Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Stasi State Addendum

As has been pointed out by a reader objecting to the October 14 post on the subject, the Stasi State of America is not [yet] as oppressive as the East German original which is brilliantly depicted in the superb film, The Lives of Others, the viewing of which is recommended to one and all.

The East German regime had one Stasi agent for every 65 or so citizens. Furthermore, each agent was expected to, and did have anywhere from a half dozen to a dozen snitches helping him oversee the lives of their neighbors to enable the regime to quickly snuff out any sign of opposition.

The response to this objection is that the U.S. Stasi State, notably, still is a work in progress, one that is under continuing development.  Furthermore, the East German’s lacked both the modern technology and the multiple agencies – NSA, IRS, CIA, Secret Service (ironically the SS), FBI, EPA, TSA, HHS, etc. – that the U.S. can and does unleash in coordinated and disabling attacks against those threatening political opposition to the ruling regime.

Meanwhile, the powers that be in the U.S. have been ludicrously inconsistent in their defense of the NSA surveillance programs.

Their defense began with the mantra that the programs were key in preventing numerous terrorist attacks.  But that defense quickly  crumbled once they were called upon to provide specifics and/or asked where all the thwarted  terrorists were or when and where they had been brought to trial.  Furthermore, neither Fort Hood’s murderous “workplace violence” major nor the Boston Marathon bombers were thwarted even though they had long engaged in electronic communications with know radical Islamist leaders in the Middle East and numerous other advance warnings and warning signs about them.

Then, the mantra was that the NSA tracked only the existence, duration, and destinations of Americans’ electronic communications but not the content of those communications.  For that we have the assurances of those involved in the program, which is noteworthy for being headed by an official who lied about its existence when testifying to congress.  So, ignore that every fish rots from the head and trust the perjurer and his underlings.

Next, we were treated to the President assuring us that our privacy was safe because surveillance programs were overseen by the judicial branch through a star chamber ersatz body that is called a court and the legislative branch through responsible congressional oversight committees. Oops, two more embarrassing pratfalls.

 Members of the congressional oversight committee promptly came forward to say that numerous obstacles blocked their ability to effectively oversee the NSA’s surveillance program, according to this report

A few days later, as reported here, the chief judge of the star chamber faux  court that purportedly provides judicial oversight issued a similar statement, pointing out his body’s lack of ability to meet its  supposed responsibilities.

Finally, we have our golden-throated orator-in-chief coming out to claim that the privacy of Americans is being protected, preserved, and protected by his administration and its intelligence apparatus while the NSA, at almost the same time ,was issuing this report on thousands of instances annually in which privacy of Americans had been infringed.  Most of those infringements, according to the perjurer-led agency’s internally generated report, were inadvertent and accidental.  Furthermore, it was claimed that the infringing agency’s investigation of itself was leading to the establishment of safeguards against further infringements going forward. 

It all sounds like and is reminiscent of what the pikers in the Nixon administration referred to as a modified limited hangout.

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