1930s Germany Lives On – Right Here in Obama's Amerika

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Throughout history, totalitarian governments have “encouraged” their loyal citizens to report on those that may be engaging in activities that could be deemed detrimental to the security of the state. Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Castro, and many others had, and still have, their citizens spying on one another, which has often led to the arrest, interrogation and possible incarceration of those fingered, and often to something even worse.
As I have posted previously, it appears we have moved well along that sad path right here in America, as not only is government itself spying on us, it is encouraging us to spy on each other.
Via publicintelligence.net (emphasis and highlights mine):
February 1, 2012 in Featured
Do You Like Online Privacy? You May Be a Terrorist
Public Intelligence
A flyer designed by the FBI and the Department of Justice to promote suspicious activity reporting in internet cafes lists basic tools used for online privacy as potential signs of terrorist activity. The document, part of a program called “Communities Against Terrorism”, lists the use of “anonymizers, portals, or other means to shield IP address” as a sign that a person could be engaged in or supporting terrorist activity. The use of encryption is also listed as a suspicious activity along with steganography, the practice of using “software to hide encrypted data in digital photos” or other media. In fact, the flyer recommends that anyone “overly concerned about privacy” or attempting to “shield the screen from view of others” should be considered suspicious and potentially engaged in terrorist activities.
Logging into an account associated with a residential internet service provider (such as Comcast or AOL), an activity that could simply indicate that you are on a trip, is also considered a suspicious activity. Viewing any content related to “military tactics” including manuals or “revolutionary literature” is also considered a potential indicator of terrorist activity. This would mean that viewing a number of websites, including the one you are on right now, could be construed by a hapless employee as an highly suspicious activity potentially linking you to terrorism.
The “Potential Indicators of Terrorist Activities” contained in the flyer are not to be construed alone as a sign of terrorist activity and the document notes that “just because someone’s speech, actions, beliefs, appearance, or way of life is different; it does not mean that he or she is suspicious.” However, many of the activities described in the document are basic practices of any individual concerned with security or privacy online. The use of PGP, VPNs, Tor or any of the many other technologies for anonymity and privacy online are directly targeted by the flyer, which is distributed to businesses in an effort to promote the reporting of these activities.
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Click here for the original article and associated graphic.
We are very rapidly losing our America, and I find it not a little alarming that none of the current republican presidential candidates (who are always so quick to remind us of their unwavering “support” for the Constitution), are talking about this kind of stuff with any regularity – if they even bring it up at all.

Worse still are those that are actually in a position to do something to reign this crap in are simply not doing it, nor are they even giving it the usual hollow lip service.  There is no way they do not know what is happening.
Perhaps they feel they will somehow be immune from the consequences when things really go to Hell?
God help us.
-Dave
(h/t: boortz.com)

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0 responses to “1930s Germany Lives On – Right Here in Obama's Amerika

  1. Shield screen from use of others? Are you friggin kidding me? What’s next, the thought police? (You know it’s coming)
    At the Seattle Public Library, a man was caught by a mom viewing graphic pornography in front of kids. She told the librarian and the librarian said sorry, that’s his “right”. View that stuff in public – a “right”. View your personal stuff in private – you’re to be reported.
    We are living in an upside down world….and I want it back upright!

     
  2. It’ll be “listening to Rush Limbaugh” or “insisting the Constution means what its says” next…

     
  3. Honestly… this is just completely wrong on so many levels – and the spying and potential ‘terrorist’ bs is for the birds…and God forbid to speak out against it…or ‘you’re’ the bad guy/culprit.. and you ‘must’ be hiding ‘something’!
    I like listening to Boortz now and again… as he will cover stories that others may not (for whatever reason). He pretty much tells it like ‘it is’!
    Great article Dave!

     
  4. none of this is gonna turn out well for anyone

     

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