Saturday, June 15, 2013

Has Edward Snowden Told Us Anything New?

Seven years ago, during the Bush regime we learned that "has been collecting information on every phone call made in this country" — Government Monitoring About 200 Million Americans' Calls. Why is anyone surprise by what Edward Snowden has revealed?

From we learn that his revelations are simply part of a "program, which has been known for years, [that] copies Internet traffic as it enters and leaves the United States, then routes it to the NSA for analysis" — PRISM Is Just Part Of A Much Larger, Scarier Government Surveillance Program. From the same source, we learn of Naomi Wolf's growing suspicions — My creeping concern that the NSA leaker is not who he purports to be ...

This "leak" could be simply a way of prepping the public for an even more dystopian future, since, as my alma mater's Michael S. Rozeff notes, "there is not a rock hard super-majority that is against the surveillance state" — The Machinery of Oppression.

Whatever the case, local letter-to-the-editor Robert Begy nails it — Big Brother prophecies seen in living color:
    What was once a dystopia accessible only by those donning hats of tin foil can now be found on Google Earth or by E-ZPass. Beliefs once made of nervous laughter and silent cynicism are now facts of life. Yes, Winston was right. The government is watching and we are engaged in perpetual war. Sweet home Oceania.

    But fear not. President Obama has decreed that all is well, for those charged with the safekeeping of what remains of our privacy will act with “professionalism.” We can only hope for a different professionalism than was recently displayed by the IRS.

    But really, what of it? We have already ceded our privacy to (S)uckerburg’s anti-social media, a spoiled Apple and phone contracts so convoluted Steve Hawking has a geek squad on speed dial. What remains is the merger of customer service departments — joining Verizon and the U.S. government. What could possibly go wrong?

    But, as prophetic as Orwell may have been, even he could not have foreseen that Big Brother would turn out to be, you know, a real brother.

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