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The media’s having a grand ol’ time with the current sex scandal du jour.  Of course they are, sex sells.  Yet, the debate always seems to come down to character.  Whether or not you, me and/or the voters of NYC want and deserve a Mayor that can’t seem to stop taking dick pics and sending them to women nearly half his age.

His behavior is clearly reprehensible.  It absolutely disgusts me.  If I still lived in the city, there’s no way I’d vote for that guy.

There’s also another very important reason I wouldn’t vote for him.  He’d be the Mayor of New York City.  The place that the too big to fail banks of Wall Street call home.

And Anthony Weiner is compromised.

On June 13th Bloomberg News reported on an NSA led program that allowed for sharing of information with several private partners.  Here’s a tidbit:

Makers of hardware and software, banks, Internet security providers, satellite telecommunications companies and many other companies also participate in the government programs. In some cases, the information gathered may be used not just to defend the nation but to help infiltrate computers of its adversaries.
The Mayor of New York is a powerful person.  The Mayor’s reach and political influence can extend well beyond the office’s officially enumerated powers.  Politicians, such as Giuliani, often emerge from the prosecutor's office.  The citizen’s seem to like a strong and aggressive leader with a track record for going after the powerful.

Which is why Anthony Weiner can never be Mayor.  He’s already admitted there may be 2 - 3 other women out there with dick pics on their phones.  Who knows what he’s not admitting to doing.  Actually, we know who knows - the NSA.  They can, apparently, look up that information with just a few keystrokes.  Perhaps their private sector partners can too.  Maybe they need to get some sort of clearance before doing so, but given Snowden’s background, I don’t have a whole lot of confidence that this is the case.

Anthony Weiner cannot be Mayor because the people we need him to fight against can destroy him whenever they please.

This time we know about it.  Next time, we may not.

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  •  Did the NSA exposed Weiner (1+ / 0-)
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    Weiner

    •  I don't think so and I doubt it (0+ / 0-)

      My point wasn't that it did happen.  My point is that it could.

      Which should concern anyone who has read up on J. Edgar's FBI.  It's one thing for the head of the FBI to have that power (and it's still horrible then); it's another when private companies, such as financial institutions, have that power too.  The latter is much more frightening to me.

      •  I see both domestic spying and corporate (0+ / 0-)

        "data gathering and collecting" as dangerous and invasive. All of the government's programs could end and the "private" spying would still continue.

        We have a chance, at least a slim one, to get the government's spying reduced/under control. Is there any chance corporate spying can be stopped?

        It matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever. Henry David Thoreau, in Civil Disobedience

        by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 09:21:59 AM PDT

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        •  No. There's no chance. (1+ / 0-)
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          CIA agents are allowed to freelance.

          There are laws against corporations operating their own intelligence services. However, Goldman Sachs has offices in 30 different countries. I may be wrong, and possibly crossing that thin line into crazy territory, but it doesn't strike me as far fetched for a Goldman Sachs subsidiary to set-up a global intelligence gathering operation in a friendly country someplace else.

          •  Corporations may not *call* their activities (0+ / 0-)

            "intelligence services," but I'd bet many citizens would be surprised and upset if they knew the amount of detailed information which various companies have linked (sometimes erroneously) to them.

            A corporation may use the data they collect in a variety of ways, including many which seem benign.

            Even without any malicious purpose behind their use of this personal information, people may be harmed by it in a number of ways.

            The governmental spying we are learning about sounds generic--person "x" contacted person "y" at such and such time via whatever means. Corporate spying may include that, but also may contain personal preferences and history, and any number of other specific elements.

            I'm not trying to excuse government spying, rather I wonder why more of us aren't at least equally concerned about the models of us corporations are building on their hard drives and servers.

            It matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever. Henry David Thoreau, in Civil Disobedience

            by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 10:13:42 AM PDT

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      •  The NSA may not have outed Weiner, but I have (0+ / 0-)

        my suspicions about Spitzer and Petraeus (who was not even involved in any crime).

        The powerful are not immune.  Which may help to explain why so many of them don't oppose stuff like the NSA programs.

        The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

        by lysias on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 02:31:46 PM PDT

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        •  And that's exactly how... (0+ / 0-)

          ...J. Edgar's FBI maintained its power.

          Back then it was that damn communist MLK who posed the internal existential threat. Now it's those damn communist occupiers. The song and dance continues, but the arch of justice cannot be denied.

          I recall reading rumors, at the time, regarding who outed Spitzer. I still don't want to believe it though.

  •  The NSA? (3+ / 0-)

    Give us a break. His service provider would have the texts, as well as all of the recipients. That is how he is exposed. Not by the federal government having metadata. When will the fever break?

    •  You're right. I'm so sorry. (0+ / 0-)

      Weiner's behavior obviously stopped at texts alone.  It satisfied his urges completely.  He would never escalate it.  I know this because I only like the missionary position and never, ever, do anything else, like, ever.

      The diary shows little concern over the Feds having meta data.  It speaks to the NSA sharing information with others who have competing interests beyond national security.

      Reminder, Snowden didn't work for the NSA.

      I like tools. Hand me a good one that allows me to achieve my goals quicker and easier and I'm going to use it. Why should I assume someone else wouldn't do the same?

  •  That kind of intimidation can only happen if (0+ / 0-)

    nobody knows and you are open to blackmail. Everybody already knows Anthony is a serial sexter so they can't get him on that. Actually the number of selfies on tumblr and other social media is so great that in 10 to 15 years there will be many outings of people who sexted their young dic's and 'ginas and by then nobody will care.

    Tea Baggers Unite and follow that lemming.

    by OHdog on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 08:49:16 AM PDT

    •  Right. (0+ / 0-)

      But what if we didn't know?  That's what I'm attempting to speak to with the diary.  I'm using a real example as launching point to a future hypothetical.

      My argument may be clumsy, but that doesn't mean it isn't valid.

  •  Well, there's another reason why he can't be Mayor (0+ / 0-)

    His last name is Weiner.  Cursed for life.

    God, to think that I thought Weiner was a good candidate to begin with.  Ugh, he's become embarassing.

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