The NSA has been collecting every bit of digital data that Americans create. There is a huge facility that goes online this fall that will warehouse every bit of data that is created. This is a gross violation of the 4th amendment: “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.”
What I have found equally disturbing is the lack of anger by regular folk. Today at work (school), there was no discussion of it at all. No one brought it up, mentioned it in any way, or had anything to say with regard to the Bill of Rights being nullified by the Federal Gov’t. I made a joke about being ‘watched’ yesterday, and today I decided to say nothing to see if anyone would say anything at all. No luck, we were more focused on the High Stakes Testing Farce known as the NY State ELA Regents.
Perhaps the Great Online Petri Dish Known As Facebook would be alive with anger and comments about this. After all, my politically inclined FB friends post when the Evil Republicans threaten to shave 0.1% off of proposed increases in the gargantuan federal budget. They are quick to (rightfully) denigrate the horrors of the W Bush administration. I assumed there would be posts by the electorate crying from the rooftops about this. After all, this makes the warrantless wiretapping scandal during the Bush years look mild. No such luck there either. There were lots of posts about TV shows, cats, silly videos – one person even posted a picture of her bloody foot and noted how serious a runner she was.
I guess the way this happens is if you have a population that has been schooled and cowed into intellectual and moral submission. The “Republicans” defended the surveillance of the Bush administration because he was one of “their guys”. Now we have an even more gross violation of civil and human rights, but we hear nothing from the “Democrats” because Pres. Obama is “their guy”.
What these people don’t realize is that George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World were written by consummate insiders. They weren’t just random guys who felt like writing dystopian fiction that day. These authors, especially Huxley, were open about explaining what the Elite’s plan for the Proles was going to look like.
It seems to me we are almost there.