So why on earth would this administration be interested in your private information (You fool, you!) so no one should be upset by the latest scandal that the feds are tracking every move we make, listening to our phone calls, reading our emails and texts, snooping into our bank accounts and spending habits and storing that information in a huge huge huge data center in Utah. (Read about it over at Wired and then try to sleep at night.)
And let's have interns do it, because they'll definitely not do anything unethical or illegal, right? Better still, hire some interns from Pakistan or Saudi Arabia, right?
Of course, as we've mentioned several times, Maxine Waters let the cat out of the bag that Obama's been snooping on people for years and he has the goods on you so you better do what he wants.
You can kiss the underground economy goodbye, for one thing. From US News via Washington Blog:
Starting this year, the IRS tools will be able to track all credit card transactions, for starters. The agency has also instructed agents on using online sources such as social media and e-commerce sites including eBay, as well as the rich data generated by mobile devices. In one controversial disclosure in April, the ACLU showed documents in which the IRS general counsel said the agency could look at emails without warrants, but the IRS has said it will not use this power.
While the agency has declined to give details about what third-party personal data it will use in robo-audits and data mining, it has told government and industry groups that its computers are capable of scanning multiple networks at the same time to collect “matching” comprehensive profiles for every taxpayer in America. Such profiles will likely include shopping records, travel, social interactions and information not available to the public, such as health records and files from other government investigators, according to IRS documents.And we all trust the IRS because, hey! I wasn't the one who was snooped on, right? Because I trust Obama, right? Because we know that the government would never snoop on my personal info or have secret email accounts for themselves, would they?
Uh, yeah, well, unfortunately for this administration, we aren't ALL stupid, although many of his acolytes are not only deluded but stupid. And we know he thinks we're all stupid because he says stuff like "Gas is too high, right? We want the price of gas to go down so we're going to raise taxes on oil companies!" and everyone cheers, as if somehow taxing oil companies will lower local prices instead of raising them.
Let's take a step back and remember Joe the Plumber, an ordinary Toledo guy who asked a simple question and stirred up a tempest which prompted state employee Fred Williams to prompt his employee to search Joe's state records resulting in this (WaPo):
Ohio's Inspector General concluded in a report that Jones-Kelley had wrongly authorized searches of Wurzelbacher through records kept on child support payments, temporary aid to families and unemployment benefits. A state employee concerned that privacy rules had been violated initially disclosed the breaches.
The report said that while the searches "were done in the midst of a political campaign," there was no evidence the information was released "in an effort to support any political activity or agenda."
Searches of Wurzelbacher's driving history also were made using an account through the Toledo Police Department, which is investigating those actions, the report stated. A former information technology contractor for the Ohio Attorney General's office conducted a review of driving records for Wurzelbacher and others, without the office's knowledge, yesterday's report said. Those searches are being investigated by the Ohio State Highway Patrol for possible criminal charges, the Inspector General report stated.Defending the offending criminals who invaded Joe's privacy were the taxpayers of Ohio, sponsored by a Democrat AG. Several of the employees lost their jobs, several received wrist slaps but the civil rights lawsuit Joe filed was dismissed, along with its appeal.
I love this idea that RINOs and some Dems are pushing that, meh, it's OKAY that the government has access to every aspect of our lives.....as long as you haven't done anything wrong.
So the rumors that Graham is gay? It's ok if people find out if that is true? If true, why hasn't Graham told us already?
And the rumors that SCOTUS Justice John Roberts has some adoption problems that may have influenced his behavior? Is it ok if people know that? Because we're sure no one in state or federal government would ever do anything with that, aren't we? Like try to take away his kids?
After the brouhaha hit the fan with Joe, a coworker approached me, laughing, mocking and showing an article he had found. "Look," he said exultantly," his name isn't even Joe. It's Samuel!" What shocked me was this man's absolute conviction that Joe was a fraud because he went by the name of Joe instead of Samuel, as if this were a crime.
My point is that, with millions and millions of regulations on the books, everyone's guilty of something and if they're not, the government and the media can make anything look like it's a crime.
It's like Obama saying the other day that the problem of the rising costs of insurance isn't the fault of the Affordable Care Act (he didn't use "Obamacare" this time, oddly), but rather the fault belongs to the small business owners for passing on the costs of Obamacare to its employees.
So it's not Obamacare's fault. It's the BUSINESS'S fault!!Because they should absorb all the costs even though many businesses operate on a shoestring.
See? You're stupid! 2 + 2= 5!!!
And the feds can make anybody guilty because doubletalk does that.
No. No. No.
Monitoring every US citizens phone calls AND data is a big deal.
And if you don't think so, you're continuing to take the blue pill instead of the red pill.