Obama took America one step closer to George Orwell’s 1984 and Big Brother when he signed an executive order that gives private sector companies permission to spy on anyone they feel like spying on, while providing legal cover for them to share any information they gather amongst themselves and with the federal government.
Staying true to the “never let a serious crisis go to waste” approach he has always taken with his job, Obama cited the recent Sony hacking attack as an example for why he issued the order:
“The North Korean cyber-attack on Sony Pictures destroyed data and disabled thousands of computers, and exposed the personal information of Sony employees,” Obama said. “And these attacks are hurting American companies and costing American jobs.”
Wait a minute. I thought Obamacare was responsible for hurting companies and costing jobs. But I digress. He went on to say:
“So much of our computer networks and critical infrastructure are in the private sector, which means government cannot do this alone,” Obama stated. “But the fact is that the private sector can’t do it alone either, because it’s government that often has the latest information on new threats.”
Translation? The private sector has the private information Obama wants to own and control. With this Executive Order, he can get his Big Brother hands on any bit of information he wants without a warrant or the pesky Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable search and seizure.
We shouldn’t be surprised with this move by Big Brother. His order is right in line with recent government activity involving every branch of government over recent months:
- Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit expressed no problem with expanded NSA spying at random because he thinks the right to privacy is “overvalued.”
- Just after the elections, the John Boehner-led Congress passed a bill that expanded warrant-less data collection. It passed 325-100.
There should be no doubt about Obama’s ultimate goal. We need look no further that the recent formation of the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center, designed to coordinate intelligence gathering among federal agencies using the unconstitutionally-obtained information created by this executive order.
But hey! There’s nothing to worry about. After all, nothing says security like giving the government centralized control of our privacy.
Worked for Hitler, right?