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When everyone is seen as a potential terrorist

The Russian government has set in place a monitoring system that will enable their security services to gather up all communications during the Winter Olympics in Sochi. The program is being described as ‘PRISM on steroids’, comparing it to one of the monitoring programs of the NSA.

Athletes and spectators attending the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February will face some of the most invasive and systematic spying and surveillance in the history of the Games, documents shared with the Guardian show.

Russia’s powerful FSB security service plans to ensure that no communication by competitors or spectators goes unmonitored during the event, according to a dossier compiled by a team of Russian investigative journalists looking into preparations for the 2014 Games.

Tellingly, the FSB has appointed one of its top counterintelligence chiefs, Oleg Syromolotov, to be in charge at Sochi: security will thus be overseen by someone who has spent his career chasing foreign spies rather than terrorists.

In the end, the goal is overarching, but simple, says Soldatov: “Russian authorities want to make sure that every connection and every move made online in Sochi during the Olympics will be absolutely transparent to the secret services of the country.”

I am surprised that the Russians did not hire Keith Alexander, the head of the NSA, as a consultant on this effort.

I am waiting for the US and UK governments to denounce this massive invasion of people’s privacy as an indicator of how that country does not share its democratic values for the rights of the individual.

Comments

  1. sc_770d159609e0f8deaa72849e3731a29d says

    In this case the FSB was involved in designing the system to see what people say. There is no need for the time and effort engaged in by NSA or GCHQ. There is no invasion of privacy but an open assumption that no-one has any right to privacy.

  2. markdowd says

    “I am waiting for the US and UK governments to denounce this massive invasion of people’s privacy as an indicator of how that country does not share its democratic values for the rights of the individual.”

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!

    Please, stop it! You’re killing me!

  3. says

    I am surprised that the Russians did not hire Keith Alexander, the head of the NSA, as a consultant on this effort.

    Because he’s an incompetent buffoon?

  4. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    Privacy?

    In this century?

    Is there such a thing anymore?

  5. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    PS. I don’t know, hence my asking.

  6. trucreep says

    “I am waiting for the US and UK governments to denounce this massive invasion of people’s privacy as an indicator of how that country does not share its democratic values for the rights of the individual.”

    I’m surprised this hasn’t happened yet. Could it be that even the US/UK know we’d see how insanely hypocritical it’d be?

    Something about a Russian PRISM is unsettling. We already know how disgusting the abuse from the NSA is with a constitutional lawyer as President, can’t imagine what it would be like with ex-CIA (KGB in Russia’s case).

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