All Hail The Ministry of Truth!

by Jarhead Survivor on June 14, 2013

First – open this song and in another browser window while you read today’s post.  It’s one of my favorite Pink Floyd songs and it has the lyrics in it.  (And the video is crazy.)

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This week Edward Snowden came out and said that the U.S. is basically spying on the world.  There’s a huge shocker for you.  His words:

“I’m willing to sacrifice all of that because I can’t in good conscience allow the U.S. government to destroy privacy, Internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building,” Snowden told the Guardian.

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Through an initiative called PRISM the government has access to records of what you do on the internet.  Everything.  According to this article:

…Their subject was PRISM, a covert collaboration between the NSA, FBI, and nearly every tech company you rely on daily. PRISM has allowed the government unprecedented access to your personal information for at least the last six years. But what is it, exactly?

PRISM is a secret government program…

As much as PRISM might sound like a comic book antagonist of S.H.I.E.L.D., it’s the codename for a very real US government program. According to leaked documents, it went into effect in 2007, and has only gained momentum since. Its stated purpose is to monitor potentially valuable foreign communications that might pass through US servers, but it appears that in practice its scope was far greater.

So not only are you tracked from space, the air, and from cameras across the land you know have the government looking at everything you do online, which for many citizens of the advanced nation is practically everything.  Your whole life is laid out so for someone to sift through.

“But they only look at suspected terrorists, Jarhead!”

It seems impossible that the NSA, an agency which by law is only allowed to monitor foreign communications, has so much access to domestic information. And yet!

There are, as you might expect, filters in place to help handle the fire hose of data that comes through daily, the trillions of bits and bytes that make up our online identities and lives. Something to ensure that only the bad guys are being tracked and not honest, everyday citizens. Actually, there’s one filter, and it’s ridiculous: an NSA analyst has to have “51 percent” confidence that a subject is “foreign.” After that, it’s carte blanche.

That’s it. That’s the only filter. And it’s an ineffective one, at that; the PowerPoint slides published by the post acknowledge that domestic citizens get caught in the web, but that it’s “nothing to worry about.”

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Phew!  For a second there I though I might have to worry about MY privacy being compromised.

Wait a minute!  Aren’t those who have guns and store food for long term emergencies on some kind of list somewhere?  Hmmm….

 A Matter Of Privacy

I suppose in the grand scheme of things it’s unlikely the government would want to tear your background apart.  There are millions and millions of people and just so many worker bees to check it out.  But… your personal information is out there!  And business information… and everything!  Just think about anything that uses the web these days – which is pretty much everything - and it’s out there.  If that doesn’t scare you then I don’t know what will.

Sure, they’re not using it right now like they did in Orwell’s 1984, but the framework is being erected and we’re all meekly baaaahhhinng in the fields while they do it.

So there’s Jarhead’s daily dose of tinfoil.

What do you think?  Am I way off base or is there something to be concerned about here?

Questions?  Comments?

Sound off below!

-Jarhead Survivor

 

{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

Cory June 14, 2013

It’s not where the gun is at that is important, but where it’s pointed that is of great concern.

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j.r. guerra in s. tx. June 14, 2013

My idea of a hero is a person who risks what they have for the safety of others. Snowden was sitting pretty, making a very high salary (especially for someone with no college degree) and could have remained there indefinitely (at least from what I know).

He instead went public and made us aware of this. He put himself out for arrest and certainly lost his job over this. To me, not a traitor.

The years since the 2001 when we were suddenly immersed in counter terrorism have certainly created many changes. LEO road check stations, ‘traffic’ cameras, those boxes with flashing lights in parking lots, the militarization of police – the list goes on and on. Life is certainly changing and not for the better.

When Russian leaders give us a lecture of freedom – that should get your attention.

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Roseman June 14, 2013

The framers understood what government is and what it does. They put in place protections to ensure liberty for our countrys’ citizens. It took many years but gradually government does what it does which is grow both in size and power.
There is no way to put the jenie back in the bottle for many reasons the chief ones being average citizen apathy and stupidity.
A reset will be coming down the road and hopefully there are enough armed patriots willing to save our constitutional republic.

