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Guide to Privacy

Updated on July 11, 2014

Guide to Privacy

What can we do with a government out of control?

1. Put a sign outside the NSA so big that no NSA employee going to their job of invading our privacy or getting off their work of invading our privacy can miss it. What should the sign say?


2. Remind them every day in every way that they are the enemy of we the people who pay their salaries. For example, add an anti-NSA line to your signature file since they are going to read your email. Casually drop anti-NSA comments into your phone conversations since they are listening.

3. We the people are their masters. They work for us. They are public servants but they have forgotten that fact and they need to be reminded to their faces. So remind them to their faces whenever you get the opportunity.

4. Always refer to the head of the NSA as its Liar-in-Chief since they get caught in so many lies.

5. Encourage NSA employees to repent and become whistle blowers. If they do not, God will have no mercy on them.

6. Remember that they are the spirit of the Antichrist, the Beast that numbers the people.

7. If you are an atheist and don't believe in God, then that's okay. This country still has freedom of religion. Just remember how atheist leaders in communist countries mistreated other atheists who were ordinary citizens. Pretty much the way the NSA treats you now. Like a cipher. A zero.

8. Remember that those people that you once considered paranoid turned out to be absolutely correct. In fact, they understated how bad it is. So whether you are radical, liberal, moderate, conservative or reactionary; teach your children that the Founding Fathers were right that we should never trust government.

9. The situation has not degenerated to the nadir of Syria and North Korea but, like those countries, our government has declared war on us by its actions. Their words are always pretty but their actions speak louder. They invade our privacy in open violation of the Bill of Rights. Worse, some of them took oaths to uphold the Constitution. That makes them traitors. Open your eyes.

10. If you do not like slavery, then you cannot brook even the smallest invasion of your privacy. Take that attitude because it is true.

11. Start a privacy rights group. [Just be aware that the NSA will database you like you were a criminal.] Better yet, start a privacy party to elect privacy rights advocates to local, county, state, and federal office.

12. Work for the abolishment of the NSA. This may take a while so get organized. Also work for the abolishment of whatever agency takes over the NSA's functions once it is abolished. These slippery devils think we the people are too stupid to know that this is exactly what they will try -- setting up a supersecret agency with a policy of denying its existence and doing exactly what the old abolished agency was forbidden to do (invade our privacy). Cut the government budget to zero, impeach the president, independent prosecutors, special prosecutors, whistle blowers, let teen hackers loose on them, and a hundred other things. They can run but they cannot hide from the American people.

13. Bad luck for privacy invaders. Get privacy invaders thrown in prison using existing laws. Start with the heads of the NSA past and present.

Oh, and lest the corporate weasels who enabled these SOB's think we forgot about them: Boycott the products and services of companies that invade your privacy.

Send PRISM to prison

Send PRISM to prison along with the other criminals, the other terrorists who terrify us, the other voyeurs and Peeping Toms invading our privacy, and along with the other traitors. Traitors. Is that too strong a word? No, William Binney applied it to the NSA.

Who the heck is this William Binney to challenge the NSA? Isn't the NSA God, the beast, the spirit of the Antichrist, the most important asset in the intelligence community? (which description you choose depends on who you are)

William Binney is a former intelligence official with a career spanning more than thirty years. He is considered one of the best analysts and code breakers in the NSA's history. His awards include the Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage. William Binney was also a whistle blower before current whistle blowers like Edward Snowden. He is currently attempting to survive a vendetta by the NSA.

Any NSA employee who is not a whistle blower or at least resigning from that agency is a co-conspirator against the American people and should share a cell in Gitmo with the people they should be spying on instead of invading our privacy.

I call people who are covering up NSA crimes traitors.

— William Edward Binney

our government has declared war on US

That's US as in you and me. As in we the people of the United States.

