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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Lovely.

They said if I voted for Romney, the government would step up spying on citizens, and they were right...

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

7 comments:

Old NFO said...

Of course they are, and have been, and will continue to... REGARDLESS... Why?

Because knowledge is power! Hoover demonstrated that rather well...

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Dave H said...

Mom used to fret over the guv'mint spying on us, but I told her it was the corporations we had to watch out for. That was in the 1970s before anyone even heard of Google. But having all these corporate databases has made it a lot easier for the government. Now they only need one subpoena where before they might have needed 3 or 4.

Jay G said...

It just positively INFURIATES me that the media was all "ZOMG THEY'RE SPYING ON YOU" when it was the Bush administration, and all "lie back and think of England" now that Obama's the one in the White House...

Sendarius said...

@ Dave H:

Subpoena? Really?

I read the phrase "request to access", and I don't interpret it as "court-issued subpoena requiring that access be granted".

Google CHOSE to allow access because the FBI asked nicely - no subpoena required.

The terms and conditions that you click-to-agree through (without reading?) during the gmail sign-up process grant them that power.

Dave H said...

Sendarius: My point isn't that it takes a subpoena, but that it takes only one.

Geodkyt said...

Dave H -- and Sendarius's point was it doesn't even take ONE.