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US Internet Seen as Untrustworthy

Science & Tech  (tags: Internet, client information, data, data storage, data transmission, Patriot Act, US government, spying, surveillance, privacy )

- 3952 days ago -
Since passage of the Patriot Act, many companies based outside of the United States have been reluctant to store client information in the U.S


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RC deWinter (418)
Saturday August 30, 2008, 8:05 am
Great...this cursed administration has even managed to blacken America's reputation regarding the Internet! Shaking my head and muttering...

RC deWinter (418)
Saturday August 30, 2008, 8:08 am
Can we possibly be worse than China???

Joycey B (750)
Saturday August 30, 2008, 8:35 am
I am silently cursing. Thanks Cate.

. (0)
Saturday August 30, 2008, 8:45 am
Regardless of who said what to whom, the clock is ticking to a major outage of Internet access, country or worldwide and soon! The number of cyberwar criminal hackers, espionage, and terrorist incursions is rising daily. It is only a matter of time before someone hijacks the Net,since AFCYBER is not fully functional to properly defend us!

Marion Y (322)
Saturday August 30, 2008, 9:15 am
Also, we are back in the Cold War days so we can expect cyber attacks as Robert has said, but also terrorist attacks of infrastructure, military installations, chemical plants, you name it. As Cate said, this goes back to the Bush Administration for ruining our reputation. Remember "made in Japan?" Our products, our agreements, our laws and our word are all subject to be questioned. If Bush would lie us into a war that killed over a million innocent victims and displaced 4 million more, what else would he and this country lie about? This list is so heavy and extensive that I give credit to other countries for dealing with us this long.

For the past 5 years I have been saving important information from websites onto an external drive at home should the Internet go down. I back up my hard drive weekly as well as address books and critical information.

This is the 21st century and here we are dealing with a 20th century leader who has cost us precious time and extensive losses, and also incited our enemies. Finally, not all attacks are outside of the US. Keep that in mind. We all should be enraged.

Timothy Brown (1)
Saturday August 30, 2008, 9:43 am
I should not wonder if other countries do not trust the United States; I do not trust us

Chris Nielsen (75)
Saturday August 30, 2008, 9:54 am
With all the internet being copied by NSA, all the other countries feel that the U.S. should be cut-off from a transnational trade and international etrade. Looks like South Americans and Canadians will get to enjoy the benefits of e-commerce and communications that the U.S. once enjoyed. The Bush regime has definitely burned the U.S. down to the ground.

Linda H (199)
Saturday August 30, 2008, 11:12 am
This is a situation I try not to think about and I do not tell my roommate she would never be on the computer again! I have nothing to hide if someone wants to make something of what I say on the net well to bad.Now if they mettle with my money that is another matter!Everything is done electronically now so we better watch out can't trust the Gov!Thanks,Cate!

Sandy v (91)
Saturday August 30, 2008, 11:18 am
Isn't it National Security we should fear. It would be Homeland Security and paranoid Bush to start checkin Americans to feed into the paranoid state Bush's mind stays in. I would never trust our government as they can not ever tell the truth about anything. Lord knows any 5th grader could probably hijack my computer and all files

Micahel Dewey (1021)
Saturday August 30, 2008, 11:49 am
Raise your tongue, raise a pen, if we want to end war and stuff we got to learn how to sing loud.

Stephen Hannon (203)
Saturday August 30, 2008, 1:28 pm
Noted, thanks Cate.

YOu know it doesn't matter how loud we scream, or who we write to for the posers of our elected officials really don't give a rats ass about any of us. All they care about is their jobs and who they screw next. Unfortunately it's us who buy it in the end.

We have been screaming for impeachment of Bush/Cheney for years, and our voices aren't being heard now, so what can we expect in the future? More lies and corruption if we don't dimantle the Republican party and everything it stands for. It isn't the Grand Old Party anymore, at least not the way it used to be.

