(National Report) – While Americans are coming to grips with the big brother governmental surveillance of their personal data, questions have begun to arise regarding what could be done or has been done with the data genie now that it is out of the bottle.
For a scandal plagued leader like Obama, the allure of selling government gathered personal data to the Chinese in order to reduce the national debt, pave the way for public funding of infrastructure repairs and job growth would ensure an ‘on paper’ robust economy for the election of Hilary Rodham Clinton.
According to NSA leaks from Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency is listening in on private phone calls and has access and links to passwords, credit card information, game console pin numbers, social security numbers and other critical data.
There is little question that the consumer data scooped up in the NSA’s giant net is valuable. President Obama publically discussed cyber security with visiting leader Xi Jingping. The question is whether that discussion went private or included a negotiated a selloff of data to the Chinese.
One must remember this is the President that cracked jokes at a correspondences dinner while Seal Team Six captured and killed Osama Bin Ladin.
The desire to reduce the American debt is something every patriot desires, as long as it doesn’t include raising taxes. So far this year, the austerity measures outlined per the sequestration agreement (aka the Budget Control Act of 2011) seem to be working to reduce that debt without all the end-of-the-world who-ha so many cried about.
Aside from a few kids being kicked out of Head Start programs and maybe some hungry seniors waiting for a Meals-on-Wheels visit, most working Americans haven’t felt the promised bruising pinch of sequestration. America’s cousins across the pond in Europe certainly have felt the pinch of austerity, why haven’t Americans?
Curious Questions about Edward Snowden
The contract NSA tech analyst Edward Snowden seems on the surface just another homosexual whistle blower. His profile evokes sympathy from the left, yet his actions reek of tyranny.
Snowden has publically stated he doesn’t want to live in a country where privacy rights are violated, yet he chose asylum in China. China? Oh, Really?
According to an interview with The Guardian (UK) Snowden is comfortable living in Hong Kong and is well cared for. Some are questioning how someone working for the insidious, data gulping NSA could allow a contract employee to flee the country, conduct interviews and basically hopscotch like an angel on the clouds over data nets without some powerful backing.
Reactions to the NSA Seem Reserved and Oddly Calm
Reactions to the disclosure of data gathering by the NSA are curiously aloof from the left. Bill Maher, Andrew Sullivan, Harry Reid and even Lindsay Graham are saying the NSA spying is nothing to worry about. These are responses that should worry everyone and call into question Graham’s alliances.
For most Americans, the data gathered by the NSA hits closer to home than simply paying down the national debt.
Can the data gathered by the NSA be used to recover lost or forgotten passwords?
Jean Trout of Bent Ford, Missouri, had her identity stolen three years ago by the Chinese. Since then, the nightmare has haunted her credit rating.
“At one point, all the money from my checking account was frozen and I couldn’t buy baby formula or even cigarettes,” recalled Mrs. Trout, mother of twins. “I just sat in the floor at Krogers and cried.”
Americans like Trout are wondering if the benefits of a for-profit intelligence tracking system could help solve more than terrorist attacks. Of course the agency’s primary goal would be to use the data to stop terrorist attacks on citizens, but could they do more?
The identity protection industry is an estimated $120 Billion dollar for profit business. Much of the industry work is done protecting banks and credit card providers from victims whose identities have been compromised. The identity protection industry has also endured scandal, although has not sold the information to the Chinese, maybe just some Canadians.
Some identity services are as ordinary as resetting parental controls on a gaming console. Even these small, seemingly harmless chunks of personal data carry a price for consumers.
It is estimated that the average American has 42 passwords and pin numbers for email accounts, PC operating systems, smart phone pins, online shopping accounts, video streaming accounts, game consoles, internet router firewalls, insurance accounts and social media. The cost in lost time and frustration is evident when disaster strikes.
Will Obama use American’s desire to recover passwords to sell his diabolical plan to the American people? Only time will tell.