The End of Privacy

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I was disappointed to read President Obama’s solution to the controversy raging over the new American security state. What our president, legislators, and judiciary have done in answer to the controversy created by Edward Snowden’s release of NSA documents is create a merely palliative solution to the grave problems of NSA mass data collection and wholesale spying on the American People. So fearful have we become that our elected officials need only sound the call of terrorism to bring us into line and render us submissive to the final destruction of our freedom to conduct our lives privately.

Future historians will certainly record that the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 were successful beyond Osama bin Laden’s wildest dreams. Americans willingly, even enthusiastically discarded their fundamental Fourth Amendment constitutional rights for the illusion of security. Here’s what the Fourth Amendment says:

    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.

This was the old America. We don’t do that any more.

In the new America, lip service is paid to this amendment while the reality is that secret courts with secret warrants enforce secret laws against American citizens who are not even allowed to know they are the object of secret scrutiny. All digital communications—phone and internet—are collected and held just in case someone somewhere does something the authorities don’t like.

I won’t outline the so-called solutions the president announced at his press conference last week. You can easily find them online. The upshot of his “fix” of NSA is this: we are asked to take his word and that of NSA officials that now they will now be good boys and girls and only spy on foreigners, and not spy on us unless we absolutely deserve it.

It is sad to write this on Martin Luther King day. President Obama, an historic president who could have done so much to advance freedom and justice for people all over the world, instead gave in to the secret powers that cannot abide an informed public. These are the covert partners of global banking, agriculture, and pharmaceutical corporations; the helpers of defense contractors bent on selling more weapons; the shepherds of corporations who would control everyone’s drinking water, sell farmers the seeds to plant and sue if they don’t buy more, and destroy every species unlucky enough to be in the path of their greed. And they will sell you the once-free internet, and dole it out to you a kilobyte at time while they read everything you say and watch everyone you talk to, just to make sure you don’t use it to destroy their profits.

Now that we can look at the outside world through the bars of Fortress America’s secret security state, how is the view? Do you feel safer?

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14 thoughts on “The End of Privacy

  1. Very interesting commentary. Thank you. I hope I don’t live long enough to see us stopped and asked to see our “papers.”. Seems we could be headed in that direction. I pray for future generations.

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  2. Mamie Van Doren, baby sister, you are very mine. I get that at old post-masturbatory items, I don’t even get into what youse do wit’ God, but come on! I jerk. On Wednesday they opened a White Front. Many–some–say they’re getting muted. Not many shmoozes to do the Canadian Beadles, or get lung and sarong-lock in front of Rick Jason. Aw, take it off! Lookit, I likeded him. What’s on your jacket? Under the table:
    sbillinghurst.wordpress.com confidential. Thank-you, over.

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  3. Since I left Concord, a letter mailed to me takes dream-analytical pose-proPonents. I ask a strip-tease step-forward; our guest tonight are welcome to glide by the Fister. Blind pig semaphore I am studying ESP, although the same thing costs around $2, around us $96. Close. Studying the ties on Mary the Pig. Yes, no, night, day, coffees, night clubs. “I don’t like THAT”, screams Mamie. I jump up and lay into the lout mean, worse than Paul.

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  4. Do I feel safer? It is now heading into September 2014 and I feel no difference in safe one may or another. I realize the internet is being “listened” to by people in the government. However, the “listeners” are being cued by certain words or locations of Emails sent. To think all conversations are monitored is a waste of time. There are over, well over..a billion emails sent daily. To monitor would take more people then live in Rhode Island and a building larger than one of the trade towers. The media loves to raise fears that don’t exist. President Obama has no way of answering questions that boarder on mythical. There isn’t a storage facility large enough to store all communications. It has now been disclosed that ALL counties monitor to some extent and so far NO citizen has voiced any objection to results of being monitored. I have not read about ANY American having their fourth amendment violated. The press, as usual, set up scenarios that never occurred. But sold papers. The internet is still free, the global banks can easily be monitored thru the IMF. Americans have the ability to move and travel unlike ANYONE else in the world. We can own real estate free and clear. Americans need to keep private their Social Security number. The ONLY agency that requires your number is the IRS. NOT Banks,Hospitals,Drivers licenses..and all the place that ask for it. Concerned about privacy? Don’t give your privacy away. I have an Az home and a summer home, 4 bank accounts in 2 cities, I collect cars and have 5 charge cards..all without giving my Soc#. Safer?
    Yup..do I do business on the web..NO…safe..yup

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  7. May we PLEASE request that Tom or Perry or someone else who has knowledge and access to update us on how Mamie is? Someone reading this must appreciate how tens of thousands of people who have grown to genuinely care for her are feeling empty and concerned. We would sincerely appreciate whatever news there may be … good, bad or otherwise. Thank you and best wishes for Mamie and those close to her.

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  8. Mamie is alive and well and looking as great as ever. I googled her and downloaded some great shots from 6/19/2015. There are some of Mamie and Tom and she has never looked better. No air brush no blurry pics. Clear and true..Mamie you are THE QUEEN of BLONDS.

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  9. Thank you Johnathan. I also now notice that there is a video of Mamie accepting an award October 12, 2015 posted on YouTube -> youtube.com/user/amitola1 and a new photo on her mamievandoren.com home page taken November 4, 2015. Thanks for the heads up on the 6/19/2015 photos, which I believe I have located at: prphotos.com/e/36519/hollywood-post-43-of-the-american-legion-hosts-the-commander-s-ball-honoring-mamie-van-doren-and-gina-elise–arrivals

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