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J. Christian Adams

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June 7, 2013 - 5:33 am

The computer you are sitting at right now probably has a microphone. It probably also has a camera looking at you this moment. Is it sending sound and pictures from inside your house to the PRISM program at NSA?

Who knows? But one thing is for sure — the technology is sitting there, on your desk. Welcome to Winston’s world.

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Yesterday we crossed a line. What once seemed kooky is now happening. I figured this would be a fight for a future generation, but it is ours. The frightening future has arrived.

The American government has never done anything as sinister as PRISM. No, Korematsu’s camps were awful, but Oceania really was at war with East Asia. Chief Justice Rehnquist wrote a thoughtful and detailed legal discussion which everyone should read before they ever again mention the relocation of Japanese in World War II.

But no war, no threat, no nothing justifies the National Security Agency obtaining a direct pipeline to the Skype chats of every American.  What possible justification is there for the government watching granddad talk to his grandkids in real time back in Laurel, Maryland?

If you haven’t seen the The Lives of Others, it is time you do, now.  It portrays the moral depravity of government surveillance teams.  Like the Stasi monsters, our own American monsters listened in to soldiers in Iraq speaking with their wives, when they though nobody was.

The Lives of Others also portrays human goodness — the rejection of the surveillance state by small moral choices.  The whistleblower who blew up PRISM is an American hero who joins others who have kept the republic alive like Joshua Chamberlain and Harold Agerholm — which probably means the corrupt and dastardly attorney general will prosecute them.

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PFC Harold Agerholm

And let’s dispense with any Republican who defends this program.  If the Patriot Act justified it, then that law needs to be scrapped, scorned, and spat upon.  Republicans need to stop with the “this wasn’t our intent” garbage also.  That line of argument betrays an ignorance of history and a naiveté of power.

If Prism was done without statutory support, it’s time for all Americans to do whatever it takes to shame, embarrass, and identify by name the bureaucrats who administered it at the National Security Agency. Stop with always blaming Obama alone.  That’s primitive and unsophisticated.  It means you never worked inside government, where mid- and low-level people drive bad behavior.

Perhaps PRISM will be a bookend to 9-11 that once again unifies Americans.  If not, I fear what those offended by PRISM will do to the ones defending it.

More: Well, If The Writer At ‘Slate’ Says We Shouldn’t Worry About Gov’t Surveillance…

J. Christian Adams is an election lawyer who served in the Voting Rights Section at the U.S. Department of Justice. His New York Times bestselling book is Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department (Regnery).  His website is www.electionlawcenter.com. Follow him on Twitter @electionlawctr.

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The biggest problem is convincing Jane Public that government monitoring of your private life is something to be worried about. I'll been bitching on auto forums for years about the "Onstar" system installed in cars. This system basically allows them to listen into your conversations, monitor your location, tell if you're speeding and even kill your engine if they want. Yet the usual response is that if you aren't doing anything wrong why would you care?
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You might notice that the article is all about that the tin-foil hat brigade were right all along.
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GEORGE W. OBAMA?

HuffPo is blasting Obama today for breaking his pledge to kill the "shoddy and dangerous" Patriot Act, and for being instead the 3rd and 4th terms of the "hated" "criminally intrusive" George W. Bush. But the comparison is not even close. Obama is in a presidential class of his own. Not only has he put the Patriot Act on steriods and turned it into a tyrannical domestic surveillance program, he has supplanted George Bush as the most reckless spending head of state in all of world history-and is persecuting as "a threat to democracy" those who patriotically want to rein in the size, scope and out of control spending and reach of government to prevent national bankruptcy, fiscal ruin and oppression. No, Obama is no George W. Bush. He's so dangerously unique he can only be compared to himself.
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Um, Shields Up doesn't lock down anything. It merely tests and reports.

Locking down is up to you.

You might want to obtain some technical understanding before you pass out technical advice.
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Zullo, of the Sheriff Arpaio Cold Posse, says that even if bama used a SS not his, it wasn't a crime because he didn't use it for employment. Orly Taitz said that the job of president is employment, and that we the people are his employers.The left uses this tactic:
sophism - a deliberately invalid argument displaying ingenuity in reasoning in the hope of deceiving someone
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Who knows? Indeed! What the Patriot Act hath wrought.
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Of course Obama opposed the patriot act, and any bush plans for datamining, then once elected went full bush, plus. Typical dem hipocrite, all for civil liberties until they are in charge, then they go to full dictator mode.
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I'm waiting for Obama to appear in The Rose Garden so he can take credit for making The US Post Office a financially viable entity again. After all, what choice do Americans have when they want to communicate and keep it private? Good old paper and pen, that's what.
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You think so? HAHAHAHAHA. I bet dimes to doughnuts, there's some way for them to look into your snail mail as well, and that it is used on a regular basis. No gentlemen, the only to rid ourselves of this troublesome government is to abolish it and 'return to our first works', as the Book of Revelation says.
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Try a piece of opaque tape over the computer camera when it's not in use.
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Placing one of your extra tinfoil hat over the camera will worl also. :)
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Never blog or comment in the nude. Just sayin'.
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Skynet has become self-aware.
III
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No, this is far worse.

