Over the years, especially as of late, I have heard many people from many different political sides and affiliations, argue their specific point, belief, notion, whatever, in the name of Democracy.
Republican party, Democratic party, Libertarians, Anarchists, Socialists alike, explaining that their points of view, and their ability to share them, are part of the fabric of the Democracy that makes America so great!
Just one problem…
America is NOT a Democracy. We are and always have been a Republic!
So… worried about cellphone snooping?
What if I told you that the FBI has had the capability to impersonate and man-in-the-middle cell towers since about 1995?
What if I told you that the information about Stingray (the snooping system) has been in the public domain since at least last year, when it was used in a case in Texas? What about the worst possible case, that it’s been in the public domain for more than a decade? (To be fair with the last one, even I, your intrepid news-gatherer, dismissed that out of hand, as Shimomura is pretty much a blowhard)
Now remember, this is five or so years BEFORE the DHS was even thought of, so god only knows what those intrusive idiots came up with in the ensuing decade.
Yet these guys have a black budget in the billions, and we have nary a dime to spend on, say, educating our Army.
Happy fishbowl, suckers!