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Government Spying again?


This is from WND enjoy!

 


Posted: October 28, 2011
1:48 pm Eastern

By Steven Wyer
© 2011

 

Let me begin by acknowledging that I have an admitted distrust of government. I believe there is compelling evidence to suggest that our online activity is of far more interest to Uncle Sam than might be considered healthy. Don’t you find it quite odd that foreign countries have undertaken criminal litigation against Google over privacy issues surrounding Google’s Street View while here at home we have basically taken a “no harm-no foul” position?

If that’s not enough to get your antenna up, here’s another bit of news that most people missed. In April 2010 it was announced that every 140-character snippet you have ever posted on Twitter has been committed to the U.S. Library of Congress. The Library of Congress and our friends at Twitter have agreed to archive every single tweet since its inception on March 21, 2006, when the first tweet was launched. It is now estimated that together we send a billion tweets a week – and all of it is be preserved forever.

It does not seem to me that there is such a big jump from the retention of this information to the dissection and analyzing of such data and then ultimately the utilization of what is learned.

The purpose (according to a blog post by Library of Congress communications director Matt Raymond) is to document “important tweets” as well as gather information about the way we live through the sheer masses of tweets on the site. Some find great comfort in the fact that only tweets from public Twitter feeds will be included, not those that have been set as private. Think quickly for me – are your tweets set to be private? Do you really understand that every tweet you post is intrinsically designed to be searchable? We must understand that Twitter was always designed to be searchable.

Find out what you can do to protect yourself from cyber-abuse — read one man’s horror story and subsequent advice in “Violated Online”

In fact, it’s essential that we recognize the possibility that at some point in the future our government, either overtly or covertly, could attempt to match this information with other user information archived in federal databases. By simply “taking the pulse of the country,” any sitting administration could easily 1) craft public policy, or 2) pander to the current tide of public sentiment in any election year.

Perhaps at this point you are thinking, this guy is seeing shadows and that perhaps writing “Violated Online” (the book) has made me a little wonky. Allow me to present another piece of evidence.

In September of this year it was reported that the Federal Reserve put out to bid an RFP (Request for Proposal) detailing its plans to monitor Facebook, Twitter and Google News. According to the document, the Fed is evaluating bids for a social media analysis system that will mine data from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogs and web forums – beginning in December 2011. In order to “handle crisis situations” and “track the reach and spread of … messages and press releases,” the project will also identify a number of what they call “key bloggers and influencers” to target with their outreach, and presumably monitoring, efforts. This is all being done in the name of “public relations.”

Based on the parameters provided in the RFP, it appears that the Fed is not just interested in what is being said here at home but also abroad. Vendors considering the submission of a proposal are required to provide a process for monitoring multiple languages as well as international traffic and social-media content. Clearly, social media has become more than social.

Without jumping to completely Orwellian conclusion I believe that it is fair to say that many parts of our government are now attempting to gauge positive and negative sentiment by tapping into the immediate empirical data that is delivered online everyday. Most of us keep our heads down, work hard, care for our families and enjoy our newfound connectivity. Without sounding the alarm, let me suggest that we look up once in a while, take note of what is happening and keep our eyes fixed on our most basic rights. Privacy is core to all we stand for as a nation – the right to our own opinions and convictions, privacy to express those opinions while standing on the First Amendment and freedom from fear regarding that expression. Lets commit to keeping our antennas up as we move forward into a digital unknown. Regret after the fact does little to secure our future privacy.

Is Congress Refusing to Stop the Obama Syndicate Crimes?


 

With all of its pretense of sending open letters to Obama pleading with him to stop his illegal and Congressional bypassing behaviors, Congress patently refuses to stop Dictator-in-Chief Obama from destroying the United States of America and enslaving its people.  The latest “plea” that prompted this column is the 26 September 2011 Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) begging letter to the US “dear leader.”  In it, Grassley begins:

 


 

“Dear Mr. President:

 

We write to express serious concern about your immigration policies and ask that you require the Department of Homeland Security to overturn recent directives regarding the increased use of prosecutorial discretion. We also request that the Administration halt any initiative, whether through regulation or otherwise, that circumvents Congress or aims to ensure that illegal immigrants are afforded every possibility to remain in this country.

 

After the release of the June 17th Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) memorandum, which called for the increased use of prosecutorial discretion, several members of the Senate wrote to Assistant Secretary John Morton. While prosecutorial discretion is justifiable in certain cases, this initiative may result in an impermissible intrusion on Congress’s plenary authority over immigration law. Accordingly, we asked Assistant Secretary Morton to rescind the memorandum outlining ICE’s prosecutorial discretion policies. That request has been ignored.

