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Why Does NSA Spying Matter?

As most of you know I’m a huge fan of Simple, Powerful and Direct. Particularly when others show the skill.

So I am moving a comment up the Post level.

Third News is responsible for this:

“It is much more complex than just the ability to know gossip -the media has done a disservice in pushing this narrative.

The mined data will profile your political slant and its use will likely mimic and mushroom the IRS’s strategy of denying organizations their tax status, slow-playing with massive paperwork, intrusive and illegal questioning, and telling organizations they may not use their right to free speech, nor protest.

First, the data (is) collected on individuals, ergo, it is presumable that the person is the target.

So what can happen? We don’t know yet but it will be possible to rate you for loyalty to the political party in charge, or for the cost-effectiveness of your healthcare, and for your ability to pay more taxes…we just don’t know.”

This is “Why it Matters”.

American Citizens should not have this as a concern… ever.  And we were designed not to.

(I made very minor edits… If I changed the intent in any way I’ll let News correct me in comments.)


We Did it to Protect You.

This has been the marketing line for every Security Apparatus every created.

It is the claim of Tyrants, and the refuge for Criminals.

There has never been a Government who built a Security Apparatus which it marketed to its population with the tag line of “We are Doing it to Oppress you.”

Evil is never so overt… unless you write scripts in Hollywood.

The idea that we can suddenly trust the words of those who are angry they are being forced with stating them openly, is inane.

What should be remembered is that those who did the lying were comfortable doing the lying. It is a Culture.  They do what they want, then openly deny it… comfortable that nothing ill will happen to them for doing so.

This is the point.

The United States Government answers to the Citizenry. It is a “bottom up” model.  Because of this, we are Unique in the World.

When those we elect, and those we appoint, suffer no genuine consequence for their malfeasance regardless of their supposed intentions, We have wandered far away from the above.

When people like me express concern regarding where this country is headed… and where we are now… we mean it.

No Black Helicopters here. Simply distress based on plenty of history and observation.


What is Fascism in a Nutshell?

Boiled down to its basic form, Fascism is simply a lazy man’s Socialism.  (Some might argue a “Smart” man’s Socialism as it recognizes the inability of Labor to effectively run business.)

It is everything Socialism is, except the private ownership of Industry “is allowed” or tolerated…

So long as the Industry in question cooperates with the Government.
If said Industry fails to cooperate with the Government, the Government will step in and control that Industry.

Control comes in a number of forms.

There is the outright seizing of that Industry or Company. (The Classic Socialist paradigm.  As demonstrated with General Motor’s.)

There is the implementation of new regulations placed upon that Industry or Company with penalties ranging from fiscal to penal.

There is Banning of Industry, or Industry practices effectively putting that entity out of business. (There are also trade policies which can be manipulated in ways designed to harm the business model of the offending Company or Industry.)

That’s it folks. That’s the only difference. (The Socialists in 30’s Germany added a “Nationalization” component… but paired it with Global Expansionism, and Divine Right, thus making it meaningless in modifying the definition of Fascism and rendering it a difference without a distinction between it and Socialism.

I bring this up, because the cooperation between the Phone Companies and Government fits the description.

The Government demanded the records from the phone companies and in return gave them immunity from your suits.  The Scheme is an old one.  Some thugs come into your bar and trash it… the next day a guy shows up and says he’ll make sure it doesn’t happen again, as long as you pay him a monthly fee.  The Mob has operated this way for years.

There are many examples, but the collection of Innocent American Citizen’s phone records, e-mail, etc. is happening right now…


Quantum Cryptography

…or you’ve been Left Behind.

The Superpowers have a new way of communicating.

And it’s perfectly secure…

Quantum Entanglement is the next step in the Communication Revolution.

And, only the Superpowers will have it.

That means the rest of us… everybody… will be using communication methods which can, and are, being intercepted and archived for later reference.

I’m going to take a moment for you to digest what you have just read, and linked to, from the above statement.

Now… Grab your Cloak and Dagger then Rub your hands together and practice your Villainous Laugh.  “BoohaHaHaaaaahaahaaha…”

What advantage might be enjoyed by having a completely secure, unlimited, method of communication while the rest of the world does not?

