You don’t have to believe me about the title assertion, nor do you have to believe Keith Olbermann. I know that the both of us don’t appeal to the tastes of those who send me so much inventive invective plagiarized from the latest screeds of the far right wing.
Maybe it would interest you wonderful folks to know that the creators of the modern American far right wing – the John Birch Society – also think that Newt is un-American?
They certainly do!
Newt Gingrich said on November 27,2006 while addressing the annual Loeb First Amendment Dinner in Manchester, N.H. that Free Speech Should Be Curtailed To Fight Terrorism.
“Newt Gingrich, the proto-commissar who gave us NAFTA, now proposes to turn the U.S. into a police state. Gingrich, who is mulling a run for the presidency in 2008, said that freedom of speech should be abandoned in order to fight terrorism. Would government be turned to the purposes proposed by Gingrich, the power of the law would be used to destroy those very rights the government was created to protect.”
Privacy is one of those rights, and it is also under assault by those represented by Gingrich. Many people are complaining about the intrusiveness of government since George W. Bush was handed the election by the US Supremem Court, including Rush Limbaugh, who for once is ranting about something I can agree with: the government using consumer technology – and your employers’ records – to spy on you.
“If your company gets involved in a lawsuit (and let’s face it, most companies are targeted for lawsuits every day) and your area in the company is touched on by the lawsuit, anything you have written — e-mail, instant message, photos — is subject to discovery, and your employer now has to keep all of that.
“Everything you write; every phone call you make, you never know who’s listening in. You’re going to have to make sure that you never say anything that you wouldn’t want published in a magazine or a newspaper, that you wouldn’t want read back to you as you’re a witness on the stand in a trial…
“Just make sure that you never write anything that you wouldn’t want read back to you while you sit on the stand, in court, in front of a jury.”
It doesn’t stop with email or voice mail. Even digital photos of work sites count.
But wait! There’s more!
The FBI can use your cell phone as a remote microphone anytime they want, so you might want to watch what you say even if it’s turned off. They can also activate your phone camera if they choose. They can even hear you through your OnStar system while you drive.
There isn’t anywhere in this country you can be sure that you aren’t being monitored. You can read more about this here if you have a mind to.
But do ask yourself this question: Is this the sort of “freedom” almost 3,000 Americans died “providing ” to Iraqis?
I don’t think any of them thought so. It would be extremely un-American.