Jaco – I’m Not Shocked The Government Is Reading Our E-Mails

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - So suddenly we're all shocked that the government and its' contractors are harvesting information from your cell phones, land lines, internet sites, social media interactions and credit card transactions.  To which I can only say, knock off the phony outrage. We elected and re-elected the people who passed the Patriot Act all in the name of fighting terror. And this is what we get.

None of this is new. When congress passed the Patriot Act after 9-11 it authorized the kinds of security and surveillance unparalleled in American history. Back in 2005 the New York Times created a furor when it exposed widespread surveillance under FISA, The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978. In 2008 congress renewed  FISA and it's secret courts that order and authorize surveillance.

And what did we, The American people, do? We stood and saluted. We went along with all of this the same way we went along with the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Nodding gently like a giant herd of sheep who vote. George W. Bush and Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld and Barack Obama all said it was good for us. So who were we to argue?

The government and it's contractors say this stuff isn't meant to spy on individuals. It's so-called, "Meta Data." Big data, millions and millions of phone calls and text messages and e-mails. But it's pretty easy to take that and keep tabs on individuals. The government says it's just used to go after the bad guys. And anyone else? Just call that collateral damage.

I'm Charles Jaco and that's Jacology.

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