Encryption: Government Hypocrisy Round #34897

Look who decided they needed encryption: the US government. That’s not hypocritical at all. Of course, they claim it’s because of the big, bad Trump-monster and his fascism.

The core issue is this: the government, an entity that is supposed to serve the people, is fighting any and all accountability.  Even as officials balk at transparency, they simultaneously demand a litany of agencies have full, unfettered, and warrantless access to every detail of the lives of private citizens.

It’s a complete 180 from the way things should be, and in case you’re not really paying attention, it’s getting worse by the day.

The Feds are Spying on Journalists Too

My latest column at LibertyNation looks at the new leaked information over at The Intercept.

The Intercept published their story in June of 2016 with heavily redacted information; even between the black bars of governmental secrecy, a picture emerged. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, using National Security Letters, spies on journalists in the United States – without a warrant, without probable cause, and without any constitutional backing. This week Intercept republished the story; this time, they offered the full, unredacted, still-classified documents, showing the entirety of the FBI’s program.

You’ll want to read the whole thing.

I know several folks who will shrug at this news. “So what,” they’ll say. “The government spies on everyone.” Others will say that after what Wikileaks exposed regarding our media, they should get spied on.

Both would be horribly wrong. Knowing it occurs as a rule doesn’t mean you look the other way, or somehow excuse it by virtue of its prevalence. Fight it. Help stop it. 

 

Regime-Speak and Narrative Control Terms Part I

One of the most critical parts of controlling a populace is controlling their information; ensuring that you control everything they see, hear and read. I’m sure you can think of several countries’ governments doing this, through blocking large portions of the internet or even criminalizing thoughts and writings that go outside of the allowed regime-speak.

If you can’t control what information the people have access to completely or nearly so, the next best thing is to ensure that you control the narrative, while minimizing any other influences as much as possible and still maintain a facade of free speech and liberty. This is done by engaging in massive info/disinfo operations using sock puppets, media, entertainment, education, and even product advertising. Meanwhile, you must also discredit or even simply delete information that threatens the narrative. It’s not criminal to disagree in this scenario–yet–but it’s getting there.

Ol’ Remus over at The Woodpile Report has an interesting list of words and phrases in his sidebar, titled “Regime-Speak.” If you haven’t made his reports a part of your reading routine, you need to–but when you go over there, take a look at the list. They’re words and phrases that are often used as part of the above mentioned efforts to control narrative and information flow.

Over the next few days, we’ll take a look at many of these and explain why they’re important to notice. As Remus says, if you see these terms, you’re about to be lied to (or steered/manipulated, etc.).

a new study shows — How many times have you heard this phrase? It’s often used to introduce the new planned direction for the populace in some area. “A new study shows that _______ can lead to _________.” The media trumpets the ‘new study,’ and while most Americans don’t go read the study–and wouldn’t know how to prove it wrong if they did–they do go out and purchase/do/get rid of whatever they’ve just been told is bad/good. Certain companies benefit, certain industries see a drop, and the puppetmasters continue doing their thing.

are speaking out — The verbiage here by default signifies that the people speaking are somehow being victimized. You will almost never see this phrase used to describe white, Christian, pro-life men, for example. You will see it constantly applied by the media, however, to LGBT groups, progressive causes, and anyone who’s been ‘oppressed’ by the white, Christian, pro-life men.

at-risk communities — At risk for what, exactly? And what constitutes an ‘at-risk’ community? The beauty of the term is that it takes multiple pages to define, and not all agencies, levels of government, or even industries define it the same way. That means it can be defined on the spot to mean whatever they want it to mean. Depending on the context, it could mean the elderly, but it could also mean gang members on the streets. Guess what it doesn’t mean?

best practices — this really means “the way we want you to do it right now.” It uses a superlative for positive spin but in reality it’s just another word for “the only real accepted way to do something.” Ask any member of the corporate jungle how many times they’ve heard the term applied to the new and improved way of doing things.

commonsense solutions –This one is fairly obvious. Used a great deal in discussions (I use the term loosely) on disarming the citizens, the insinuation is simple yet subtle. “If you do not agree with this, you have no common sense…so you are stupid…and should not have a say at all.” See how fast we got there?

denier — The word “denier” literally means “one who denies.” Innocent men are deniers. The connotation this word is always used with means “one who denies but is wrong for doing so, and guilty.”  They reserve that term for people who do not believe and parrot what they are told.

disproportionately — Always used to mean “unfairly.” If something is being characterized as unfair to key demographics, it will be called “disproportionate.” The insinuation, of course, is that it should be proportionate and everyone should have/get/be given the same amount of everything.

These are just the first few terms of Regime-speak in his list. We’ll go over more in Part II. In the meantime, what are some you’ve picked up on?