Privacy: - Past, Present and Future

The concern for privacy is not new. It has been around at least as long as computers have been around and even before. However the modern privacy rights movement traces its origins to the Nineteen-Sixties with Vance Packard's The Naked Society and the counterculture's dislike of intrusive Big Government and Big Business. Radicals on the left had good reason to fear Big Government because when they raided the offices of government bureaucrats they often found their own dossiers. They discovered the truth of that old saying that just because a paranoid is crazy does not mean that he or she is wrong about their suspicions. The radicals found proof that their taxes were being used to finance surveillance and eavesdropping -- usually illegal. In the wake of The Sixties, the Freedom of Information Act was passed so that people could see what ugly lies and other disinformation that their (their?) government was collecting on them. Any true Baby Boomer or hippie or person who was paying attention since the Nineteen Fifties knows that J. Edgar Hoover did not respect privacy and that the president himself Dwight D. Eisenhower warned the people to beware the military-industrial complex. Some people were paying attention.

Meanwhile on the right wing, reactionaries were also being spied upon but the government seldom beats up right-wingers or breaks into their offices or homes. Government seldom arrests right wingers for any reason unless they catch them in the act of blowing up a federal building. Government doesn't mind if right-wingers rape women or murder men as long as those people are members of minorities. The government's different treatment of conservatives is for a very simple reason: government uses right-wingers to do its dirty work. You want deniability? Outsource it. Government does not even need to spend money for a contract Mafia hit man when it can simply ask one of its pet radio talk show hosts to tell his wing-nut listeners to go out and kill [insert name of victim]. I have already written about this phenomenon on my other sites so I won't waste time with the documentation. You can do your own research to verify what I say. This is why the right wing raises a stink whenever prosecutors and blue-ribbon commissions and Senate hearings and investigative journalists start looking right of center for unindicted co-conspirators. Half of the right wing would go to prison for at least a decade for crimes they have committed. Prosecutors never let anyone left of center get away with anything. The right is unpoliced.

That is the situation but what does it have to do with privacy? Everything. You have criminals who run for office or get appointed to office or get hired by the bureaucracies and become police and prosecutors. They spy on left wingers because they know, illegal though it is, they can get away with it. When a liberal expresses the sentiment that a city or county or state has done them wrong, they appeal to the federal government -- the Department of Justice or the FBI for help. A conservative screams Big Government and that taxes should be cut so that there will be no law enforcement (except for spying on citizens). The liberal then goes to the courts for relief and so the conservatives stuff the courts with anti-citizen judges. When a liberal expresses the sentiment that a company has done them wrong, they appeal to government at any level and conservatives scream Big Government and that taxes should be cut so that there will be no law enforcement (regulations are laws). The liberal then goes to the courts for relief and so the conservatives stuff the courts with anti-consumer judges. In the conservative mind, Big Business can do no wrong. This is how polluters get away with it. This is how oil companies and the rest of the fossil and fission industry can poison the air, the land, and the water and wreck the planet with wars fought for oil and stirring up people who murder women (and men) because their medieval religion says murder is good and oppose any effort to clean up the planet and reverse climate change even though these are richest companies on the planet and the effect on their profits would be minimal. And even if the oil and coal and fracking companies were bankrupted, so what? They are holding back the economy. A county, state or nation has to turn down a lot of clean energy opportunities in order to prop up those old industries. A lot of people have to stay unemployed so that dirty energy can maintain its profits. A lot of taxes go uncollected. A lot of wars get fought that jack up the national debt. A lot of enemies of the USA are created every time our troops commit another atrocity or kill everyone in another village and their relatives swear revenge. A lot of Americans have to give up their privacy because an idiot president (Bush) decides that the best way to get back at the 9/11 perpetrators is to eliminate the privacy of innocent Americans. It is called the Patriot Act. Where were all the Tea Party types and anti-communists and Republicans and ultraconservatives when that bill was signed into law by George Bush? No where. They instead focus on RomneyCare as formulated by the conservative Heritage Foundation because a black president could not get traction on Democratic Party ideas on health care reform and so he adopted RomneyCare. Supposedly ObamaCare (RomneyCare) will destroy freedom and lead to the end of Western Civilization and the extinction of mankind and pull the plug on granny. I don't really care one way or the other because it is stupid to be worrying about a mouse in the room when a man-eating tiger (The Patriot Act) is at your throat.

