I was out-of-town for the past few days and essentially out of the loop on the real world. I played 123 holes of golf over the past few days, 36 on Thursday, 45 on Friday, and 42 on Saturday, then rested my sore feet and back on Sunday. The big story when I plugged myself back into reality was Ed Snowden exposing that the NSA is secretly watching all of us.
I’m not really sure why this is so shocking to people, it should have been expected. Of course whenever anyone suggests this could be happening, they’re pushed aside as paranoid conspiracy theorists. Here is some required watching for you. It is The Guardian’s interview with Snowden, the former CIA and Booz Allen Hamilton employee. (Booz Allen Hamilton does technology consulting for the US Government.)
Does this guy seem like an enemy of the state? Did he release any information that would put anyone’s lives in danger? Do we not have a right to know that we’re being watched? Wasn’t it Barrack Obama who promised an unprecedented transparent administration? Why isn’t Barry thanking all the people, including Snowden, who exposed all his current scandals? Snowden admits that he is putting his life in danger and knows the CIA has the power to make him disappear. Sounds to me like he fears the government, not the other way around…Didn’t Thomas Jefferson say something referencing that?
Defenders of the NSA say that the FBI and a court have to approve any wiretapping and verify that it is a foreign target, but that does not change the fact that Snowden, and many others in his position, have the power to get anything they want. Do you trust anyone with that information? How do we know that the courts and the FBI are approving the targets first? Would you give your social security number and bank account information to anyone, even someone you know, and trust that they will not access it? If it really is no surprise, why are they all calling for his extradition? Didn’t he just tell us all what we already knew?
Tell me, who is the real enemy of the American citizen? Mike Rogers (R-MI), Peter King (R-NY), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and all others who are pissed off over a transparent government, or Ed Snowden, the guy who let us in on yet another breach of the 4th amendment by the government for the people, by the people, and of the people?
God Bless Freedom, Liberty, and Personal Property,
Slappy Jones II