By Clicking OK you permit the US Government to actively monitor your computer

I am not an especially paranoid type, so I am going to accept the following at face value and not castigate it as an intelligence operation by the US Government to begin monitoring academics who study military issues.  You can decide what you think.

A staff person in my Dean’s office forwarded the following email to all Chairs in our College, and my Chair forwarded it to the faculty…

From: Meade, Shannon P CIV JSOU []
Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2013 9:15 AM
To: Guilford, Tonja
Cc: Kilcullen, Dennis P CIV JSOU
Subject: JSOU Symposium: The Role of the Global SOF Network in a Resource Constrained Environment (Tampa FL) 27-28 Feb

Ms Guilford, just following up to see if anyone from the College of Social Sciences was interested in attending. The registration window for the symposium closes Feb 1st. Guest speakers for the symposium include Gen Holland, USAF ret ,the former commander of United States Special Operations Command, He was the commander of all US Special Operations forces at the time of the 9/11 attacks. Below is the link to the registration page.


S.P. Meade
Deputy Director, Professional Studies
Joint Special Operations University
Office: 813-826-3761
DSN: 299-3761

I was curious enough to click the link, and Firefox informed me that the site I was trying to access “could not be trusted.”  I clicked the “I understand the risks” box, add the exception, and was taken to the Joint Special Operations University (JSOU) website (the link is above).  A pop-up then opened over the site, informing me of the following rather stunning information…

You are accessing a U.S. Government (USG) Information System (IS) that is provided for USG-authorized use only.

By using this IS (which includes any device attached to this IS), you consent to the following conditions:

-The USG routinely intercepts and monitors communications on this IS for purposes including, but not limited to,
penetration testing, COMSEC monitoring, network operations and defense, personnel misconduct (PM),
law enforcement (LE), and counterintelligence (CI) investigations.

-At any time, the USG may inspect and seize data stored on this IS.

-Communications using, or data stored on, this IS are not private, are subject to routine monitoring,
interception, and search, and may be disclosed or used for any USG authorized purpose.

-This IS includes security measures (e.g., authentication and access controls) to protect USG interests–not for
your personal benefit or privacy.

-Notwithstanding the above, using this IS does not constitute consent to PM, LE or CI investigative searching
or monitoring of the content of privileged communications, or work product, related to personal representation
or services by attorneys, psychotherapists, or clergy, and their assistants.
Such communications and work product are private and confidential.
See User Agreement for details.

By clicking OK, you agree to the terms of the User Agreement.

Yeah, I closed the window.  JSOU and the US Government can go fuck themselves.


About Will H. Moore

I am a political science professor who also contributes to Political Violence @ a Glance and sometimes to Mobilizing Ideas . Twitter: @WilHMoo
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2 Responses to By Clicking OK you permit the US Government to actively monitor your computer

  1. S.P. Meade says:

    Prof Moore sorry to read that you allowed your distust of a government web sites to color your view of JSOU before attending the symposium. Would have loved to have had someone with your level of skepticism of the Department of Defense at the symposium so we could avoid the all to often group think that occurs.

    S.P. Meade
    FSU Class of 86

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