Archive for the ‘NSA’ Category

BUT I HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT

June 3, 2015

Ah yes, the easily spoken words of those who refuse to understand that once you give your freedom to the government they will do with it as they please. And, just like any temporary government program, the transfer of permission is never ending.

For the past few weeks there has been much talk (and name calling) about the Patriot Act and how it keeps us safe at the minimal cost of our right to privacy. The founding fathers saw to it that our privacy would not be infringed. It came in the form of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

Amendment IV
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

On September 11, 2001 the United States was attacked by radical Islamic terrorists. On October 26, 2001, George W. Bush signed the Patriot Act into law. That is outstanding! We are supposed to believe that in just forty-five days a bill was written, read, passed through the House and Senate and signed into law by George W. Bush with the consent of a majority of Americans. That’s nearly impossible. The Speaker of the House can’t muster a quarum in 45 days to complete the task of signing a card for a retiring colleague.

We blinked and our elected officials took away our right to privacy by telling us giving them unlimited authority, effectively negating the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, was the only way to protect us against another horrendous attack.

You really don’t know what you might have done in the past or may do in the future that could be construed as illegal, terrorist, racist or just plain embarrassing in nature by the P.C. police or some nefarious person or agency. Did you ever think that rational patriotic political views would cause extreme scrutiny into the love life, family life, religious life, associations or the type of car someone drives? Well, it happened to numerous groups applying for tax exempt status.

Why? How? It happened because our government has gained too much power and control. Our federal government, all three branches, abuse their authority regularly because neither party wants to lose their future opportunities. Next time it could be progressives under the spotlight or women or people who speak with a southern accent or have an Ivy League education. It could be people who surf daily, it could be someone who owns a ranch. It could be you!

Your meta data is collected, compiled, sorted and researched by super computers at the NSA facility in Bluffdale, Utah. Any connection, no matter how remote, to a terrorist or even a political opponent of the administration in power or future political leaders is scrutinized and catagorized. It can be sealed or when necessary, contorted or re-contexted and used against you depending on who is in charge at the time and what outcome they desire.

So now it’s my turn to call names.  If you still think you have nothing to worry about, that there is no concern, you’re just flat out stupid.

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DOMESTIC TERRORISM

May 6, 2014

If you’re a terrorist, the government can tap your phone. If you protest big government, you are a domestic terrorist according to Sen. Harry Reid. If you are a veteran returning from performing a patriotic duty overseas on behalf of the government and people of the United States of America, former DHS Secretary, Janet Napolitano, deemed you are a potential terrorist. If you don’t agree with the policies legally legislated and duly executed into law by this administration, or if you disagree with any of the long list of Imperial Executive Orders, edicts, regulations or taxes you are not only a racist, you are also a terrorist. If you did not contribute considerable money to the DNC or directly to the campaigns of Marxist/Socialist leaning Democrats in any of the last three elections, you are under heavy suspicion of being a terrorist.

Hmmm, come to think of it, if you exercise your First Amendment rights and post an essay such as this…

If you are a terrorist or terrorist suspect, the government can break into your home, destroy and confiscate your property, cause you bodily harm, arrest you and silently whisk you away in the middle of the night to an undisclosed location for an indeterminate period without formally charging you or granting you legal counsel.

Ain’t big government great? I feel so safe, secure and protected from terrorists.

NATIONAL SECURITY OR CAMOUFLAGED NATIONALITY

October 28, 2013

Over the years, I have reserved judgment regarding the likes of Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, Wikileaks and Edward Snowden.  Listening to the continued din of whistleblower, patriot or traitor without full knowledge of all facts causes confusion.  Of course, if I were to only listen to one source for my information, my mind would be effortlessly made up for me.

I continue to question whether any judgment, should be pro or con even at this time.  However, I am leaning toward more information about world governments and the actions of shadow governments, including our own.  Our government usurps all available information about We the People.  Shouldn’t we know a bit more about an entity we are presupposed to support?

