Back in the 60s and 70s, I read quite a bit of science fiction. I read books like “1984” and “Fahrenheit 451” and thought such things could never happen. For the past fifteen to twenty years, though, I have recognized the naiveté and ignorance of my youth.
We are, as a society, allowing a few people to command our lives. Different groups, sects and affiliations are changing what the founding fathers had in mind for the United States of America. They are demanding that we cater to their individual and specific wants and desires without regard for the total or “GLOBAL” effect. Others are causing us to look the other way as they steal the brownies from our lunch sacks.
“Never let a serious crisis go to waste…it’s an opportunity to do things you couldn’t do before.” Rahm Emanuel – 2009
That quote was a follow-up, an enhancement, to President Obama’s own words referencing the financial industry situation. Barack had referred to the banking and Wall Street melt downs as a crisis. The word crisis was repeatedly used to move TARP legislation ($700 billion) through Congress at lightening speed before anyone was aware. Crisis was used to justify the immediacy of the Stimulus (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) that has worked out so well. There was no crisis that couldn’t have been overcome through the free market system for either spending excuse. Those situations were identified as a crises for, and only for, the purpose of generating the financial collapse of America. Control baby, control!
For decades the government has been taking more and more of our freedoms, liberties and dollars away to retain and augment control over our lives. I believe that in an effort to continue this masquerade and the near future enslavement of the entire population, many other crises will be developed. It was once a small worry that someone might burglarize your empty home or shop. Then the criminals became bolder and moved from unoccupied spaces to home invasions, street-side robberies and car jackings. Now the reasoned alerts, expectations and fears include identity theft, phishing, and computer information loss.
These potential personal and business privacy invasions have allowed entrepreneurs to start flourishing businesses in security, safety and personal comfort. Not long ago there was no need for such businesses as Life Lock, I.D. Watchdog, Identity Theft Labs, Trusted I.D. or Identity Guard that assure the safety of your personal credit information. Likewise, companies like Carbonite, E Vault, I Drive, Barracuda Networks and Mozy guaranty the safety of your electronic files and documents.
I am probably one of the biggest proponents of small business. I appreciate entrepreneurship and ingenuity. I applaud the pioneering of the businesses listed above. The forward thinking minds have recognized needs of today and acted to fill the voids. They deserve the opportunity to flourish and make money. But…
But what if the information is accessed and used by criminals or the government (redundancy acknowledged) or other persons under service contract to a clandestine federal department? How safe and secure would you be then? We know that the federal government has asked Yahoo and Google for selected individuals’ personal internet surfing information, which was somewhat reluctantly forwarded. We know that hackers have accessed accounts, and suspect it has even been at the behest of the Executive branch, both current and past, either covertly or directly or through one of the alphabet monikered agencies under the Department of Homeland Security. Much of the info sought and gathered is questionably of any interest to national security other than deemed so by those persons concerned or fearful about their own positions or re-election potential. The data and information garnered is however, for the most part, available to the public under the Freedom of Information Act. It is either readily available or made available after a reasonable period.
One of Obama’s most recent Executive Orders amends (read: reverses) the intent of Executive Order #12425, signed by Ronald Regan in 1983. E.O. #12425 awarded Interpol the ability to conduct investigations of individuals and international crime organizations on American soil. It allowed the international organization many of the privileges granted to diplomats, but intentionally and specifically excluded the wording:
“Property and assets of international organizations, wherever located and by whomsoever held, shall be immune from search, unless such immunity be expressly waived, and from confiscation. The archives of international organizations shall be inviolable.”
President Obama has now included the above passage for Interpol giving them powers that exceed our own home grown FBI. He has eliminated any sovereignty vested in citizens and the United States of America. Interpol may now conduct investigations within the United States and is accountable only to Interpol. The organization does not have to respond to requests or subpoenas for information under the Freedom of Information Act as do our own investigatory agencies. They can even extract information from subjects in ways that Congress deems “torture” without having to answer to any American body.
As an aside, Interpol can now harbor and secure any and all documents relating to the birth and/or citizenship of our current president and any future president and his/her appointees from the prying eyes of the public.
With the inclusion of those two sentences, President Obama has jeopardized the integrity of the previously listed private companies. They have instantly and unwittingly become data and information repositories with easy and legal access by Interpol. Using the words of Al Gore in his failed attempt to justify his own immoral and ethically bereft behavior, there is no longer a “controlling legal authority”.
Once it was only possible to obtain all this information by accessing your home or work P.C., Blackberry etc., the credit reporting bureaus (Experian, TransUnion and Equifax) and multiple other and varied sources. Interpol can now access your (and thousands of others’) social security number(s), personal information and purchase history from a single source. They can also go to a second repository and gather your Internet surfing history, email and any and all documents you might have created or stored on your computer if you are using any of these “information protection” or off site data backup warehouses. It’s just a click away and they don’t have to tell you or anybody that it has been done or for what purpose.
The identity theft companies guaranty your losses up to $1 million. At the rate this president is bankrupting our country and the small businesses within via his and Congress’ insane taxes and policies, it could well mean ruin for these entrepreneurs when they attempt to make good on their guarantees as the financial information of millions of people is leaked, or sold to the highest bidder. Obama has, with a few strokes of his pen, eliminated any accountability for Interpol. It will be considered another ‘crisis’ when it happens, but somehow George W. Bush will be blamed because Obama accepts no responsibility.
“There is no controlling legal authority that says this was in violation of law”. Al Gore March 7, 1997
Feel safe and secure now?
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