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I'm not sure how I feel about the breaking story on - alyburns' (aka sideburns & alyjude) Hiding Place
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I'm not sure how I feel about the breaking story on
the NSA and all Verizon phone calls being monitored, but I am sure I can't stop laughing at all the news people; liberal, conservative and the supposedly unbiased *snicker* who are jumping on this story like ticks on a dog. And I'm laughing at Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian reporter who broke the story, as well as co-breaking the additional news about the NSA also tapping the top internet servers, thus having access to all our internet hijinks (are you jinking? Me either, but hey, whatever).

In interviews today and this evening, Greenwald responded to politicians (can we say, "Diane Feinstein"?)  screaming for an immediate investigation on how he got the story - or to put it in a more refined manner: "WHO THE HELL LEAKED THIS?"by daring Congress to go investigate away because, after all, the Constitution guarantees a Free Press so he can accept leaked info anytime he wants and 'hell no', he doesn't have to give up the whistle blower, so "Take that!", yadda yadda. So why am I laughing? Because he broke a story about - hello? - the NSA's ability to get all your private info! *knocks on Greenwald's head* Which means if the NSA really has the "Person of Interest" (look it up if you're not watching this terrific and slashy tv show) ability that he says they have and that all the folks "On the Hill" - the ones flailing their arms about while looking like chickens with their heads cut off - then guess what? Hiding whistle blowers would be impossible. Duh.

And btw? Why just Verizon? Why hasn't anyone asked that question? I mean, are there any other oh-so-secret-court-orders floating around out there for, oh, I don't know, maybe AT&T? Sprint? Or maybe T-Mobile??? How 'bout US Cellular??? Or did the whistle blowers with copies of those court orders get lost in cyberspace while zipping along the internet connection to Greenwald's office/home? Or because they were afraid to use the phone or email, they forgot they could, like, maybe drive over and see him in person? Or send carrier pigeons with messages telling him to meet in an...oh, say, underground garage? *nods sagely*

And since when did we ever think anything on the net was private? Okay, maybe back in 1999...a little bit. Maybe. And our phone calls being private after 9/11? Not so much.

And as for this particular story on our lack of privacy? Why isn't anyone noticing the small fact that the court order (copy) Greenwald was given was dated just days after the Boston Bombing and hello? could that be why Verizon is temporarily being targeted? *shrugs*

Oh, and I'm betting Chris Christie is relieved about these breaking stories because they've taken the heat off him and his $24 million "Special Election". Oh, yeah, he's relieved, all right. But maybe he didn't watch Jon Stewart last night? *smirks* If you want to view Jon and his 'story' about the special election, it's under the cut and very funny and right now, laughing is about all one can do - or lose our sanity. :)







I don't know if these court orders are right, wrong, necessary or what, and with all the panicking going on, it's doubtful we'll get any real information now. As for how I feel about it's being right or wrong...hell, my brain fried years ago and obviously none of the stories have stopped me from typing this little post up. *G*. What I do know is that it's been fun watching all the idiots on both sides of the aisle - as well as our so-called 'news' media - try to handle the NSA story/ies - which, btw, just keep getting bigger and reminding me a lot of The Blob.

*ooh, do I have that on DVD? The original, with Steve McQueen? Wanders off to look....*
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fabrisse From: fabrisse Date: June 7th, 2013 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
It helps that Greenwald doesn't live in the US. At least some of the pressure that could be brought to bear on someone who's resident here is much harder to do in Rio de Janeiro.

I've known that every phone call in the US was screened for key words to prevent terrorism, etc. since 1973. This is less random which is, in my opinion, very bad, but the potential was always there.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: June 8th, 2013 03:51 am (UTC) (Link)

Yeah, and they upped the

monitoring after 9/11, so yeah, no real surprise. The less random part ... I'm still not sure how I feel. I mean, the phone providers already keep all the info - they don't 'dump' it, which is why we've always been warned about it. The question becomes: Who can do the most damage to "We the People" with all that info now kept by both the providers *and* our government? The providers (selling our info) or the Government (for their own agendas besides actually protecting the country?)???

'Tis a weird conundrum. And one I wish we didn't have to 'conund' about *G*. Oh, and apparently they DO read the info their storing - because they obviously read my post *snicker* since today, the news was broken that it wasn't just Verizon after all. *wg*
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