The Jaded Prole

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Monday, May 06, 2013

The Slip of a Lip?

Be careful what you say on the telephone -- you are being recorded. This has recently been admitted publicly by Former FBI counterterrorism agent Tim Clemente. Asked about an investigation of involvement in the Boston bombings by the widow of deceased suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Clemente said, " We certainly have ways in national security investigations to find out exactly what was said in that conversation. . . welcome to America. All of that stuff is being captured as we speak whether we know it or like it or not." more here from the Guardian.

The authorities used to have to get a warrant to wiretap your phone. Now it is done in advance -- to everyone. This would clearly be a violation of our Constitutional rights but like the rest of the Constitution, that right has been all but nullified by the NDAA and the growing national security state justified by the endless "war on terror." This endless abstract and purposefully unwinnable conflict is based on the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) passed by Congress after the attacks of 11 September 2001. Continuing the justification for it requires expanded military conflicts like our government intervening (even more) in the Syrian civil war and elsewhere. New enemies must always be created and citizens like you must always be suspect. This kind of Machiavellian power feeds on itself and on your fear.

We who opposed the global rule of wealth must find other ways of communicating. As an ancient Chinese sage once said, "When the government becomes oppressive, the People become cunning." Be careful how you say things, be inventive. Use direct, non-digital communication whenever possible. If you must use the computer, consider fake emails and the use of proxies IP sites like Web Proxy. Remember, "everything you say will be used against you . . ."

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