Google: 'Government surveillance is on the rise'
(CNN) -- The tangled David Petraeus scandal highlights how easily the U.S. government can access citizens' private e-mails.
The FBI's request to access Paula Broadwell's personal Gmail account was one of 7,969 similar requests Google received from the U.S. government in the first half of 2012, according to Google and news reports. The company said it complied with the requests, either fully or partially, 90% of the time.First thought: don't think you have any expectation of privacy with *any* e-mail provider - it ain't just Google, folks. Secondly, if you thought your government wasn't spying on you? Go back and read a history book. Or 50. Information is power. In the case of General Petreaus, the information they were able to glean from his online e-mail account was enough to force his resignation.
Again, this is my own personal deceased equine to flagellate. It irks me to no end that, under George W. Bush, we were relentlessly hammered with the ZOMG TEH GOVERNMENT IS SPYING ON US CITIZENS drumbeat. Under Obama? Cue the crickets. The rank hypocrisy of our media is breathtaking, and eclipsed only by the nanosecond attention span of the American public. If spying on our citizens is bad (which it is), then it's bad no matter what the letter after the President's name might be.
Unless, of course, it's not truly "media" but propaganda - "fake but accurate", anyone?
That is all