By Tom Rhodes, 6/10/2013
A month ago Jon Stewart noted about the IRS scandal that now the government was in a position that they had to prove the Tin-Foil-Hat Crowd wrong. Since then, reality has come home to roost and it's no longer secret that Big Brother is spying on law-abiding citizens of the United States. The Will Smith, Gene Hackman movie from 1998 "Enemy of the State" now seems more like a documentary than a fictional action movie. The Tin-Foil-Hat crowd long considered "crazy", "conspiratorialist" and "paranoid" were right. You are the "Enemy of the State."
I've long simply dismissed "InfoWars" and anything by Alex Jones as sensationalism designed for entertainment created to get as much money out of the Tin-Foil-Hat Crowd as possible. The idea that his ravings were based on reality or factual information never really entered my mind. I firmly believe he took a kernel of truth, and exploded it way out of proportion for effect. Don't let your head explode, but the truth is that the NSA is everybit as intrusive and looking at ALL your communications as thoroughly as "Enemy of the State" demonstrated. The NSA program called PRISM, is where the Governemnt without probable cause reads and reviews your emails, chat conversations, voice calls, documents and more. The government has "direct access from the servers of these US service providers: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, Paltalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple." All that data is tied up in NSA's "Boundless Informant."
Over the past couple weeks every attempt by the NSA to refute some previously unknown facet of the US Big Brother state, is exposed as a lie by some new piece of previously unleaked information. We now know that the NSA's data mining tool "Boundless Informant" collected 97 billion pieces of intelligence from computer networks worldwide in March 2013 alone, and "3 billion pieces of intelligence from US computer networks over a 30-day period," most of it on US citizens with no foreign connections. Exposure of this will result in massive attack on Edward Snowden and significant retribution/attacks on journalists who've exposed the Obama Administration.
You are the "Enemy of the State"; the government no longer honors its contract with We the People. Obama has now said you can't have both security and privacy, so we're going to ignore the limits you the people have placed on us. The security of the ruling elite is more important than their oath to protect "the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
Obama's mantra is now "Warrant! we don't need no stinkin' warrant."
Do you feel safer knowing that every communication you make is recorded and data mined by the US government? Ben Franklin famously said, "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." IRS-gate, the open attacks on the press, PRISM, and Boundless Informant, are exactly what we deserve, we've traded our liberty for safety. We now live in the very world George Orwell warned us against in is famous dystopian novel "1984."
Unfortunately for Edward Snowden he now lives the life of "Enemy of the State" character Edward Lyle (Gene Hackman), holed up trying to hide at some hotel in Hong Kong, because his exposing the corrupt ruling elite will have the same effect; a concerted effort by the US government to eliminate him.
We can no longer trust our government. Last Month Jon Stewart noted because the Obama Administration has been caught in so many lies that the Government must prove the Tin-Foil-Hat Crowd wrong, now Snowden has exposed the objective truth that tin Tin-Foil-Hat Crowd was right.