As if I haven’t stepped on enough toes…
In the last post, I took out a small stick and deliberately poked the NSA bear. Many of you probably think I have lost my mind. Unless I want to be treated like Elian Gonzalez, I should explain myself.
When I first read Piper Bayard’s post about words Homeland Security uses to identify potential terrorists. I thought to myself that is cool, maybe I can use that in my writing. Then I read her suggestion to write a long sentence using those key words that the HSA uses it identify potential terrorists. I thought to myself that she had a dumb idea. But the more I thought about it, I wondered why I was scared to write a simple sentence. The answer is exactly what you all were thinking. Why would anyone in their right mind intentionally do something to fall on the radar of the Department of Homeland Security?
Being on the radar of a 20 year old NSA analyst is one thing, but taunting the government is something else entirely. As of today 8 August 2013, the NSA has emphatically denied that they read e-mails from American citizens. They continue to deny that they collect the content of cell phone conversations, texts, or other communication that originates and ends to phones within the United States. The NSA categorically denies that they spy on American citizens. In theory I have nothing to fear.
Their mission is to protect the citizens of the United States from all foreign threats. I am protected as an American citizen by the Constitution of the United States along with the Bill of Rights. I am a law abiding citizen, I served the military, I pay my taxes and I even vote. I have thought this phrase many times. “I don’t care if they look at everything. I don’t do anything wrong, what do I have to fear?”
I have about 170 followers (Thank You All). On average I get five likes and five public comments with each post. I get additional couple of texts, e-mails or verbal comments from friends and family. Maybe everyone is busy this week or maybe everyone is afraid of knowing me anymore. I don’t want to make assumptions based on a single post. But it is odd to say the least that everyone is so quiet about this topic. Could it be the specter of the NSA looming over you?
My goal for the last post was to illustrate the simple problem that we have today. If you hesitated before commenting on the last post, then I would suggest that you contact your elected representatives. Voice your concerns. If you think we are rapidly heading towards becoming a police state, contact your elected representatives. If you are afraid that storm troopers are going to kick in your door, start prepping.
Please when you contact them, don’t rant. Just plainly state the facts without commentary. If you add partisan comments, your thoughts will be minimized. Don’t get mad, I am just telling you the truth. I don’t normally advocate things like this. But I really feel that our rights as American citizens are in danger, and now is a good time to voice our concerns. Now is the time to start paying attention to the activities of the NSA. The election cycle of 2014 is a good time to act on the information that we discover between now and then. I place a high value on my civil liberties, my freedoms and the rights I enjoy as a citizen on the United States. I hope you do as well.
Before I end my ranting, please allow me to say one more thing. I do not believe the current NSA actions have anything to do with President Obama’s policies. I do not believe that the NSA practices have anything to do with President Bush’s policies following 9-11. I believe the current version of the NSA is a natural evolution of a government program that has existed since the late 1940s. Capabilities have finally caught up with desires. For me it is that simple. I do not think there is a nefarious intent on behalf of any elected official to spy on us. They may illegally use collected information, but that is a by-product. Not the underlining goal/purpose of the program.
I have minimal respect for all elected officials. I do believe that if left unchecked, they exist to serve themselves, gain power and accumulate wealth. At their very core, they are self-serving, arrogant, pompous, individuals who lack moral wisdom, clarity, or anything resembling original thought. In short they are the lowest form of human, existing on the human level of worm or cockroach.
But, they are still Americans regardless of their political persuasion or personal flaws. They do have a definite love for this nation. More importantly, they will sway to the overwhelming views of their voting constituents. If enough people give voice to our thoughts, they will obey your will. Contrary to what the media might say, the NSA and the government exist to make our lives safer. We do not exist to be pawns of the few in positions of power.
Otherwise, the natural evolutional process will continue to become something we don’t want and cannot oppose.
Until next time, keep on rockin!