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kevin June 14, 2013

I PRAY TO GOD THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN but that being said I am afraid we are headed for full scale civil war

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Jason June 14, 2013

Not trying to be flip or argumentative but the problem with the civil war theory as I see it is figuring who is the specific enemy. The citizens rise up but against who, “the government?”

The real enemy is those who control the strings of the puppets but who are they & where they? Conversely, who will law enforcement, National Guard etc be protecting or fighting for? It seems like mass confusion to me.

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T.R. June 14, 2013

It is messy and confusing , and what it brutally boils down to is ..Your with the people , or your against the people , the constitution , and the bill of rights . Its that simple , no grey area allowed , you will eat a bullet one way or another , from one side or the other , thats what civil war is , its not pretty , however it is needed in a nation from time to time . Where people stand as far as the ” authorities ” go , will be divided . The realities of tyranny in your own country , affecting your own family , your children , etc . will fore the side you choose upon you . Just sayin .

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Spud June 15, 2013

It will be… much the same as last time this all started. Only this time around it will be more of a Rural VS City folk kinda thing.

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GoneWithTheWind June 14, 2013

Don’t believe everything Snowden is saying. Use your head. He is playing us for some reason and I doubt it is simply his desire to get out the truth. Snowden is perpertrating a snow job. I think he is angry maybe because of his life failures or maybe because he was influenced by foriegn agents but at this point I think he is being used and to the extent we follow him we are being used as well.

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Jarhead Survivor June 14, 2013

I can think of faster ways to commit suicide then becoming a whistle blower on the NSA and other government gun-toting agencies.

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KP89DC June 14, 2013

GWTW,

I agree, this is a diversion to distract everyone from the other “scandals” or even worse something that’s about to happen to “give a reason” for further and greater control.

Since POTUS has an out of country trip in the very near future it’s a prime time for something to occur?

Molon Labe

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Jason June 14, 2013

“So there’s Jarhead’s daily does of tinfoil.” Think there’s a typo there – “dose”.

Mercy me, I’ve followed this a bit & the discrediting spin doctors are out in full force! They talk about his pole dancing girlfriend & his “huge salary” ($122k is not that huge) & him being the most hunted man in the world etc, etc.

So what exactly did he do?

He simply confirmed what we all suspected but many of us refused to believe because in theory, our government is set up to protect us, right?I mean really, there are over 300,000,000 people in America how can “they” possibly be a menace in my life or enslave little old me? Oops – the IRS targeted those with any “tea party” or deeply conservative affiliation who was against the present administration.

But wait a minute – with all of this advanced technology to “protect us” how did they miss foiling the event with Boston Bombers?? Oops, ah …. must have slipped between the cracks.

Now I am not really into conspiracy theories but … JFK – a moving target – shot by a lone gunman with iron sights, a bolt action rifle in under 6 seconds & one bullet entered from JFK the front? It must have been the fatal “boomerang bullet”. Then dang, the most dangerous suspect in the world gets fatally shot while being protected by an army of law enforcement before he can talk …. how odd.

The government wouldn’t crash a couple of planes in a couple buildings & kill a few thousand people in order to implement the Patriot Act, would they? It is awfully strange how those buildings fell in on themselves when burning jet fuel cannot possibly create enough heat to melt the type of metal used in the structure. What is really strange is these buildings were specifically designed & engineered to NOT collapse as they did …. hmmmm, must be part of those properties of physics known only to space aliens or Area 51.

Then my favorite – Sandy Hoax. Not one photo of a bullet hole, shattered glass, security camera still shot of Adam Lanza, bagged bodies being removed, blood stains, hundreds of people wondering around & contaminating a federal crime scene & the parking lot in a complete gridlock with ambulances in the middle of it?

In the day & age of camera phones, not one pic – really? Yet, Obama marches on the world stage with some sort of evidence (haha) within 2.3 seconds after “the massacre” & tearfully demands for a gun ban? Recently the Connecticut governor passed a law to seal the evidence & Sandy Hook school is scheduled for demolition this year …. how odd.