How easy it is to dismiss the other side of the “truth” when told by someone dismissed from a job or duty under questionable circumstances.  Snowden is a viewed as a patriot by many for revealing the atrocities perpetrated by the government under the ruse of National Security.  Listening to the government spin doctors, however, he is a traitor for telling the American public how our government sneaks around and uses our tax dollars against us.

The purging of top military commanders, Admirals and Generals, the release of top officials of the Pentagon give a face to fundamental change. Releasing from duty the most knowledgeable and experienced leaders of troops and strategic planning to advance or appoint personal friends and like-minded ideologue minions to positions of authority should be a concern to every thinking American.

When those physically displaced and verbally debased people speak their side, the administration refers to them as disgruntled former employees.  Accepting the word of authority is easier for the adoring and ignorant public when told the dismissed personnel metaphorically spit into an order of fries before serving them.

A few talebearers do come forward with a second story side, though.  Perhaps only a few do because of the massive data compilation commandeered by the very NSA that got Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning on the outs with the government.  Distortion occurs in “news” to bring attention to a particular cause or agenda.  Not expecting the same perversion of personal information secretly garnered is foolish.  It doesn’t matter if you did something wrong.  Anything you’ve ever done can be twisted to seem wrong when and if necessary.

The President and Vice President identified SEAL Team 6 as the executors of the Bin Laden raid and that action led to the later downing of team members on another mission.  The heads of state then created their own accolades and the fawning media expounded on that rather than seeking and exposing the truth about 22 dead SEALS and 8 dead support members.

Influencing the ignorant is easier than dominating the stupid.

And, for those of you unable to keep up with the really, really important news, Michael Jackson is still dead.

ONE WRONG DIGIT

June 10, 2013

According to one story by Michael Isikoff, National Investigative Correspondent for NBC News, the NSA occasionally makes an oopsie.  No intent involved and no American should be alarmed because they may have been inadvertently put under 24/7 surveillance or added to a no fly list.  No problem, it was only a mistake.  You can trust them.  Just because they are under the same presidential thumb as the IRS, EPA and DOJ should have no bearing on your confidence.  There is no political involvement, honest.

It’s as easy to correct as an errant entry on your credit report, or proving to the IRS you didn’t work that extra job and neglect to report the income.  The IRS will readily accept your claim for Earned Income Credit against that income for having seven kids, ‘cause they’re so forgiving.

The National Security Agency has at times mistakenly intercepted the private email messages and phone calls of Americans who had no link to terrorism, requiring Justice Department officials to report the errors to a secret national security court and destroy the data, according to two former U.S. intelligence officials. 

Ret. Adm. Dennis Blair, who served as President Obama’s DNI in 2009 and 2010, told NBC News that, in one instance in 2009, analysts entered a phone number into agency computers and “put one digit wrong”, and mined a large volume of information about Americans with no connection to terror.

Over the past two years, in at least two postings on this site, I have written about the NSA data storage facility in Bluffdale, Utah.  Below is a link to the most recent entry.  Have some fun and follow the embedded links for an “E” ticket ride.

https://bizarroworldusa.wordpress.com/2013/03/23/and-the-story-just-keeps-building/

I believe 60 Minutes even did a piece on the spy compound in Bluffdale earlier this year.  It’s not news that the NSA is, and has been, spying on U.S. citizens.  Yes, I do believe some of it is for protection against terrorists.  Then again, why are we sending military planes and tanks and $1.3 billion in annual aid to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt?  Contradiction time!   

Remember the phone call to your friend, Sarah, in London yesterday when you got a male voice with a thick middle-Eastern accent?  Recognizing it must be a wrong number, you hung up right away.  Well your call was made, just by coincidence, shortly before Mohammad called his brother, Abdul Ali, in Libya to chat.  Within the hour, a bomb placed in a Tripoli shopping mall exploded killing 18 people and injuring over 40.  Abdul Ali is a member of Al Queda.

You may have simply misdialed Sarah’s number by a digit, but you are now connected to a terrorist.  Oops, sorry!  Enjoy the TSA pat down next time you fly.