Skip to main content

From last year:

President Barack Obama on Monday will announce a plan to impose sanctions against foreign entities and individuals who help authoritarian regimes use technology to crack down on dissidents, an administration official said.
There was a diary earlier about this, but it has since been deleted, so, when I went to send an email to the White House, I couldn't reference it. However, this Guardian article from last year makes one wonder if the White House really thinks we can't remember what happened during the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, and with whose help.

Continued below the turd of gold...

There is no denying we live in interesting times. Sometimes it feels like the Medieval torture where a victims's entrails were slowly winched out. The drip, drip, drip revelations that keep emerging from the L'Affaire Snowden--like TODAY, with Der Spiegel's disclosure that the NSA had spied on UNHQ and on EU nation embassies--keep us wondering what will be the NSA-related headline tomorrow morning. Yes, British (and American) authorities would like to think that we've had enough fun by now, but I suspect the "fun" has barely begun. We may actually be witnessing the very beginning of the process of winching our innards back into our bodies and out of the hands of the surveillance community

This morning at church I heard someone, who works in the field of helping people with psychiatric matters on behalf of the Province of Ontario, report that recently he has had numerous cases of people calling because they have suddenly been prevented from entering the United States by border guards, even though they have been crossing the border freely for twenty years or more. Why is this? Well, these are folks who may have had a mental health event decades ago that involved the police taking them to a psychiatric hospital for observation or treatment, and somehow that information has now been shared with Homeland Fucking Security, and Canadians who have had no mental health issues for ages are suddenly being prevented from visiting friends or family south of the border for no legitimate reason at all. We all saw the map that shows Homeland Security considers all of North America its "domain." They don't care about no stinkin' sovereignty. Welcome to hell.

I don't know how the White House expects us to keep a straight face while it condemns other countries for doing some of the very despicable Constitution-defying things that it has helped to do right at home, either during G-20 summits or, most obviously, during the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations: tracking peaceful demonstrators' cell phones, beating, pepper-spraying, arresting people for exercising their First Amendment rights.

I will continue to say it like a mantra: the 99% have more money and people than the 1%. The only thing that prevents us from success is our lack of ability to laser-focus our energies in a productive way.  But that day may yet come.

Originally posted to PDX Dem on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 07:31 PM PDT.

Also republished by Occupy Wall Street and Inherent Human Rights.


Do you think the Snowden revelations will lead to meaningful changes to our surveillance society?

26%87 votes
19%63 votes
44%143 votes
7%24 votes
1%6 votes

| 323 votes | Vote | Results

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site