Do you believe that privacy is dead? Many people cite September 11, 2001 as the day privacy died, since so much legislation that guts personal privacy has been enacted in the US since 9/11, such as NDAA, The Patriot Act, Patriot Act II, MPAA and others. But perhaps the real war on privacy began much earlier, specifically November 22, 1963 – The day John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Not to get deep in conspiracy theories here, but it’s clear that a large percentage of Americans (81% according to Gallup Poll) do not buy into the official story of a lone gunman. Recall that Lee H. Oswald, a military veteran, who worked in a building near where the assassination occurred in Dallas was fingered as the lone gunman for the crime just hours after it happened. Of course he was unable to have his day in court because he was shot and killed shortly after the event by Jack Ruby, who died approximately 3 years later. Jack Ruby is a bit of an enigma as well, and too complicated and convoluted to write about in a short blog.
The Kennedy assassination was a watershed moment in American history because it was an event where, in our opinion, corruption got the upper hand in American Government and Politics. A great statement was made with just a few gunshots, despite the fact that no words were spoken. The statement was this: as an American Statesman, you will play ball with those in power behind the scenes, or you will be killed.
Fast forward to the year 2016. The public is being mislead and propagandized like never before. For example, the FBI recently took to grandstanding, declaring that they needed help getting information from a terrorist’s encrypted phone. However, it has come to light now that they could easily gain access to his phone and didn’t need help. So what was their motive for trying to get a court to grant them access to the phone? Whatever the answer is, it is unsettling and sneaky at best. And our privacy rights suffer. But what’s even more disturbing is that apparently most Americans sided with the FBI. They probably also believed the story that was told in the movie “Zero Dark Thirty” – You know, the movie about a bunch of SEALS that launch a strike against Osama Bin Laden. Of course, not long after the supposed strike, much of the same SEAL team involved in the Zero Dark Thirty Mission were killed in a helicopter that was mysteriously shot down. Seeing the pattern here? Tyranny and privacy go hand in hand.