It is strange, since snowdens revelations, on occasion I wonder, if this number I have dialed, or that email I sent could come back to haunt me if taken out of context. It seems I worry more about my own government now, than I ever have about terrorist.
If terrorism is about creating fear and worry, then the US government has become what it so wishes to defeat.
Is it just me, or do all the politicians, climate change deniers, fossil fuel types, corporate spin doctors, lobbyist, and special interest groups all have the same condescending tone, and we are right even when we are wrong attitude?
The reason why Clapper isn't concerned about terrorists changing tactics after the Snowden leaks is they were not using the technology in the first place. Makes you wonder what the system is really meant for.
The Emperor's New Clothes is a story written by Hans Christian Andersen. Rep. Mike Rogers interview reminds me of the story in a big way. He goes on TV, espouses his rhetoric, which is promptly parroted and rehashed across a plethora of news organizations, all of which agree with his views. With his world view limited to old world news organizations he doesn't see that everyone notices that he is naked.
Enter a small child that doesn't know to follow the narrative in the form of bloggers that tear the narrative to hell and tell the true story.
According to what I have read, they haven't caught a terrorist in 10 years using the technology they have at their disposal. I really do not see how them being shut down is going to make us less secure.
The muzzling of scientists is coming from about eight different directions. All of them from industries that will be disrupted based on technological trends. Energy, robotics, bio-sciences, news distribution, manufacturing, open source, communications, education, and several other trends are beginning to frighten corporations. The simple governmental solution lock them down one at a time, from the least likely to resist to the most.
I think the nerds living in university basements are about to surprise them ...
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It is not the getting there you should be thinking of. It is the transition from a capitalist based system to one where the cost of manufacturing approaches zero. This "Tween time" is going to be a really bumpy ride, demonstrations, riots, corporations and governments failing due to loss of revenue.
Right now in the US we have 120 million people filing taxes, and 86 million people paying taxes on a country of 300 plus million with a huge debt load. Using the numbers from the report the number of people paying taxes will be in the 50 million range in 20 years. Using Moore's law and just the projects in the works to forecast forward you end up with between 28 and 34 million people working in the US 20-25 years.
Financially this is unworkable. With the current debt load the failure point for the US federal government in is 50-60 million taxpayer range. After that they are bleeding money to quickly to survive.
Ever increasing taxes on a shrinking tax base is also a huge issue. One thing that will likely occur is the inevitable surprise increases in taxes that reduce peoples tax refund checks to negative values. Another is a Cyprus style raiding of bank accounts. All in all it does not bode well.