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Welcome to Orwellian America, the Land of the Silent, the Home of the Submissive


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Something very ominous is taking place right before the eyes of the people of this nation; far too many Americans don't seem to grasp what's happening all around them; and if they actually do, it may be that they don't have it in them to reject and resist the forces that intend to transform this society into one of subservience and submissiveness.

Since Edward Snowden blew the whistle and exposed its surveillance activities, the NSA (the National Security Agency) readily admits that it has been collecting all forms of communications of the American people, from emails to cell phone conversations as well as others. It has now also been discovered to have routinely used these same methods to collect the communications of people in other countries, many of them allies of America; even the communications of their leaders.

What we now have in America is a government that has these characteristics: it is o mnipresent meaning that it is "present everywhere at the same time." It is o mniscient, or, "it has complete or unlimited knowledge, awareness, or understanding; perceiving all things." And lastly, as we well know, it is omnipotent: "it possesses "unlimited and unrestrained authority and power."

Do the people of America even care that their privacy is being violated each and every day; that their communications of all forms are being monitored closely by the NSA? On the surface that might be the conclusion because their reaction to this invasion of privacy has been a deafening silence. But it's more than likely that they are well aware of exactly how their Constitutional right of privacy is being violated and they just don't have it in them to resist and demand that these actions be terminated.

One might describe the mass of Americans as greatly resembling the "proles" that existed in the era of "1984", aka the Orwellian age. The proles constituted 85% of the population of Oceania, they were the working class. Their functions were simple: to work and raise children. About the only things they concerned themselves with were diversions such as family get-togethers, friends and neighbors, playing the lottery, drinking, and watching TV to make them forget about their meaningless jobs.

The proles in Oceania were not subjected to intimate government surveillance because the government considered them to be useless people who would never question or challenge the government in any way. But in the America of today everyone is under surveillance because, quite obviously, this government doesn't trust anyone; everyone is suspect and needs to have their communications monitored. So the America of today can be in many ways considered as 1984 on steroids.

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We have a president, Barack Obama, who has strongly supported and defended the policies and actions of this NSA spying agency and sees absolutely nothing wrong with how it is invading the privacy of Americans. This president, a Constitutional "scholar" no less apparently doesn't see this as a violation of the U.S. Constitution's 4th Amendment which guarantees the rights of privacy of the American people.

So while all this skullduggery and spying is going on all around us and our cell phones, emails, and other communications are routinely tapped and recorded for further examination, what is the response from the mass of the American people? Are they incensed, are they in a state of rage and outrage because of this gross intrusion into their privacy?

Apparently not; there has been little to no response or reaction, just the usual silence that permeates this society. Many Americans don't even have the slightest inkling of what is going on; they are, like the 1984 proles, busy with their own lives, largely unconcerned with what they government is doing. Others say that they have nothing to hide and, therefore, the government can do whatever it wishes with intercepting their communications.

Or they may well be a throw back to the people in Germany who, in their hearts, knew exactly what was going on in the prelude to World War II and just looked the other way when The National Socialist German Workers' Party established control over the nation and the people no longer had any rights and certainly no privacy. And we all know what happened next.

The degree to which this violation of the privacy of the American people has been pursued by the NSA is simply astounding. It's starting to feel like we are actually living in the modern-day version of Orwell's Oceania here in 2014; and their reaction to this situation might be best described as "See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil." Or "don't rock the boat", "let sleeping dogs lie", and "I could care less."

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This article from Commondreams.org: "Germany's Der Spiegel recently reported that the US National Security Agency (NSA), working with the CIA and FBI, has been intercepting laptops and other electronics bought online before delivery to install malware and other spying tools." That's quite clever on its part but maybe the NSA will come up with even a more effective way to install these spying tools; they could just direct all the manufacturers of all these electronic devices to insert these special chips as a part of their normal production operations so that 100% of all electronics manufactured in this country will be covered.

The question is: will there ever be an end to this invasion of the privacy of the American people? What we may be seeing right now with these spying policies is likely only the beginning of something far more intrusive and widespread. Would it be a stretch to think that before long there might be monitoring devices installed in homes and cars?

These observations may seem like conspiracy theory to some but who would have, even five years ago, thought that the everyday monitoring of all forms of communications in this country would be going on? That kind of thinking would have been considered to be delusional. But suddenly that once fictional scenario has become a reality.

