Huffington Post, June 7, 2013 Headline Screams:
BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING, LISTENING, READING.... Since the publication of George Orwell’s novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, published in 1948, the phrase "Big Brother" has come into common use to describe any prying or overly-controlling authority figure, and attempts by government to increase surveillance.
CC: George Orwell, wherever you are
Looks like it’s coming true in 2013. You were around long before this guy, Henry Sampson, invented the cell phone and before Al Gore invented the Internet. We’ve all been hooked on the Net and the Cell. We wouldn’t go anywhere without our cell phone or do anything without checking it out on the Internet. And now we find out that for the past seven years, the Federal Government has been snooping, gathering information on all Americans who have cell phones (who have more phones than toilets) and have access to the Internet (who doesn’t?).
Five U.S. Senators have already spoken out in defense of surveillance of private American citizens and our President told his this morning that our security is more important than our privacy. My bet is that our security is more insecure than ever before in my lifetime. The President actually said on TV this morning (unless it was a look-a-like) that we should “trust Congressional and Judicial oversight.”
Mr. Orwell's book indicated he didn't trust too many in 1948 or 1984. The situation has not improved. There are a lot more people to not trust these days (just check my junk e-mail folder I’m talking about YOU Married-But-Lonely).
Our fearless leaders also said the information being gathered isn’t going to be used against Americans, only foreigners; nobody will be listening in on any American’s telephone calls or hacking into their computers. Do you believe that? And a few hours ago breaking news told us the National inSecurity Agency, is also collecting information about our credit card usage.
What would you guys do? Please advise. You can get my telephone number from Verizon Wireless 800-837-4966 or 866-221-4096or from the National Security Agency, 301-688-6524