…october, all over?…november, remember?…Posted: 2013-10-31
…that ill wind that blows some, but not enough, discomfort to the 1%…
So, Wall Street ruled the roost completely from 2009, and without pretense. From 2013 the ICT and security folk would get more into the action, and without pretense. A glance at opensecrets.org allows for some comparison with the statistical analysis done by a team of analysts in their post over at nextnewdeal.
What roost? We let the authors, Tom Ferguson, Paul Jorgensen, Jie Chen, assist us with the economics of this national security and ‘terrizm’ thing, Who Buys the Spies? The Hidden Corporate Cash Behind America’s Out-of-ControlNationalSurveillanceState
…Reelect President Obama, they argued, or Big Brother might be back.
But that’s not how this movie turned out: The 2012 election proved to be a post-modern thriller, in which the main characters everyone thought they knew abruptly turned into their opposites and the plot thickened just when you thought it was over.
In early June 2013, Glen Greenwald, then of the Guardian, with an assist from journalists at The Washington Post, electrified the world with stories drawn from documents and testimony from Edward Snowden, an employee of Booz Allen Hamilton working under contract with the National Security Agency, who had fled the country. They broke the news that the U.S. government had been collecting vast amounts of information on not only foreigners, but also American citizens. And the U.S. had been doing this for years with the cooperation of virtually all the leading firms in telecommunications, software, and high tech electronics, including Google, Apple, Microsoft, Verizon, and Facebook. Sometimes the government even defrays their costs.
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All protestations to the contrary, the evidence points to the select enabling public faces, and their controlling advisors in the shadows. Membership restricted to plutocrats, with even further rewards on demitting public office. So, the ‘I’m shocked, I’m shocked’ thing we already learned from Capt Renault.
And just as the actors in the Theatre of the Absurd start to feel confident that their audience is sufficiently duped by their clearly bad acting in a clearly bad play, on stage strides an uninvited player to explain the plot. Now it is WaPo’s turn to publish – and only just shortly after some apologia for the surveillance state, apologia that got no traction, sort of that lead balloon that would not float.
It turns out that, though already empowered to receive information from essentially compliant services such as Google and Yahoo, the Awesome Agency for Total World Safety and Good Behaviour and the utterly Fabulous American Way decides to show off its expertise by hacking into the servers of its already cooperating clients. And then demonstrates its utter disdain for Google’s security features, with the unkindest cut of all, a ‘smiley’ face and that smirk of impunity on that slide.
We let some blogs add some flesh and perspective to the story. And common dreams leads off with, ‘I Hope You Publish This’: NSA Broke Into Google, Yahoo Data Centers
And the resident national security expert at emptywheel states unambiguously, NSA Returns to Stealing from Yahoo and Google and follows up with a slap down and even more analytical detail on unending lying excuses, NSA Non-Denial Denial 241,352,052
So, then, any child at a university in communication with a parent. Any child in communication with a friend. Any grandparent in communication with a grandchild. Any President of any Latin American country in communication with a colleague. And, ‘most important of all’, Chancellor Merkel of Germany in communication with anyone. Any such communication must be captured, and captured to protect the Fatherland? Or is that, Homeland? And even though it happened, it most certainly did not happen.
And, getting even this wrong. This is not ‘that’ police, though we do get the message.