Music Video: Remy on NSA Surveillance
June 22, 2013
Remy and Reason TV have a new satirical song out about the NSA’s surveillance programs:
(Reason.com has the lyrics.) If you’re not familiar, Remy has done a number of topical parody songs for Reason TV, including a good one on the Obama administration’s efforts to use their failure in Benghazi last fall as an excuse to shut down free speech as well.
If you’re not familiar with the recent revelations about NSA’s surveillance programs, here are some sources to get you started:
- British newspaper The Guardian’s original scoop: “NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily” (June 5th)
The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk — regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing.
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Under the terms of the blanket order, the numbers of both parties on a call are handed over, as is location data, call duration, unique identifiers, and the time and duration of all calls. The contents of the conversation itself are not covered.
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The unlimited nature of the records being handed over to the NSA is extremely unusual. Fisa court orders typically direct the production of records pertaining to a specific named target who is suspected of being an agent of a terrorist group or foreign state, or a finite set of individually named targets.
- Further Guardian report: “NSA Prism program taps in to user data of Apple, Google and others” (June 6th)
Top-secret Prism program claims direct access to servers of firms including Google, Apple and Facebook
- At National Review Online, John Fund gives a little bit of an overview. Kevin Williamson reflects on the larger principles involved. Derek Satya Khanna is somewhere between the two.
The bigger you make the government, the more you entrust to it, the more powers you give it to nose around the citizenry’s bank accounts, and phone calls, and e-mails, and favorite Internet porn sites, the more you’ll enfeeble it with the siren song of the soft target. The Mounties will no longer get their man, they’ll get you instead. Frankly, it’s a lot easier.
As for Major Hasan, who needs surveillance? He put “Soldier of Allah” on his business card and gave a PowerPoint presentation to his military colleagues on what he’d like to do to infidels — and nobody said a word, lest they got tied up in sensitivity-training hell for six months.
. . . Because the formal, visible state has been neutered by political correctness, the dark, furtive shadow state has to expand massively to make, in secret, the judgment calls that can no longer be made in public. That’s not an arrangement that is likely to end well.
- Hot Air discusses whether or not the NSA surveillance programs have stopped specific terrorist attacks, and whether or not Americans consider these programs an abuse of government power. Also, “Good news: Obama says NSA spying is ‘transparent'”.
- For a contrary point of view, try Andrew McCarthy: