It was recently revealed by Eric Snowden that the National Security Agency (NSA) has has spied on Americans and foreigners. He acts as if this is groundbreaking, classified intel to Americans, but if you had a sniff of common sense or didn’t have your head up your ass, this was never news to you.
What boggles my mind isn’t so much the media’s shock – or facade of shock – but the fact that so many people care that their meaningless private conversations are being monitored. Have they forgotten how safe this country is compared to the rest of the world? Furthermore, did they not realize how the government has kept it safe? Let’s go back to 1998 when two very telling movies were released.
First, Enemy of the State with Will Smith and Gene Hackman. Smith plays a lawyer who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Digital evidence showing the assassination of a high-ranking official was slipped into Will Smith’s shopping bag, unbeknownst to him. From that point on, Smith becomes the most wanted man in America. His phone calls, his emails, his every move is tracked by an agency that goes by a name you know very well by now, the NSA.
The Truman Show (1998) is another exaggerated yet very realistic movie that stars Jim Carrey as an everyday husband who since birth has unknowingly been on camera for every second of his life. He is the star of a TV show called – you guessed it – The Truman Show. As time goes by, Jim Carrey slowly puts the pieces together that he’s being watched, and he finds out that everyone from his wife to his best man is part of this hoax.
From these two movies we can extrapolate a number of United States’ realities: We common folk perhaps aren’t being watched at this particular second, but at any point the NSA can look into our history of emails, mobile phone calls, and transaction history. This is the sacrifice I am happy to make to ensure my safety.
Since my teens I’ve had an understanding that some type of hacker – be it a basement hacker or a government agency – can at any point spy on my daily life. These people are able to see my credit card purchases, and to whom I call and email. At first the idea that someone could spy on me like this caused a little paranoia. But after thinking about it, I realized that I’m a law-abiding citizen and not the type of person a government is concerned about, so my way of life continued as was. For instance, today I still watch internet porn while the wife goes out for groceries, not caring for one second if Johnny McHacker is watching every single click of my mouse.
If the NSA wants to spy on my internet activity and build a timeline of my taste in pornography, then by all means let them; I am not ashamed. But perhaps I can save the NSA some time in analyzing my internet porn history and give them a synopsis right now: I used to like hardcore when I was just a teen who never experienced the real thing. But today I’m more of a soft core, subtle porn watcher; I like things being left to the imagination…
While my readers may fall for that synopsis, obviously one quick scan of my internet history in the past 24 hours would reveal that I’m lying and my taste in porn hasn’t changed since I was 16-years-old. So now the NSA nows that I’m still ragingly horny and a compulsive liar… oh well.
Here’s my two main points: Humans are not trustworthy, and all of you law-abiding citizens shouldn’t care if the NSA is watching you. This is what’s going to happen: The NSA will look at your emails and phone calls if they suspect you – and then after monitoring you and coming to the conclusion that you’re just a loser who makes less than six figures, they will go onto the next guy. Eventually it’s the criminals that will lose out on this spying game; and guess what, THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT WE WANT!
Those of you who feel your civil freedoms are being violated – all you picketers – you people barking outside city hall – you complete wastes of life that complain every year in front of a government building – just sit back, have a whiskey, let the government do their job in protecting our land, and stop bitching about being spied on. If the one sacrifice we have to make is allow the government to peep in on our phone calls from time to time so that they can track the trail of a suspected terrorist, then I think we have it pretty good in this country.