I've been tempted to do massive searches for "child pornography" and "assassination techniques" online, but I fear I'd end up on the government's blacklist, suffering the consequences of that yet unable to clear my name. At least
Google is resisting our government's fascist demands. If this doesn't mean anything to you yet, read this blurb from a recent Reuter's article.
In court papers filed on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in San Jose, the Justice Department stated that Google had refused to comply with a subpoena issued last year for one million random Web addresses from Google's databases as well as records of all searches entered on Google during any one-week period.
The government said it needed the information to prepare its case to revive the 1998 Child Online Protection Act, which the Supreme Court blocked from taking effect two years ago.
Here's the thing: I type in a ton of search terms to Google and occasionally Yahoo and it's more than a little troubling that the government, which is completely run by liars and criminals, is going to decide whether or not I'm a threat or need to be watched carefully. Also, I have passive aggressive tendencies. My natural inclination, knowing the government will be monitoring everyone in this country who uses the Internet, is to deliberately search for things that will raise a red flag. Terms like, "Kill the president", "homemade bombs" and "My Pet Goat". For fun, I'll type in, "How to have sex with a minor and get away with it" and "pedophilia support groups". I can't afford a high-priced lawyer, however, so my fun might be short-lived.
This War on Terrorism is a joke and we're never going to win it. Know why? We've already lost. When we let the government get away with spying on us in order to "protect" us, the terrorists win. And by terrorists, I mean bad people whom the government deems "bad" without actually having to try them in a court of law. If they're brown, talk funny and are hanging out in an area where something bad happened, they're guilty. Just ask Al-Marri, who might be in custody indefinitely.
Look past the fact that Al-Marri looks like Yanni with a mullet. Yes, he should probably be off our streets with that hair, but he should still be tried for whatever crimes he allegedly committed. Sometimes a scary haircut is just a scary haircut.
That said, I do feel a lot safer knowing the government is keeping dangerous people on the ground with its fool-proof No Fly List. If we're lucky, they'll take the same precious care protecting us from child pornographers.