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Wednesday, October 26, 2016
  • Allan Richardson

    The phone companies are pretending to object to their storing the metadata because it makes them look “righteous” and keeps them from being blamed if it is misused. The fact is that they use that metadata themselves. Just try it: pick some random search term in which you have no interest, search for it ONCE, and for the next so many days or weeks, you will get popup ads about that subject (or even one that has some of the same words) while you surf, and on your search results page. Search for Schrodinger’s cat and you will get cat food ads for the next page (for non-scientists, Shrodinger was a physicist who used an imaginary experiment with an imaginary cat to illustrate quantum theory concepts).

    The sad thing is, President Obama would probably like to get rid of the problem by abolishing the spying and the data storage, but now that a majority of the voters are more afraid of terrorists than of Constitutional breaches, it would be suicide (politically) to be the President who says the NSA’s emperor has no clothes. The next time a terrorist attack occurs, his political enemies will say it succeeded BECAUSE he stopped the spying on innocent citizens, whether there was any factual evidence that the spying would have helped, or not.

    In fact, the VERY SAME people who accuse President Obama of being the creator (rather than the inheritor, from THEIR former President) of this terrible surveillance state, ALSO blame him for not getting enough intelligence in advance to stop the Boston Marathon bombing, and the attack on Benghazi.

    Every president who inherits this legacy will, in all our names, struggle with the same decision that haunted Frodo: whether to keep the Ring a bit longer, because it gave him a slight advantage in fighting Sauron, or to get rid of it by throwing it into Mount Doom, before it turned him INTO a servant of Sauron himself. Check the references if you are not familiar with them; the Lord of the Rings trilogy is an extended parable on good and evil as we face them in real life.

  • Hutch King

    Well, if one thing is clear, it’s that Hussein Obama is a liar, a fraud, and a fool.