told you so

I told you they were watching me. They were following me. They were listening in to our conversations.

Just because I’m paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not after me.

Who knew that was true? I thought it was a joke. And, no, I don’t really think they’re after me specifically. I understand that data mining is just that: data mining. I understand that when you have the internet records and phone records of millions of Americans you can’t possibly keep track of any one individual.

Unless you want to, of course.

And I’m sure they’re not keeping track of me specifically. I’m sure I’m pretty small in the grand scheme of things when it comes to secret NSA lists of subversives.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s still illegal. I looked it up.

But I gotta be honest with you. Illegality aside. Impeachment or no. The NSA isn’t doing anything your credit card company hasn’t been doing for more than a decade. The simple fact of the matter is that retailers, research groups, and advertisers have been data mining an even larger pool of Americans for the better part of the last half century. Whenever you hear about the “18 to 45 year old demographic,” how do you think they came up with that? Data mining. If anything, a culture of indifference is partially responsible for this.

So to hell with indifference! In fact, to hell with data mining. Let me be clear about this. I don’t really care about data mining. What I care about is that there are people in this administration, in Congress, in the Senate, and the Supreme Court, who are ignoring the law. Or, more precisely, using using 9/11 as an excuse to ignore the law. And it’s not that I don’t think we should forget 9/11 or that 9/11 wasn’t a tragedy or that there is no longer a terrorist threat. But to be completely honest, using 9/11 as an excuse to break the law is, at the end of the day, an act of extreme disrespect. It’s disrespectful to claim that 9/11 is a justification for “interpreting” the powers of the executive branch of government. It’s disrespectful to tell the thousands of people who lost their lives that day that to catch their murderers we’re going to spy on the folks they left behind. It’s disrespectful to the FDNY and NYPD to distort the very freedoms they were attempting to protect that day.

Macy’s? You wanna know what I bought at the Gap the other day? And as a result send me junk mail? Fine. Whatever. I can choose to ignore that. But I can’t choose to ignore the fact that my tax dollars are being spent to spy on myself. That’s ridiculous.