According to this article, since 2003, the Public Security Bureau in China has collected information on about 1.25 billion of the country's 1.3 billion people:
China has recorded details of more than 96 percent of its population on a police database, state media reported on Friday, supplementing Internet and other state-sanctioned surveillance... An estimated 30,000 Web police monitor the surfing habits of China's 110 million internet users, and restrict access to Web sites and blogs posting sensitive material, including topics related to democracy or independence for Tibet and Taiwan.
Is the U.S. headed in the same direction? I'm beginning to think so.
This article supports my suspicions. Apparently, a former AT&T worker alleged in an affidavit submitted in a class action lawsuit that AT&T provided the National Security Agency with a secret "spy room". The lawsuit was filed in federal court in San Francisco and alleges that AT&T violated state and Federal laws by surreptitiously allowing the government to monitor phone and internet communications of AT&T customers without warrants.
As reported in the article, it is alleged that:
AT&T provided National Security Agency eavesdroppers with full access to its customers' phone calls, and shunted its customers' internet traffic to data-mining equipment installed in a secret room in its San Francisco switching center, according to a former AT&T worker cooperating in the Electronic Frontier Foundation's lawsuit against the company.
Sadly enough, I'm not even surprised by these allegations. The alleged conduct is simply par for the course for this administration, as I've been detailing since the inception of this blog. Constitutional rights have fallen by the wayside in the wake of our government's ever-increasing efforts to combat "terrorism". The downward spiral continues...