the button hole.
Friday, May 12, 2006
Good morning America. Are you enjoying your privacy this morning? Ahhh. Feels good to have the 4th Amendment doesn't it? Well, snap out of it. We got protecting you from terrorisms to do. If you have not been worried by the Bush administration's contempt for the rule of law while efforting to make us all safer, then today, chew on some of this. Us complainers have been dismissed as kooks and conspiracy theorists for it. But the more we find out, the more vexing it gets. In the so-called post-9/11 America, is it not a priority that we trust the words that leave the Commander In Chief's mouth? Truth should be the minimum we recieve if we aren't gonna get actual smarts. Truth, and therefore, trust is gone. These guys ran two campaigns on limited government--what a joke. They have enabled torture to take place and in some instances it seems unwilling to even apologize that it happened under their own watch. An oft-repeated defense in every egg splatted on the executive face has been 'I'm above the law, it don't pertain to the President.' This is a Dirty Sanchez on the lip of Congress, who pass these laws, when instead of Vetoing them, DubBub merely issues a signing statement saying 'I concur, but I won't need to follow this rule cuz I'm in charge.' So when Dubya stands in front of the seal of his office and tells you that the White House and the NSA take every pain to protect American's privacy, is that enough for you at this point? Seriously?
If that isn't enough to scare you, ponder why AT&T was so willing to allow NSA direct access to data. (it even got a hot moniker 'codename: Daytona') AT&T not only wants to sell you internet access and phone service, but they realize that very soon we will recieve most all of our media through broadband internet connection. Phone, TV, radio and internet access will come through one big pipe. AT&T has been not so quietly gobbling up small telephone companies and merging with larger ones to own as much of the wire as possible. Why should you care? Think about this...AT&T could cut off your Internet phone unless you use their service; or force you to download MP3s from only the AT&T company store by slowing access to outside music sites like ITunes. Those controlling the pipes could also charge you extra to guarantee that your email gets past their spam filters. Or allow businesses to pay them money so their spam could reach you. As our Web experience continues to look more like cable TV, it might start smelling more like it too. The big boys hate 'free' as much as they hate 'freedom' and they want an internet where you pay for a limited selection of programs that they select, own or control. These types of package schemes would stifle the Internet’s revolutionary ability to spread new ideas, serve marginalized communities, spark business innovation and encourage democratic discourse. AT&T scratches the NSA's back and ultimately the government puts access to a free internet on the auction block for a select few 'players.' So anytime Big Biz beds down with Big Gov under the guise of protection of the masses the red flag should go up and we all should be calling bullshit on this. So I am. Bullshit on this.
So much for fighting them over there so we don't have to fight them over here, your privacy is taking one for the team...right here in the land of the Free...button up your lips and they continue to rip the Constitution into smaller bits.
the button hole, Polaroid Close-up, 600 film
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