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Ron Paul Institute For Peace And Prosperity: The Government’s ‘Passion’ to Protect Us

Ron Paul Institute For Peace And Prosperity: The Government’s ‘Passion’ to Protect Us

Written by Ron Paul
Monday July 15, 2013

In a Washington Post profile today, we read that NSA Director Keith Alexander’s “passion” to protect us from terrorist threats led him to “collect it all,” meaning to intercept and store our every electronic interaction. According to the Post, Alexander used the “collect it all” approach in Iraq to help make it a safer place in the mid-2000s, and his success there led him to use it against the rest of us at home. Was Iraq really a success? Does Iraq seem like a safe place?

Alexander is quoted in the article arguing in favor of NSA’s domestic spying, stating, “if we give up a capability that is critical to the defense of this nation, people will die.” There is no guarantee that people will not die, regardless of what the government claims to be doing to protect us. One thing is certain, however: if we give up our Constitution and its protections against a power-hungry government, the United States as we know it will die.

The article repeats the justification we have heard earlier for the “collect it all” approach: if you want to find a needle in a haystack you need the haystack. But this makes no sense. How can artificially manufacturing an infinitely larger haystack make it easier to find the needle? Shouldn’t the haystack be as small as possible so that the needle can be located?

What “collecting it all” does mean is that our every electronic human interaction is stored indefinitely by the federal government for possible future use against us should we ever fall out of government favor by, for example, joining a pro-peace organization, joining a pro-gun organization, posting statements critical of government spying on our Facebook pages or elsewhere. This massive database will be used – and perhaps has already been used – to keep us in line. The absence of meaningful Congressional oversight — unless cheerleading counts as oversight – means that no one will put the brakes on people like Keith Alexander, whose “passion” to “protect” us is leading us into totalitarianism.

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Cyril's picture



"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


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Cyril's picture

Thank you, emalvini :)

Thank you, emalvini :)

I needed this post.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

The 'Flak' effect.

Consequence of collecting everything. No priority. You got to have a target to get to. You wind up creating your own targets of opportunity, if you do not have a priority scheme based on constitutional policy. Collecting everything only makes sense for contractor enrichment, US defense needs benefit from prioritization, requiring limits.

TwelveOhOne's picture

Make the haystack much bigger!

So one approach we can use is to start auto-generating massive amounts of data for them to capture.

Overload their servers. This may result in a sort of DDOS of the NSA's Utah data center.

I envision a similarity between their attempts to monitor everything, and the human brain. In my brain I keep a model of the universe. However, it's smaller than a bread box, so it's definitely missing some of the finer resolution aspects of the universe. (And some larger aspects; for instance, I don't know Swahili.)

There is little chance that I will be able to accurately simulate all of reality using only my brain. Similarly, I believe that there is little chance that they can capture all of the data. Especially when people compose data documents using the "most spatially wasteful" document creators, whether that's a PDF, or Word, or PowerPoint, or whatever, use a format that "wastes space" and create dummy accounts and email back and forth. With minor changes (again, this can be automated).

Personally, I won't be attacking the system; I'll just be sitting on the sidelines, laughing while their schemes fail -- as they are mathematically guaranteed to do. But it's fun to evaluate various plans, whether or not I ever act on them.

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I don't like 'protection rackets', especially government run...

they cost far more in the end than simply defending yourself. Thank you, for posting this. It's always great to read Ron Paul's wise words.

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emalvini's picture

Yea Buddy!

Thanks for posting pal