Early this morning I read a “shocking” new leak about the UK’s spy business in the Independent. The article was made to sound as if Edward Snowdon was now leaking new information to the Independent. The content of the report and the linkage to Snowdon immediately caught my attention as being a big fat fib. The link above is to Glenn Greenwald’s article in the Guardian in which Snowdon denies that he was the source for this newest “leak”. In fact Greenwald calls this leak — Snowdon: UK now leaking documents about itself. Which makes me believe that there are far more shocking reveals of USG constant and intrusive spying on everyone — all the time.
According to the blogger Cannonfire — the information in this new leak from a new leaker source is not new at all. The fact that the UK and the US would have communications listening/data collection points in or near hot spots in the Middle East isn’t new news. CannonFire calls this the Game of Spooks. I certainly don’t know all the sneaky spy stuff happening — but I do know lying cover ups when I see them.
Last night I downloaded two books about propaganda onto my Kindle — means and methods of propaganda was covered in several of my Behavioral Science classes as well as a graduate class in propaganda and dealing with the victims in a counseling setting. However, I need an update with current information — because I certainly recognize most propaganda variations but it is nice to know the names of the diseases.
The Ten Commandments of Propaganda by Brian Anse Patrick
Propaganda & Persasion by Magdan E. Shabo
The Trial by Franz Kafka
The Trial was referred to several times in online discussions about the owners of secure email services who have shut down rather than violate the 4th Amendment of the US Constitution. The owner of Lavabit along with his nifty Basenji dog were interviewed for an article in the Guardian.
“We are entering a time of state-sponsored intrusion into our privacy that we haven’t seen since the McCarthy era. And it’s on a much broader scale,” Ladar Levison, founder of Lavabit, told the Guardian. The emailservice was used by Snowden and is now at the center of a potentially historic legal battle over privacy rights in the digital age.
Most reasonable people will admit that we need laws and rules and reasonable authority on the local, state and National level. We need taxes (reasonable). It costs a lot of money to run a complex government. Spies and spying are mostly a necessary evil — even animals maintain “spies” and have ways to signal intruders and thieves. More than likely spying is hardwired in social species. We have now reached the point where we know for a certain that spying has gone too far.
But — the spies are now turning everyone into the enemy — and by everyone I mean: Every. Single. Person. In. The. World. If I were writing a SCI FI thriller set in the near future I’d have the villains begin micro tagging every single person on the planet. Add to the mix — secret courts, secret laws and stuff so secret that Lavabit’s owner can’t even talk to his lawyer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Party employs science and technology to curtail human freedom and privacy, and to control human behavior.*
xxxxx live in a constant state of being monitored by the Party, through the use of advanced, invasive technology.
In the far distance a helicopter skimmed down between the roofs, hovered for an instant like a bluebottle, and darted away again with a curving flight. It was the police patrol, snooping into people’s windows. (1.1.4)
Ah — the drones — watching and listening and then bombing — never mind that is somewhere in a foreign country most American’s couldn’t find on a map, if their lives depended on that knowledge. Which thankfully it doesn’t.
It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself – anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face (to look incredulous when a victory was announced, for example) was itself a punishable offense. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime, it was called. (1.5.65)
Does this remind anyone of the TSA/homeland insecurity’s development of facial recognition technology plus the work being done on reading brain waves?
The Party’s surveillance tactics and technology are so advanced that even the smallest twitch can betray a rebellious spirit.
*quotes above beginning with “The Party employs science and technology. . .” are from Orwell, 1984. xxxxx = Oceanians
The spies and spooks and overlords aren’t yet to that point of sophistication — but the TSA jerks are being given quick courses in “Body Language” and they stop anyone who looks “different”. Ass holes.
It seems to me that the founding fathers knew a thing or two about spying and privacy and that’s why we have the 4th Amendment to the Constitution. Using fear and intimidation to force we the people to give up our Constitutional right to privacy is the mark of a Fas cias Big Brother government. All the signs indicate that this spying started long before 0bama or Bush and that these two are merely figure heads for the guys behind the curtain. And that is somewhere even I don’t care to go.