 

We are also concerned that the initiative announced by Secretary Napolitano on August 18th will result in the administrative closure of an untold number of cases currently pending before our immigration and federal courts. In combination with the June 17th ICE memo, these new policies send the message that your Administration is turning a blind eye to those who have broken our immigration laws.We are also concerned that these policies appear to be a direct attempt to categorically legalize those who are unlawfully in the country and to allow undocumented individuals to remain in violation of the law without fear of apprehension or deportation…

 

Really, Senator?  Ya’ think?  Begging and pleading with the now obviously criminal US chief executive has done no good in the past, will do no good now or into the future.  But, Congress already knows that.  Remember that it has “kinda’ sorta’” joined him by establishing its own unconstitutional “Super Congress” that bypasses the will of We-the-People in favor of only twelve Congress people.  But, I digress.  Let’s return to the issues and Obama rogue “presidency” of our lawbreaker-in-chief.

 

Here is only a very brief (compared to what he has done) Obama offense list (aka “Rap-Sheet”):

 

  • Obama’s First Executive Order (#13489) and first official act as POTUS sealed any and all past information about him, including his birth certificate, college and other school transcripts and any and all other records that could damage his invented persona.  Obama became the first true “don’t ask me ’cause I won’t tell you” usurper Chief Executive
  • Obama introduced and—after months of trying to convince Americans it’s “for your own (and especially the Obama syndicate’s) good” and failing—then he and his (then) completely controlled Marxist-Democrat Congress forced ObamaCare down our throats.  This gave Obama control over 1/6 of the American economy—to do with as he pleases (which by-the-way will NOT include health care) 
  • The forced-upon-us Obama Stimulus (#1) gave Obama & Co the ability to further raid & gut the US Treasury—which he and his criminal band of smiley-faced demons accomplished with great relish!  Today, approximately $200Billions still remain unaccounted for.  Did they magically enter overseas bank accounts or DNC slush funds, perhaps?  And now, Obama and the Federal Reserve are discussing another stimulus?  Is this to requisition (aka “redistribute”) the rest of what once was (before Obama) OUR money?

  • Although Obama and US Attorney General Eric Holder continue to deny it, the Obama syndicate enacted “Operation Gunwalker:  Fast and Furious.”  In 2009 (see below video link to “C-span2 David Ogden Project Gun Runner Mexico March 24 2009“-changed later to “Gunwalker”), Deputy US Attorney General David Ogden told of the Obama-Holder plan.  I’ve known about it since that time and have even cited it in several other columns.  Why does Congress still claim ignorance?  Are they actually saying that “gun runner” and “Gunwalker” are two separate programs?  Give us a break
  • Documents show that the Obama syndicate not only “walked” guns to the Mexican drug cartels but, show that it has also, apparently, chosen sides and partnered with the Sinaloa drug cartel.  This is so blatantly criminal that if ever REALLY investigated and proven—and in a sane reality—should land all the members of Obama’s illegal regime in prison
  • As no one is stopping him, Obama is now simply ignoring Congress, US law and the US Constitution.  He has bypassed and is still bypassing US immigration law and enacting executive orders (the latest is another illegal aliens amnesty) and ignoring the law altogether by telling ICE to ignore illegals
  • Despite a 2010 Appeals Court ruling banning Obama’s now apparently wholly-owned and controlled FCC from enacting “Net Neutrality” (aka censorship and Obama-control of the Internet) the Obama syndicate has decided to—again—ignore the law.  The FCC is currently engaged in enacting this court-banned program
  • Obama has appointed and continues to appoint members of the Muslim Brotherhood (the parent organization of Al-Qaeda and Hamas amongst others) to high-level US government positions—many of them involving US Security!—and has recently announced that the Obama syndicate will now have formal relations with this avowed enemy of the USA

 

These are only the tip of the iceberg of Obama’s patently illegal and treasonous activities.  In saner and more ethical times, almost any one of the above would have led to his removal from office and possible—or likely—imprisonment. 

 

We used to have moral, ethical, honorable and courageous men and women in our country’s leadership.  Tragically, those days seem to have passed.  But, have the days of all of our so-called leaders actually wanting and working toward the continuation of the USA as a Republic also passed by the wayside? 

 

We now have a resident of what was once our White House working every day to ensure We-the-People become his—and his alone—willing slaves.  Every program and action he takes proves it.  Yet, no one in any leadership position tries, except via pretense, to stop him and his minions.  Our leadership is bereft of bravery and honesty.  Even many of those who claimed to be constitutionalists now seem top have joined the establishment.  We MUST elect only those with a proven record of being strong and ethical.  Do any of you still remember Ronald Reagan?  He would never have folded as the RINOs have now done.  We need that kind of leader now.  If we fail, please make sure you have weapons at the ready and enough ammo to last a long time.  I think you’ll need it.

 

Written by :

Sher Zieve is an author and political commentator. Zieve’s op-ed columns are widely carried by multiple internet journals and sites, and she also writes hard news. Her columns have also appeared in The Oregon Herald, Dallas Times, Sacramento Sun, in international news publications, and on multiple university websites. Sher is also a guest on multiple national radio shows.

 

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