Posts Tagged ‘Snowden’

Obama Promises NSA Reforms, Government Looking at Credit Card Bills, and the Cloud

Posted by Troy on 18th January 2014 in Current Events, Political

Obama has said that he’s going to cut back on the spying of American citizens and allies.  Now, this is where he runs into problems.  You see, polls suggest that his credibility has taken a hit.  Why?  Because his administration has been caught lying several times.  Naturally, when you catch someone lying to you, you are going to believe them less and less.  There’s another reason why I don’t believe him.  It isn’t like the government thought we wouldn’t mind them spying on us.  That’s why they kept it hidden as possible until Snowden alerted everyone.  This just goes back to the old thing where he makes a promise, let’s time lapse, and we forget all about it.  That’s all he wants.  He knew this stuff was going on.  After someone spilled the beans, he branded them a traitor and ordered his arrest, sending Snowden to bloody Russia for asylum for crying out loud.  These are not the acts of someone that finds such spying deplorable.  It took over a year after Snowden for Obama to decide that the NSA spying on us is a bad thing?  I don’t think so.

This is all about meta-data.  If you say, “What’s the harm,” bear in mind that your purchases on credit cards are also meta-data and, in fact, the credit card reform bill that Obama signed into law (the much touted but not really useful law that we are supposed to love him for) gave the government the right to see your credit card meta-data.  In another five to ten years, we will get to revisit the NSA thing again.  Instead of being phone numbers dialed though, it will be where and how much you spent.  Be forewarned.

Also, I would like to give everyone a word of warning about “the cloud.”  All of these phone companies, credit card companies, etc apparently own your data that is on file with them.  You don’t think that the government is going to make the same claims for Google, Microsoft, and other tech firms (which have very close ties to this government and the liberal administration).  You don’t think that your files are going to be subject to one mass search warrant to be pulled at whim?  You think that they are not going to use search parameters to pulls “questionable materials” from the data you have on file?  You don’t think bored employees at these places aren’t going to go through your pictures to see if they can find naked selfies or anything?  The cloud is a trap.  Trust me on that.

Long Live the Constitution!

Snowden Vs Hasan and Bradley Manning

Posted by Troy on 12th June 2013 in Current Events, Political

Snowden told us that the US government is spying on us.  The result?  He was instantly fired from his job.  He is now being investigated for espionage, and some are throwing around the term, “treason.”  Hasan kills 13 soldiers and Fort Hood and wounded 32 others.  The result?  There was an instant call not to rush to judgement.  He is still collecting his salary ($278,000 so far).  It was also called workplace violence instead of Islamic Terrorism.

It really lets you know where your government’s priorities lie, does it not?  They are much more concerned about you finding out that they have been logging every phone call you’ve made than they are about a Muslim terrorist who killed US soldiers.

Now, that brings us to how Snowden is different than Manning.  I’m not completely sold that Snowden is not a traitor, actually.  On the surface, I wanted to say that he is not a traitor.  What he did different than Bradley is that he released a single bit of information to deal with something that the government was doing in secret against their own citizens.  Manning did a massive download of documents, not to fight one particular program but (presumably) because he though America was a force of evil in this world that needed to be stopped.  The documents he downloaded immediately put Americans at risk and aided our enemies.  As such, Manning is guilty of treason.  I had excused Snowden, but now Snowden is living in China and has announced that we have been doing cyber warfare on China for years (well duh, who thought we weren’t?).  This strikes me that China has paid him off, and he released both of these facts to cause our leaders political problems and to weaken our moral high ground with China.  If so, he is still guilty of treason, but I’ll thank him for the heads up even as he is hanged.

Long Live the Constitution!