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Meager intelligence of the special services that are watching us

Some time ago, the golden age of the secret intelligence services of most of the countries around us ended. Its decline begins with the fall of the Berlin Wall and is recklessly stepping on the accelerator due to the advent of the Internet and social media, along with amazing advances in fields such as technology or artificial intelligence.

Despite this, we are still fascinated by guys like James Bond and the tortured spies of Graham Greene or John le Carré, but for more literary or cinematic reasons, since they belong to a past that has already passed, they are transcended like Dickens characters. or Galdos, and not to mention tough private detectives like Sam Spade. Now any neighbor’s son turns to specialty stores – also or especially on the Internet – for gossip about espionage and counterintelligence, which is really implausible and accessible to all pockets. His catalogs are as amazing as they are disturbing.

The launch of MI6 was more like a Monty Python or Super Agent 86 prank.

The British MI6, whose main function is to ensure national security abroad through espionage, was created in 1909. Its first director, Sir Mansfield Smith-Cumming, occupied the small office allotted to him, completely unaware of what his mission was. In addition to the table and chair, there was a telephone in it, which for the first few weeks never rang, because no one knew about it: its very existence was a state secret! So one could say that the launch of MI6 was more like a Monty Python or Super Agent 86 joke than a serious attempt to gather intelligence about the nation’s enemies abroad, who, of course, were many, and they were not fools.

Curiously, or maybe not, MI6 did not receive official recognition until 1994, that is, until then it was more or less independent. Yes, all the heirs of the discoverer Cumming are known as “C”, in his honor, because this man, already retired and flaunting British humor, threatened to write his memoirs, which would be 400 pages long … they are all in white!

The current MI6 has little to do with its humble origins. He has a lot of zero budget, a website and finds new employees online, in addition to banning all forms of torture and requiring his agents to always act with full transparency and accountability. However, he still does not want to declassify the millions of top secret documents that he cherishes.

The US National Security Agency (NSA) was launched from abroad in 1920, with the aim of collecting any compromised or incriminating information, and in any way, often illegal. President Woodrow Wilson appointed one Herbert O. Yardley as director of a mysterious agency that developed a system that allowed him to access all telegrams sent from within the country or from abroad, a painstaking activity that, of course, was completely illegal. But it didn’t really become effective until it reached an agreement with Western Union, which in those years operated as a primitive version of social networks thanks to its telegram system. This vicious deal allowed Yardley to secretly spy on millions of people.

After 9/11, the Bush administration reintroduced illegal wiretapping.

The NSA continued to expand its operations and become more efficient until a Senate committee discovered the pie in 1975, leading to the approval of the Foreign Intelligence Validity Act in 1978, which required the NSA to obtain judicial clearance before launching an investigation. And so it went on with its ups and downs until 9/11, when the Bush administration, despite its denials, re-established illegal wiretapping by decree.

In 2005, Congress gave the NSA carte blanche. Ever since Edward Snowden or Julian Assange would be revealed in due course, this agency – and it was far from the only one – has been spying on everyone, including dozens of presidents and heads of state, with impunity, and with greater efficiency after reaching known Internet servers.

Governments spy on citizens and vice versa; employers to employees and vice versa; parents to their children and vice versa; husbands to wives, and vice versa… and the secret services are more or less doing their job. So, having seen what they saw and lived the lived, and since then all of us, at least potentially, spies, reporters, photojournalists, private investigators, opinion-makers, whistle-blowers… a truly secure phone is still a g Mr. Smith-Cumming, who captured MI6. And the cell phone of Miguel Angel Revilla, President of Cantabria.

Let’s not be naive: exploring Pegasus is like chasing chimeras. In other words, Rome wouldn’t be an eternal city if it didn’t have its own Cloaca Maxima.



Source: www.lavanguardia.com

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