Not long ago, in the city in which I live, an upper end neighborhood, retirement town, and golfing resort area there was a burglary gone bad, and the culprits escaped on foot with police in pursuit. To make a long story short, one of the individuals of the 3-man robbery team was caught by a police man who got into a fight during the apprehension, and after push came to shove, the police man with a dislocated shoulder tased the suspect, but when that didn’t work he ended up firing his weapon into the suspects’ chest.
Okay, so much for a quiet neighborhood, but here is the kicker. The deceased suspect had his friends on his Facebook page, and amongst them were the other two bandits, who then were arrested later. Meaning, of course the detectives use the Internet and Facebook to do their police work right? Why wouldn’t they. Well, here is the issue, now anyone who makes a comment online of a robust political nature seems to be put into a category for later use.
This of course, is a challenge to free-speech in the US and also, perhaps now, that the word is out, it is a form of political intimidation. What’s the difference really between that and folks intimidating voters outside Philadelphia polling locations? See the point? Let’s take this conversation to a higher level, I’d like you to hear both sides of the issue.
There was an interesting piece that ran right out in front of my radar screen on January 13, 2012 on the EPIC or Electronic Privacy Information Center website entitled; “EPIC – FOIA Documents Reveal Homeland Security is Monitoring Political Dissent, which stated that EPIC through the Freedom of Information Act got a hold of some 300 pages about how the DHS online surveillance program works and how their defense contractor media website monitors the Internet 24/7, and indeed, I suppose that is wise and a good idea, but exactly what are they looking for you are probably wondering? The article stated that;
“The documents reveal that the agency is tracking media stories that “reflect adversely” on DHS or the U.S. government. One tracking report — “Residents Voice Opposition Over Possible Plan to Bring Guantanamo Detainees to Local Prison – Standish MI” — summarizes dissent on blogs and social networking sites, quoting commenters.”
Okay so, does this mean if someone voices a political opinion that they ought to be put on a watch list or tracked or that the NSA, FBI, CIA, DHS or some other agency should put a perpetual tracker by way of highly sophisticated cookie or even get a secret court to put a US Citizen on a surveillance list? That doesn’t sit right with me, especially as an author of some 3,000 plus political commentary articles.
Further, with the recent unexplained death of Andrew Breitbart dies in Los Angeles at the mere age of 43 one could ask if he was put on a watch list and the frequency waves used in surveillance didn’t cause his early demise. It is widely known that microwave frequencies cause rapid changes in cells and human tissue. Perhaps this last comment is out of line, but I’d still like you to think about it for a second anyway.
You see, I like to rock the boat as much as Andrew did, and I dare to ask the question as any good American should, but if I do, will “I” be put on a watch list next? Will you for reading this article? Think about it, I am concerned as an American, so should you be, regardless of your age, race, religion, or political party affiliation. I say, let’s rock the boat, and demand our rights as citizens today, or we won’t have them tomorrow.