NSA surveillance has certainly done its fair share of polarizing the country as well as making some of us regret things we’ve Snapchatted as of late. Many people have expressed their concern ranging from Tweets to full blog posts. However, one individual decided to express his objections to the NSA by sending them a mixtape.
Artist and software engineer David Huerta created a specialized encrypted mixtape solely for the purpose of the NSA never hearing the actual songs on the tape. Huerta used an encrypted SD card and filled it with with songs inspired by journalists Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald. Poitras and Greenwald were responsible for publishing the top-secret documents provided by Edward Snowden.
Huerta sent the NSA this mixtape to their headquarters in Fort Meade, MD and remained light-lipped about the password. (I wonder if they tried “m1xt4pe”…)
If anything, Huerta’s unlistenable mixtape is causing a major hiccup in the Friday office dance party the NSA was planning. After all, the NSA has Friday office dance parties on a regular basis. If there’s any organization known for understanding priorities, it’s the NSA.
However, Huerta’s mixtape does expose a weakness within the NSA:
“Encryption is the blind spot to the NSA’s all-seeing eye,” Huerta stated in a May blog post. “Math doesn’t need an information dominance center to enforce its rules. Math is the legal framework which the universe can only obey and will trump and outlast the rules of any human state.”
Huerta has also remained mum about the actual songs on the mixtape. He hasn’t published the track list anywhere online.
“The NSA can read my stupid Facebook updates,” he stated, “but without my consent, it will never be able to listen to my kick-ass mixtape.”
Source: The Verge