I'm all but completely convinced our "choice" of president has become a joke on us.
National Security means You get the government we say you'll get and it matters fuck-all who happens to be president.
Those executive departments that are armed and informed rule. That threshold has been crossed. Accountability? Accounted for. Status: none.
The Constitution is effectively trumped - why not the rest of us?
100 mile borders. Secret law. Unjust mass incarceration. Bullshit wars. Secret lists. Corporate financed law. Order by intimidation, threat and ignorance. Our "moral high ground" is an inverted hole filled with a mix of mud, salt, blood and shit.
Election.. pfft. whatthefuckever.
Oh, I know, lets marginalize everyone holding up two, big, fuck you fingers, one each for blue and red.
Like our presidential candidates represent a choice, or something.
Not for nothing but I'm kind of a fan of that Baidu slingshot action. "You have 75 minutes of web search freedom. You find your wildest dream and desire to know curious things with no threat of beating or jail or missing family member for your curiosity. 75 minutes! Go search Baidu now!" (godzilla screeches in background)
yeah, yeah, Japan, I get it, but he was always a secret Chinese project.
That's probably because they've been, or are being, bootstrapped to the logic of tyranny. This would be readily accomplished via interactions, influence and advisors of the military and defense establishment - these are not democratic. It's the natural and frighteningly logical progression of laws and enforcement. Sight begets power and unnatural sight begets unnatural cravings for yet more power.
As we are seeing play out in front of us - tyranny can easily and readily take hold beneath the appearance of, or perhaps even true, democracy. The onion is rotting.
You all realize that when the regime realized that the military had tapped the planet that they wanted in, right? Enter the Patriot Act. Enter LEAs. Enter equipment grants. Enter parallel construction. Exit stage left.
Can we just dispense with the formalities and call this duck a duck yet? When law enforcement gets unfettered, or barely fettered, access to each and every digital print you lay down then that's called tyranny, by default. And fuck-all any good intentions.
I'm not sure what they mean by hybrid. It might be a reference to events on the Crimea where the appearance of the people voting to separate from the Ukraine. From reports there did seem to be some level of the Crimean population in support of that move. If you can intercept the communications of the people then the more likely another event such as that can transpire.
For me it seems plain that Poland is the match to the powder and any attempt on Putin's part to strike that match would be disastrous, proverbial great Russian bear or not.
From the looks of it - threats or not - the people living in Poland are a lot less free today and tomorrow will never repay that particular debt.
I'm not exactly a walking moral compass but it strikes me as awkward and ineffective that our focus on "preventing crime" is one focused exactly on punishment.
We have an overabundance of effective and non-intrusive means of "surveillance".
Why doesn't a sting have a first phase that attempts to break things up? What's the aversion to:
1. "Hey, tough guy, my friends think you're doing something stupid. You should probably not be this particular brand of stupid, ever.".
2. "Psst. Hey, I'm from law enforcement and I don't want to see bad things happen to good people, you or anyone else. I happen to know you're being watched. Some folks think you're a pretty evil guy and might blow shit up. So if you are then you're fucked but if you're not then now is a good time to stop pretending and find something else to do that will make you happy".
What the fuck's wrong with a warning? A little education can go a long way.
Pro-tip: Preventing crime is not a reaction. Nor is it gaining access to things you can not see. It's using what you have at your disposal to peacefully identify and diffuse a potentially life threatening situation.
Since when does "keeping us safe" equate to "Whatever I can bust, I bust! And if I can't bust it then I'm going to work it until I can. Boo-yah."?
Law enforcement has too much and everything they gain, collectively, we loose, collectively. Count on it.
Can I just say that the UK is at the tippety-top of my list of 'do not disturb' places? Absolute top. There's nobody disgusting me more on the entire planet than these guys right now - and there's some pretty disgusting shit going on.
What the fuck is it with these old white-guy countries? They're completely loosing their shit and taking down the planet in swaths.
It's like we've completely lost control of our senses and our governments are steaming head-strong into absolute positions of authority. So comfortably.
IP and FEAR, Baby! There will be ink.
Someone recently said to me "I'm just waiting for some country to get pissed off enough and drop one on us." and I replied "I'm just waiting for some people to get pissed off enough at their countries". I know I'm pissed at mine.