Idiot Big Brother - The prospect of NSA abuse is now a reality

On Thursday, the Washington Post’s revelation of thousands upon thousands of National Security Agency violations of both the law and supposed privacy protections included this fascinating detail: A “large number” of Americans had their telephone calls accidentally intercepted by the NSA when a top-secret order to eavesdrop on multiple phone lines for reasons of national security confused the international code for Egypt (20) with the area code for Washington (202). Seriously.

I enjoy as much as the next chap all those Hollywood conspiracy thrillers about the all-powerful security state — you know the kind of thing, where the guy’s on the lam and he stops at a diner at a windswept one-stoplight hick burg in the middle of nowhere and decides to take the risk of making one 15-second call from the payphone, and as he dials the last digit there’s a click in a basement in Langley, and even as he’s saying hello the black helicopters are already descending on him. It’s heartening to know that, if I ever get taken out at a payphone, it will be because some slapdash timeserving pen-pusher mistyped the code for Malaysia (60) as that of New Hampshire (603).

The Egypt/Washington industrial-scale wrong number is almost too perfectly poignant a vignette at the end of a week in which hundreds are dead on the streets of Cairo. On the global scene, America has imploded: Its leaders have no grasp of its national interests, never mind any sense of how to achieve them. The assumption that we are in the early stages of “the post-American world” is now shared by everyone from General Sisi to Vladimir Putin. General Sisi, I should add, is Egypt’s new strongman, not Putin’s characterization of Obama. Meanwhile, in contrast to its accelerating irrelevance overseas, at home Washington’s big bloated blundering bureaucratic security state expands daily. It’s easier to crack down on 47 Elm Street than Benghazi.

Perhaps this is unavoidable. A couple of months back, I quoted Tocqueville’s prescient words from almost two centuries ago: Although absolute monarchy theoretically “clothed kings with a power almost without limits,” in practice “the details of social life and of individual existence ordinarily escaped his control.” In other words, the king couldn’t do it even if he wanted to. What would happen, Tocqueville wondered, if administrative capability were to evolve to bring “the details of social life and of individual existence” within His Majesty’s oversight? That world is now upon us. Today, the king concedes he most certainly can do it, but assures us not to worry, he doesn’t really want to. “If you look at the reports,” said President Obama earlier this month, “even the disclosures that Mr. Snowden’s put forward, all the stories that have been written, what you’re not reading about is the government actually abusing these programs and, you know, listening in on people’s phone calls or inappropriately reading people’s e-mails. What you’re hearing about is the prospect that these could be abused.”

But that was a week ago. And the “prospect” is now a reality: “actual abuse” — including “listening in on people’s phone calls” and “inappropriately reading people’s e-mails” — occurs daily.


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commented 2013-08-19 09:19:33 -0400 · Flag
B.P. writes:

…and I thought I had a dark vision of the future…
commented 2013-08-19 09:17:47 -0400 · Flag
Jim writes:

The best way I have found to understand all of this is to put yourself in the shoes of the globalist elite and try to think like they would:

What would you do if…

…You had incredible wealth, and money was no obstacle for you

…You did not believe in God, or even a creator, and must therefore save himself by forging a “brave new world” without any moral boundaries

…You were born into power/royalty/wealth and have known nothing other

…You have been free for most of your life to pursue anything you desired without obstacle

…You never had to spend your time on survival-related tasks (like a job, shopping for food, paying bills). “Real life” as we would experience it is foreign to you

…You have been able to dream and pursue large scale initiatives, never worrying about the costs, outcomes, or taking responsibility for failures

…You have been stroked and admired and puffed-up by people your entire life (megalomaniac)

…You are entirely left-brained, seeing the world through cold analytics and lacking compassion and emotion

…You in essence consider yourself a higher life form, almost another species, from the human debris that makes up those not in your elite world

…You are essentially a psychopath/sociopath who can lie and deceive as naturally as breathing, to others and yourself

…You have become convinced that the lower-order human debris will consume the earth, and therefore must be eliminated

This is how these people think. They have at their disposal the means to do whatever they wish. It is only a matter of coordination and timing. Move too slow and they risk losing momentum. Move too fast and they risk losing control.

All of the paradigms they have set before us to divide, conquer, and distract us – left/right, liberal/conservative, black/white, etc… are all not the issue. The real paradigm is, and has always been MASTER/SLAVE. They look at the world and see a filthy mess that they wish to cleanse. They do not believe that the masses are redeemable nor able to elevate to embrace the new world they seek to create. Therefore, besides using some of us as “meat-machines” to do whatever “engine-room” work needs be done, the rest of us will be eliminated. The ones that remain will be kept only until technology can fully replace them. I believe they see the Muslim/Middle Eastern world, and Africa, as the highest form of debris, and are therefore seeking to insight a major war in those areas to reduce population, wealth, and power in those regions. If you look at the Trilateral Commission regions, there is the North American Union, European Union, and the Asia-Pacific Region. There is no African or Middle Eastern, nor South American. There regions are the most rich in natural resources and will be cleansed of humans, through both war and eugenics.

They have always know that America, the America that once was, was their major obstacle and had to be brought down from within.