Now the NSA is spying on us? How absurd! But, just in case … I think I’ll order one of those Liberty Hats, stop complaining about The Almighty (Obama), turn in my guns, register as a socialist & start turning in those who express any subversive ideas ….

I really wonder how this novel “America the Once Beautiful” will end. The second half of the book seems to move pretty fast

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Jarhead Survivor June 14, 2013

Type corrected. Thanks!

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Spud June 15, 2013

($122k is not that huge)
That statement in a nutshell is exactly one of the reasons the country is hurting. Tell the people that use their hands to make a living that $122 K is not much money. Maybe we have entirely too many people making more than that and they have forgotten whom actually builds their world and makes all that crap which they just have to possess . The pay for working folk has been virtually stagnant every since Reagan. Yet pay for business owners and office geeks has sky rocketed.
You wonder whom will be fighting whom ?
I don’t….

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Jason June 15, 2013

Spud I am a bit surprised, that had a bit of a socialist flavor to it. Quite frankly, I believe the opposite is true as to why we are hurting. We have lost our personal competitive edge, national pride and are being drowned in a sea of mediocrity and government dependence.

The present administration keeps hammering on us with socialist positions in order to reduce us to mediocrity and take away any entrepreneurial spirit and freedom of thought we were once encouraged and to aspire to.

We have outsourced most all of our manufacturing and improved many 3rd world economies while we have sacrificed the heart and soul of blue collar America. We have become a consumer based economy and that in and of itself has reduced the American character and pride for one’s country.

America is about freedom of choice and everybody is free to choose their career path AND can change it anytime. The thing most people who complain about higher incomes do not consider is risk vs return OR they’d rather settle for a steady paycheck than to take a chance upon themselves. It’s a choice.

The US median income for 2011 is $52,000 so doubling that plus 20% isn’t huge. Don’t get me wrong, it is nice & comfortable but certainly not huge. The president makes $400,000 – that’s huge but would you trade lives for that income?

There is a personal cost for lifestyle choices and many would rather settle for less but to look dimly at those who make good money with their talent is completely unfair.

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Spud June 16, 2013

Naw , not socialist, just a statement of fact. The workers of the bottom end have gotten the shaft over the last thirty years. Until the top end exported all their jobs offshore for the sake of a little more profit margin. Those folks at the bottom are the consumers and the ones whom make the country work at the physical end. If they don’t have cash to consume goods then the whole system fails.
There is no debating that the upper end has gotten a huge increase. Where the middle to bottom has stagnated.

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Jason June 16, 2013

That’s the way its always been but now that the world is flat, economically speaking, one must adapt. However, the opportunities to do well here in the US remain relatively the same.

Anonymous June 18, 2013

The sheer physical force of a plane striking a tower should be enough to knock it down, the same way that an ax can cut down an oak tree. Ever heard of Momentum? (No, Sir Isaac Newton has nothing to do with conspiracies, Bull or Not.)

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CyPhy June 23, 2013

An ax can fell an oak tree, but not with just one whack. A skilled woodsman can probably fell an oak tree with 20-30 well-placed whacks, and that’s probably about how many jets that it would have taken to strike the WTC towers and cause them to fall. Are you aware that a large military transport plane hit The Empire State Building during WW2? It was open for business the next Monday.

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Michael June 14, 2013

Mostly, this is just a waste of money.

The gov’ment keeps telling us that without supporting evidence they can’t look at an individual person’s data. But, If law enforcement thinks that someone might be a terrorist, or linked to terrorists, they can get a warrant and go to phone companies, ISP providers, and so on. So, why do they need this program?

The gov’ment also tells us that when information gets leaked, terrorists change how they operate. But, I’m thinking terrorists probably change their operations regardless of leaks and always assume they’re being tracked and listened too anyway. So again, no big revelation there, no need for the program, and no real worries about the leak.

We spent billions of dollars spying on the Soviet Union and were caught flat footed when it collapsed. Sounds like we wasted billions of dollars on that one.

