A modest proposal

Keeper of Our Sectrets: National Security Director James Clapper thinks that your curiosity about what your rulers are doing with your private data is "reprehensible." Nothing could go wring, right? Just look how sincere he is. (Wikipedia.)

Keeper of Our Secrets: Aptly titled Director of National Intelligence James Clapper thinks that your curiosity about what your rulers are doing with your private data is “reprehensible.” Nothing could go wring, right? Just look how sincere he is. (Wikipedia.)

James Clapper, the national security director of the sovereign rulers of we the people, has predictably regretted as “reprehensible” the disclosure to the supposed electors who thought they were indirectly in charge of him and his secret data-collectors of the secret program to gather all information you thought was private.

The thuggish behavior of the Obama Administration against whistle-blowers, its over-the-top characterization of reporters as “conspirators” and its huffing-and-puffing against the likes of Julian Assange evidently did not discourage someone from leaking the details of PRISM to the Guardian and Washington Post. That someone has either the combination of patriotism and courage to hand over the secret inner-workings of this vast, ugly and stupid machine is of course “regrettable.” We had thought that the media was sufficiently indifferent and the public sufficiently distracted that no one would bother, given what a risk they were running. After all, Eric Holder has shown he will track down anyone who dares this kind of liberties-enhancing, patriotic activity, even if he had to use the Espionage Act.

It is even more “regrettable” that the U.S. simply can’t pull the switch on idiots who blog about the violations of the social contract we thought we had with our rulers. But, we’ll see. Tomorrow we might find out that the government has that power. It would be “regrettable” if we found out through the Guardian. Better to find out only when our leaders flip the switch.

So as we accommodate ourselves, as we must, to this knowledge that the government has become more insidious and efficient than anything Winston Smith faced, we should ask the question: Why all the unnecessary cost?

Our genial leader, Barack Obama, has noted that in these hard times the government has to tighten its belt just like the American families that the government has been spying on for 5 years. We have to agree.

So why is the government paying extra to get this information from the major internet providers? And why are we paying them AND the government?


This man could supervise your email provider’s employees. He already has your data. (Jaunuary 31, 2012, testifying in Congress. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)).

Here’s the proposal: Since the government will have all our emails, private documents in the “cloud,” all drafts of unpublished thoughts, etc., then why doesn’t government just  directly have all the servers in the U.S.? Why this duplication? Then we can directly subscribe to the government’s service. Of course we would have to use a passport or other secure ID to set up the account, just so the government can make certain whom it is spying on. I’m sure then the government will give us unlimited disk space. We could probably upload everything we every thought or wrote and the government would just ask for more. And we wouldn’t have to worry about deletion or even backups. If there’s one thing government is careful of, it’s making sure it doesn’t lose track of the private information it has on its citizens subjects. Sure the providers would object to the loss of profits. And they are surely big players. But doesn’t the government have enough secret information on all the managers of these corporations to cower them? Anyway, I’m sure the government will give them a job managing the servers and massaging the information.

It seems like a win-win for all involved. Not at all “reprehensible.”

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