Double Outrage Day

There are two stories today that deserve attention more than who Mitt Romney picked for Vice president. They reveal two extremely disturbing events that the media has mostly ignored.

First, the president signed a bill that removed senate confirmations for some presidential appointees. This guts an important part of the checks and balances in our constitution and gives further power to the executive branch, which has already proven itself to be out of control. Basically, the president can now appoint people to major posts effecting important parts of the economy and state without anyone being able to say no. Not just this president, but future presidents. So lets say you think Obama is a great president, well if he loses in November, Romney will be able to appoint people without the Democrats being able to say no. A system of checks and balances helps curtail abuses of power. But this administration has worked very hard to circumvent those as much as possible.

Secondly, there’s the wikileaks revelation that the US government has developed a system called Trapwire, which links surveillance cams around the country to a system that does facial recognition and gives feds the power to find someone and arrest them for “suspicious behavior”. What could go wrong?

..those spooky new “circular” dark globe cameras installed in your neighborhood park, town, or city—they aren’t just passively monitoring. They’re plugged into Trapwire and they are potentially monitoring every single person via facial recognition.

In related news, the Obama administration is fighting in federal court this week for the ability to imprison American citizens under NDAA’s indefinite detention provisions—and anyone else—without charge or trial, on suspicion alone.

So we have a government which does things like demonize its critics, even starts criminal investigations against donors to presidential opponents. Which does everything they can think of to undermine the checks and balances that are meant to thwart tyrannical leaders. Whether you like this president or not, these are two items that will make it a lot easier for future leaders to abuse the system. We don’t need this at all.

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  1. “Trapwire” should be easy to verify/disprove. Most of those cameras are owned by local city or state government and it should be straightforward to find one in an area with a cooperative government and ask if the data does in fact get on the internet or passed anywhere else. A lawyer with friends would help. My guess is the data doesn’t go anywhere. If it does, then go to defcon yellow.

    Frankly, it smells like a disinformation campaign or urban legend, but it would make a good comic book. Someone breaks into the system and using the cameras to track famous people, find out their patters to set up easy kidnapping ambushes.

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