Did you know that merely visiting the Tor website or any place where Linux, data anonymity,privacy or security is mentioned, is enough to earn you a place in a NSA database? Meaning our communications will be retained indefinitely in their data centers.
This of itself is nothing new. We know that everything is already collected anyway, so looking really, really, really hard at encrypted Tor traffic shouldn’t change anything.
What is truly interesting and alarming about this news is their internal view of netizens. Criminalization of knowledge and privacy, where even trying to understand such topics puts anyone and everyone under unreasonable suspicion. Going far enough to be labeled as extremists.
As users who value our anonymity and basic human right to privacy, this should strengthen our resolve to keep developing and using robust counter-surveillance measures like Whonix and to educate more people about how their basic values are stake and how they can safeguard them.