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Saturday, June 15, 2013
THE NSA AND PRIVACY
THE NSA AND PRIVACY
A Cranky Old Man
Cranky Opinion Saturday
The following is the opinion of a
Cranky Old Man.Opposing opinions are
welcome (wrong, but welcome) but please, no name calling…and that means you,
you big stupid head!
“You have a
right to be silent; anything you say can and will be used against you…”
the above is now true not just when you are arrested, but at all times!The NSA (National Security Agency) sometimes
known as No Such Agency is collecting information on just about everybody from
phone calls and even emails.
Should we be
information is being used randomly, just for the personal jollies of some idiot
government spies, then yes, we should be worried.
information is being used to target political organizations strictly to censure
and or harass people with ideas counter to those currently in power, then yes
we should be very worried.
information is simply stockpiled in a giant computer and used to find patterns
of phone calls or comments which may indicate a terrorist plot, sabotage, or
serious criminal activity, then go for it NSA.
You can bet
that bad people are hacking our computers and scouring emails and phone data to
hurt our country in any way that they can.This activity cannot be monitored or stopped without the NSA doing some
of the same surveillance.
protection do we have against using this potential invasion of privacy to
harass or embarrass ordinary US citizens?
one including the NSA gives one rat’s behind about what 99.999% of our citizens
are up to.You are probably safe to
continue to have affairs, cheat on your taxes, steal your neighbor’s newspaper
and fail to clean up after your dog without the NSA slamming you in irons or
telling your wife and neighbors.
information is incriminating and could be used against you in some possible
crime or indiscression, it would probably not be immiscible in court.
information was leaked to embarrass or discredit someone, the leaker would be
subject to harsh penalties himself.
is a miniscule chance that this mass collection of information could be used to
hurt you.There is a humongous chance
that this information if used correctly could stop another 9-11.In this day and age of communications
technology we cannot just stick our heads in the sand and assume that we have
complete privacy from government data gathering.We should assume the data will be used
responsibly and if it is not then those responsible for misuse will be
If we do not
allow some potential invasion of our privacy, if we do not use technology to
help protect us, then we will suffer
greater abuses from outside sources than our own government could possible
inflict upon us.
If you are
that worried about your privacy, then get the hell off Facebook, stop blogging,
quit tweeting, treat your emails as if they were letters which could be found
lying around by anyone, and don’t plan your next bank robbery over a cell
If you have
nothing to hide, relax and rest assured that if any agency begins to use this
data in an unscrupulous manner they will be caught…our press is just as good at
spying as anyone at the NSA.
The preceding has been the opinion of
a Cranky Old Man, and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.
A rare Cranky apology
Last week’s opinion post was hurtful to some
readers who are suffering from a weight problem (I need to drop 35 pounds
myself).This was not my intent; I was
simply using satire to highlight the need to make some changes in our culture
to reduce the plague of obesity.
I apologize to those whom I hurt by
my comments; I have total empathy for the fact that many people are gravity
challenged because of genetics and not sloth.