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June 21, 2014

Doyle: NSA and the need to know

The need for this article started to come into focus on May 14, when the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg gave the citizens of Europe the right to be anonymous and in control of all information concerning their personal beings. I was anticipating the huge media onslaught and analyses from all the self-important talking heads, but what we got was the sound of crickets — the silence was deafening. With the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the American liberation of the European continent from the dictatorial, totalitarian grip of fascism, we were gifted with the tools to destroy the yoke of oppression that has manifested itself again in the form of the NSA spying on every American citizen in the continental United States, in clear violation of the Bill of Rights.

There is an old saying: “Those who don’t know their past history are doomed to repeat it.” The fearless journalist Edward R. Morrow in the ’50s era of the fear-mongering Sen. Joseph McCarthy made a statement that still resonates right here in the 21st century: “A nation of sheep soon begets a government of wolves.” Yet, even though every day the same criminal act is perpetrated on every single U.S. citizen and the people allowing this know it’s illegal, they say they’re doing it “to protect the homeland from terrorism and terrorists.”

Since there hasn’t been one alleged terrorist exposure in 13 years with this approach, it has reached the threshold of screaming “Fire!” in a crowded movie theater. Around the time of the June 5 media release concerning a Sprint, T-Mobile merger, there’s AT&T coming up with $49 billion to purchase DirecTV, allegedly to compete with the other mega-billion dollar media deal between Comcast and Time Warner. The net neutrality issue also reared its head and is pending before the Justice Department and the FCC. By way of explanation, the neutrality issue would entail the creation of two-tier Internet, superfast for the rich and super slow for the everyday guy and gal. Actually, the net has evolved into a real utility and should be classified as such.

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