Before I begin, I want to clarify that some people tend to confuse me (Dr. Rice) with Tila. I am NOT Tila. We are two unique people with profoundly different perspectives on the world. So don’t hold Tila responsible for my opinions.
While I have a problem with what the PRISM drama has demonstrated, I don’t have problem with the NSA spying on everyone in the world for two reasons. The first being such a program is potentially useful against terrorism. Now when I say terrorism, I don’t mean sophomoric plots like bombs in shoes or underwear, or involve pressure cookers that somehow manage to slip past this global security apparatus, even after the Russians warn American officials about a potential threat. I am talking about terrorist plots that can do serious damage to America. Such as attacks against electronic infrastructure, like attacking AT&T server fortresses or major electrical junction centers; disabling ports by damaging bridges like the Golden Gate Bridge; unleashing biological/chemical weapons in subway stations; etc. The biggest danger is what I laid out in this article, the destruction or destabilization of nuclear power plants. There have been people pushing that these aren’t targets for terrorism in the past, but empirical evidence suggests otherwise. Nor am I the only one to speculate on this terror attacks to create Fukushima class meltdowns, but I have been arguing this for a while now. In the next ten years, technological advances are going to make it possible for someone to create EMP weapons or biological/chemical weapons in their garage. Now imagine what organized terrorists with actual budgets can do?
While most of the enemies of the United States are enemies because of America’s foreign policy, and this can be solved by addressing the monster that is American foreign policy, that doesn’t change two things that will never change: there are people who will violently loathe America (or anything else) for superficial reasons; and people who are mentally insane, but capable enough to encrypt their internet, download technical manuals, and purchase materials online. There are more precise ways to watch these people than watching everyone. Such tactics would be things like targeting specific websites, installing red flags at websites that allow people to download bomb making recipes, or targeting geographical areas known to be a given hotspot at a given time. Not to mention specific kinds of individuals need to be tracked constantly, like people who have access to laboratories where chemical, genetic, or biological weapons could easily be made. And not simply because they can become bad people, but such people can be forced against their will to make such weapons. There are reasonable accommodations in specific instances that America’s Founding Fathers would be okay with, like tracking people who have access to high end laboratories or keeping an eye on people who are downloading bomb making recipes. They wouldn’t tolerate spying on every American citizen.
The second reason this doesn’t bother me as non-Americans are technically fair game cause they lack the rights that an America citizen technically has. Of course, this isn’t going to be comforting to foreigners whose democratically governments turn over information to the NSA.
My problem with about this scandal is how it displays fantastically egregious incompetence by the elites of America’s government. This incompetence manifests on many levels, which I will list:
1) Even after likely 2016 Democratic nominee for President, Hillary Clinton was caught ordering U.S. diplomats to spy on UN Leaders, the NSA thought it would be a smart idea to spy on UN communications. While I know some people here reading this website do not trust the UN, I am not really sure the logic used to believe in this conspiracy theory, but spying on an Intergovernmental Organization that is representative of the collective will of 99% of the world’s population doesn’t make you the good guy. The only other country to have the balls to do something like this is China. This demonstrates not only repeated stupidity, but that a potential head of the future executive branch, Hillary Clinton, is going to be an even bigger tyrannical scumbag than Obama has been. The idea that Democratic Party elites plan on having Hillary Clinton as a potential candidate demonstrates incompetence, or more likely, they don’t give a shit about standards. That these so called political elites would rather pander to the female and generally liberal demographic to get the first female president elected, despite this presidency would be one that would resemble Bush’s fifth term.
2) The NSA thought it would be a good idea to physically bug EU embassy offices. I don’t think I have to go into how stupid doing this was given the Cold War is over. The United States government can’t even trust their best Middle Eastern ally, Israel, and it lists them as a serious security threat. The concept the United States government can’t trust Europe, and is willing to start another Middle Eastern war, one that potentially goes nuclear, just to fulfil an untrustworthy military ally’s shoddy attempts of regional hegemony and imperialism, sounds like it is the beginning of a poorly written movie about the battle of the Apocalypse.
3) This sounds like an end of the world scenario for a reason. About two years ago, I read in a book about there exists Shia prophecy that the end of the world begins with a war in Syria that involves the whole world. Sounds quite relevant doesn’t it? Well I don’t think the Shia interpretation of Islam is the “right religion,” so I am not worried about the world literally ending because of a chain of events is set into motion. Now, this prophecy is not part of mainstream Shi’ism, but lets not pretend there is anything mainstream about Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. As soon as nuclear weapons goes off, which will happen, as this is the only way Israel can tactically defend itself, the Iranian military is going to go into the mentality that The End has Begun. Now I cannot imagine anything more terrifying than an army that is literally convinced they are the good guys in a war of God against Satan. The Iranians, convinced they are the Good Guys, would go all out, and do what I said would happen. This would prompt a response from the United States military in which they would believe they are the Good Guys in a similar religious fashion to the Revolutionary Guard. As expected, things would end badly.