Combine that with the ability to intercept and store every bit of that information the rest of the world uses, transmits or receives in order to communicate, what might be the advantage now?

Throw on top of this super computing capability to sift through all of it, and methods to break every code ever devised…

No need to imagine… it’s here.  No Conspiracy Theory Needed.

For the moment I’ll leave you here to makeaneffort.  Fire up your Binger… or Googler… or Whatever you user…


Free Data Back-Up!

The NSA is now offering Free (taxpayer-funded) Data Back-Up.

Ever wonder what happened to the e-mail from that special someone you had years ago on an old computer?

The NSA can Help!
Just log on to NSAChat.gov and, like magic, a helpful Secret Agent, or Government Contractor, will assist you in recovering that valuable bit of information.

Lost those naked pictures of your ex-wife?

The NSA can Help!
Anyone of our Nameless Employees, who don’t really exist (we call them “Nobody”), can find those pictures and have them back on your computer without you even realizing it.

Lost that “not quiet legal” Canadian prescription for pain killers?

The NSA can Help!
Odds are we have you on a “hot list” anyway, so getting you that information will be a cinch.

Did your entire system Crash?

The NSA can Help!

Computer Crash? No Problem!  Phone dropped in the toilet?  No Problem!  Dishwasher stopped working?  No Problem!  Because we keep an entire back-up of everything you have, all the time… forever.

We’re the Government, and We’re here to help!

If you can’t trust Us, who can you trust?

(We are not part of the Internal Revenue Service, yet.  There is no opt-out currently available for this service.  We apologize ahead of time for using those pictures of your wife or daughter for our desktop wallpaper.  We also can provide information for all of your major automobiles.  We can hear you through the electrical sockets.  Tin Foil doesn’t work.)


The Most Brilliant Counter-Intel Op Ever?

No Matter how this exposure of the NSA’s ability to Spy turns out, could it be considered the most brilliant Counter-Terror Operation ever devised?

Where do we stand now?  The entire world is aware that everything they do will be archived by the National Security Agency (No Such Agency) and used to determine their threat to the United States.

In other words, it’s not that their cell phone is compromised…. it’s that EVERYTHING they own, and do, is compromised.

Talk about disrupting the enemies communications, and forcing them to modify their behavior!  Modify it to what, bump passes and one-time pads?

Brilliant!

If there was ever a way to strike fear into the hearts and minds of those who wish you harm, this would be it.  The only way to fertilize that fear would be to tell them we’ve been doing it for a decade… And, we have done that too.

There must be a shortage of Depends in certain Asian Countries right now.

Objectively, there is very little down-side to this Spying except the scouring away of any idea American Citizens might have that they live in a Country which preserves and protects their freedoms.  Just a small detail…

So what’s going on with Clapper et al. coming out of the dark corners to defend it?  As a friend of mine out it; “The NSA does not have a process for Press Releases.”

The real reason the Progressive Elitists among us are out defending the Domestic Spying on the American Public is the fear that the entire operation could fall victim to our outrage.  And, they’re right.

But, public complacency typically wins in the end.  Our track record on caring about the erosion of our rights is dismal.  It is my prediction the NSA will be allowed to continue doing whatever they want.  We might get an “I’m Sorry.”, if we’re lucky.  And, you’ll decide you’re OK with it.

You will keep volunteering your private information for all to see.  It is how you elevate yourself above your friends.  It is how you demonstrate your life is better, or you care more about everything, or you “feel” everything more than anybody who has ever lived.  Your Ego will not allow you to preserve your privacy.  So you will tolerate the Government keeping an electronic file on you, and your friends, and your family… just in case they decide you did something wrong, sometime down the road, or whatever.  (But remember that you are responsible for what you disclose to the world.  You have no right to be upset when you post every detail of your life so 12-year old Chinese Doctoral students can do the same thing we are doing to ourselves, only 12,000 miles away.  But you can’t help yourselves… you think everybody should know who you are.  So don’t be surprised when they do.)

The Onion once had a bit on Facebook being the greatest CIA operation ever devised… were they being funny?  Apparently not.

