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Power

Journal Jeremiah Cornelius's Journal: "They Are About Power" 11

"American Senators tell us that Brazil should not worry, because this is not "surveillance," it's "data collection." They say it is done to keep you safe. They're wrong. There is a huge difference between legal programs, legitimate spying, legitimate law enforcement -- where individuals are targeted based on a reasonable, individualized suspicion -- and these programs of dragnet mass surveillance that put entire populations under an all-seeing eye and save copies forever. These programs were never about terrorism: they're about economic spying, social control, and diplomatic manipulation. They're about power."
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  • Warrantless Wiretapping was about getting blackmail materials on every sitting member of the House and the Senate, as well as their staff and acquaintances.

    Your government fell to a silent coup a handful of years ago, and we're now seeing the direction to which the "winners" want to take your country and our world.

    • by flyneye (84093)

      I think he could've put the spy agencies to work on Capitol Hill anyway. Constitution does not cover D.C., Military bases and other Federal lands, only the several states. Our government fell to a silent coup back when we got the NEW DEAL. Let's make no mistakes about that.

      • New Deal?

        Baby games.

        Federal Reserve Act + 16th Amendment + Declaration of War, 6 April 1917 + Selective Service Act.

        Between 1911 and 1917, the entire system was mechanically produced. All that remained was incremental turning of the gears.

        • by rk (6314)

          I think the 17th amendment may even be the bigger deal than the 16th. The last glimmering notion that the United States was a federation was swept away by that.

        • by flyneye (84093)

          I agree, but it is easier to point it out to the generally educated from the New Deal onward.

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