Posted by: coastcontact | June 7, 2013

Does the Federal Government know too much about you?

June 10, 2013 news report:

“Orwell’s ‘1984’ Soars on Amazon After NSA Surveillance Reports”

The 4th Amendment to the Constitution says:

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Despite those words the NSA (National Security Agency) has  programs that monitors who is talking, texting and e-mailing  to whom.  The programs are both domestic and international.  The NSA has used FISA court approvals that give their investigations legitimacy.

Senate Intelligence Committee lead members Dianne Feinstein and Mike Rogers both say that the NSA is acting legally and both contend that their have been real benefits to the agency’s actions.

CNN pointed out one example. This was also reported in the New York Magazine and on CBS News.  The email monitoring program called PRISM stopped Najibullah Zazi from blowing up backpacks in the New York City subway.  The CNN report showed the email where Zazi sent an email asking for instructions on bomb building.  He included his phone number in the email.

When I applied for Social Security my monthly payout was increased by $100 because I am married.  The Social Security worker not only named my wife, she gave me her birth date.  I merely confirmed the information.

Writing me a check for $10,000 or more?  The banks are required to report those transactions to the Treasury Department.

Try not filing your income tax form one year and see if anyone notices.

It’s all in the name of security.  To put it another way, has Orwell’s “1984” finally arrived?


  1. Good take on it. As you pointed out, we really only have an illusion of privacy.

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