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Opinion page editor Rick Holmes and other writers blog about national politics and issues. Holmes & Co. is a Blog for Independent Minds, a place for a free-flowing discussion of policy, news and opinion. This blog is the online cousin of the Opinion ...
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Opinion page editor Rick Holmes and other writers blog about national politics and issues. Holmes & Co. is a Blog for Independent Minds, a place for a free-flowing discussion of policy, news and opinion. This blog is the online cousin of the Opinion section of the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Mass. As such, our focus starts there and spreads to include Massachusetts, the nation and the world. Since successful blogs create communities of readers and writers, we hope the \x34& Co.\x34 will also come to include you.
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 Big Brother is here in the from of corporatism, which is when government and corporations combine as a means of providing services. The NSA, a secret government agency has combined with telecommunications corporations as a means of providing services, in this case, “security from terrorist attacks.”

The NSA employs 700,000 contractors. For those who want to reduce the size of the federal government, not hiring federal employees looks good, but tax payer dollars are funding these NSA contractors, meaning we’re indirectly paying contractors six figure salaries to spy on us.

Corporations like Verizon will store this data forever. Dana Priest explains the danger in the data storage, “…what privacy advocates are most worried about is the storage of this data. So I may not be under suspicion right now; 10 years from now, you know, they’re looking at three parts — three different sets of my digital exhaust, and they may decide something is suspicious.” “And so they can go back and mine the data that they have from 10 years ago. And that’s what causes privacy advocates most concern, is that you are going to have this giant database of information about Americans in the Verizon phone records…”

The power of the executive office has been expanded to include the president having the power to label a citizen a terrorist and without due process, throw that person in jail. Add to that the fact that Verizon sent their information directly to the executive office and what do we have? A new ‘label’ that says Spying is now ‘security.’

According to Syndicated columnist Mark Shields, “The president says, I welcome this debate. That’s healthy for democracy.” Mark Shields reminds us, “there wouldn’t be a debate if we didn’t have this disclosure.” and we’d still be in ignorance of the fact.

Thomas Jefferson said: “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people…They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”

A majority of elected representatives want to see Edward Snowden punished for informing the whole mass of the people about what our government is doing to our privacy and liberties, all funded by tax payer dollars.

Which just goes to show that no matter what comes out of the politician’s mouth, they are all on the band wagon for the corporatism of Big Brother. It all “step-by-step, inch by inch“, adds up to enhance the government’s control over the masses, and the politicians, being the ego of the government, will exercise their ego and new found controls to enhance their own power. Don’t believe the ‘double-speak’ message that spying is security and ignorance is protection. Doing so would be a terrible fate to impose upon yourself and future generations. Take a hint from George Orwell’s book, 1984: Smith! You’re not lifting your legs high enough!… but that’s for another topic, having your own TV in your bedroom or living room spying on you from the other side.

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