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I Have Nothing To Hide! – It is time get real Holmes

Posted by Martin C. Fox on October 4, 2016

I recently saw an Edward Snowden quote: “saying you don’t care about privacy because you have nothing to hide is like saying saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say”.

Couple things here. We all have things we want to hide and there are things we do that ne’er do wells want to know about.

Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent by Harvey Silverglate tells us how there are so many laws it is beyond comprehension. The average person commits three felonies a day and doesn’t realize it.

The movie Snowden tells us Edward met his girlfriend Lindsay through a dating site. When things become trying in their relationship Lindsay is caught browsing the site. Innocent? Maybe, maybe not. But it was something Lindsay would, I imagine, have wanted to remain private.

What has idle curiosity led you to browse? Marxism, Nozick, Ron Paul, Ayn Rand, self-sufficiency or the always scary ‘survivalist’, the Kinsey reports, precious metal investing, concealed carry, antiwar organizations, Green Peace, ISIS, NORML, Black Lives Matter, White Lives Matter. The government doesn’t like any of these. As we know the government collects EVERYTHING. They may not be able to or want to process it all but when a key word lights up your name…

or someone with a similar name or has the same house number on the opposite street. SWAT teams do not always get names and addresses correct.

Progressive Insurance’ plug-in device records every tick you go over the speed limit and all those fast starts and stops. Your grocery club data banks all those nasty red meat and ice cream purchases. Your credit/debit card records of alcohol or ammo purchases. (Seeing people buy ammo or alcohol with a credit card never ceases to amaze.) The Library, Barnes and Noble and Amazon record what you read. All this data is marketable to organizations, like insurance companies, that do not have your best interests at heart. Who else do you share your life with? Paying cash and avoiding ‘clubs’ is a good idea although paying cash can put you on a list too.

Of course if you are on social media all bets are off. The whole purpose is to data bank your life and proclivities. Facebook, Google, it’s socialist founders and government sponsors want to gather every tidbit of your life (and your children’s).

Still have nothing to hide? No? You still better keep those computer and TV camera lenses covered.

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