By now, we’ve all gone through the mourning period requisite to accept that any privacy we expected to have as American Citizens is dead. The War on Terror killed it. In a sense, Osama Bin Laden won. He’s spiking the football down in hell as we speak. If he hated us for our freedoms, he should lighten up a bit and chill. Those freedoms are increasingly becoming non-existent – a casualty of war so to speak.
And the people wielding all the special powers we enacted to fight The War on Terror still wield them without any let-up. They wield them without let-up right after they announced the war was coming to an end. So if the GWOT is over and done with, who does the administration consider the enemy? Or worse yet, does the administration even feel the need for an enemy? Do they consider the police state a naturally justifiable equilibrium? All of these questions above are fine and dandy for batting around the dorm hall amidst a cloud of epistemological bong smoke. If you don’t like the answers to any of the questions I’ve posited then here’s the only question that matters: what do you intend to do about it? Glen Greenwald offers one response below.
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss Edward Snowden’s leaks about NSA intelligence gathering, how a high school dropout got his level of access and if the public outcry endangers this controversial spying program.
When people think of a police state, they usually think of heavily armed, uniformed police kicking in doors and dragging out family members in the dark of the night. A police state doesn’t require police kicking down your door… at least not in the beginning, particularly when one is evolving from some other form of government, say for instance a constitutional republic. I’m not sure | Read More »
It is long held that the government can look at the outside of an envelope as it passes through the postal system. The government can see who is sending a letter, to whom it is being sent, and from which postal location the letter was mailed. The government, in the twenty-first century, is trying to come to terms with a society that transmits information differently | Read More »
Let us imagine a world where the following occurred*: 2008 – 2013: Barack Obama accepts public financing for the election, promptly closes Gitmo, and rigorously avoids raising taxes of any kind on the middle class. Just to not-really-randomly pick three of his campaign promises. 2009: Barack Obama secures the formal appointment of Inspector Generals at Defense, Homeland Security, Interior, Labor, State, and the Agency for | Read More »
If President Obama is only continuing domestic spying programs initiated under Presidents Clinton (Echelon) and Bush (Patriot Act), then why were Major Hasan (Fort Hood) the Tsarnaev brothers (Boston Marathon) left to their known Islamist pro-death terror devices, while the substance of the prayers of conservative tea party pro-life patriot Republicans were searched before they could help prevent his re-election or avoid tax audits? Two | Read More »
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b146/mollywog/videoeggs.jpg In October, 2007 I published this toon on my blog at RightNation http://www.rightnation.us/forums/index.php?app=blog&blogid=44&showentry=2105 Every time I think I’ve drawn something SO bizarrely out there that it can NEVER come true I amaze myself with my prophetic ability.
Within hours of the disclosure that the federal authorities routinely collect data on phone calls Americans make, regardless of whether they have any bearing on a counterterrorism investigation, the Obama administration issued the same platitude it has offered every time President Obama has been caught overreaching in the use of his powers: Terrorists are a real menace and you should just trust us to deal with them because we have internal mechanisms (that we are not going to tell you about) to make sure we do not violate your rights.
Those reassurances have never been persuasive — whether on secret warrants to scoop up a news agency’s phone records or secret orders to kill an American suspected of terrorism — especially coming from a president who once promised transparency and accountability. The administration has now lost all credibility.
Government power is exercised only in the absence of liberty. If you are legally compelled to do something, you are not free to refuse. The government does spend a good deal of time making “suggestions” and offering optional “benefits” these days, but all of this activity is funded by the compulsory seizure of wealth. Power takes many forms. Money is power. Everything the government does | Read More »
The President has now come out and defended the NSA phone records and internet server data collection as necessary for national security. “Nobody is listening to your telephone calls,” Obama said. “That’s not what this program is about. As was indicated, what the intelligence community is doing is looking at the numbers and durations of calls. They’re not looking at names and they’re not looking | Read More »
“We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.” George Orwell’s “1984” Our thoughts are being recorded. If you are reading this your intents are being scrutinized like light through a PRISM. If you are sharing this, your intention is an action which can be interpreted by government overlords to mean the Clintonian, “Whatever is, is.” Only recently taking the body part scanners | Read More »
If we don’t end the emerging American Orwell State, Francis Fukayama and the Dead Kennedys both could be tragically correct. History may well end, and it could end with Bedtime For Democracy. What Fukayama got right is that Western governments would emerge with hegemony over the rest of the world due to their advantages in wealth, culture and technology. What he got wrong was that they would use these advantages to stifle their own citizenry through the formation of what George Orwell described as Oligarchical Collectivism.
To properly assure the uncontested hegemony of an Inner Party Elite, all information must be controlled and censored. How else can both Google and the noble, all-knowing state assure themselves that we’ll do no evil? Well, according to The Washington Post (and other officially official sources within the Ministry of Truth), we no longer need to worry about that.
Short version: Eric Holder got to be testifying before the Senate on a day where the big news was that the NSA was having Verizon pull its phone logs and hand them over to the federal government. Mark Kirk had an opportunity to ask questions. Hi-jinks, as they say, ensued. For those of you who don’t have video, here’s a rough translation/summary of what | Read More »
I was stunned to see the silence from the left on the Verizon data grab. We’re talking about a broad use of a poorly-interpreted law that should never have been signed into law in the first place. The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America’s largesttelecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued | Read More »