THE NSA AND PRIVACY
A Cranky Old Man opinion for
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…”
Apparently 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 concerned?
If this information is being used randomly, just for the personal jollies of some idiot government spies, then yes, we should be worried.
If this 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.
If this 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.
What protection do we have against using this potential invasion of privacy to harass or embarrass ordinary US citizens?
First, no 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.
If this information is incriminating and could be used against you in some possible crime or indiscression, it would probably not be immiscible in court.
If information was leaked to embarrass or discredit someone, the leaker would be subject to harsh penalties himself.
Look, there 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 prosecuted.
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 phone.
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.