This program IS a huge intrusion on our rights. The 4th amendment prohibits “general searches” which is exactly what this is. But, the data’s a big hot mess and the data crunchers have a track record of being able to get anything right or to keep anything a secret, so I’m not really worried about it.

Finally, I saw someone on the TV yesterday saying that had this been in place it might have stopped the 9/11 attacks. I don’t buy it. We had damn good data, Condi even got a memo, say that Al-Qaeda was planning a big attack on the US. We ignored it. Nothing will keep us safe if you ignore the truth right in front of your eyes.

This is just more money wasting by the federal folks.

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Michael June 14, 2013

Oops, there’s a couple of typos.

This: and the data crunchers have a track record of being able to get anything right

Should read: and the data crunchers have a track record of NOT being able to get anything right

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Ray June 14, 2013

Here’s my tinfoil hat, The end game to all this is a “global” military dictatorship, under one strongman ruler. In order to accomplish this the globalist MUST first outlaw weapons ownership. They have already put in place every other thing needed to force the “people” to hail the “Emperor” as a god king. THAT is the ultimate goal, a “god king” , along with every kind of tyranny that go’s with that-forced abortion- forced “mercy killing” of the weak and “useless”-slavery- and death camps. That friends is THE ONLY place the road we are on go’s. THE OVENS. The people who are now in “charge” are EVIL and they have seized power. Are you going to renounce God and join the “party” ,get on the train ,or fight?

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Michael June 14, 2013

Ray,

They tried to start that and got beat by a poorly trained, poorly armed, bunch of illiterate folks in Viet Nam, Somalia, & Afghanistan, got beat and kicked out of Iraq, got duped by Pervez Musharraf in Pakistan, had their guy in Egypt get the boot, and are about to lose their toehold in Turkey.

Now their homeland is crumbling, bridges are falling into rivers, and their dreams of empire are over.

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Ray June 14, 2013

Oh no! If anything they are more dangerous now than ever they were in the past. A wounded lion is at his deadliest when cornered. This is the moment when they lash out in rage, killing any who do not bow. Hitler killed more people in the last 11 months of ww-2 than were killed in the previous five YEARS. Stalin killed more people in the last three years of his life than he did in the thirty years previous. NEVER think them beaten till you cut down their body’s and drive stakes through their hearts.

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Michael June 14, 2013

Good points!

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Anonymous June 18, 2013

I already made plans for a Global Empire under the control of… My Sister.

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T.R. June 14, 2013

If there is no backlash from world governments and the American people …………..nothing will change . We need a few million more like this guy .

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Templar June 14, 2013

I’d rather have the f#@$%&*ing terrorists.

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T.R. June 14, 2013

Its better to take the hit from time to time , than to give up even the tiniest shred of out bill of rights or constitution . ” those that trade their liberty for protection , shall receive neither “

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kevin June 14, 2013

THANK YOU

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Michael June 14, 2013

This program didn’t keep the the folks at the Boston Marathon safe. It didn’t stop the latest ricin laced letters from getting mailed. It wouldn’t have stopped Tim McVeigh, Eric Rudolph, or Scott Roeder.

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Glenn Phillips June 14, 2013

They say patience is a virtue. I, for one, am tired of waiting for the spark that starts it.

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T.R. June 15, 2013

Thats the problem , As an individual we are forced to wait for the enemies next move . You are not alone , many , many are playing the waiting game , we cant attack Japan without a Pearl Harbor to unify the resistance ……….doing it before would have no chance of success or support . It sucks ass , and its a bad place to be , but thats what it is at this moment . Prep and network now ……………” people dont plan to fail , they do so because they fail to have a plan .”

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steve suffering in nj June 18, 2013

Tin foil hat, no your right on. They can read our email, txt, record our credit card transactions, banking transactions, social media comments etc, but they cant find all the illegals because the task is too overwhelming? DHS has more ammo than we have used in the Iraq and Afgan wars, 2700+ armored mine proof personal carriers (that we know of) and are now buying body armor but there concerned about how many rounds my pistol can hold? No, theres no tin foil hat here. Your dialed right in !!!!

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