Don’t Worry About Obama Spying On You—Just Kidding, You Should Worry

article-obama-1207Ah, the sweet smell of Thursday morning outright denial-of-reality.

Yes, in a sweeping scoop from The Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald, it has been revealed that the Obama administration since at least April has been hoovering up millions of Verizon subscribers’ phone data – customers within the United States, calling other customers within the United States. Monitoring such ‘domestic only’ communications is strictly forbidden by the NSA’s mandate, but don’t worry, some hardcore Obama policy defenders on Twitter and on the cable news networks this morning have a reality distortion field… or wish they had one.

You see, according to such apologists for warrantless spying, this isn’t a big deal because a) Bush was doing it in some form also and b) it’s just ‘metadata.’

To address point A: and their point is? Weird world we live in when the best justification you can come up with is that the Mission Accomplished Guantanamo waterboarding torture war with the wrong country guy with a ranch in Crawford, Texas did it also. And point B: ‘metadata’ is just a spin word. The information collected includes call recipients and all location data, meaning where you are physically located whenever you make a call and every single social association you have (the people you call, the people who call you). This is the kind of rich domestic surveillance data the Nazi Gestapo and East German Stasi would have given their right legs to obtain. If this ‘metadata’ is not a violation of our privacy, Obama should release his own ‘metadata’ to the public, and his staff’s – it’d be fascinating to see every phone call they have ever placed, in addition to their locations at all times.

21 Comments on "Don’t Worry About Obama Spying On You—Just Kidding, You Should Worry"

  1. Thanks Obama!

  2. emperorreagan | Jun 6, 2013 at 4:49 pm |

    So the real question: with Google/Motorola discussing biostamping for authentication and developing predictive software for the phones…is the government really just building these giant data farms and collecting all of this data so they can track and predict everyone’s behavior?

    Should I start addressing my prayers to Saint PKD?

  3. Simon Valentine | Jun 6, 2013 at 5:13 pm |

    spin is what happens after the metadata
    sure, have your cookie in that “some of them are dipshits”
    no one gives a fuck
    because those capable of recognizing what metadata means
    aren’t effected
    and don’t need to be immune
    also knowing that that’s the only way to not be in service to that which you wish not to service – “those who are not them dipshits”
    or was your spin “that which should not exist” about to happen?
    do you even feudal?
    could have said the obvious:
    Obama = confiscate weapons
    metadata = weapon
    case closed
    but see, apparently that’s not enough metadata for people to eat, post-Moses, post-Elijah, and post-totem

    sarcasm. hatred. disdain.

  4. Oh but if you’ve done nothing wrong, there’s nothing to worry about. Right?

    • Simon Valentine | Jun 6, 2013 at 5:59 pm |

      i’d say i see what you did there, but black holes have me tranced

      i find nothing quite relaxing save for “oh, yeah, the galaxy won’t last forever” … “seems like it could be a…” … “yup that’s enough to call it worry”

      i find nothing itself quite relaxing, i mean
      rather than the set of that which i find relaxing is empty 🙂 LOL
      not really a difference black hole effect?
      imagination wins.

      • 0=1+2

      • charlotte9 | Jun 7, 2013 at 12:38 am |

        I’d like to join your religion. Are there meetings?

        • Simon Valentine | Jun 7, 2013 at 1:12 am |

          if it’s your first night

          you have to fyte mi

        • Simon Valentine | Jun 7, 2013 at 2:05 am |

          an observed electron is to a wave field factor table, so too an unbedded edge
          is to a sphere. Send it home and cut my
          ear. There’s more than one way to blow
          a bubble up. And the bubble never
          was. And the soap spit from the mouth
          foams again. No buying or selling. No trading or force. No state or doctrine. No teachers no sovereign. Or money is no. Unbedded edge is go. Translate
          to parallels instead of treasure mark is foe.
          Effects only on the field once again.
          Factors shining weapon.
          Lightning here to cut the cake.
          Liar has attempted fate. Classes
          how to pollinate. Songs and beauty and
          healing mate. Less is more a settled
          scored, wordless of name own. Words
          erased are never gone, soon to be refound.
          Of men, father, and thousands before that. Cut to the chase or begone one said, hearing none of what was
          said. Amun, not Ra, and some say
          Set. Baphomet. What is is. A mathematicians enclosure. Death is only the beginning.

