U.S. government plans to scan your private emails using cybersecurity program as a cover
by: J. D. Heyes
Monday, April 01, 2013
As mainstream political and media figures head-fake the country with near wall-to-wall coverage of whether men and women should be allowed to marry each other, the U.S. government is planning to snoop through more and more of your private email, using the “threat of cyber terrorism” as its excuse.
Reports in recent days say the additional snooping will come in the form of an expanded cyber security program designed to scan Internet traffic heading into and out of defense contractors; the scanning will “include far more of the country’s private, civilian-run infrastructure,” NBC News reported.
That means that more private sector employees than at any previous time – including employees of utilities, big banks, key transportation companies and others – will have emails and web browsing scanned, as a cyber security precaution.
Congress isn’t to blame for this latest assault on privacy. This one comes in the form of an executive order on cyber security issued by President Obama in February. Under the order, scans will be driven by classified information provided by the U.S. intelligence community – including data from the National Security Agency – on new or serious espionage threats and hacking attempts. In mid-March, the heads of U.S. spy agencies said cyber attacks have replaced terrorism as the nation’s top threat.