If you use a computer, cell phone, credit card, television, or any other device attached to the internet or cable you should read this article. The NSA is building the world’s largest spy facility in the Utah desert. This facility will screen in real time, without warrants, your cell phone conversations, your text messages, your emails, your facebook and twitter, your credit card transactions and anything else connected to the internet or cable. This is not conspiracy theory talk, this is the real deal, and much of that is already happening now. This article talks about the filters that are un-constitutional yet somehow still in operation that already screen cell phone conversations and mark users who “sound like terrorists.” Then if you are in that person of interests circle of contacts you are also marked as a person of interest and all of your phone calls are recorded and stored as well.
Let’s look at the Occupy movement. This was a non-violent movement that challenged authority and many of the services that helped get the word out about the movement (twitter, Isp’s) also turned over private data of the more outspoken leaders directly to the police. Imagine if there was ever a real uprising. Or imagine if you wanted to run for office and your enemy who was already in office pulled some strings to check your email or your porn history in your browser and then used that against you. In a land where there is no privacy, the only people with privacy are the ones in control, and they usually have the most shit to hide. Honestly, I don’t have the answer on what to do from here. We are all obviously connected and invested in this new communication medium, but at what cost?
Go ahead and read the article and decide for yourself if you feel comfortable with what the people we pay are doing with our money. Remember this, just because you are a good person who literally has nothing to hide (which is no one btw) doesn’t mean the people pulling the strings can’t completely fuck you over when necessary. There are way too many men and women on death row for crimes they didn’t commit to believe that shit.