Sunday, June 9, 2013

Domestic Terrorism

Are you scared?

Our government (read: USA) is guilty of domestic terrorism. Most governments, I suspect, are. They think they can't properly protect us or govern us without doing things under the table.

I think they're wrong.

[At this time, let me shamelessly but appropriately promote my IIWK Series: If I Were King of the World and terrorize you into adding your own opinion: do it or else. There, consider yourself terrorized.]

For anyone who disagrees with me (and I hope there's at least one person among those of you reading this who does--preaching to the choir is so boring), here's what terrorism is:

Any action that causes "terror" or fear.

That's it. That's a lot more simple than some people make it out to be.

As for domestic, well:

Something occurring locally.

Locally, in this sense, is used most generally. The local municipal government, the local state government, the local country government.

This whole fiasco about the NSA accessing all your personal information and communication? Terrorism. News outlets informing you of this infringement? Also terrorism.

People are scared, that's the only criteria.

People who have nothing to be worried about are scared. If you're not exchanging subversive messages, you have nothing to hide. If you're not recording illegal drops, you have nothing to fear. If you use your email and facebook to exchange recipes and catch up with old friends (and while you're there, liking DreamClassier), you have nothing worth spying on. If you're not using Google Calendar to schedule subversive activity... you should get my point.

I know that's not the same as being okay with it.

I hate when my privacy is infringed upon, even when I'm doing nothing wrong. Especially when I'm doing nothing wrong. The fact that I have nothing to hide doesn't mean I don't want to hide things. I have things that are nobody's business but mine. We all do.

Just as I won't let a cop in my front door without a warrant. I haven't done anything wrong, but that doesn't mean I should just let them in. To any police officers reading this: it's nothing personal, it's just the way I am.

If I was in one of my more rebellious moods, I've make them think I had something to hide... but that's another post.

It's one thing just to open your eyes. It's quite another to help you learn how to protect yourself. Read my follow-up post for that part.