***THE NSA HAS ALSO BEEN SPYING ON YOUR PORN HABITS IN AN ATTEMPT TO USE THEM AGAINST YOU www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11… ***
I want you to stop what you're doing and read this.
I don't care if you're liberal, conservative, communist, libertarian, socialist, any of that. I don't care about your political beliefs, and I don't care about your religious beliefs. I don't care if you believe in aliens, or if you believe in world peace. I don't care about your race, because apparently and unfortunately racial prejudice is coming back with a vengeance in this society. I just want you to know that, whoever you are, you're all human, and none of us are lower or better than each other. We're all equal. But, whatever your beliefs are, I just want you to be able to agree on one thing;
The National Security Agency is a serious threat to a free country, and for that matter, a free world.
If you haven't heard all the buzz about it, the National Security Agency (or, NSA) is a for-profit agency operating in Utah. They use and abuse a loophole found in section 215 of the Patriot Act, which for the record, the Patriot Act shouldn't have been created in the first place; The NSA's privacy invading surveillance and data mining would hopefully be, at least, not as massive as it is now. What the NSA does is that they coax industry giants such as Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Apple, Microsoft, and others into handing over their data. Data such as your contact lists, emails, messages, transactions, etc. All of that. They collect and store it in their database, in their headquarters, in Utah. But here's the thing. They don't really care about the content of said emails and transactions and such. What they care about is the metadata.
If you don't know what metadata is, then consider this; You and your friends gather 'round to take a picture on your iPhone. You see, the iPhone has capabilities to store the exact location and date the photo was taken. Let's say you weren't aware of that somehow, and you upload it to Facebook for all to see. Your exact location is now publicly available to those who download the picture and look through its metadata. It's as simple as that. Metadata is the places you've been or currently reside in, the times you're there, the people you speak to and where they are, the sites you visit, the prices of the purchases you make, everything. The NSA, if they wanted to, can blackmail you with, say, a past embarrassment. Maybe they'll leak those naughty pictures you sent to your girlfriend over texts if you don't support them.www.thewire.com/technology/201…
Here you go. The damage that metadata can do to you.
Consider this. Maybe, one day in the future, you get out of college, with a good degree, ready to move on into the world and build a life of your own. You're going for that job interview, and everything is going great. Then, one day, someone over the the NSA gives your employer a little slip; That specific employer knows about your bad drug addiction as a teen, or maybe about the time when you went for a joyride before getting your license, and they know it because you messaged your friends about it through text or some social media website. Maybe they know about some pretty horrible jokes you made, or the super secret thing about one of your friends that you told your best friend, or your girlfriend. Maybe, now, they see you as a reckless, impolite bastard who can't keep secrets. You just lost the job, and the other companies will know. Companies don't keep to themselves.
That not enough for you? How about political elections? Let's say the current president is a republican. You want to vote for a democrat. The NSA really likes the money and power this current president is hurling their way. looks through its metadata on many, many, if not all citizens in the country. They know which party you support. They can predict the results of the election, maybe rig it if they so choose. Maybe they'll rig it so the person who's on their side...ends up winning. I'm still not convinced that Obama's sudden spike in votes towards the end of last year's election was a simple "glitch".
Employees of the NSA are also known to spy on potential love interests. They are so spineless as to spy on their own and their own exes, too. Of course, yours aren't exempt.www.cnn.com/2013/09/27/politic…blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2013/08…www.thewire.com/national/2013/…
Also, on top of all this, the CIA is spying on your financial transactions.online.wsj.com/news/articles/S…www.usnews.com/news/articles/2…www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsout…
Edward Snowden is the best thing to happen to us in a long time, and I say, I applaud his efforts. He is a true hero, and it disgusts me to see these pro-Orwellian hounds scorn his name so. If he didn't leak the documents about these obviously unconstitutional programs that the agency he worked for created and used, then we would just be sitting idly by, letting George Orwell's nightmare take form even more. But now that we know about it, we have a chance to stop it. Many people are protesting and petitioning the actions of the NSA and the government, and you can too. Just by writing and discussing the NSA you're doing something. You're showing that you're not afraid of them, and that free speech will be preserved. Don't be a part of the journalists who silenced themselves regarding topics about the NSA out of pure fear.www.csmonitor.com/Books/chapte…
Onto the next problem, which I just found out about recently; The NDAA. (National Defense Authorization Act)
Basically, you, me, and anyone in the entire country can go to prison with no chance of release for no reason or be killed.
Let's go over that again.
You, me, and anyone in the entire country
can go to PRISON for NO REASON AND WITHOUT TRIAL
with NO CHANCE of RELEASE OR POSSIBLY BE KILLED.
Let's take a look at that first NDAA link, shall we?
"As most already realize, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012 authorized the president to indefinitely detain or otherwise dispose of anyone, American citizen or not, that “substantially supported” our enemies or their “associated forces.” No definition of the quoted terms has been forthcoming from our rulers. Furthermore, as a recent Washington Post article by the venerable Greg Miller has informed us, the vast amount of information compiled on all American citizens and on all foreign citizens that have captured the attention of our benevolent protectors, has been coupled with the president’s hit list under one roof outside of Washington D.C. There, the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) oversees a “disposition matrix,” where “disposition” refers to disposing of human beings without charge or trial, using all the best resources the government can muster to efficiently kill or capture our enemies, real or imagined.
Many readers may not find these developments alarming. Surely we have the right to fight our enemies, and we shouldn’t hamstring ourselves to some abstract “rule of law” at the expense of our safety. These points are fair enough, but miss the significance of the fact that the administration has no burden of proof whatsoever to overcome before “disposing” of someone, even an American citizen. For instance, Obama could point to Romney, whisper “enemy combatant” to one of his thugs, and end the election before Tuesday. Obama would have to answer to nobody for this action, and he has the legal authority to carry it out. When he ordered the murder of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen without charging him with any crime, and without presenting any evidence to anyone, he avoided questions by hiding behind executive privilege. Only weeks later, Obama ordered another drone strike that killed Awlaki's 16 year old son, and also refused to answer the serious questions surrounding that strike. The “most transparent administration ever” indeed."
That's right. Has it been impounded into your head yet? Obama has the power to murder anyone he pleases. Anyone. It seriously scares me that my loved ones could very well be targeted next, simply because they're American, hell, even American-born (since like I said racial prejudice has resurfaced) and have done no wrong. To add insult to injury, they do it in the name of "defense, freedom, and justice". Bullshit if I ever saw it.
This, coupled with the NSA, is effectively transforming the United States into just another Nazi Germany, or USSR. Those two ceased to exist, but if we don't take action, this current fascism probably won't go away.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I must answer the door...there's strange looking men outside.