They know what you think and how your vote will be recorded

NY Review of Books has a article by James Bamford, a true expert on the NSA: They Know Much More Than You Think <read> which ends with an insightful quote from the late Senator Frank Church, which we paraphrase for the coming of Internet voting to Connecticut:

That capability at any time could be turned around on the American people and no American would have any privacy left, such [is] the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, [how you voted, what you think, what you said in your you youth, who you “paled around with”,] it doesn’t matter. There would be no place to hide. If this government ever became a tyranny, if a dictator ever took charge in this country, the technological capacity that the intelligence community has given the government could enable it to impose total tyranny, [elect their chosen candidates, pass/defeat initiatives, make you look bad, unpatriotic, untrustworthy,] or defeat the most careful effort to combine together in resistance to the government, no matter how privately it was done, is within the reach of the government to know. Such is the capability of this technology…. I don’t want to see this country ever go across the bridge. I know the capacity that is there to make tyranny total in America, and we must see to it that this agency and all agencies that possess this technology operate within the law and under proper supervision, [while avoiding reliance on technology that the government and others could use to compromise elections,] so that we never cross over that abyss. That is the abyss from which there is no return.

We add “first they came for the Military’s vote, then they came for my vote, but then there was no empowerment left to restore democracy”.

We recommend reading Bamford’s entire piece to understand what they can know about you, now or when they choose in the future, should you do something they would like to prevent by discrediting you or someone you know.

 

 

 

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