Nothing to worry about; govt. not really shutting down

Nothing to worry about; govt. not really shutting down

government shutdown, nath, cagle, Oct. 1, 2013Supposedly the federal government is “shutting down.” Not really. Some parts of the government, such as parks, are shutting down to scare people. But the essential parts of government continue to operate. So, don’t worry. Your lifestyle is safe. As civil rights activist John Whitehead writes:

Indeed, the one area not impacted in the least by a government shutdown will be the police/surveillance state and its various militarized agencies, spying programs and personnel. Take a look at the programs and policies that will not be affected by a government shutdown, and you’ll get a clearer sense of the government’s priorities – priorities which have, as I point out in my new book, A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, little to do with serving taxpayers and everything to do with maintaining power and control, while being sold to the public under the guise of national security.

Domestic surveillance. On any given day, whether you’re walking through a store, driving your car, checking email, or talking to friends and family on the phone, you can be sure that some government agency, whether the NSA or some other entity, is listening in and tracking your behavior. Police have been outfitted with a litany of surveillance gear, from license plate readers and cell phone tracking devices to biometric data recorders….

NSA domestic programs. Government shutdown or not, the National Security Agency (NSA), with its $10.8 billion black ops annual budget, will continue to spy on every person in the United States who uses a computer or phone using programs such as PRISM and XKEYSCORE. By cracking the security of all major smartphones, including iPhone, Android, and Blackberry devices, NSA agents harvest such information as contacts, text messages, and location data. And then there are the NSA agents who will continue to use and abuse their surveillance powers for personal means, to spy on girlfriends, lovers and first dates.

So, today you can feel safe because the essential parts of government still are working for you. They are making sure that any dangerous thoughts you have are being recorded, so you can be corrected in the future. The government is making sure that the government still is in charge of our lives, so the government can keep protecting us and providing for us.

Nothing to worry about. Move along.

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  1. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 1 October, 2013, 09:30

    The best time to visit parks is when the government shuts them down. No obnoxious gaggles of tourists, no herds of trail hogging exercise clubs and no officious, meddlesome and overbearing rangers. You can enjoy the natural beauty and blissful solitude as it should be (Just don’t park in the designated areas for obvious reasons).

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  2. Rex the Wonderdog!
    Rex the Wonderdog! 2 October, 2013, 12:45

    It will e like 95, once the budget is passed the troughers will get ALL their back pay, even though they did not work, they were furloughed.

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