“Free Speech” … (So Long As Government Finds It Inoffensive)



The headline in the Albuquerque Daily Journal tells the tale: “Sandia Implicated In Apple Hacking For CIA.” One of the Federal Government’s top advanced technology labs joined the CIA in hacking Apple’s computer security. Why? Because the government spooks wanted to eavesdrop on Apple. As Eric Snowden said; our US government is now spying on just about everybody, trolling for incriminating or useful data. Now we learn that the government’s top technical resources (that we pay for) are dragooned into this ever-growing undertaking.

The law, handed down from the past, refuses government’s desire to listen to telephone calls unless it first secures a court order. The NSA and clearly the CIA and apparently the FBI are snooping the Internet wholesale with nary a thought of securing such permission. The Internet, they point out, isn’t a telephone and so not protected by old telephone law. Hmnn …

Then we ask, why are the FCC, The FTC and the FEC all issuing Internet regulations whose legitimacy is specifically based upon those old laws? If old telephone law doesn’t protect Internet privacy, why does it provide for regulation? We recall our grandparents saying something about “having your cake and eating it too.”

Moving forward, note that Obamcare gives the government access to your bank account even if you haven’t already given that to the IRS. Note also that local police are often seizing folks’ money without criminal charge or court order, merely because the amount of it makes a police officer suspicious. And it all too often requires a couple of years and a costly court action to recover it. No, that is not hyperbole.

With these in place, what is likely to occur when some Internet item arouses suspicions? We fearlessly predict a sharp reduction in anti-government stuff on the Net as these realities spread. We’re likely paranoid, right? Sure!

Anti-government demonstrations everywhere have been occurring as a result of cell phones and the Internet. China and Russia and Iran and North Korea now have a handle on those. And if the Obama Administration succeeds with its present regulatory press, so will the U.S..A. And of course, others …

So it isn’t just the “rogue NSA” we’re dealing with; it’s the entire Federal government. And it isn’t just Democrats; the Republicans haven’t lifted a finger to stop the program. (Talk doesn’t count.)

All the stories about the awfulness of offensive speech and tweets isn’t random; it sets the stage for more controls., unless a backlash heads them off.

Of course, we’re notoriously paranoid ourselves … You may say that our government would never do anything so unconstitutional. Except that what it is already doing is just as unconstitutional, isn’t it?

About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much) Couple of degrees in government, a few medals in figure skating; just reading and suspicion for economics ...
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9 Responses to “Free Speech” … (So Long As Government Finds It Inoffensive)

  1. As in trawling the internet the modern equivalent of casing the joint. When taxation became theft (that is taking taxes without providing anything in return, like medieval kings) established the precedent? Looks like it.

    • Jack Curtis says:

      A notorious U.S. bank robber, asked why he robbed banks, famously responded: “Because that’s where the money is.”

      • I expect we’d agree that governments are the biggest pick-pockets in the country, but the 21st century spin on their outright theft that we are the criminals and therefore they are entitled to do it, is downright sinister.

      • Jack Curtis says:

        Indeed, and thus: “War is Peace, Love is Hate” etc. progresses from sci-fi to reality with few noticing. Humpty Dumpty was ahead of his time, wanting “a word to mean what I want it to mean” (approximately). Lewis Carroll wrote political satire that morphed into kiddie tales but its time has come round again, seems to me.

        A believer might make a decent case for government now as the anti-Christ, perhaps. Hard to imagine a better one, anyway.

      • I’ve always thought – listen to the old guys, they make sense.

      • Jack Curtis says:

        That is gaining one’s education from someone else’s tuition payments; it seems utterly sensible to me!

      • A lot of the old guys I’m thinking of only had primary education – but they taught them more in those days.

      • Jack Curtis says:

        A lot more, looking at surviving examinations! And they continued learning on their own …

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