June 19, 2013.
First they came for my neighbour's lands,
I didn't speak out because, ha ha, I never really liked the Joneses.
Then they came for the forests,
and I didn't speak out because, well … I am not a beaver or a deer.
Then they came for the minerals,
and I didn't speak out because it wasn't all mine anyway.
Then they came for my private emails,
AND BOY ! AM I ABOUT TO ABSOLUTELY FREAK OUT!
Read the rest of this satirical article here.
Comment: I like the article by Satya Sagar because it pokes fun at Americans and other Westerners who find themselves offended and irate at the revelations that the US is spying on them.
Wonder where all that irateness was when Bush/Obama and company were spying on Muslims everywhere, killing innocents with drones and keeping people locked up without charge for a decade or more?
Were they paying attention?
Obama who will be in South Africa on the 29th of June has moved quickly to dispel the fears of good American people and their counterparts in Europe that the US is not spying on their private emails or phone calls or anything untoward like that.
As Sagar points out three recent statements from the arch-imperialist stands out to explain why the spying and why good Americans (most of them white and by definiton) should really not be loosing sleep about the crap Edward Snowden has caused:
- ‘We were protecting US security and tracking terrorists' ('Cause Osama lives)
- 'Spying is not the same as hacking' (China hacks)
- ‘The spying is not directed at the American people' (Unless they Muslimy of course)
So there you have it. Nothing to worry about if you white (even play-white or colorpean) and you want to use your email for all the virtual fornication you desire. Also, you can download all the porno you want and talk smack about whoever ticks you off at work.
Obama says that the US does not spy on American people.
Though of course not all Americans are created equal so you may want to check your ass before you send those porno emails or call your relatives to tell them of your plans to blow-up the weekend or that your spouse is the bomb in the blowing department, etc.
"If your name is Ahmed or Fatima, you (should) live in fear of the NSA" so says Anna L. Miller in a Guardian article of the same name (June 19).
I would not worry too much though. If all you doing is holding down your business and paying the bills it is unlikely that Obama is watching you - well if you not Muslimy of course.
If you live outside the US does it not seem now like the whole damn Internet was one grand conspiracy to spy on all of us?
And just like a toxic relationship it is going to be hard to break-up with the world wide web.
Oh well, I guess Obama and company gets to read my dirty emails too.