "Yes" for a new law allowing our most secret of secret computer nerds tap-wiring our every move on the Internet and most of our phone conversations without asking, having a reason to do so or knowing what they look for.

The organisation(that would be called The Organisation if this was the X-files and not reality) is calledFRA. For a long time nobody gave a shit about FRA. Essentially what they did was trying to pick up obscure messages sent out through telegraf by drunk KGB spies to other equally drunk KGB spies. Spite them being drunk, Sweden only caught one KGB Spy ever. Drunk spy seem to beat sober spy any day.

Aaanyways, our sober computer nerd spys over at the FRA have noticed that communication today happens a lot on the Internet. And that a lot of people have Internet. This is complicated. A lot of people didn't have old spy gear as longwave radios, telex, carrier pigeons and whatnot. It was easy to eavesdrop for spy activity before(although it never(except for one time!) paid off). So, what to do, what to do - YES!! GENIUS FLASH FROM THE IT DEPARTMENT! LETS WIRETAP EVERYONE ALL THE TIME FOR ALL ETERNITY EVERY SECOND! How convenient. Just like North Korea 2.0 Excellent(Mr Burns-fingers)

In short the hardcore implications of this will be: All your emails will be logged, saved and looked at, especially(but not needed) if they contain dangerous words like Muhammed, Al shmake rahat shamke(bad impersonation of Arab language), Bomb cake, IED, George Bush, Iraq etc. osv. m m Additionally all your Internet activity, all the homepages you visit will be logged. And on top of that every file you send to someone else will be inspected. And oh, if you're lucky your phone conversations will be recorded. Makes you feel just comfy, doesn't it.

Wuppsi duppsi da aint they clever. Now let us reflect on the IMPECCABLE, FLAWLESS politicians that we have. Heck, let us reflect on the IMPECCABLE, FLAWLESS humans that we have, that we are. Humans make basically no mistakes and does never ever ABUSE anything. Let alone using INFORMATION about someone else for BLACKMAILING someone or doing some other nasty thing for nasty purposes. Noooo, who would get totally crazy ideas like that? Not would any politician or evil no-gooder use information to get what they want? And information by the way, isn't computer systems just IMPECCABLE and FLAWLESS? Never leaking information? Never getting hacked?

It's this simple: WHATEVER CAN GO WRONG, WILL GO WRONG. It's a universal rule. This system WILL fuck shit up. It WILL be abused. It WILL cause a lot of harm.

And just for the record: there are no terrorists threats against Sweden. GROW THE FUCK UP! Read a John Le Carré or a Frederick Forsyth book if you want excitment. Or become a US citizen for some real nitty gritty spy activity. Don't turn Sweden into East Germany light. We couldn't even get terrorists to get excited even when one of our least credible artists tried to do a really, really unimportant, uncreative and unartistic artwork based on their profet. How will we ever attract terrorists when not even the worst of our worst can gather some attention? Our biggest political impact since Olof Palme was when a jewish artist pissed of the jewish embassy for doing a(pretty good) installation about a suicide bomber. Last time we checked, pissing of Israel was a major bona fide plus in avoiding terrorist threats.

Ok, that was it we think. Sweden will be a democracy that spys on all its citizens doing on the Internet, just because we can. And they do it in the name of the war on terror mainly. Of course the system will be abused and used for everything besides the war on terror.

David Geffen, Virgin, said about the Clintons "Everybody in politics lies, but they [the Clintons] do it with such ease, it's troubling.". We have had this frase ringing in our ears reading about our politicians doing all sorts of sick statements about the "need" to spy on the whole country. What is the upside, really? Creating 1984 trying to grasp 2008 is not really how you come to terms with a chaotic world in flux. Deal with the real issues, put your neck out there and make some change instead.

Remember this: all you members of parliament will be carefully watched June 17. You will have your names written down and we will not forget who sold us out.