      • Would you like a tour of the Void?

    • I’d love to believe this myself,
      and if I knew for sure I was “doing nothing wrong”
      I would rest, knowing I was safe.

      The problem is, who’s defining “nothing wrong”
      and how are they defining it
      and are they telling me the whole truth
      (and nothing but the truth)
      and whether the rules will stay the rules
      long enough to learn them
      and that the rules are anything NEAR fair or balanced…

      And since I’m not the one who judges
      whether I’ve “done nothing wrong or not,”
      I’m worrying…

      • I bet there’s laws even lawyers are unaware of. Manifesting that shit out of books like evil overpaid and unappreciated sorcerers.

        • law is one of the many realms that has expanded well beyond the understanding of a single person. It has become its own beast that is not run or managed by people, but instead served.

          • Simon Valentine | Jun 7, 2013 at 7:31 pm |

            ah, it is good to see that what i would once deem true
            only to watch that one demon in me
            perform it’s enchanting freedom and service
            all unto the one
            like God was Maxwell’s Demon

            Vuhon smiles
            but only for to see it quickly dissipate through his fingers as Vile deals shadow cards to Shao

            Ingenium, Attrebus said
            attri buse
            what a name he had
            and what a wife in Annaig
            she could serve a high elf

            sorcerers and wizards
            both and clerics
            all to none
            for i art magicks

            push one in and one pops out
            assuming that it’s not an assumption
            that it all fits anyhow

            Pascal’s does not violate Einstein’s but either or both
            violate Newton’s and vice-averse. It is as eternal and ascended as Anubis intertwined with Oma Desala. An asymptote, it seems, is a truer idea of what a line is than a line is. Can be? Will? Shall? Parameters to accept virtue objects, only to have them re-typed into constitution sets that are human? Oh, the program has hardly begun.

            The Knights fear and Revere Moses
            and Myrddin. Awfully close to myrmidon, yeah?
            Morris is as close as i get to the table
            quarters of the earth

            Knights from pawns
            see my songs
            know the future
            and not death’s longs
            integers for a wizard throne
            to be taken by sorcery
            and in the future found once again
            to have been the same
            PHIed and boned
            the sword cannot cut
            and let the nothing supersede fear
            Amun is the Umbra
            the Urich
            declenched from the Jury
            wield gematria

  5. RagBoneMan | Jun 6, 2013 at 6:15 pm |

    So quite a few Western governments are treading this 1984 path now. Keep tags on everybody’s location, their phone calls, their internet searches, their emails, their downloads. Filmed on CCTV wherever you go. This is like a pre-internet government reading everyone’s letters, checking what books they’re borrowing from the library.

    1984 is now 65 years old. If you haven’t read it, you’ve heard about it. It’s so often cited in arguments about government intervention in the private lives of its citizens that it has become cliche. Yet so threatened are modern governments by their own citizens that they are compelled to move their policies in that totalitarian direction anyway.

    In a sense, we should be proud.

  6. BuzzCoastin | Jun 6, 2013 at 7:17 pm |

    the thing I enjoyed most
    was the revelation the Uncle Homeland & China have a lot in common
    except China is more transparent

    BTW: this shit has been going on since Alexander Graham Bell
    telecoms & media outlets have always been government snitches & bitches
    oh and
    Obama just works for Them
    he doesn’t pull the trigger, obviously

  7. Kane VonDoom | Jun 6, 2013 at 11:18 pm |

    The next few years are going to be very interesting.

    … shit, this year alone is shaping up to be nearly cartoonish already. Almost a parody of itself.

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