The National Security Agency in the USA has recently been accused of tracking data on American citizens, and this has caused much alarm in the “land of the free and home of the brave”.
It seems that the Agency was granted a court order requiring a unit of Verizon – an American internet TV and phone service company, to hand over all of its records on a daily basis.
Additionally, the National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are now accused of operating a programme to track data from the servers of nine leading Internet companies.
That programme has been described as “top secret” but since the details of it are all over the internet, I guess that means it isn’t top secret any more, so I am free to write about it.
The reporting of this story is covered in so many acronyms that the whole thing starts to look like a James Bond movie (in which I recall they used to have SMERSH and SPECTRE on a regular basis). Now the NSA (as everyone seems to want to call them) have PRISM, a top-secret (of course) operation for tracking audio, video, photographs, emails, and other documents.
It all reads like a bit of a spoof, but it is covered in the Washington Post, so presumably there is something to the tale.
Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee have recently had to deal with reports that the NSA were collecting details of tens of millions of Americans’ telephone records.
The Guardian newspaper then published a copy of a court order from a U.S. federal judge instructing Verizon on an “ongoing, daily basis” to give customers’ phone records — including records of U.S. citizens communicating with other U.S. citizens — to the National Security Agency.
So what’s all this got to do with Admiral Document Storage in the West Midlands?
Well, when it comes down to it, putting information on paper and then posting it to one another is generally speaking the best way to avoid the likes of the NSA, SMERSH, SPECTRE, MI5, 007 and anyone else who might want to spy on you.
The point is, letters sent through the post or stored in a facility such as ours, used to be the thing that secret government agencies used to focus on. But these days they are so busy burrowing into email accounts, telephone records, and anything else of a digital nature, they have forgotten about the post.
Indeed as far as I can see, no one intercepts the post any more. It is too much of a hassle for one thing, and besides everyone knows that people who are up to no good tend to use email.
Now I am not saying that we would happily accept anything to store which we knew was illegal or a threat to the state, but basically there is something reassuringly safe about information on paper.
Of course we wouldn’t refuse a bunch of MI5 employees who produced guns and the like and demanded to open a box in our storage facility. That’s not my point. Rather I’m just saying that having MI5 visit a storage resource like ours is just, well, very unlikely.
So on that basis we are quite a safe place to put things.
There’s more information on our facility on our website. Alternatively give us a call on 0800 783 9516.