While public information is… well, public.  It is the stuff that we do not disclose to the public which is being gathered by those who desire our trust.

Let me ask you, how would you feel if you found out your spouse was tapping your phone?  Your parents?  Your neighbor?  How would you feel if your boss was reading your e-mail on your home account?  How would you feel if your kids were auditing your credit card transactions?

So why should we accept that it is OK for the Government to do it?  Are the people behind the computers not our friends, parents, children, neighbors, etc?  The “logic” we are being asked to accept is bizarre in its construction.  The idea there must be “a balance between our security and our rights” is directly out of the Tyrannical Government Handbook.  Our rights come before our security… and we are secure because of those rights.

The only issue here… we should not, can not, must not, allow our own Government to Spy on us.  It is unconstitutional.  The fact that we are doing it to ourselves undermines everything this country was founded on, and thus everything we believe to be true in terms of civil liberties.  If we condone this, we officially have no rights.

In other words, if we do not stand up and demand this Domestic Spying be stopped… immediately, then all bets are off.

And, it may not be tomorrow, next week or next month but there WILL be a time that this country’s security apparatus is used to oppress the population.  This is not up for debate by intelligent individuals with a modicum of historical knowledge.  When you have a specific Ideology which demands Centralized Government and the ability to enforce it, oppression is not as far away as one would like to think.

Examples abound… and contrary to what the average, over-inflated-self-esteem drunk, citizen might think, we are not so different from all the other humans occupying this planet.

But like I started, taken at face value… this “Whistle-Blowing” could actually be the greatest Counter-Terror Operation ever executed.

I’ve always said, “If you’re going to be a Socialist then be the best Socialist you can be.”

Here’s to those doing a great job!  Cheers!  (Ever wonder why the Soviets are all drunks?)


Hero or Traitor?

Not Really, and Not Really.

Boehner will be added to my list of Republicans to vote against in a future Primary… as his assessment of Snowden as a Traitor is flawed, but indicative of his mindset.

Snowden only revealed that the Government is Spying Domestically.  Not How they are Spying Domestically.

And Frankly, compared to the Fact, that which is known, that our Government is killing U.S. Citizen with Missiles from Above, it pales in comparison.  But the public views it differently because it directly affects them and the way they lead their lives.  It is an admission that Privacy is Dead in America.

I believe Mr. Snowden did the right thing.  As far as being a Hero, that is left to be determined.

For those that fear he has damaged the NSA’s ability to Spy Domestically and have labeled him a Traitor, there is no evidence of that.

Is this another case of Idealistic Obama supporters “coming home to roost”?

Most definitely.

Someone should remind the Smartest Man to ever occupy the White House that when you run, and win, on Platitudes, your supporters hear what they want… just like you want.  Surprise should be suspended when they believe what you wanted them to believe, and then are disappointed when you fail to deliver.  And, Mr. President, your list of not delivering on your promises is very long indeed.

Mr. Snowden is just a harbinger of things to come.  And I say “good”.

Many of us on both sides of the aisle have screamed for greater transparency for decades.  If this is how we must get it, then so be it.

In regard to living in fear of terrorism, get used to it.

Even with this program operating for almost a decade, “Terrorism” never went away or ceased to exist.  And that’s the point.

It is better to live free with Terror being present than to live under the scrutiny of Government Force with Terror still being present.

It is how we were founded.  And, Terrorists are not “New”.

It is going to be an interesting future.


Google Can’t Shoot You

… and claim the Patriot Act was on Their side.

So stop trying to justify the NSA’s collection of Citizen’s Personal Data because Google, and others, do it.

Did the Democrats buy information from Google for President Obama’s Election and re-election Campaigns?  Yes, they did.  But it’s not their fault the Republicans were too stupid to make the same investment.  Data Mining is something that should aggravate you when conducted by private companies… like Google, Bing, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, etc…

But it should incense you to the point of demanding jail time for those responsible when Data Mining is conducted by the Federal Government using, unconstitutionally obtained, innocent civilian personal information.  Not only that, the fact that the government is storing every communication prior to a crime being committed should make you want to vomit.

Private companies can do whatever they want… so long as it’s legal… and they are willing to face the public. In other words, the fine folks at Google can be put in jail, or watch their share prices drop at a minimum.