I just cannot get over the silence both when it was passed without a murmur and since. The Patriot Act gutted the Freedom of Information Act. So when I hear someone of any political persuasion bemoan Big Government and then they mention something other than the Patriot Act, I have to wonder if they are capable of tracing effect back to cause. If a two ton vault falls on you while you are walking down a sidewalk, then it is safe for your pall bearers to conclude that there must have been a frayed rope or a chain with metal fatigue that broke above your head while hoisting said vault. Cause and effect. If you pass a law that takes away your privacy and few Americans complain about it, then that bad law stays on the books. Back in the time of the Founding Fathers, people were jealous of their freedoms and rights. Today people are stupid. I cannot sugar coat this bad news and I include myself.

The Patriot Act has got to go. Osama bin Laden is dead and we have government agencies and special operations that will continue until everyone is his franchise is also dead. Fine but meanwhile the Patriot Act should never have been passed in the first place and anti-terrorism experts at the time said the Patriot Act was unnecessary and that all we needed to do was simply enforce the existing laws. The FBI should have handled it. This is still true. Torture? How stupid is that? A tortured person will say whatever they can think of to make the pain stop. None of it will be useful. And many professional torturers on this planet don't even ask questions, they just get off on sadism. The Patriot Act and privacy are incompatible. The Patriot Act and freedom are incompatible. Surveillance and eavesdropping of taxpayers is unacceptable.

That was the past and this is the present but it does not have to be the future. We don't have to live in a Brave New World of Big Brother.

Young people need to talk to their parents and grandparents about privacy. The young are so blithely willing to strip and give up their right to privacy as if somehow everything will be all right. It never is. There must be eternal vigilance by keeping watchdogs on Big Government and Big Business. The rest of the world knows this. Why don't Americans?

Ray Kurzweil and Google

in the picture is Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google.

Credit: James Duncan Davidson/O'Reilly Media, Inc.

licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.


Ray Kurzweil and Google

Ray Kurzweil is currently the director of engineering at Google. He is also a transhumanist and, as such, this is the first time a transhumanist has been in a position of real power. Although transhumanists talk about wiring up people to turn them into machines, no transhumanist that I have heard of has volunteered to get wired up. In other words, they want to experiment on you but they are unwilling to be the victims of such Borg assimilation. Why become a gadget that can be turned on and off at the whim of a corporation? Why become a machine that the government can monitor 24/7/365? Since some transhumanists like Greg Bear and David Brin are science fiction authors, you would think that they had read enough science fiction to know that a major function of science fiction is to prophesy about these very nightmares and to warn off society before something really bad and irreversible happens. Science fiction like On the Beach by Nevil Shute can claim partial credit for keeping us all from becoming radioactive dust -- such was its power. The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton got NASA to take "back contamination" seriously. In fact if a science fiction novel does not cause positive change in the real world, it is fair to call it "not a classic".

I do not say that all science fiction should be books of prophecy out of the Old Testament but in a world this messed up, it is more helpful than another slasher horror fantasy that teaches young men to cut up young women for fun.

The Ray Kurzweil types of the world want to create robots and drones the size of dust motes and molecules that will invade your body by being breathed in or consumed. Once these little monsters are in your body, they can re-wire your brain so that government can control you like a puppet. They will deny that this is their intent. They claim that they just want to have you permanently connected to the internet so that Google can broadcast advertising messages into your field of view without primitive technology like Google glasses. Lost in the discussion are such matters as the brain damage occurring from never being off the net or internet addiction or why one company gets to enslave mankind for profit. Kurzweil says that this is progress and he is trying to help. So how dare we question anything? Questioning the frightening direction technology is taking is tantamount to thinking and Google wants stupid customers not thinking ones. Questioning this technology is also forbidden. Do as you are told!!! Fortunately for Google and Facebook, the young gladly -- even eagerly -- pull down their pants and bend over when it comes to privacy. It never occurs to them that privacy is --

1. good

2. of value

3. irreplaceable

4. fundamental to the ability to think

5. the most basic right of all

6. essential to a democracy

7. we do not live in a democracy anymore.

