Sometimes I work with Alfred. He is 6 feet 8 inches tall. The day that the story broke about General Petraeus’ affair, he asked me in his very thick Lithuanian accent, “Why do you think this is happening to your country’s General Petraeus? I am thinking maybe … something like … exit strategy for Afghanistan.” I finally realized that in Alfred’s old country the “news” was just a propaganda machine.
So that means that after a “news” story, Lithuanians would sometimes sit around and try to figure out what the government was really up to. I told Alfred that I thought that it just looked like some kind of a witch hunt.
“I always feel like somebody's watching me, and I got no privacy”. According to 32-year veteran of National Security Agency turned whistle-blower, senior NSA technical director William Binney, the government records everything that you do on the Internet and stores it! That way if you become a target of the government, they can search through all of your emails and Internet history, and use whatever they find against you. It doesn’t matter if you have always deleted everything because the government has already recorded it.
It looks like Alfred was right about our government. I don’t know the political motives for the downfall of General Petraeus and General Alan, but with corporations' control of government and media have we lost our liberty? Is our government so controlled by big money that our constitutional rights have been lost? Yes, we have lost our rights to privacy, but we could get them back by having this brought before the Supreme Court.
On 12/5/12 this NY Times story about domestic spying is exploding on the Internet, since the Internet is still a place of free speech. Now the test for liberty: Will this story ever reach the mainstream media? Will higher-ups have the story squashed, or is free Internet still powerful enough to keep America informed?
Don Brown (author, columnist, and blogger at TheGreaterReality.com )