Thinking it through...
are three factors that affect you and the Spy & CounterSpy Web site.
You should think them through. These three factors are lawfulness,
dataveillance, and openness. The good news is you're in the clear in all
three of these factors.
This is the first factor affecting you and the Spy & CounterSpy
Web site. It is completely legal for you to read Spy & CounterSpy.
Even though the information is extremely sensitive, it has been compiled using
accepted methods of investigative journalism. Plus, the Constitution of the
United States recognizes your right to protect yourself from the government's
secret agencies. So you're not doing anything wrong by being interested in
surveillance and countersurveillance.
course, an FBI or ATF surveillance team will do their best to make you feel
guilty about trying to learn more. That's because they don't want you to level
the playing field. The goons prefer to have you always fighting an uphill
battle. They don't want you to get smart.
This is the second factor affecting you and the Spy & CounterSpy
Web site. Dataveillance is spy-talk for using data as a surveillance tool. If
you've browsed this site, you've probably already browsed other controversial
sites. That means you're already on a list somewhere.
National Security Agency routinely monitors electronic communication in the USA.
Not just some of it. All of it. That means telephone conversations,
fax transmissions, telexes, email, and the Internet. All of it. They're
continually scanning for communication that might interest them. And they're
very good at what they do.
The NSA has some
very powerful computers. And they've come up with some clever ways of using
them. They use them to search for keywords. They also have some
powerful voice-recognition software. For the NSA, tracking someone on
the Internet is child's play.
So don't kid
yourself. If you've done any serious browsing on the Internet or if
you've ever engaged in any "interesting" telephone conversations
then your name is already on an NSA list. And the NSA shares its information
with the FBI, ATF, DEA even other countries. They've already got you
pegged as someone with a predisposition, whatever that means.
you're not necessarily attracting new surveillance by reading Spy &
CounterSpy. In practical terms, you invite surveillance simply by being an
American citizen with a diverse range of interests. Don't feel guilty about
what you're doing you're not the problem, the government is. They're the
ones running the secret agencies who function as thought-police in the
Openness. This is the
third factor affecting you and the Spy & CounterSpy Web site. It
simply doesn't matter if the FBI, ATF, DEA, or any other surveillance team sees
you reading this stuff. They don't gain any advantage. You don't suffer any
Think of it this way. Reading
Spy & CounterSpy is like reading a book about playing chess. The
fact that your opponent knows you've been studying books on chess doesn't hurt
you. It's irrelevant. What counts is what happens on the board.
the fact that the FBI knows you've been reading articles about
countersurveillance doesn't hurt you. It's irrelevant. What counts is what
happens on the board.
Spy & CounterSpy
will teach you techniques for use in specific situations that surveillance teams
can't avoid. But, even more important, Spy & CounterSpy will teach
you the concepts and principles of countersurveillance. When you understand
these concepts, you'll be able to adapt to many different surveillance
situations. Best of all, the FBI simply has no way of knowing how you're going
to use what you've learned.