Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Deep State talks to itself

Something like 1.4 million people collect federal government salaries, but The Donald has promised to cut that back.

They won't go down without a fight.

The Environmental Protection Agency is reportedly already planning to cut 3,000 -- or 20 percent -- of its employees. Think of it as the Job Protection Agency.

This is going on in every department, but the EPA is a special target. Now we're learning that EPA employees are using encrypted communications to chatter about Trump. 
Federal employees worried that President Donald Trump will gut their agencies are creating new email addresses, signing up for encrypted messaging apps and looking for other, protected ways to push back against the new administration’s agenda.
At the EPA, a small group of career employees — numbering less than a dozen so far — are using an encrypted messaging app to discuss what to do if Trump’s political appointees undermine their agency’s mission to protect public health and the environment, flout the law, or delete valuable scientific data that the agency has been collecting for years, sources told POLITICO.
Of course they're going to hide behind idealistic visions, but they want to keep their cushy jobs. One thing they're using is Signal, an encrypted message app. Signal has long been touted within the high-tech community as an encryption device particularly effective for blocking government access to smartphone messaging. In a 2015 article TechCrunch.com advised:
“Don’t want someone else handing your text messages, pictures, video or phone conversations over to the government? There’s an app for that. An iOS app called Signal is a project out of Open Whisper Systems, a not-for-profit collective of hackers dedicated to making it harder for prying government eyes to get a hold of your information.”
I would strongly urge you to get the Signal app, given that we know the feds have the ability to spy on each and every one of us. However, those EPA employees work for us, and we pay their salaries, and we rightly have an expectation that we can know what they're doing. The Obama Administration's top people -- think Hillary -- used private email accounts to avoid public scrutiny. It's not good.

Get this: Last year Open Whisper Systems was served with a federal subpoena for records on its users, according to documents published today. Prosecutors were seeking data on two suspects who used Signal, an encrypted chat app produced by Open Whisper. Unfortunately for the government, Signal keeps only minimal logs on users, so the vast majority of the requested information was unavailable.

I doubt they're listening in on EPA conspiracies.

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