4) It is pretty obvious this push for going after Syria is a pathetic attempt of “rally around the flag” syndrome and a way to distract the voters from the NSA PRISM scandal. Not only has there been suspicion of potential false flags involving chemical weapons in Syria for a while, now a prominent Nun in Syria is questing the authenticity of the chemical weapons attack of August 21st. You would think, the political elite would learn from their mistakes given the two UN incidents were pretty embarrassing, that they would try TWICE, to false flag their way into a war with Syria over chemical weapons. The levels of pathetic only increase when a Nun starts calling out false flags.
5) The youth of this nation have become distrustful of government beginning with lies about WMDs in Iraq. The various aspects of the PRISM scandal are creating an entire generation of young people who simply have zero respect for the political establishment. Even insane bastards like John McCain are acknowledging the martyrdom of whistleblowers is only winning the hearts and minds of the youth. We are already seeing this happening now, the youth are directly challenging the status quo to the people in the status quo. It is simply impossible to maintain a country where the youth are increasingly hostile to the government. Given the youth in America tend to distrust police and “The Man” before this drama even began, this scandal is only giving more reason to hate the status quo. So unless the culture of America changes, especially the pro-freedom propaganda pushed in public education, the government is going to have to change unless it wants to create at a generation of people who will inevitably resort to violent revolution to deal with this incompetency.
6) This damages credibility and American soft power in the world. Now the United States can’t grill the Chinese for corporate and industrial espionage because the NSA is spying on everyone. Not only this, but Silicon Valley is not trustworthy any more by anyone who has secrets, such as foreign governments. In order to counter how Silicon Valley is no longer trustworthy, BRICs and Next Eleven countries now have a reason to develop their own software companies to challenge that of Silicon Valley. The Brazilians are already on top of this. Now if this venture is successful like Vale Mining has become, Silicon Valley is up for some serious competition. This only means less money in tax revenue as the United States no longer holds the global software monopoly. The NSA’s incompetency has destroyed a major pillar of America’s economy.
7) I have been recently reading The Federalist by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison and I am really liking what I am reading. As much as I admire Jefferson for his secular regality, Hamilton and Madison were serious intellectuals among the Founding Fathers. What is currently useful about The Federalist is that it is an argument from the Federalist perspective, which is what Obama and friends would be described as, and even the Federalist Papers are critical of what is happening (bold text is to specify what I want you to pay attention to, but its all relevant):
#4 “It is too true, however disgraceful it may be to human nature, that nations in general will make war whenever they have a prospect of getting anything by it; nay, that absolute monarchs will often make war when their nations are to get nothing by it, but for purposes and objects merely personal, such as, a thirst for military glory, revenge for personal affronts, ambition, or private compacts to aggrandize or support their particular families, or partisans. These, and a variety of motives, which affect only the mind of the sovereign, often lead him to engage in wars not sanctioned by justice, or the voice and interests of his people. But independent of these inducements to war, which are most in absolute monarchies, but which well deserve our attention, there are others which affect nations as often as kings; and some of them will on examination be found to grow out of our relative situation and circumstances.”
#6 “Have republics in practice been less addicted to war than monarchies? Are not the former administered by men as well as the later? Are there not aversions, predilections, rivalships, and desires of unjust acquisition, that affect nations, as well as kings? Are not popular assemblies frequently subject to the impulses of rage, resentment, jealously, avarice, and of other irregular and violent propensities? Is it not well known, that their determinations are often governed by a few individuals in whom they place confidence, and that they are of course liable to be tinctured by the passions and views of those individuals?”
#6 “There have been, if I may so express it, almost as many popular as royal wars. The cries of the nation and the importunities of their representatives have ,upon various occasions, dragged their monarchs into war, or continued them in it, contrary to their inclinations, and sometimes contrary to the real interests of the state.”
#8 “Even the ardent love of liberty will, after a time, give way to its dictates. The violent destruction of life and property incident to war; the continual effort and alarm attendant on a state of continual danger, will compel nations the most attached to liberty; to resort for repose and security to institutions which have a tendency to destroy their civil and political rights. To be more safe, they, at length, become willing to run the risk of being less free.”
#8 “The weaker states, or confederacies, would have first recourse to them, to put themselves upon an equality with their more potent neighbours. They would endeavour to supply the inferiority of population and resources, by a more regular and effective system of defence, by disciplined troops, and by fortifications. They would, at the same time, be obliged to strengthen the executive arm of the government; in doing which, their constitutions would acquire a progressive direction towards monarchy. It is of the nature of war to increase the executive, at the expensive of the legislative authority.”
If you have been paying attention, or at least thought about the state of the US government since Bush, these quotes are extremely relevant in regards to the problems happening in America. That even a secret monarchist like Hamilton would be against the rotting of his system by incompetents not even familiar with his arguments for his system. Now an anti-federalist such as Thomas Jefferson would be even more pissed than Hamilton given that this incompetence suggests that his “Natural Aristocracy” have been denied their proper place in the United States through a rotation of elites. But this reduction of a nation founded by intellectuals becoming a nation of idiots is nothing new.
The legitimacy of the status quo from a theoretical and philosophical perspective is non-existent and that is only at this very moment. It might be many more years this status quo remains and this extension of time only adds to its lack of legitimacy of the current regime. This systematic incompetency of the political elite, and the corruption of a brilliantly designed system known as the United States of America for the interest of a specific factions of partisans (who aren’t even an American faction) is my problem with the NSA PRISM drama.