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What's really difficult to understand is that we ... by michael payne on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 11:43:40 AM
 Sir, Not everybody watches in silence.... by Ad Du on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 12:17:58 PM
Of course I'm going to be stressing what's going o... by michael payne on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 12:54:11 PM
You area correct. Slowly over the years methods o... by Hosea McAdoo on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 1:28:40 PM
RIGHT__Where is the desorganized vanishing Occupy ... by jean labrek on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 4:19:59 PM
The Occupy Movement is still ongoing. You should j... by Pal Palsimon on Friday, Jan 17, 2014 at 11:05:32 PM
Yes, truly amazing! One day they will wake up in t... by Hosea McAdoo on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 1:21:02 PM
Manufacturing consent - how governments control... by Textynn N on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 12:41:48 PM
Some onw else has noticed? Seriously?  I thou... by James Tennier on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 2:05:10 PM
I spoke out against a corrupt government and corpo... by John Denton on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 2:36:28 PM
Your personal experience is unlike anything I have... by michael payne on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 3:18:17 PM
Just wait until activists start disappearing into ... by intotheabyss on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 2:51:03 PM
Right on. Remember Patrick Henry's words. I am pro... by Hosea McAdoo on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 3:47:08 PM
I attribute what we on the left perceive as extre... by Robert S. Becker on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 3:26:19 PM
Robert: When I refer to what happened in Germa... by michael payne on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 5:26:54 PM
My astonishment was about your strong reaction, o... by Robert S. Becker on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 5:58:06 PM
Robert: Niemoller was illustrating exactly what ... by michael payne on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 6:56:01 PM
By " sermonizing," I didn't mean to denigrate and... by Robert S. Becker on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 7:56:01 PM
I would  like very carefully to support Mich... by Mark Sashine on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 8:25:54 PM
So Mark, name one, medium to large totalitarian s... by Robert S. Becker on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 11:27:43 PM
i did not say the totalitarians did not have secr... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Jan 17, 2014 at 9:26:48 AM
Well, you object that I make links between totali... by Robert S. Becker on Friday, Jan 17, 2014 at 10:05:37 AM
That's why I am very careful But  in all fai... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Jan 17, 2014 at 10:21:26 AM
part I Well, I don't disagree on Occupy, witho... by Robert S. Becker on Friday, Jan 17, 2014 at 11:58:18 AM
part II What, no memory of being attacked?  ... by Robert S. Becker on Friday, Jan 17, 2014 at 11:58:46 AM
Ahm, Pearl harbor? Not even one bomb fell on the... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Jan 17, 2014 at 1:41:22 PM
Okay, I think we've beaten this dead horse enough... by Robert S. Becker on Friday, Jan 17, 2014 at 2:21:21 PM
I can prove everything, not that comments are for... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Jan 17, 2014 at 2:45:02 PM
You can and did prove one thing.  I had forg... by Robert S. Becker on Friday, Jan 17, 2014 at 3:20:26 PM
I commend you and Mark for a rousing back and fort... by michael payne on Friday, Jan 17, 2014 at 5:08:08 PM
One  more: the primary problem of the US psy... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Jan 17, 2014 at 10:11:57 AM
A stunning example: Cheney and 400 birds he kille... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Jan 17, 2014 at 10:56:59 AM
First, Bravo Michael. You have sounded the call, ... by Charles Blaisdell on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 11:25:52 PM
So what would you have us do?  I've called my... by Jerry Wesner on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 11:27:41 PM
Do what you are doing and even more; call them and... by michael payne on Saturday, Jan 18, 2014 at 10:44:57 AM
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Good article.  Yes, what is frightening abou... by jbnewport on Friday, Jan 17, 2014 at 8:39:09 AM
You have just described life in America today. I f... by michael payne on Friday, Jan 17, 2014 at 10:17:01 AM
quote: I don't see even one who stands out from t... by Pal Palsimon on Sunday, Jan 19, 2014 at 1:34:38 AM
I'm not talking about the many dedicated American ... by michael payne on Sunday, Jan 19, 2014 at 10:54:56 AM
You think that's bad, you should research how much... by Jackie Heinl on Saturday, Jan 18, 2014 at 2:22:41 PM
Robert, If we ignore the history and patterns ... by Robert Bostick on Sunday, Jan 19, 2014 at 10:24:30 PM
Thanks, interesting and a good addiction.  I... by Robert S. Becker on Monday, Jan 20, 2014 at 10:44:56 AM