Tuesday, June 25, 2013
THE STATE IS SPYING ON YOU, DUH, WHAT ELSE IS NEW
I never have been able to figure out what all the fuss is whenever we learn something "new" about the State spying on its people, listening in on their phones, monitoring their emails, looking at their facebook pages, and on and on and on. I ask myself where is the surprise in all this. Spying on the people and much worse is the legacy of the USA and is a big part of its history (and is pretty much this case with every other State around as well). I would be shocked if the government wasn't watching me. I would feel kind of bad, like I wasn't worth the effort or something. It is what THEY do.
The State knows it is the enemy of its own people. The State knows that some of those people some of the time might be up to "something." So they listen and watch.
Sometimes I think they let us know about this just to make us even more paranoid, to build fear in the people, to make the security state seems that much more necessary. After all, what the State is saying is "you can't trust anyone." Then they throw in either drugs, or crime or terrorists, or always "the other" and tell us you should all be very scared, you should all understand that the State is really here to protect you...and for those of you who mean the State ill, you should know we are just over your shoulder or just behind your computer screen.
Get over it my friends, the State is the State.
And then I realize that my life experiences are not the life experiences of most people and consequently every time a new revelation comes out, it actually does seem NEW and not the sort of thing that went on YESTERDAY.
White people, even white progressives seem to be as prone to fall into this nonsense as much as the next person...sometimes more so. White people have not experienced the history that people of color have and do experience. White people in America have grown up with this bizarre picture of a fair and just America. White people have been taught all their lives to fear everyone that doesn't look and act like them.
So I guess I shouldn't be surprised when they are surprised...and really shocked that even they might be the target of the State.
Even in the post below, Tim reports how this and that even happened in the 80s, that when he was doing solidarity work in the 80s he was shocked to discover they State was watching his group. I wasn't, but then I had the experience of the 60s and the 70s already. I'd already seen some of my FBI and other federal files via the Freedom of Information Act and through discovery at my trial. But even all I saw then came as no surprise, I had already experienced it all, assumed it all, and seen it all. I expected it. I took a certain pleasure out of reading my files. It felt a little good that THEY cared and they THEY exerted energy and resources on little old me.
The following is from the blog of Tim Wise.