In today’s world there are many software suites to protect the privacy of Americans but nothing could have prepared Americans for the alarming discovery that surfaced recently. PRISM a top secret program designed to spy on the mass population of Americans in the name of national security.
The NSA says that PRISM’s all about keeping you safe from potential terrorist attacks, but nevertheless it’s not quite right that people’s privacy counts for nothing.
The continuous debates over domestic issues like immigration, education, the economy, privacy and healthcare reveal what most of us already know: America is divided politically and economically. Scandal after scandal Americans are now full of questions of which some still go without answer. Barring a bold solution from national leaders, America will continue to move forward without a long term plan to rebuild communities and create the social cohesion and national unity that is critical to U.S. national security.
So what about those questions? Is it divide and conquer or the magician’s slide of hand? Has America lost it’s way? As the old saying goes only those who keep their eye on the prize succeed and in America the prize is freedom. Shall the timeless pursuit of life, liberty and happiness continue its quest or vanish as a vivid dream just out of reach among the American people tomorrow?
Distraction is the divided attention of an individual or group from the chosen object of attention onto the source of distraction. Distraction is caused by: the lack of ability to pay attention; lack of interest in the object of attention; or the great intensity, novelty or attractiveness of something other than the object of attention. Distractions come from both external sources, and internal sources.
Divide and conquer is an approach to a problem or task, attempting to achieve an objective by breaking it into smaller parts. Often it is used to separate a force that would be stronger if united, or to cause confusion among rival factions. Divide and conquer has applications in many areas, from political science to economic and military strategy.
‘Whether to concentrate or to divide your troops, must be decided by circumstances.’ Sun Tzu, the Art of War [maneuvering]
‘If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them.’ Sun Tzu, the Art of War [laying plans]
America’s greatest defense appears to have been forgotten in the present condition of the union. One can only remember this fact when realizing that each state of the ‘union’ is a separate nation at home but together those separate states are united as one to the world. In fact this nations national security starts right here at home with America’s unity a phrase coined long ago as ‘united we stand divided we fall.’ The strategy of dividing and conquering one’s foes is ancient. Ancient Roman emperor Julius Cesar successfully used it thousands of years ago. The application of the strategy in controlling one’s own people – divide and rule – has been used for just as long.
Elements of this technique involve:
- creating or encouraging divisions among the subjects to prevent alliances that could challenge the sovereign
- aiding and promoting those who are willing to cooperate with the sovereign
- fostering distrust and enmity between local rulers
- encouraging meaningless expenditures that reduce the capability for political and military spending
- Historically, this strategy was used in many different ways by empires seeking to expand their territories.
Why is history important? Many of this America’s youth have little account to the reasons ‘why’ history is important due to the frenzy filtering out history in our local public schools for the sake of ‘political correctness.’
‘Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.’ Sir Winston Churchill spoke those words many years ago, yet he was not the only one to speak them. ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.’ Rooted in the philosophies of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and many others to follow, Americans should recall what Adolf Hitler said … and proved: “To conquer a nation, first disarm its citizens.”
The greatest weapon in the world is the human mind, ‘What greater weapon is there than to turn an enemy to your cause? To use their own knowledge against them?’ ― Bastila Shan
‘Uncertainty, in the presence of vivid hopes and fears, is painful, but must be endured if we wish to live without the support of comforting fairy tales. It is not good either to forget the questions that philosophy asks, or to persuade ourselves that we have found indubitable answers to them.’ — Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy
In politics and sociology, divide and rule (or divide and conquer) (derived from Greek: διαίρει καὶ βασίλευε, diaírei kaì basíleue) is gaining and maintaining power by breaking up larger concentrations of power into chunks that individually have less power than the one implementing the strategy. The concept refers to a strategy that breaks up existing power structures and prevents smaller power groups from linking up.