We enjoy NO SUCH RECOURSE when dealing with the government. You cannot sue the Government.  The Government Employees never go to jail.  You can’t put the Government out of business.  The best we ever get is a hearing or two with the promise that “steps have been taken to make sure (whatever you’re complaining about) will not happen again”.  Frankly, We consider ourselves lucky to get an “I’m Sorry.”.

There is a VAST difference between PRIVATE and GOVERNMENT.

We were not founded as a Nation that was supposed to “Trust the Government”.  In fact, our founding documents were specifically designed to limit Government power exactly because Government was not to be trusted… ever.  Never.

Another Argument is; “We’ve been doing this for a long time… almost a decade.  And we haven’t seen a problem…” -Charles Krauthammer.

SO WHAT!?  The U.S. Government has been wasting our money for far longer than they have been Spying on the Entire Nation… so it’s OK?!  Unbelievable.

The last, and latest, argument to try to make you feel okay is; “Judges have signed off on these seizures of data.”  The fact the Eric Holder had to go “judge shopping” until he could find one to sign off on whatever he wanted, particularly the seizing of data from 100 AP reporters, should illustrate what a farce the FISA courts are.  It is not beyond a very simple imagination to think those courts could be stacked with exactly those types of judges.  It is worth noting that reportedly, of the 34,000 requests currently sent to FISA courts only 11 (eleven) have been refused.  Eleven… eleven… holy crap.

I find the reaction, and offered defenses, of what is going on to be astounding, and frightening all at the same time.  As should you.

Grab a pen, and start keeping track of those Politicians, Advisors, Talking Heads and Government Employees who defend such behavior.

You’ll need that list come election time.  You’ll also need a bottle of Bourbon… no glass, it’ll just get in the way.


Flushing Them Out…

Finally an issue that separates the Men from the Elitists.

While it is a safe rule to vote against the candidate with the most Dictator endorsements… which is always the Democrat.

It is a breath of Fresh Air to have an Issue like the NSA’s Spying on Innocent American Citizens to flush out the Progressives in the Republican Party.

Get ready for the Parade of Progressive Republicans leading the charge to prosecute the Whistle-Blower and defend the NSA’s Domestic Surveillance program.

So Far we Have Lindsey Graham, Eric Cantor and Peter King.

Update 061112: John Boehner

This list will be updated with frequency.  Be sure to check back. – Mike


Dangerously Close to Connecting the Dots.

The American Public is getting Dangerously Close to Connecting the Dots.

The American Press is doing their best to prevent this from happening… but the confluence of scandals is making it difficult.

The Latest argument being floated to defend the NSA’s Domestic Spying Scandal is basically “Trust the Government”. The defenders are out claiming they must have all of your personal records and digital communications in order to fight “terrorists”. They are almost to the point of yelling “the government would never use that information against you” unless they decide you are a terrorist.

Here’s the problem…

The Government up-armed Mexican Drug Cartels in order to attack the 2nd Amendment and open sale of firearms to citizen in the United States.

The Government fabricated a profoundly ridiculous story about a video to cover-up the truth about Al Qaeda Assassinating our Diplomat in Libya.

The Government used the power of the IRS to intimidate and destroy its political opposition.

The Government seized 100 AP reporters phone and e-mail records… intimidating their sources as well as the reporters directly through the knowledge they gained.

The Government seized 110 million Verizon customers phone records… and that’s just what we know so far.

The Government has a program with the ability to store every bit of information from every human being living in the United States… forever.

The Government has a program that utilizes Super-Computers to scan every e-mail, every phone call, every thing it can… and detects “patterns” that might indicate whatever they consider to be terroristic or subversive.

In totality… this is frightening.

And, this is just what we know to be true.

Until very recently, anyone who believed any one of these things was dismissed as a crazy conspiracy theorist donning an aluminum chapeau.

If the Press isn’t careful, the public might learn something and they’ll lose control.

If the Government isn’t careful, the public might unify in its opposition to it and these behaviors.

If the Socialists in both parties aren’t careful, the public might subscribe to the ideology this country was founded on.