When the “news” broke last week that the National Security Agency under the Obama Administration was harvesting telephone records made within the United States the reaction was as predictable as it was swift. One big, huge WTF????
Those of us who did not choose to tear out our hair, rend our garments and demand Barack Obama be frog-walked out of the Oval Office in chains were exorcised as fools for surrendering our liberties without a peep of protest.
This conclusion is as fallacious as it is ridiculous and some of you really need both a laxative and a good night’s sleep. Not necessarily in that order.
I never said the government gathering information on the public was “OK.” But I’m not going to lose it now when I didn’t see all you outraged civil libertarians demanding George Bush’s impeachment when he did THE EXACT SAME THING without Congressional oversight or judicial warrant.
Sure we do. I do. You do too. Everyone does and yes, I am including all of you who couldn’t wait to crow “See! I toldja the government was listenin! I toldja Obama is no different from Bush. I toldja.”
Correct me if I got it wrong, but how did you get here? Was it via the Internets? Do you have an Internet Service Provider? Did you post on your laptop, smart phone or I-Pad?
Thanks for sharing with the the National Security Agency (which has only been around for 60 fucking years so I really don’t get why everyone is acting like they were just dreamed up by Dubya and now operate with the blessings of Barry).
Nobody is stealing your information about your next booty call, idea for the Great American Novel or your favorite porn bookmarks. You gave that information away. Yep. You left the door unlocked and now that it’s your shit getting peeped and not just some Muslim taxi driver in New Jersey you want to get all bent out of shape?
It is to laugh.
Let’s not do this dance. There is NO privacy on the Internet and there certainly is none on Facebook, or Word Press. Unless you believe founder Matt Mullenweg has 1000 lawyers on retainer ready to spring into action to quash any government subpoena from the Obama Administration for my complete posting history. I can assure you he does not.
There is no “right to privacy.” It is a fantasy and was bought by Disney and will be part of the next expansion of Mickey’s Toontown.
There is only the illusion of privacy. Your internet provider has your ISP. Your credit cards have your information. You use a loyalty card at the grocery store to get 25 cents off a loaf of bread and you’re handing over more information. You lose your shit when a phone call drops because you’re out of range of a cell tower.
When Verizon asked, “Can you hear me now?” didn’t you know it was a purely rhetorical question? Of course they can hear you now. They have always been able to hear you.
It’s not just Big Brother watching. Little Brother and Sister are too and we gave them permission to do so a looonnnnng time ago. Am I happy to have confirmed what I already suspected, that President Obama is continuing what President Bush started? Not really, but I never assumed any differently because I knew when giving a choice between protecting privacy rights and the nation from another 9/11 event, security is probably going to trump privacy.
This does not make be a blind Obamabot. I simply don’t see the reason I’m supposed to be freaking out.
I know it’s the default position for many of us on the Left side of the aisle to lose our shit and start dust off 1984 when this kind of story jumps off, but the reality about American life is unless you’re living in a cabin in the woods with no electricity, running water and totally cut off from civilization and living completely off the grid you give away your personal information and privacy EVERY DAMN DAY.
But now y’all want a cop an attitude and act like the piano player in the cathouse who claims he didn’t know there was fornicating going on upstairs? Please stop and look at the facts.
- The government is not listening to your phone calls.
- This is a program implemented with Congressional oversight and with judicial review.
- It is neither unlimited in what information can be data mined or extended into perpetuity.
You didn’t care when it was happening to Muhammad and Ahmed. Why so serious now? Because your boring little phone conversations flying through the air are being intercepted?
…a computer will sort through the millions of calls and isolate a very small number for further scrutiny. Perhaps one of the numbers was called by one of the Tsarnaev brothers before the Boston Marathon bombings. Or perhaps a call was placed by a Verizon customer to a known operative of Al Qaeda. The Supreme Court long ago authorized law enforcement agencies to obtain call logs — albeit on paper rather than from a computer database — without full probable cause to believe a crime had been committed.
Civil liberties are not something easily retrieved once given away, but little-by-little, bit-by-bit, Americans have surrendered their liberties and frankly, I find the hand-wringing and caterwauling both too little and too late. When you cede your power to politicians and bureaucrats you can’t come back later and shriek, “This isn’t what I wanted.”
If you want to maintain your taste for sausage you probably don’t want to see how the sausage gets made.
- Obama strongly defends phone and Internet surveillance (latimes.com)
- Mr. Obama, meet Benjamin Franklin (scholarsandrogues.com)
- Chris Hayes/Jeremy Scahill Nail the Bush-Obama Relationship (crooksandliars.com)
- Obama on Phone Data Collection: ‘Can’t Have’ Security and Complete Privacy (theepochtimes.com)