Our Computers are doing it.
So we’re not really lying… or are we?
This latest defense by Eric Holder, that “no-one in the Justice Department is listening to your phone calls” is interesting. It’s tantamount to a Tagger saying “I didn’t spray paint that wall! The Spray Can did it.”
While technically true, it does not absolve the individual who employed the TOOL used to commit the act.
Whether a human-being or a computer is “looking for patterns”, “listening” or “reading” our private correspondence is irrelevant. The act of doing so has been initiated by a Human.
These word games are what we get from Lawyers… it’s semantics combined with careful parsing of words.
It is Machiavellian.
In the Prince, Machiavelli offers the advice to his Desired Employer that the Noble should be prepared to do whatever it takes to keep control over the population. In fact, when faced with doing things to them they stand to rebel against… do it anyway, then point the finger of blame at his opponents, whomever they may be at the time.
The problem for this Administration is the last part of that tactic. They have not been able to successfully blame their political opponents. The public simply doesn’t believe them anymore.
This is where we are now. As of this typing there are those in the press trying to tie Bush’s name to these acts. Yes, he had a hand in much of this as did Bill Clinton with the new, at the time, spying programs of Echelon and Carnivore.
But those guys are gone. Not present. And there is one person who has the power to stop this now, the most Brilliant Protector of Civil Liberties and most Intelligent man to ever occupy the White House… President Barack Obama. In fact, he has had 5-years since his election to stop this abuse of power and intrusion into the private lives of American Citizens that he railed against a little over 5-years ago before his election.
Yet he has not. In fact, these acts have risen to a level never before exposed in our lifetimes.
We are being told that all of this is to defend ourselves against Terrorists.
Well, let me ask… who defines the term Terrorist? Does the United States Government have an official definition so we know we don’t fit that bill?
And, considering the abuse coming to light in the IRS, who says a jilted lover or political opponent decides that you fit the description… because they happen to be the “decider” that day?
We are on Treacherous Ground here.