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The Atlantic: The Effort to Stigmatize Privacy as Anti-American

Good read.

Conor Friedersdorf Nov 6 2013, 6:00 AM ET

After noting Ladar Levison's new effort to build an NSA-proof email service that protects users from the prying eyes of the surveillance state, I wasn't surprised to see a reader object. Its creators "might want to ask the public if they really want this service, a service which will undoubtedly make it much easier for radical anti-US elements anywhere in the world to much more easily plan and wreak their proverbial havoc against the American government," she wrote. "I expect the rabid Tea Partiers will be dumping lots of dough into Kickstarter to help Levison pump up those who might be anxious to repeat 9/11, but this time with 4 planes aimed at the White House in order to rid them of their, the Teas, arch enemy. I for one do NOT want such a service, which will make it impossible for the government to do what it is supposed to do: protect the U.S. against all types of attacks."

Continued: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/11/the-effo...

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The rise of pea-brain

The rise of pea-brain American thinking.

Why don't people realize, since we hardened and locked cockpit doors and gave the pilots guns, the current possibility of someone hijacking an airplane today is virtually impossible.

Why does one criminal act in one town or city in one state, have to mean people in the other 49 states have to be punished by taking our freedoms away?

Useful Idiots

Conor's unidentified reader (just curious - was her name Julia?) is merely one of Our Glorious Beloved Infallible Commissar's useful idiots.

Speaking of terrorists and 9/11, isn't there anyone besides me to whom it's obvious that the WTC super-Bobbitting was retaliation for the American War Machine's atrocities in the Middle East, where the US Overnment never had legal authority to meddle in the internal affairs of sovereign nations in the first place?

Freedom is my Worship Word!

If it looks like a duck........

Most who are stupid enough to support invasions of their privacy, aren't smart enough to put that many words together to form a complete sentence.

If it looks like a troll, .......

If you can read this thank a teacher. Because it's in English thank a soldier!

"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money."
- Alexis de Tocqueville

Make this challenge to those against Privacy rights:

Have them propose to remove gender specific bathrooms and their stalls.
See how quickly they go on the defensive with questions as to why they have a double standard.

Stockholm Syndrome

Stockholm syndrome, or capture–bonding, is a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending them. These feelings are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims, who essentially mistake a lack of abuse from their captors for an act of kindness

Excellent piece. Thanks for

Excellent piece. Thanks for sharing it.


Is this a human being or a retarded fish who said all of this?

“My attitude toward progress has passed from antagonism to boredom. I have long ceased to argue with people who prefer Thursday to Wednesday because it is Thursday.” - G.K. Chesterton

I agree! Are people like her

I agree! Are people like her so numerous that freedom loving folks can never see the light of day? Despite all the complaints and arguments to dial back the heavy hand, it seems like we only get more and more as an answer. Never less.

The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. - Heinlein

this is your brain

this is your brain on stupid.

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Definitely a keeper.

We're Like Fish In A BOWL!


~ The odds are better to get;

~ struck by lighting,
~ win the lottery jackpot,
~ and get laid by a dozen virgins (whichever sex you prefer)
~ all in one day,
~ than getting attacked by a terrorist.
~ If you want to talk about terror...
~ Wait until someone doesn't pay their ObamaCare Penalty.
~ Then you'll see the blast proof SWAT trucks rolling up on people.