What strikes terror into a politicians heart?
The truth about his false claims getting out.
What terrifies high level bureaucrats?
Losing power or funding.
Who are terrorists to bullies in badges?
Cameramen catching them.
Hundreds of thousands of us are now terrorists.
In the USA today, anybody can be called a terrorist.
Terrorists have no rights.
Terrorists have no protection.
The president’s men can accuse someone of being a terrorist then kill them or detain them forever (detain is political-speak for throwing them in the dungeon without telling a soul where they went).
Do you remember the good old days in this once free country where a court order was required to put a tap on the evil-dooer’s phone line? It was a famous part of many major crime busts and integral to every detective show on TV.
Today the National Security Agency (NSA) is building dossiers on every one of us.
“… if you are doing nothing wrong, you have nothing to fear.”
They are putting together every connection, every word, every contact into an electronic X-ray of each life in the USA.
By itself this is NOT OKAY.
But the ramifications are even worse.
Remember Ruby Ridge, Idaho. The Feds worked Randy Weaver over to blackmail him into infiltrating a group they wanted a closer look at. He refused to be their spy so they sent a joint FBI-ATF-Sheriff assault team who kept them under fire for days, shooting his son and wife.
With dossiers on everybody, it will be easy to find people succeptable to blackmail. NSA will share with (in-)appropriate sister agencies to blackmail us into an even more sinister surveilance state. They will find folks to attack movie theaters when a terrorist incident is needed to forward their agenda or protect their backsides.
There is nothing innoncent or innocuous about warrant-less tapping of our electronic communications. In this age, that is the same as opening every letter and copying the contents. A century ago, our grandparents would have strung them up for that. Today we yawn and return to our programming.
The above rant was inspired by (another) article about NSA whistleblowers. Here’s a clip:
“Domestically, they’re pulling together all the data about virtually every U.S. citizen in the country and assembling that information, building communities that you have relationships with, and knowledge about you; what your activities are; what you’re doing. So the government is accumulating that kind of information about every individual person and it’s a very dangerous process”
The NSA used to be only in Tom Clancey novels. Once in a while the mainstream press would mention a new data center being built. It is a bit hard to hide the construction of five story buildings with several levels of basement that take up full or multiple city blocks. Their consumption of truckload after truckload of computers to fill the buildings and enough electricity to power a medium city also requires some explaination.
Then with no signage, no press and nobody but Big Brother drones working inside who know about it, the building disappears.
But the data collection does not dissapear.
There is evil growing in the bowels of the NSA megacenters. I cannot see it, but I can feel it.
If you are doing nothing wrong, you have nothing to fear.
NSA should have something to fear.
(Every county should have a Constitutional Sheriff.)