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The Government's File on You!

All your Internet data has been recorded and stored.

Sometimes I work with Alfred. He is 6 feet 8 inches tall. The day that the story broke about General Petraeus’ affair, he asked me in his very thick Lithuanian accent, “Why do you think this is happening to your country’s General Petraeus? I am thinking maybe … something like … exit strategy for Afghanistan.”  I finally realized that in Alfred’s old country the “news” was just a propaganda machine.
So that means that after a “news” story, Lithuanians would sometimes sit around and try to figure out what the government was really up to.  I told Alfred that I thought that it just looked like some kind of a witch hunt.

 “I always feel like somebody's watching me, and I got no privacy”. According to 32-year veteran of National Security Agency turned whistle-blower, senior NSA technical director William Binney, the government records everything that you do on the Internet and stores it! That way if you become a target of the government, they can search through all of your emails and Internet history, and use whatever they find against you.  It doesn’t matter if you have always deleted everything because the government has already recorded it.

It looks like Alfred was right about our government. I don’t know the political motives for the downfall of General Petraeus and General Alan, but with corporations' control of government and media have we lost our liberty? Is our government so controlled by big money that our constitutional rights have been lost? Yes, we have lost our rights to privacy, but we could get them back by having this brought before the Supreme Court.

On 12/5/12 this NY Times story about domestic spying is exploding on the Internet, since the Internet is still a place of free speech. Now the test for liberty: Will this story ever reach the mainstream media? Will higher-ups have the story squashed, or is free Internet still powerful enough to keep America informed?

 Don Brown (author, columnist, and blogger at TheGreaterReality.com )

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One Man Wolf Pack December 06, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Don, have you looked into the fight over Obama's political database? (google it, no pun intended, or maybe "bing"? it) Remember when he visited the likes of Facebook and Google early in the campaign? How about the rumored cabinet post for Schmidt of Google? Think of the information those two companies have on the populous and how it could be used, or was used, in a campaign. This isn't a left or right issue despite how either side paints it. I would be interested to see how you feel about what you turn up.
Don Brown December 07, 2012 at 05:03 AM
This is all new to me and I was blown away by it. It amazes me how little response this post is getting. You are right that Obama's political database could be out of control, and that both the right and the left like the amount of power these types of data systems provide. The NSA whistle blower youtube video should reach a million hits soon. What interests me the most is how long will it take for this to get onto something like 60 minutes? If apathy or if the major news networks avoid this issue, then we may never get to have any say about it. This could be too much power for the agencies that use this "surveillance system".
One Man Wolf Pack December 07, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Dan your funny; you think the news agencies aren't in the game too? You actually think that they have not been compromised into the fight over information? The data is one thing then the twisting and reporting is another. Why do you think that it is typical that a politician's campaign continues to solicit contributions after the election is over? Maybe they run again? Then why is the Obama machine still doing it he can't run again. It is all about the fight to tell you what to think; welcome to reality chief.
One Man Wolf Pack December 07, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Bottom line, everyone needs to be encouraged to think independently and to look at information skeptically and figure out what makes sense. It isn't easy especially when you have zealots blinded by party affiliation to the point that they are nothing more than lemmings. Neither Ds nor Rs are the solution they are the problem; as I have said before the only truly bipartisan aspect of our political system is making sure it stays BI-partisan as opposed to tri-partisan or quad-partisan.
Don Brown December 08, 2012 at 07:17 AM
I agree. Did you like Ralph Nader and the Green Party? I did, but I still have hope that Obama will be able to get a lot more done. Too early for me to decide if I should invest in a third party. 920,000 hits now for this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuET0kpHoyM Still just want to see how long it takes for this to get on the news. It might still be because of apathy. You are the only one that leaves a comment because of a lack of interest in a post that has to do with government. Then again, NBC news, Fox news, and CNN doesn't yet have a single reporter able discover or to recognize that the NSA whistle blower is a huge story?
Owen December 11, 2012 at 09:11 AM
The fact that anyone is shocked that the federal government is pushing the boundaries, should probably reread some of there history on the government's long history of acting contrary to what we believe, as citizens, are the staples of the Constitution. This is nothing new. It's just scarier because, electronically, the government has a whole new window into our lives. And if people want to act like big business is this out of nowhere monster, then I would call there attention to the fact that men who returned home from the Revolution, men promised acres upon acres of land for there service, where met by land speculators who offered them pennies on the dollar for that land that they paid for in blood.
Owen December 11, 2012 at 09:11 AM
Typo in the first sentence: *their
Don Brown December 11, 2012 at 09:51 AM
Yes, there is nothing new about government and buisness acting contrary to the Constitution, and it is this new amount of power that set off a big alarm with me.
Scum Of The Earth December 15, 2012 at 12:36 PM
How funny, I read a post by Don, about American eating habits, and like a good liberal, he had to start it off with a stab at the Republicans... now we see Dons liberal sensibilities are being poked because he is just now figuring out the Obama admin is spying on us all, something no President has ever done before, or even been able to do. Obama is the guy who didn't end the Patriot act like all the lefties thought, instead he increased its power, and now your all surprised that the President is spying on us all, and doing God knows what with the info.. Careful what you wish for huh Don - when you voted for him? Well wait till Obamacare gets through with your wallet son, the whole spying thing is just another quirk peculiar to only the good folks of the Obama admin. Have you noticed how little the media cares about this? Thats because its only news worthy if its being done by a Republican, the media has an unholy alliance with the Democratic party, and you my friend are a part of that. I am sure if Fox news did do a piece on this, you would be ripping them anyways...
Don Brown December 16, 2012 at 10:07 PM
This is not believed to be an issue between the Ds and the Rs.

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