We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It's getting worse by the hour. Now we have the breaking Washington Post articles.
Maggie's Farm, can you assure us that your server is not directly linked in to the NSA and that it and the FBI cannot read everything we write????
Yeah, I know, you can't tell us because of the Secret Court Order.
Chilling quote of the day:
Firsthand experience with these systems, and horror at their capabilities, is what drove a career intelligence officer to provide PowerPoint slides about PRISM and supporting materials to The Washington Post in order to expose what he believes to be a gross intrusion on privacy. “They quite literally can watch your ideas form as you type,” the officer said.
I've figured for years that everything I do can be recorded and tracked, it is just the nature of the digital age. If you want security, disconnect from the internet and don't use a phone, credit card, or bank. If you buy eyeglasses or see a doctor, that to is going to be recorded as part of Obamacare. Likely cars are tracked through toll booths and soon perhaps, by GPS. You are naked to the world and anyone can look. Best dress in tinfoil and be done with it.
It's the secret part that is disturbing, everyone should be told that everything they do and say is being recorded, maybe analyzed, cause that is what is happening and will happen.
There is an expectation of privacy in the First Amendment - to wit: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
The net effect of a surveillance program is to stifle free speech and freedom of association - that should be obvious to even those who claim that the 4th does not apply in the collection of numbers.
But here is my question to Mr. McCarthy, SOOPERJEANEUS. How exactly is the collection and storage of private videos, images, chat transcripts, VOIP intercepts, FTP capture, etc NOT a violation of the 4th amendment? How exactly is the collection of my associative data (who I call, when I call) NOT a violation of the 1st and 4th Amendment?
This is what happens when a government gets too large and thinks it can do anything at anytime. As I said to somebody yesterday, this is the old Vietnam dodge in a different disguise - "We had to burn the village to save it" or in this case "We have to take away your freedoms in order to save them".
Not only did our Congress not read the Patriot Act (or Obanacare) before they passed it, they haven't read the Bill of RIghts nor The Constitution which they specifically have taken an oath to protect.