I don’t think I’ve seen a single politician or POP (person of power), say anything remotely implying that the NSA did anything wrong or that our citizens should not be spied on by their own government. I have heard over and over this offensive statement (to any intelligent freedom loving American) saying that if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to worry about. To that I say, anyone who makes that statement should back it up by putting a 24 hour a day live video/audio stream of everything they say and do. Lead the charge for the privacy-free society you’re bucking for.
I am think it would become quickly apparent that there are things in everyone’s life that we would prefer to keep private, not necessarily because we are doing anything illegal, but how about this reason…it’s none of your stinking’ business.
Some of the business Mr. Mccain wouldn’t want you to know…
Like being paid off by Charles Keating for the savings ad loan scandal. I imagine if he was being surveiled at that time, he’d probably be in jail.
Playing poker on your iPhone during a senate hearing. Is this the person you want representing you in any capacity? He might be selling our rights and freedom down the river because he’s too busy playing Fruit Ninja during crucial voting moments. Although in that case I suspect he is full well aware of what he is doing.
It’s entirely possible his mistress is a dominatrix who whips, beats, and humiliates him, then finishes him off with a massive strap on every Tuesday night in his secret dungeon. I’m not saying I have any inside information…but if I did this might be completely true. Don’t worry John, I don’t judge anyone for their sexual preferences.
How about being involved in a lobbying scandal in 2008? Can you imagine if we were a fly on the wall then? We would be privy to every back room dirty conversation that bilge rat had. Can we legally change his name to Ol’ Crooked Ass McCain?
Maybe you could kick off this whole “privacy-free society” thing by coming clean about all of the shady dealings and illegal activities you have participated in. I’m pretty sure the few the media caught were just the tip of the assberg.
While you’re at it, please make public your medical records, any shameful family history, all private thoughts, all the stupid things you did in your youth, your favorite sexual positions, everything your wife and friends told you in confidence, provide a complete financial record and tell us exactly where all your money is kept/hidden, the addresses of your main home, a list and location of all your most valuable possessions in it and when you’re gonna be on vacation, the commands your dogs respond to, anything that would help me seduce your wife/daughters, your credit card numbers and passwords, all of you bank information, how many times a day you pick your nose, do you eat the booger, your masturbation habits, everyone you’ve ever had sex with, how often do you drink alcohol, your social security number, your date of birth, how often you and your wife engage in sexual activities…
Privacy is not just a way to hide criminal activities, it is, more importantly, a way to protect ourselves and our loved ones from a myriad of bad things that could happen when your private information falls into the wrong hands including the most vile of acts such as rape and murder. It’s easy to stalk some one as prey if you know their habits and hangouts. Maybe the chances are slim that your daughter/sister/wife will be stalked and assaulted, but who wants their loved one to be a statistic? And how many people have been murdered for money?…or if you’re lucky just robbed.
You may think that because it’s employees of the NSA/CIA/FBI/insert acronym here, that they have been screened and trained and are there for trustworthy, but people are flawed and people in those positions are less trustworthy then the rest of us by the very virtue of wanting to be in those positions that grant you power over others. That alone makes them suspect. What type of person wants power over another? Let’s make a list. Bullies, serial killers, government bureaucrats, slave owners, politicians, lawyers, control freaks, rapists, cult leaders, corporate owners…the list goes on. Now I’m not saying all of these types of people are bad people. Many of them pursue these careers in authority for all the right reasons and are some of the best amoung us. But there are those who start out with good intentions and eventually give in to the forces of corruption, and there are some who start out on the dark side. But if even one agent/employee is corrupt, then or best option is to trust none of them.
Personally I trust only one…Edward Snowden. He is the only one (to my knowledge) who told the truth, and he did it at great personal peril. No one else backed him up. That tells me that corruption in the NSA is rampant and their forces of corruption are strong enough to make any good people in that organization fear the retribution of coming forward. This is the beginning of the fall of those good people, and at the very least makes them compromised and therefore untrustworthy.
Ironically the people who are betraying this country and its people call Mr. Snowden a traitor and a lawbreaker, yet is they who broke our laws and betrayed the people of the united states.
In the 1970′s Snowden would have been called a folk hero…I call him that still.
Mr. Snowden, you sir are one of the greatest folk hero’s of our time.