In Times of Government Surveillance, Whose ‘Security’ Is at Stake?
Is it just me or is it really getting easier to connect the dots between events, circumstances, people, locations, situations and the actions of our government and those “we” elected ostensibly “to serve & to protect”…?
Has time really speeded up while the world shrank…? Have technological discoveries, advances, usage of computers, smart-phone, and internet allowed man to witness in real-time heretofore events which previously required the passage of time allowing the influence and prejudices of others to alter and color and to flavor…?
I can see why our government desires to exercise every effort to eliminate the relative freedom our internet currently enjoys. Despite their best ill-conceived effort our internet remains virtually free and open, though constantly under attack, surveillance, interference.
This “thing” – internet – is a primary means by which man communicates via computer through Skype, Google voice, Jitsi, VoxOx, Goober and others quickly coming to market … gets email and obtains news from a plethora of sources of all persuasions.
It is a communication medium which scares the bejesus out of our government … especially “You Tube” and related sites … as they deliver in real-time candid unrehearsed words, descriptions, accounts, pictures often to the embarrassment of those caught in these candid moments.
It is these “You Tube” type moments that our government wants to eradicate from your ability to view digest and contemplate their implications.
You Tube moments create for our government and those charged with controlling the content as well as the context of the information government chooses to disclose to us unmanageable conditions which government believes requires increased obfuscation…
Resorting to these methods for government results in an electorate which increasingly finds their government is full of bull shit … and quite frankly cannot be trusted…
This is the quandary into which American political leadership evolved and the challenge to which it need extricate itself … providing there remains belief in the representative democracy (or form of a democratic republic) reputedly sanctioned by the founding fathers of our nation. By whatever label … America morphed into a nation where the citizens elect their leaders usually by direct popular vote – save our President – who is technically elected by the members of the U S Electoral College …
Under this arrangement it is thought those elected are answerable to those who elected them. Time and circumstances indicate thanks in large part to the U S Supreme Court … “Citizen$ United” decision … those controlling vast sums of $$$ hold sway over the outcome of many if not all elections.
There remains in America a substantial number who were educated to understand that standing for election was a form of public service to which one undertook for a limited period of time, returning to become once again a citizen. Quite early on in American history it became readily apparent many saw this public service as life time and quite lucrative job. Today, as most Americans are aware, to be able to offer one’s self up for election has become largely a game played by those with appreciable wealth and/or family legacy.
…As currently administered is ADEQ of any real benefit to the citizens of Arizona…?
HB2092, the other living dead bill. It authorizes the continuation of the Arizona Department of Environment Quality, another “living dead” bill. It failed on a 3 – 4 after the Republicans on the committee amended the reauthorization period down from the proposed 10 years to 5 years. The three Democrats on the committee voted against the shorter time frame; the fourth “no” vote was cast by Sen. Chester Crandell (R-LD6). While he isn’t normally “on the side of the angels”, he was right on this one. Since the same “10 years down to 5″ amendment has been proposed for consideration this week, he’s probably had his arm seriously twisted over this one (if the amendment proposed a term longer than 5 years, one could presume that they were going after D votes. No such amendment is posted…) (Senate Government and Environment, Monday, 2 p.m., SHR3)
…Arizona – Israel – Apartheid – SB1070 – SB1062 – Discrimination – how appropriate…
Apartheid Wall in Arizona? Israeli Company Contracted to Build U.S.-Mexico Border Fence
The company behind the West Bank separation wall was awarded a $145 million contract to further militarize the border.
This week, the Israeli company Elbit Systems Ltd. announced that its subsidiary won a contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection to produce and install surveillance systems along the U.S.-Mexico border. The company is famous for providing "intrusion detection systems” and other infastructure support for the Israeli West Bank barrier.
The subsidiary was awarded a $145 million contract for a project called the Integrated Fixed Tower (IFT), which is to be built on the Mexico-Arizona border over the next year. The contract also guarantees eight years of infrastructure support from Elbit Systems.
The project outlines the construction of an undisclosed number of observation towers at the border by Nogales, Arizona, a town about an hour south of Tuscon. Additional towers could be built at five other areas along the state’s border.
Elbit Systems, founded in 1967, is the largest supplier of military technology, unmanned combat air vehicles (aka drones), and surveillance infrastructure to the Israeli military. Its attack drones, which the company’s website boasts are “the backbone of the Israel Defense Forces UAS [unmanned aerial system] force,” have been used in lethal attacks on Palestinian civilians in Gaza.
If the House passes the immigration bill currently sitting in Congress, the terms of the Elbit-CBP contract could expand to a $1 billion deal.
According to Homeland Security News Wire, Elbit also recommended that the Department of Homeland Security "adopt a more complete border security system, which combines radar and electro-optical sensors, unattended ground sensors, unmanned air systems, and manned or unmanned ground vehicles to enhance agents’ flexibility and responsiveness
…And of course this Israel allegation is supported by INDEPENDENT THIRD PARTY VERIFICATION … oh, it’s not…
Israel says Naval Raid Seizes Iranian Shipment of Advanced Rockets Bound for Gaza Militants
03-08-2014 • arclein
"At a time when it talks with the world powers, at a time when Iran is smiling and saying all sorts of pleasantries, that same Iran is sending lethal weapons to terror organizations and it is doing it with an elaborate network of covert global o
"Please, can we bomb someone today?"
… here it is in a nutshell:
.@SenJohnMcCain on #Ukraine: "I do not see a military option and that is tragic." – #AMR staff, #Russia, #Crimea
…$o… you really believe the “bank$ters” did not and do no take $$$ from those actively involved in the illegal aspects of the drug trade … you gotta be kidding…
The Obama administration on Friday gave the banking industry the green light to accept proceeds from legal marijuana dispensers, a move that further legitimizes the burgeoning industry. ……» Read full article