A mantra of the Surveillance State Supporters has been that as long as you have nothing to hide, you shouldn’t have to worry about the measures this country takes ‘to protect us from the Terrorists.’ Just ask Michele Catalano how she feels about that. She was googling pressure cookers, and at the same moment, her husband was googling backpacks. The harmless combination of a desire to cook and a desire to go to school resulted in a visit by the feds, wondering what mall these people were planning to blow up today.
Gee. Who would have thought that Americans would get spied on by the Feds, then visited. And the NSA doesn’t spy on Americans, right? Right? [Crickets /]…
Update: I know the usual people will be here momentarily to point out that this was not due to NSA surveillance. I know, supposedly the employers instead saw the husband googling pressure cookers bombs and backpacks at work, fired him, and reported him to the authorities. More damningly, the woman didn’t want to answer questions about it. So now, we have articles coming out that’s got a lot of people giving mea culpas over this. But let’s keep one thing straight. The NSA has admitted to spying on Americans. It doesn’t take much for them to get you on their radar. Express dissatisfaction with the way the government is going. Point out how wrong it is that the banks are in bed with the government. Or just be a friend of a friend of a friend of someone doing that. Need I say any more?
PS: I don’t trust the government. This is exactly what the police would say if the NSA told them, “Be distracting, put out a counter for it.” I know. I’m a conspiracy theorist for thinking that. Hey! Conspiracy theories are another way the Feds classify you as a terrorist. That means I’m on the NSA’s watch list. Yay!