By Judi McLeod
By the time self-acclaimed whistleblower Edward Snowden blew the cover on the National Security Agency (NSA) forever more known as ‘Spies are Us’, it was already way too late for the privacy of online online private citizens
Privacy, like commonsense and government altruism, doesn’t live here anymore.
Before NSA, we were already big-time data-based with every nuance and details of our private lives spied upon and standby stored by Google, FaceBook and other unsavory social networks on the take.
Blowback from the Snowden-exposed NSA has über dominated the Big Brother spydom we’ve been talking about ever since. Public outrage was guaranteed mostly because the NSA is a billion dollar government agency.
Little did we know when Snowden dropped his NSA bombshell that the IRS was spying on American citizens too, especially TEA Party members that the current administration regards as “bigoted”, “bible-thumping””, “racist” dissidents.
The NSA can only throw public citizen perceived dissidents into a data base and pass on information to other government agencies, like the EPA and IRS who aim to first control, then shut down all government dissidents. Problem is the The IRS does not just data base the enemy, they first harass then gauge them right out of business.
Google, FaceBook, et al get cut a break by Internet users because they’re not government agencies, per se.
Try this on for size: Google is a de facto government agency. As soon as he was elected, savvy President Barack Obama held his very first formal business meeting with up and coming super stars of the technology world;Google visited the White House 230 times in 2009.
While the FCC is taking the flak for the recently spawned ‘net neutrality’ that will close off the Information HIghway for millions who will no longer be able to afford access to it, it was really Google who ushered it in.
Up to now during the past seven tumultuous years, it was the government taking on the hypocritical starring role as the Department of Truth. Now Google will filter all internet news and determine what is truth.
They’re already reformatting their algorithms to reroute the traffic of conservative blogs and websites. Google net minder Alexa and see how the traffic for online news websites has been in decline for the last six months.
How’s that for not being a government agency?
We all thought that The Information Highway would open up new horizons on the world of communication and in so doing, set us free. ‘Citizen journalists’ would abound and stop the corruption of Big Government right in its tracks. With our iphones, ipads, and other fingertip technology, there was no government move that could be made without our being on to it.
Instead the noose has been tightened around our necks and we’ve all been had. We’ve been lured onto the world web and caught right up in its sticky tentacles. We’ve been sold out for a few thousand insipid ‘likes’.
We now live in a world where NSA, Google, Facebook and Twitter don’t catch ISIS, they catch us instead.
They effectively cut off the access of the Little Guy, but leave communication open to the terrorists.
While they were making their billions, Google with its $130 billion in assets was working in close tandem with the government in its slick and ongoing propaganda department.
Google operatives, who appear on television shows telling us that robots will do our jobs over the next two decades and do the dog and pony show on coming technology, played a role in both Occupy Wall Street (OWS) and in Obama’s so-called Arab Spring.
As an unsuspecting technology-driven constituency we helped make it all happen.
The social networks most reliable fans are the millions of 30-something millennials who don’t give a rat’s rear that a combo of Marxists and crony capitalists are now driving the Information Highway bus along a rutted road.
Big Bro hijacked the bus long before Edward Snowden blew the whistle on NSA.
Problem is “the news” stopped right there and no one is thinking to ask where Big Bro is taking the bus.