We are constantly beaten over the head by leaders and told that we are free when, in point of fact, we are not. A simple glance at the Patriot Act is all the proof you need -- assuming you can get a copy, assuming the full text is declassified and assuming a Freedom of Information Act request would work. A similar situation exists in totalitarian China where environmental reports are classified top secret and not available to the public. This is in order to cover up wrong-doing. If the internet is so great, then why does the government use it to destroy free thought in China? Even Google which has the motto "don't be evil" but is evil anyway (evidence: Ray Kurzweil) partially withdrew from China over censorship issues. I reluctantly give them credit for that.

Do Americans have liberties such as the liberty to drink alcohol and thereby destroy brain cells? Yes. Do Americans have guns which would be of no use if a SWAT team, attack helicopter, tank or missile was used by the government against some NRA nut who thought that guns could protect them? Yes, Americans have guns. Do Americans have a clue as to what technological nightmares are created to further erode our "freedom" ? No.

Okay let's step back a moment and take stock of the situation. Corporations and research labs are creating good technology but some are creating bad technology that threatens the freedom that Congress and Bush happily destroyed in the wake of September 11th (also known as 9/11). A decade later, the nation is still under the yoke of the Patriot Act and morons are whining like puppies about The Heritage Foundation's RomneyCare instead of working like mature adults to get the Patriot Act abolished and tossed on the scrap heap of history.

Forget about running off and visiting some paranoid conspiracy theory website. The problem with such sites is that they fret about hidden conspiracies of shadowy figures when this problem is in plain sight. It is called Congress and the distracted public (you and me) and bad laws on the books and greedy companies like Google that have megalomaniacs like Ray Kurzweil pontificating on what is best for humans. Kurzweil is a transhumanist and transhumanists are trying to eradicate the human species to make way for mindless robots. Kurzweil is a flesh and blood person like you and me and he is a parent. But he will be long gone and dead when the world his great-grandchildren inherit is more like The Matrix or Terminator or pick your favorite science fiction nightmare. Kurzweil will not be around to clean up the mess that he is making.

When an engineer creates some technology that they think is "cool" do they ever stop to think what a vicious government or a vicious corporation will do with such technology? A drone the size of a housefly can enter your home and spy on you. Land of the free? I think not.

And to remind you, there now exist machines that are molecular in size.

The problem with other analysts of the social and cultural scene is that they are biased toward the Republicans or the Democrats. I hold both political parties in equal disgust and contempt. Conservatives are mean ignorant racists (a gross oversimplification but let's go with it for the sake of this analysis) and liberals are naive idealists who think every person is salvageable and all humans are basically good. I wish.

Most people are good but there are the Assads of the world (the "leader" of a minority in Syria) who has learned nothing from the experience of South Africa where the majority was finally allowed a voice after decades of abuse and finally allowed one-person one-vote unrigged elections. Assad stepped over the line when he used the military against civilians. Death penalty. Screw liberal sensitivities.

Conservatives are mean ignorant racists but in South Africa the black majority made the calculus that if the whites departed with their money and skills, then South Africa would have a broken economy like most of Africa -- most notably that idiot Mugabe who would rather raze his country down to rubble than leave power. Assad and Muamar Quadafi and countless other "leaders" come from the same stupid mold.

The lesson is that the Republican Party rejects its own solutions. The lesson is that being a conservative or a liberal is only half right (which means you are half wrong). The lesson is that being one dimensional in your thinking makes you little more advanced than animals. The lesson is that leaders who won't leave power are bad by definition and the United Nations should send in a SWAT team to take them out.

Now that I have tried to demonstrate my independent thinking and lack of axe to grind, it is time to consider solutions from lessons learned.

What we need is --

1. privacy education to teach young people the supreme importance of privacy

2. a sustained multi-year campaign to abolish the Patriot Act

3. a sustained multi-year campaign to get an absolute right to privacy added to the Constitution as the Zeroeth Amendment. Privacy is the right that makes the other rights possible.

