I'm not being paranoid, I know what some of these spy systems can do because I helped the government build one of them!
Does that make me a self-cutting/loathing hypocrite? ABSOLUTELY...
Originally Posted by Raylon
And all this security to protect what, your home videos? Facebook passwords? I guess I just don't understand the crazy security.
There are different levels of security based on the type of data.
For most people it would be:
Bank account access, Banking info, Tax forms, Passwords, Resumes, Letters of Reference, Digital Signatures, and anything else that can be used to steal and impersonate your identity. Things like Facebook may fall into that category. Or if you are cheating on your wife then perhaps the dating sites and chat logs. Like the Ashley Madison leak of recent. LOL (of course you can't do anything about third-party sites like that because it is beyond your ability to control!)
For the government, the list is absolutely huge:
Nuclear launch codes, satellite logins, all the technical specs of gear and systems, war plans/deployments, and operative locations, Medical records, Tax records, Radar signatures, the list goes on...
Obviously they have things that are far more important to protect than you and I do.
That's why in order to get a security clearance, you need:
-No criminal records (in the FBI/DHS and CSIS/RCMP databases, and any other local or international ones that apply.)
-No fraud, small claims, or major driving records
-Credit in good standing
-Can't live in the same house as anyone who does
-Can't have friends who do either
-No lies on your application form (employment history, education, resident history, birth records, travel records.)
-In some cases you have to list your friends, neighbors and family members on the application form. Both current and past. You and them are all subject to interviews.
-Renewed every 5 years (or in some cases: every year)
They say that 25% of applicants are rejected before even starting a deep dive, because of: lies and offences and various un-good records.
As a result, only 0.1% of the population hold a clearance level of any kind.
Sorry Weird Al, but: Application Denied