Thursday, June 06, 2013

Who are you calling? Your nosy Uncle Sam wants to know...

Well, you've undoubtedly heard by now that the NSA is collecting the phone records of millions of Verizon customers. Glenn Greenwald broke the story on the Guardian UK, and has also provided the copy of the secret court order issued to Verizon.

Greenwald notes that "the order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an "ongoing, daily basis" to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries. The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing."

So much for the if-you're-not-doing-anything-wrong -you-don't-have-to-worry theory, oft regurgitated by wingnuts and Obots alike.

And not surprisingly, the Faux News talking heads are suddenly against the exact same intrusions and violations of civil liberties they ardently supported under BushCo. But Richard Seymour, also at the Guardian,  explains that Obummer is simply carrying on the work of BushCo, employing the same outrages that he campaigned against in 2008:

"In opposition, Obama criticised Bush's policy of spying on citizens' phone calls – under the rubric of so-called Terrorist Surveillance Programme – and threatened to filibuster a bill being pushed through the Senate in 2008 to retroactively legalise the practice. He voted for the bill, but protested that he was doing so reluctantly. He claimed to oppose the attempt to give legal cover to the previous administration and the companies colluding in its actions.

Yet, once in office, Obama continued the policy of intrusion on a vast and indiscriminate scale. The same can be said for his attorney general, Eric Holder, once a firm critic of the Bush administration's spying, now a firm practitioner of the same. Perhaps most alarmingly, the Obama team has continued with the same legal doctrines."

Yes, folks, the more things change, the more they stay the same. I'm sure the Obots will be scrambling to develop some supportive talking points, intended to reassure us that it's really okay that the government is spying on its own citizens en masse, with absolutely no cogent reason to do so.

Oh, and Uncle Sam? If you're claiming you all are doing this "to protect us from terrorism", you can stop now. Speaking for probably 298 million of us, I'd rather take my chances and have my privacy, my civil liberties, and my constitutional rights. (You know, the Constitution, which you all swore to uphold?) We're not scared of the "terrorist" boogie man you've worked so hard to create and maintain, so if you're trampling citizens' rights on our account, you can relax and go home. Hey, maybe there's a nice sociopaths convention in the Cayman Islands you can attend - get some fresh ideas on thwarting democracy, and whatnot. Because this shit is getting old.


Blogger Father Tyme said...

What's needed now is for anonymous to grab some of the phone numbers and "metadata" of those Senators and Reps and CEOs who think this is just fine and publish the numbers and who they are.

Let's find out who Ms. Graham has been in contact since he has nothing to fear.

Come to think of it, shouldn't all those numbers be posted since "none" of "them" is a terrorist and they have nothing to hide?

You can bet your bottom dollar there's a huge list of numbers that have been designated off limits to touch for employees of the NSA. Probably locked up or erased, too. Gee Beav, I wonder who they could be?

5:17 PM  
Blogger Dredd said...

Auntie Samantha wants to know too.

Its all bad.

5:44 PM  

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