Big Brother – Do you trust the government with that much information about you?
As former NSA employee Thomas Drake told Herridge, “[t]he only way you can have perfect security is have a perfect surveillance state. That’s George Orwell. That’s 1984. That’s what that would look like.”
Wow, just wow. IRS. Wiretaps. Phone records. eMail, web visits, Facebook and more. Apparently, the Governments PRISM system is watching this blog as I write it. I could have saved the tax payers a lot of money if Obama and Holder had only clicked the “follow” button on the bottom of the page. In any case – I welcome the readers from the government to the blog. You might learn a few things if you sift through the archives.
A couple of things – the Patriot act was first passed and abused under George W Bush. It has been perverted to science fiction standards under Obama. For those of you who feel you have nothing to hide – I disagree because it is the government, more specifically, the party in power that is determining what they care about. They decide what they want to know, irrespective of what you have to hide. It doesn’t have to be illegal. Turns out, we didn’t monitor the Boston bombers despite them being on watch lists and getting multiple warnings from Russia. Nope, the IRS was monitoring the Tea Party. Why does the government need to proactively monitor their own citizenry. Forget what I have to hide. What RIGHT do they have to know. Is this the United States of America or a former Soviet police state?
we can now begin to understand why that same agency is in need of the massive new data center in Utah… capable of amassing, housing, and analyzing five zettabytes of data. (For context, according to Wikipedia, as of 2009, the entire World Wide Web was estimated to contain a half of one zettabyte.) According to Herridge, many questions about NSA’s new center have gone unanswered as “classified” and “secret.” She wrote:
Fellow NSA whistleblower Bill Binney, who worked at the NSA for nearly four decades, says it’s about the possibility that the government’s stunning new capacity to collect, store and analyze data could be abused. “It’s really a — turnkey situation, where it could be turned quickly and become a totalitarian state pretty quickly,” he said. “The capacities to do that is being set up. Now it’s a question of if we get the wrong person in office, or if certain people set up their network internally in government, they could make that happen quickly.”
We are beyond politics at this point. Way beyond. I get wound up about things like Obamacare and Benghazi and the national debt. Those concern me. The Government intimidating the press, monitoring and targeting private citizens tears at the fabric of our country and personal freedoms. That terrifies me. Enough is enough. The power of this information could be abused far too easily.
A correspondent to Breitbart News writes in frustration: “The FBI and NSA were reading [Nidal] Hassan’s emails to [Anwar] Al Awlaki and monitoring his phone calls and didn’t think he was a threat at Ft. Hood. The FBI was also monitoring the phone calls of the Times Square bomber and didn’t do anything. So much for the value of phone call and email monitoring. Check the old news clips on these stories. It’s all there.”
The problem is that President Obama does not want to believe that radical Islam is at war with us. He told the nation last month that “this war, like all wars, must end,” promising to repeal–not refine–the 2001 Authorization of the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Al Qaeda. And yet he has increased the federal government’s snooping–dramatically. What use is that information, if it will not be used against terror?
And then comes a reminder of which information the government has been most interested in: information about Tea Party and conservative groups, information about individual activists in the conservative movement, information about the prayers of pro-life groups–information, in other words, about its political opponents, who have been treated since the beginning of the Obama administration like the real national enemy.
Kimberly Strassel observes of the IRS scandal–which now seems almost quaint in the context of Verizon and Prism–that President Obama set the tone from the beginning with vicious rhetorical attacks on conservative non-profit groups and their donors, calling them “a threat to our democracy.” Meanwhile, the Obama administration missed real threats–blind to the danger its own behavior poses to our democratic republic.