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  •  Practically every embassy has "spooks" and is (0+ / 0-)

    watching some other embassy or locals. Perhaps San Marino and Andorra are exceptions. Personally I think "electorates freaking out" has more to do with a population not paying much attention to things and thinking the world became all friendly—except for those crazy terrorists—when the Soviet Union dissolved. We've got a generation or so pretty clueless to such things.

    Technology has made it considerably easier for both state and non-state entities to continue what was difficult, expensive and limited during the Cold War. The old Bond movie bugs in a hotel room lamp are now micro, easily gotten, not terribly expensive and available on the open market to business and just snoopy people. So, that bit in the featured piece above "it's technically possible to monitor all mobile phones used in the Pariser Platz area with an 80-centimeter parabolic antenna" is pretty much available to anybody with a will. As one babbles about Washington one can, at least should, be fairly certain there are rooftops listening. Some may not even be embassies as commercial interests are often rather big on picking up intel.

    A lot of the shock/surprise strikes me as about like "Oh my god! Somebody was using my bandwidth!" reactions from people without passwords on their home networks.

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

    by pelagicray on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 11:36:39 AM PST

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