The NSA Prism Scandal: No Shit, Sherlock
I guess my reaction to the NSA Prism thing is: of course they did. Why would you think they wouldn't? But I mean, my first president was Nixon. So it's when this kind of thing isn't done that I'm shocked.
"Hi, I'm the government. What, you're putting all your information where it's only my sense of decency that keeps me from it? Well."
"Hi, I'm the US public, and I think I could CERTAINLY do something about it if the government wanted to gather info on me."
I'm not Alex Jones (Christ no), but I also operate under the assumption that power will do what power wants. It doesn't have to be a conspiracy. It can just be daily business. And that's true of all governments, and always has been. We have lived under a species of totalitarianism since the Cold War. We don't notice it because we have this strange belief that totalitarianism is incompatible with communication & entertainment. We think it looks like North Korea, or like 1984.
That's what it looks like on a budget, done by incompetents that can do no more than brutalize. Those are amateurs and bullies who don't need to understand the nuances of power, because they do not have the resources for them to apply. They cannot choose when to exercise the more brutal aspects of their state so they do so all the time. And the energy it takes to exert that level of direct control wastes resources that could go to something more productive, and this is why states like that fail eventually.
Our government has the luxury of choosing when, and more exactitude in sifting information.
We don't live in fascism--we don't have to. We babble freely and they listen. We accept it so completely we don't have a word for it.
Let me ask you this if you think you ever had any say in what your government does: when did they ask you whether we should go to war with Iraq, and what part did the US public's opinion play in that? That's just one example. You live in a world now where the government has authority to kill you at will with flying robots, and you think they wouldn't look at Facebook posts?
I would have been more surprised had this not been the case.
"Eternity with Beelzebub, and all his hellish instruments of death, will be a picnic compared to five minutes with me and this pencil." - E. Blackadder, 1791 Questionable
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