This is plain old ordinary human evil.
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It's not just computers and cell phones monitoring your every move (and breath, if you buy into the latest "health tracking" apps), it's also "smart" televisions and soon your appliances will be reporting back to the Mother Ship and Big Brother will cut you off for selfishly using too much energy, regardless your ability to pay for it.

Technology has outpaced evolution and, as we are seeing, common sense and morality, too.

We need a hero. Or few. Few hundred. 535 to be exact.
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Yeah Joan honey, we need a few million heroes, well armed and angry. Does anyone here think our forefathers would have put up with this crap? The musket balls would've been flying years ago.
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The National Post reported on Microsoft's latest game console (some say it will be released this December) the Xbox One. This will be an integrated console -- replacing (so the developers hope) pvr's, cable boxes, computers. It will combine television, movies on demand, Skype, and games. They say the integrated microphone will be so advanced that it will be able to recognize (pick out) individual voices in a room filled with ambient noise, along with a built in camera with motion sensor. They want this device in every living room in America (I suspect that NSA and Obama would concur).
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The reason its been delayed yet again is that they're having a problem with tinfoil hats defeatinging the intel camera and voice ID chips
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And no doubt you're speaking from "personal experience", right? Just contine being delusionally happy with the NSA and don"t bother fretting about your tinfoil hat.
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LOL!
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There are none so blind as those who will not see.
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We have 535 prostitutes whose only job is to give pleasure to those who will vote for them. Re-elect no one!
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It's not outpacing morality ... it's facilitating the ability of one faith to jam their socio-economic morality down our throats, with a senseless, fundamentalist zeal that makes Baptists look like libertines at Mardi Gras.

A faith that is far more blind than anything coming out of Jerusalem, Rome, or perhaps even Mecca, for it is in beings with a well-documented record of error, mendacity, greed, and callous disregard for the consequences of their ideas.

Behold ... The Cult of the Credentialed and Connected Omniscient.

It's going to take more than 535 to overcome them ... it is going to take up to 330 million to stand up to this Cult, take back their responsibility and initiative that this Cult has swindled from them, and set that 535, plus 2, plus 9, straight about their real job ... securing the lives, liberty, and ability to pursue happiness of those 330 million, so that the latter are free and clear to exercise that initiative to solve all the other problems around us ... instead of being told to sit down and take whatever that 535+2+9 come up with in that regard
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Pretty sad when the movement claiming such love of country are also the same folks who have no regards for protecting it when they put honesty on the table. On the other hand, before 2009 these same folks had NO public outcry for the very same intelligence gathering methods -- it was then the democrats screaming the very same dialog and beheading President Bush. Same song, different choir!
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Let's see. The Justice Department and selective enforcement, Fast and Furious. The IRS used for partisan ends. Teh EPA used for paartisan ends.. But you no doubt know all this. THAT is why. This chorus is necrotic.
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Those that upload your security camera feeds to some vendor's cloud should consider another method. A static IP address and a little router/modem fiddling will keep your data private.

I also asked Linkedin about their govt sharing policy and their current status. No answer from them, yet. I guess we have to assume that any social media is bugged these days.
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Assume all companies share under whatever circumstances. You don't know what the secret laws say.
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HuffPo is blasting Obama today for breaking his pledge to kill the "shoddy and dangerous" Patriot Act, and for being instead the 3rd and 4th terms of the "hated" "criminally intrusive" George W. Bush. But the comparison is not even close. Obama is in a presidential class of his own. Not only has he put the Patriot Act on steroids and turned it into a tyrannical domestic surveillance program, he has supplanted George Bush as the most reckless spending head of state in all of world history-and is persecuting as "a threat to democracy" those who patriotically want to rein in the size, scope and out of control spending and reach of government to prevent national bankruptcy, fiscal ruin and oppression. No, Obama is no George W. Bush. He's so dangerously unique he can only be compared to himself.
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