Skip to comments.After Snowden, we're self-censoring and we don't care
Posted on 12/04/2013 12:51:18 PM PST by markomalley
When Edward Snowden unleashed the flood of classified documents and surveillance data secreted from U.S. spy agencies earlier this year, it is unclear if he anticipated the high-level damage it would do to U.S. international relations.
Yet for all the ruckus globally, the most enduring damage from omnipresent surveillance may be right here at home.
Early evidence suggests that knowing that our e-mails, phone calls and social media circles are being vacuumed up into a giant government database may reshape what we say and write, and whom we associate with.
Invasion of privacy or no big deal?
Yet while foreign politicians are up in arms, many Americans are shrugging their shoulders. There have been lawsuits, bills introduced in Congress and even a few public demonstrations. But surveys from Pew Research indicate that the National Security Agency programs are actually supported by roughly half of Americans, even though many believe that their own personal e-mails and calls have been read or listened to.
However, a survey of American writers done in October revealed that nearly one in four has self-censored for fear of government surveillance. They fessed up to curbing their research, not accepting certain assignments, even not discussing certain topics on the phone or via e-mail for fear of being targeted. The subjects they are avoiding are no surprise -- mostly matters to do with the Middle East, the military and terrorism.
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Yet many other polls show that Obama's approval ratings among Millinnials are imploding largely because of NSA violations.
“damage it would do to U.S. international relations”
Incompetent officials and policy damaged international relations -
It’s more salient that our representatives just shrug their scrawny shoulders.
We ARE terrorized and we DO censor ourselves, and because of that, THEY take advantage of our "weakness" and reconfirm the necessity for furthering "terrorizing" us.
It's about as insidious a plot as could be developed and implimented.
Sort of like getting caught speeding and delivered a hefty fine and we condition ourselves to never speed again.
For e-mail - people can use PGP. And then for phone calls, they might try some encryption methods for voice communications.
Pretty Good Privacy
You might also read this ...
Does encryption really shield you from government’s prying eyes?
That’s because the NSA programs have a large component of support from the conservative community.
The implosion of support from the Millennials is because they were mostly liberals and as part of that liberal mentality they were mostly against the NSA programs. So when “their guy” went against them - they went against him.
Not only do I self censor but I use the theory “garbage in garbage out” and post massive amounts of false information on all social media, emails, and blog posts.
Including this comment, I presume.
Snowden said his biggest fear was that the people would accept it and do nothing about it.
Because we all got that Normalcy Bias going on, and only this month being shaken out of it.
The only way out of this is to take the WH, Senate, and jettison the departments via de-funding. This is the mexican standoff zero has been begging for. Let’s give him it.
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