The post below was submitted by good buddy Leigh.
A couple tales from two, random, ordinary citizens of he United States:
I work with two men that illustrate government over-reach . One is a story of the ever expanding surveillance state, the other of how close the death panels actually are.
First we have a man that served his country in the US Navy. A fact that he is rather proud of. As is common with old Navy guys, they tend to get nostalgic and reflect on their time in service.
One particular memory; was of a destroyed tender, off of the coast of a munition loading site, in Hawaii. This wasn't a relic of Pearl Harbor, but apparently the result of carelessness handling of explosives, that was left as a reminder. For the life of him, he couldn't remember the name of the destroyed ship. Naturally, he did what any of us would do – he Googled the name of the facility. There were numerous hits, including a web-site for the facility itself. After perusing a couple different results he entered the facility name into Google Earth to see if he could see the wreck of the vessel he had seen decades earlier. Strange???? It was showing a spot quite a distance inland. This had to be a mistake, or a satellite facility. So he physically repositioned the cursor to the spot where he remembered the wreck to be.
What he saw next raised the hair on the back of his neck. It wasn't the pixelated spot on a map that startled him, but a small light on his lap-top he suddenly noticed. He stared at it for a second before it dawned on him what it was. Minimizing the main screen confirmed what he suspected. The built in web cam had somehow managed to turn itself on, and there was his image staring back at himself.
In the four months he has owned that laptop, he has never inadvertently turned on the web cam – or have it spontaneously activate. He has no illusions as to what had happened. Big Brother had decided that it wanted to see who was looking where it is forbidden by the Party. So they reached out and touched him in a brazen show of intimidation.
He is a student of history. Not just of our own; he studies the early Europeans, the Greeks, the Romans, etc. He has studied the causes of both World Wars, and the activities during them. We have discussed the great lost civilizations of ancient times, and the decline of our Republic. He is concerned how far off of the path we have been shoved. This latest incident drives home his fears.
The other fellow went to the dentist. Pretty common, right? He thought so too; that was until he got the billing statement.
Somehow, through a glitch, it had gotten mixed up that he was supposedly on Commie-Care. The statement declared that the procedures, he had done, weren't covered due to the patient's age. That's right – a check-up and a cleaning weren't going to be covered under the Party's Glorious Insurance due to his advanced age. Kind of surprised him that he was deemed such a burden to society at the ripe old age of 58! Fortunately, they got it straightened out, and our company insurance covered the whole thing. From what he has been told, this wasn't an isolated incident.
Now we have a government that has voted itself the power to control the Internet. The people that couldn't design a health-care website, control the information flow to the whole World. What you are allowed to see will be chosen for you – to insure “fairness”, of course. Your private life will now become property of the public domain.
You say you have nothing to hide, so you have nothing to fear?
You should be afraid.
They have every electronic conversation you have ever been involved in.
They have your biometrics, your “meta-data”, financial data, and voting record.
The SS and KGB were rank amateurs compared to what goes on today.
Information is now a weapon.
A weapon aimed right at the base of your skull – you just don't realize it yet.
“Comrade, why do you have so much money in the bank? Do you not want to be a part of our glorious Peoples' Economy? You do realize that hoarding is a crime? Such selfishness is not to be tolerated in our Enlightened Society. Yet you continue to buy cigarettes, burdening our Dear Leader's, People's Heath Care. Not that it matters to you, for we see that you didn't support our Supreme Comrade's sixth glorious election to office.
Fear not Comrade, for you will no longer be a burden here in the Workers' Paradise. Nor will your removal cause additional burden to the Comrades you have betrayed.....We bought your cure in bulk.”