Earlier this month, James Risen and Eric Lichtblau of The New York Timeswrote something truly astonishing. That it came in the liberal-leaning Times may be the reason not enough conservatives took notice. Read it. Then read it again. (Emphasis added.)
“In Virginia, a telecommunications consultant reported, Verizon had set up a dedicated fiber-optic line running from New Jersey to Quantico, Va., home to a large military base, allowing government officials to gain access to all communications flowing through the carrier’s operations center.”
Think back to 2008. Candidate Obama steamrolled into office as the anti-George W. Bush, having soundly defeated in both organization and rhetoric two more seasoned politicos, Hillary Clinton and John McCain, while campaigning on ending the war on terror, closing the Guantanamo prison and reversing the Bush-era Patriot Act responses to 9-11, which Mr. Obama viewed as assaults on Americans’ civil liberties. He was, after all, a Leftist former Con-Law professor. These issues seemed tailor made for him.
Only Candidate Obama and President Obama have proved to be two very different people, so opposite in fact one might wonder if the leader of the greatest nation on earth suffered bipolar disorder (not a comforting thought about a man who travels with a briefcase containing nuclear launch codes, and the means to utilize them).
In fact, it’s arguable now that all Mr. Obama’s rhetoric were only ever campaign promises to begin with, that he was only ever seeking the office, not in fact making enforceable contracts with the American people. And here’s where it gets interesting.
Because today, in this hyper-partisan world in which we live, Mr. Obama may have unwittingly stumbled onto the one issue which can unite America. Fortunately for us, and unfortunately for Mr. Obama, we’ll be uniting against him.
The issue is privacy, and our rights as citizens guaranteed in the 4thAmendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Not only hasn’t he ended much of the anti-terror espionage programs created during the W. Bush administration, Mr. Obama has exponentially expanded a great many of them. Of course, it took the bravado (and accused-treason) of an NSA data analyst turned whistleblower named Edward Snowden to bring any of this to light.
And what we’ve learned makes Orwell’s 1984 look tame by comparison.
The reality today is that if you are among the 91% of conservatives in America who own at least one cell phone or smart phone, the odds are great that either Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile (the “big three” wireless companies) is your provider. If so, every phone call you’ve made or received, every text message you’ve sent or received, every web page you’ve accessed, every location you plotted on your phone’s GPS, is all government data now.
Prior to the Obama presidency, the I.R.S. was just your average intrusive, abusive and punitive tax collection agency. They were part of the federal government’s revenue system. The Obama administration changed that, and made them a political arm of the Democratic National Committee, waging a three-year war of threats and intimidation against their perceived political enemies: conservative groups, Tea Party groups, and at least five pro-Israel groups that we know of.
Now, we’ve learned that all your phone, data and Internet records have been handed over by the phone companies you thought you could trust. There, that data now purports to sit within a multi-billion dollar N.S.A. complex buried in a Utah mountainside where it will reside in perpetuity.
Only, will it? President Obama receives N.S.A. briefings on these data collection programs almost daily (though we know he skips as many as half of these briefings). While the I.R.S. political staff are the most frequent visitors to the White House, intelligence officers are surely high on the list. And thanks to Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile, your phone, text and Internet data is just waiting to be exploited.
Enter Eos Mobile. According to an aggregation of recent polls, conservatives are deeply dissatisfied with their phone records being turned over to the government. As a matter of principle, warrantless searches and violations of our 4th Amendment rights are frowned upon, as is being treated like common criminals by thuggish members of Barack Obama’s Chicago political mafia.
In a survey of 3,702 likely Republican voters taken in 7 battleground states between April and June 2013, we asked the following:
QUESTION: If you knew that major cell phone companies like AT&T and Verizon had given major donations to groups that support liberal causes like gay marriage, amnesty for illegal immigrants, Planned Parenthood, gun control, and Obamacare and that there was a conservative cell phone company that gave 1% of every cell phone bill to conservative causes and organizations and pledged to never support any liberals or liberal causes, would you be [ROTATE] very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not at all likely, to switch your cell phone service to that conservative company?
Among likely Republican voters, responses were very similar by state, and all-together, gave us the following results: fully 60% say they are likely (30% very, 30% somewhat), while just 30% say they are unlikely to switch service (10% not too likely, 20% not at all likely) and will remain with their current provider. The remainder were unsure or undecided.
Earlier this month, Eos Mobile (“Eos” means “a new beginning”) launched nationwide with several conservative non-profits already joining as partners. Just this past week, the company’s Action arm launched a campaign against the Obama-NSA domestic espionage scandal. And responses to both, so far, have been very enthusiastic.
Back to my original point: Candidate Obama promised a crusade against the domestic surveillance excesses he decried in the Bush administration. President Obama has had a fiber optic cable built from Verizon’s headquarters to Langley, Virginia, to feed all phone data directly to the federal government. This is just one of the mountain of examples of how Big Brother has grown like Big Government during his imperial presidency. And finally, even liberals are taking notice.
An uncredited AP story in USA Today over the weekend ran under the headline, “Pelosi booed for defense of NSA surveillance.” According to the Associated Press report, activists at the self-described “progressive” Netroots Nation conference where Pelosi was speaking took issue with the former House Speaker’s attacks on Edward Snowden, and again at her defense of the Obama administration’s escalation of domestic espionage programs begun under George W. Bush.
Judging by responses we’ve seen, Eos Mobile may not only be popular among conservatives, but among anyone looking to keep the government from listening into their phone calls.