Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Friday, April 17, 2015

Isn't It Just Cute to Watch the Optimists at Work; Soviet America Edition

Civil libertarians are persisting in their goal to stop the government from spying on you.

I wish them well, but, seriously? Good luck with that. The CIA and the NSA really don't give a shit what Congress says, as long as the money keeps coming. And since they largely get funded through secret appropriations (we aren't even told the amounts), the American people are given the full mushroom treatment.

1 comment:

mikey said...

It's unfortunate that the perfectly useful term of art "Deep State" sounds so conspiracy theory-ish. People who are unfamiliar with the actual structure of their actual government dismiss is as a kind of weird trutherism.

But the bureaucracies that run the national institutions are not subject to elections, and exist regardless of electoral outcomes. They have their own goals, their own agenda, and as you mention, access to massive funding. Their system is hardened against democratic change, and each new Presidential administration and congressional oversight committee learns very quickly that they are beyond any 'reform'.

They aren't going to change based on executive order, legislative action or judicial fiat. They are partnered with equivalent organizations in other nations, which allow them to get around any 'domestic spying' limitations they DO need to react to.

You're absolutely right - the internet allows unfettered, unlimited access to individual records and comms. The good news is that anyone willing to put some effort into learning how to correctly implement and use strong encryption can avoid being spied upon. It takes effort and it places some limitations on what you can do, but math is math and they can't break strong encryption...