Yesterday we learned that the government is “eavesdropping” on our conversations and e-mails. Meanwhile, in a post titled One Nation Under Surveillance: ‘The Little Red Book’ can still get you in trouble, Plutonium Page writes about a student who gets questioned by Federal agents, because he asked at the library to see Mao’s “Little Red Book.”
I want to write about the chilling effect this will have on people.
I have a “Little Red Book” that I’ve had since the 60’s. I thought hard about writing that here.
The first comment in the DailyKos post is “Boy, we all who post here regularly better watch our back..Here comes the Brother.” A couple of comments later, “I’m sure there are people monitoring all of the left of center and peace oriented blogs and web sites.” Many, many more comments along these lines. These are the first things that come into people’s minds, “This means I am being watched.”
A comment yesterday at a Slashdot, a post about the news of government spying on our communications. Someone says something bad about Bush, someone replies, “Pray NSA is not monitoring the network between your machine and slashdot 🙂”
I’m watching an episode of Special Victims Unit as I write this. On the screen they just this second said, “Since the Patriot Act, they can do anything.”
Has it crossed your mind that you’d better be careful because the government will know what you said?
9/11 changed everything. Watch your backs.
Update – After posting this, I see that a friend Instand Messaged me earlier, with a message that said “I’m watching you, signed NSA.”