Thursday, July 31, 2014
Hacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek to Control theInternet - An American Perspective on The Intercept Article
Spies have traditionally played a "dirty tricks" game and we all hear about it periodically when someone breaks the silence to let everyone know. In the past in the United States, it was mostly the CIA recieving the bad publicity. Now it is NSA and we are hearing about British Intelligence, as well.
Activists today are concerned that they may become targets of spying. Many of my friends got their FBI file from the 1960s using the Freedom of Information Act. About 15 years ago I had mine thumped down on my desk by a determined and irate investigator. The FBI letter head was at the top and beneath it sat a page of discussion about me and my activities of over 40 years ago.
They didn't like me because I made speeches. I was a passionate and charismatic kid quite capable of bringing folks to their feet. They labeled me a revolutionary. My membership in SDS likely got me labeled a terrorist. Although they know about the membership, I didn't see any report, so I am just making an informed speculation. We use to crack jokes about the snooping: "now the FBI knows where to order out for the best pizza in town." It didn't deter anyone from movement activity, back then. It shouldn't now. I am still here, even though they don't like me.
We shouldn't scare ourselves half to death wondering what kind of wild and sophisticated intelligence operation could be run against us. We are not helpless victims. Believe it or not we are at the top of the food chain. To understand this, one must understand power. There are two types of power: one of influence and one of command and control. Power through influence, although effective, is not as powerful as command and control. We have the power to hire and fire those who make the laws of this land through our vote at all levels of government. That is more power than any CEO has over their own operation. One of the reasons petition signing has been so effective it is a gauge of how voters feel about an issue. IMHO if we keep good track of voting records and where they stand on key issues and who the people are they appoint we can make informed decisions on who to keep in government. I am sure by looking at voting patterns we can identify those who are hopelessly corporate and back opposing candidates including those running in the primaries. If we keep this up, corporate influence will weaken as candidates cease to feel they can ignore the public's wishes. Those are my thoughts. Have a good day.