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Rant mode is firmly ON.
So, many news agencies are reporting how the U.S. government has been collecting phone records, online activity records, and other information on Americans for the last seven years. This, somehow, is being treated as “breaking news.”
That’s like issuing a news alert that the sun rose in the east this morning, with a special report talking about how the sky is blue.
Quite frankly, we’ve all known, or suspected, this for years now. And if you think it only goes back seven years, you’re likely wrong. I used to work in retail security, many moons ago. As part of my job, I investigated internal theft and I was pretty damn good at it. When I’d speak with an employee about their stealing from the company, they’d always admit to something small…at first. They know you have them dead to rights so they’ll cop to doing something but never everything, not right away. Police officers see this every time they pull someone over for drunk driving. With very rare exception, the driver will admit to have two drinks. Not one, not three, not a dozen, always two.
By admitting they’ve been collecting this data for seven years, they are probably on the hook for double that time.
Honestly though? All they are doing is following the handbook for how America solves problems. Time and time again, we go way overboard when trying to get a handle on something.
We see a weight problem with significant percentages of our population so we ban large sodas instead of offering the hefties some sort of incentive to lose weight.
We have a problem with kids struggling in school so we lower the standards rather than give educators the tools they need to truly help.
We have violent incidents so we want to ban all weapons for everyone rather than take common sense actions to prevent whack jobs from shooting up theaters.
So really, combating terrorists by placing every single American citizen under surveillance is just the American Way.
I know many people point the finger at Obama and blame him and his administration for this debacle. While I’m no fan of our current President, I can’t agree that all of this falls on his shoulders. As I said earlier, this has likely been going on for a long time now. Well before he was elected, possibly before it was decided that he’d even run for his first term in office.
The fact remains, we are being watched. Everything we say on the phone, everything we do online. From a call to your wife asking if there’s anything she needs from the store on your way home from work to your Google searches for porn featuring one-legged clowns with eye patches, it is all being collected, analyzed, and archived.
If this somehow surprises you, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you…cheap.
At the end of the day, we can complain all we want but it likely isn’t going to do much good. My suggestion? Watch what you say, watch what you do. Pay close attention to the world around you.
And stop with the clown porn, it is just plain creepy and you know it.