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OpEdNews Op Eds    H2'ed 8/15/13

Americans Spying on, Working Against Their Fellow Americans

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Message Michael Payne


One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. What a beautiful phrase from the Pledge of Allegiance. Yes it's truly inspirational but, unfortunately the word indivisible, "that which cannot be divided, separated or broken" no long fits, it's no more than a myth, at least in the America of today.


What we need do is to look in greater depth at the factors that are behind the transformation of America from a nation once considered indivisible into one in which the trust between the people and the government is almost non-existent, and the trust between fellow Americans is rapidly deteriorating.   We now live in a country in which people in America are being schooled and encouraged by their government to distrust and spy on each other.


America , in recent decades, has undergone radical changes, and not for the better; surveillance cameras are everywhere -- watching you, watching me. More and more police departments are using swat teams resembling storm troopers to deal with societal conditions that don't represent that degree of threat. And, of course, we now have become fully aware that our government in Washington and in areas around the country is tapping into every form of communication that we use through the NSA national surveillance program.


Consider what a very bizarre situation this has become. It appears that President Obama has acquiesced to the powers that run Washington and is submissively following their agenda to take control of this society and its people. That is clearly evidenced by his staunch support of the NSA spying program, the Insider Threat Program, the government's war against whistleblowers, and numerous restrictions on our Constitutional rights and freedoms.


Many frustrated, angry Americans blame the government for the many adverse conditions currently present in our country, and with good cause. But there is far more to this situation than just the government. These same Americans should stop to realize that many of the less than honorable actions that we accuse the government of taking are actually being performed by thousands upon thousands of American people who work for the government and carry out its specific objectives.


Who are those many thousands of Americans who operate the NSA spy agency? They're people just like you and I; they are our fellow Americans, maybe some of our friends or neighbors, or those with whom we attend church.  


The NSA spying program is not being run by a bunch of robots, it is operated by Americans who are directly engaged in gathering the communications of their fellow Americans. They may be very uncomfortable and uneasy about what they are doing, just as Edward Snowden was, but the reality of the situation is that they need and want those government paychecks upon which they are so dependent. Of course, we will see more and more Edward Snowden types emerge but most of these government employees will remain silent and submissive and do what they are told.


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