The old Romans wrote the book ahead of us on a lot of subjects; their famous: “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” that, translated from their Latin, provided the title of this piece being a case in point. The recent (and short-lived) snooping scandal triggered by the National Security Agency (NSA) has brought out a collection of interesting (if you’re interested in other folks’ business) reports. Here are some of them: (You may follow the links to the sources.)
The NSA is back in the news, admitting to Congress that when it snoops into anyone’s emails and phone calls that interest it, there is a probability that it will then snoop into those who communicate with that person or organization, and even further into those who communicate with those communicators. If it checks you out, in other words, it may also check your friends and your friends’ friends. What are its criteria for such snooping? Shhh…those are secrets. To us, anyway. Maybe you could ask your friendly IRS agent…
We have just learned that the TSA is searching the cars parked in airport parking lots.
Our cars are being photo-tracked on the road by police cars that snap the license plates of every car they pass, every day and send them to a data base, along with the GPS location of the photo. As the files grow, the government will have a log of the movements of every car owner or at least, his car.
And now we know that the CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Board) is setting up a data base of every financial transaction in the U.S. The government will know your entire financial life. Add to that the government data base via Obamacare, which adds your healthcare records to your government file.
Finally, drones are being used to photograph everyone on the toilet and in their bedrooms…well, not really, that’s stretching it. That only occurs when you’re being set up for blackmail or under investigation by the FBI or the CIA, I expect. But it’s about the only thing the government isn’t collecting about us or at least, most of us.
This is all very expensive and the government is running a deficit. I wonder why it needs to do this???