The maxims divide et impera and divide ut regnes were utilized by the Roman ruler Caesar and the French emperor Napoleon. The example of Gabinius exists, parting the Jewish nation into five conventions, reported by Flavius Josephus in Book I, 169-170 of The Wars of the Jews (De bello Judaico). Strabo also reports in Geography, 8.7.3 that the Achaean League was gradually dissolved under the Roman possession of the whole of Macedonia, owing to them not dealing with the several states in the same way, but wishing to preserve some and to destroy others.
‘If a nation expects to be ignorant and free… it expects what never was and never will be’ — Thomas Jefferson
Indeed – even though the Founding Fathers warned us against the danger of a two-party system to divide the nation – left-right partisan divisions have successfully been deployed to distract and weaken the American people for centuries.
As prime minister Churchill once said that he hoped that the tension between Hindus and Muslims would remain a bulwark of British rule in India it would appear such is the way of American politicians, local governments and the people today.
Shall we review all the replacements due to scandals? Ever feel like the government has been replaced? Is the government being systematically replaced?
President Barack Obama chose veteran agent Julia Pierson as Secret Service director. Pierson will replaced Mark Sullivan, who retired in February and was in charge during the Colombia scandal – one of the worst in the agency’s history. Was the scandal a distraction?
‘Julia is eminently qualified to lead the agency that not only safeguards Americans at major events and secures our financial system, but also protects our leaders and our first families, including my own,’ Obama said in a statement.
Federal Bureau of Investigation:
President Barack Obama intends to nominate former deputy attorney general James Comey to succeed Robert Mueller as FBI Director, sources familiar with the decision told NBC News on Wednesday. Comey, a Republican who served under President George W. Bush, would take over after Mueller steps down in September. Could this be another magicians slide of hand trick. out with one in with another.
Mueller, who has previously made public his long-term plans to step down in the coming months, has spent 12 years as head of the FBI. He has recently faced some scrutiny over the agency’s failure to more thoroughly investigate Boston bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev after being alerted by foreign agencies. Mueller took over the FBI just one week before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Was the scandal a distraction?
National Security Agency:
Susan Rice will step into the security adviser’s role when Donilon leaves in July, Obama said. Obama said he is ‘absolutely thrilled’ to have Rice on his White House team.
For Rice — a longtime Obama ally and close confidante of the president — the appointment is a bit of redemption after she was forced to withdraw from consideration as Obama’s second-term secretary of State amid criticism of her handling of the Benghazi attacks. Rice said at the time that she did not want her confirmation hearing to become a distraction for the White House. The national security post does not require Senate confirmation.
Rice, who first started working for Obama during his 2008 presidential campaign, has a close relationship with the president and many of his advisers. Her long-standing ties to Obama are expected to afford her significant influence within the White House.
The 48-year-old also served in various national security positions during the Clinton administration, including in key roles on peacekeeping and African affairs. Her world view is said to have been shaped by Clinton’s decision to not intervene in the Rwandan genocide, a move Rice said later deeply affected her.
Ambassador Christopher Stevens was in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, the day he died in a terrorist attack, because Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered him there, according to an exclusive statement given to WND by the attorney representing Gregory Hicks, the former State Department deputy chief of mission and chargé d’affairs who was in Libya at the time of the attack.
Hicks’ attorney also charged the Accountability Review Board, or ARB, headed by Ambassador Thomas Pickering and Admiral Michael Mullen, was a cover-up designed to contain blame for the Benghazi terror attack at a level below Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the State Department.
Is Obama paying off Susan Rice with her appointment to the NSA? Was the PRISM scandal a distraction?
As of June 13, 2013, 197 Obama nominees to Article III judgeships have been confirmed by the United States Senate, namely two Justices to the Supreme Court of the United States, 36 judges to the United States courts of appeals and 157 judges to the United States district courts. 29 further nominations are currently awaiting Senate action.
Obama has also made two appointments to the United States Court of International Trade, an Article III tribunal, and three appointments to the United States Tax Court. In addition, Obama has also made two nominations to the United States Court of Federal Claims, along with designating sitting judge Emily C. Hewitt of the United States Court of Federal Claims, an Article I court, to be Chief Judge of that court.