Nancy Pelosi should be horse whipped for taking impeachment off the table, and her feeble excuse that it would detract from the business of Congress at hand. Fact is it's Pelosi who decides what bills make it to the House floor for debate, and impeachment ain't one of them. I am hoping she is going to be defeated in November in the 9th district of California. There are several women running who could unseat her, and that would be a good thing.

I really got a kick out of Hillary Clinton praising McShame's choice of Veep. This woman is a nut job, who is more to the right than Bush is with all of his radical decisions he's made. When Bush tells McShame job well done, well you get my drift. This is the same woman who refuses to outlaw arial Wolf hunting, and is attempting to have the Polar Bear removed from the endangered species list. Her husband works for BP oil, and she has taken more oil money than McShame has. What a pair of Idiots these two make. Sarah Palin has only 2 yrs. experience as governor of Alaska, and I can't see how the Repugnants can praise McShame's choice of a 44-year-old women with far less experience than Obama. God save us if McShame croaks withing the first year if he's elected as our next president. We will certainly be up the pervebial creek without a paddle, a hole in the bottom of the boat, and no pail to bail out the water. China is starting to look good for a new home. Can't do much worse than that. At least I would know where I stood.

AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast are fighting like cats and dogs over control of the Internet, so there isn't anything surprising about this business, and we all know that all three complied with warrantless NSA requests for private information. Under the Enabling Act aka Patriot Act there are more holes in it than a slice of Swiss Cheese. God save the Commonwealth!! But then again he might not be in the saving business anymore...

. (0)
Saturday August 30, 2008, 1:57 pm
Say it loud say it proud speak up america

Mary Neal (183)
Saturday August 30, 2008, 2:26 pm
I believe that God has planted in every human heart the desire to live in freedom. And even when that desire is crushed by tyranny for decades, it will rise again.
George W. Bush (1946 - ), State of the Union address, January 20, 2004


Gail L (30)
Saturday August 30, 2008, 3:06 pm
Noted thanks Cate.

Yvonne White (229)
Saturday August 30, 2008, 3:41 pm
No surprise.. time for Change! Obama/Biden 08!

David Gould (155)
Saturday August 30, 2008, 5:16 pm
I cannot think of anything I would like worse than for my personal details to be stored in some leaky reposititory within the corruption that is the present day USA....Don't get me worng I love Americans...its just that they crap at choosing leaders...and this last shower is the worst we have seen unless you vote in the wrinkly dude and his wolf shooting big oil partner.

I try to give as little info as possible now over the who knows who has acess all areas. (Sorry must say 'Hi to my CIA reader...hope this is not too boring for you...greetings from Scotland dude. If yer wer ha, eed give ee a Glasgo kiss mun.)

Blacktiger P (247)
Saturday August 30, 2008, 7:39 pm
Worse than China? Just hope they don't call in their loan! If you can't pay there will be a pagoda in place of the dome of the White house!

Morgan Griffith (225)
Saturday August 30, 2008, 8:57 pm
The USA has ceased to exist--it has become nothing more than a geography and a history lesson, a remember when story.

Denice G (45)
Sunday August 31, 2008, 12:06 am
Thanks Cate. David Gould I love your wrinkly dude and his wolf shooting big oil partner. That says it all. No matter who is elected we are in trouble.

Dolores H (2)
Sunday August 31, 2008, 4:13 am
Interesting article.

Past Member (0)
Monday September 1, 2008, 1:35 am
Because Americans are not trustworthy.
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Margaret P (76)
Monday September 1, 2008, 10:23 am
I think the spying on us is far more insidious than we are aware of. It wouldn't surprise me if all of the new computers had chips in them that transmit data back to our government or allow them to access our computers whenever they choose to...

noted, thanks, Cate.....

Marion Y (322)
Monday September 1, 2008, 10:27 am
Maggi, If I'm not mistaken, I think Microsoft has done this. I read this somewhere about the Vista OS having the chip. Don't know if it's true but I think very likely.
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