President Obama will soon accelerate his efforts to put a lasting imprint on the country’s judiciary by simultaneously nominating three judges to an important federal court, a move that is certain to unleash fierce Republican opposition and could rekindle a broader partisan struggle over Senate rules. ~Washington Post May 27, 2013
“President Obama is again abusing his power by imposing his policies via executive fiat instead of allowing them to be debated in Congress,” said Florida Senator Marco Rubio, in a statement released after Obama’s announcement. “President Obama’s frustration with our republic and the way it works doesn’t give him license to ignore the Constitution.”
President Obama told a Latino rights group that he wished he could “bypass” Congress in order to get things done in July of 2011. “There are times where — until Nancy Pelosi is speaker again — I’d like to work my way around Congress” Obama told the group.
It brings new meaning to the “Yes you can!” chant after he made the comments the first time.
In summation NSA Gate has been much like the Water Gate of today. Some are abandoning the system.
When news of the NSAgate surfaced, big tech names were stringed as accomplices. Some of the giants mentioned were Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Verizon and Yahoo! Others, such as Dropbox, soon followed.
There are ways to dodge the government’s watchful eye, but you need to be prepared to purge services from the aforementioned companies out of your system. It’s hard, but it can be done. You won’t have to go offline if that’s what you’re worried about. You just need to replace the allegedly compromised services with something more secured.
Twitter user and self-proclaimed digital nomad Peng Zhong was quick to come up with a site that provides a list of alternatives to the compromised tools and services. The site is dubbed PRISM Break, a name that might remind you of the popular TV show Prison Break — suitable because if you’re addicted to said services, it will feel like breaking out of their shackles when you transition to other services that were previously unfamiliar.
So what services can you use to purge yourself from Facebook, Google Chrome, Gmail, and others that are said to have backdoors easily accessible to the government?
It may be hard to believe but Mozilla is not a part of the whole data mining and spying scandal. To prove this, the company has teamed up with Reddit, the Electronic Freedom Foundation, the Internet Archive, and others who launched the online petition StopWatching.Us that demands “a full accounting of the extent to which our online data, communications and interactions are being monitored.” Mozilla also has a range of add-ons that protect users, such as DoNotTrackMe, Google Privacy, Privacy Protector and many others.
GNUzilla and IceCat
These two are the GNU versions of Mozilla and Firefox, hence the names, and both are free software, unlike Mozilla, which offers free software but paid add-ons. GNU IceCat provides security by blocking cookies from sites hosting zero-length image files, and when a user is being redirected to sites that spy, IceCat alerts the user of this. These are just some of the security benefits of IceCat.
Tor Browser Bundle
The Tor Browser Bundle may be the best browser for you if you do not want to leave any tracks behind. When you download TBB, you can choose to save the file either on your computer or a USB stick, then follow the instructions found here to run the program and make sure your web browsing is secure from prying eyes.
This email service provides private email accounts with no ads and unlimited email aliases. The problem is if you’re used to using free email services, you might back out of this one as it costs $35 a year for the premium version that offers 1GB of space and $50 a year for 10GB of storage with IMAP/POP.
Rise.net provides secure and private email accounts accessible via the web, shell, IMAP, or POP. It scans all mail for viruses and provides three layers of defense against spam. The problem with this is that it’s invite only (like when GMail first got started), and has a 25 megabyte quota that can increase over time.
This open source, community based social networking service lets you grab the code and host your data wherever you want. It features hashtags, reshare, mentions, love (similar to Facebook’s Like), and sharing content to only a few people or certain groups. If you can’t completely abandon the other services, you can link your Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr accounts to Diaspora*.
GNU Social is a decentralized social network that allows you to install in on your own server so you can control the amount of information you want to share with others on other sites.
A private, decentralized social network server, Movim manages messages between users without selling them to advertisers to make money. Because it’s open source, you can get the code and create your account wherever you want.
For more tips and tricks on how to protect yourself from government spying, check out How To Get Out Of PRISM and Avoid NSA Spying by Mike Wheatley.
NSAgate: Three 3 Spy-Free alternatives for email, browsing and social media today.