4. a privacy industry

5. privacy technology (libertarians used to call this freedom technology)

6. worldwide education in ethics

7. an end to corporate personhood

I hope ethical activists use this as a blueprint for making the USA and the world a better place where citizens do not have to fear their governments or watch helplessly as corporations buy up politicians and warp an already warped corporate state.


Although this is required reading in schools, we apparently did not heed Orwell's warning and let this dystopia be created in real life while laughing at shows like "Big Brother".


Google Subsidiaries


Google China


Google Energy

Invite Media


Motorola Mobility

On2 Technologies


Neotonic Software later Trax

Barely Political












Current Communications Group (internet backbone)

Akwan Information Technologies (internet backbone)


. . . and many others. It acquires companies at the rate of more than one company per week on average.

Google, Privacy, and the Government - Schmidt and Maddow

Privacy means different things to different people - and government and corporations want you to have as little as possible

  • The point of this list is to illustrate the dramatically different things people mean when they say privacy. (Incidentally, this leads to much angst.) So here's a partial list. I'll start with some traditional meanings:

    * Lots of land with trees and shrubbery

    * Curtains & Venetian Blinds

    * Unlisted Phone #s

    * Swiss bank accounts

    * Nudity

    * Gut feelings

  • Some more modern meanings that people use today:

    * Spam, telemarketers

    * ID theft, CC theft

    * Cookies

    * Total Information Awareness

    * CAPPS II

    * Do Not Call lists

    * Abortion

  • What cryptographers mean:

    * Unobservability

    * Untracability

    * Cryptography

    * Blinding

  • What privacy policy experts might mean:

    * Fair Information Practices and Data Protection Laws

    * Right to be left alone

    * Data shadows

    * Informational self-determination

    * "Lie and get away with it"

    * "The Presentation of Self In Everyday Life"

    * "The Unwanted Gaze"

    * "No Place to Hide"

    * "The Digital Person"

Privacy is your business - Privacy Awareness Week

26 August - 1 September

Privacy is not a crime. - It is the most basic right of all.

The zeroeth amendment without which all the others are meaningless.

privacy advocate

school surveillance

do not disturb

computer security

mums the word

they'll hassle you anywhere

to repeat, privacy is not a crime



Geopolitics is a popularity contest where the USA has disregarded international public opinion and thereby assisted the growth of anti-American groups. America has gone from being the beacon on the hill of freedom to the unpatriotic and idiotic Patriot Act, Abu Ghraib, Gitmo, and orange jumpsuits. The USA lost its reputation and credibility under George Bush and thereby alienated its allies, reinforced its foes, and shot the very idea of America in the foot.

Remember: Public Wi-Fi is public.


If you don't have a compelling reason to check your e-mail or bank account while sipping a latte at the mall, don't do it. While you're on a public network, even one that's encrypted, a nearby hacker can capture your passwords.

Privacy Tips

1. Build a tall wall around your house or grow a tall hedge.

2. Encrypt.

3. Stay off the phone so much. Everyone from the people physically nearby to the government can hear your conversations.

4. Don't accept that there is no privacy on the internet. This lens will be dedicating a whole section to internet privacy.

5. Close you medical records. No one needs it but you and your physician. The whole world doesn't need to know your intimate secrets.

6. Stay off television. The reason people on those TV reality shows act so crazy and the reason celebrities act so crazy is that they have no privacy. Without privacy, you lose your sanity.

7. Privacy is essential to sanity and health.

8. Humans possess a sixth sense that alerts them when they are being spied upon. Government can say that it respects your privacy but no government on Earth does.

9. Want to fix the national debt and deficit and avoid national default? Then cut the budget of the NSA and the CIA to near zero. You will save about Fifteen Trillion Dollars ($15,000,000,000,000) because that's where the bulk of your tax dollars go -- into invading your privacy. These guys did nothing to stop Nine-Eleven because they were too busy spying on average Americans like you. They did not get Osama bin-Laden. Seal Team Six and J-SOC did that. Next time some A-hole talks about the national debt, the national deficit or the possibility of national default, then tell them to slash NSA's (and the CIA too) budget. Get your privacy back!

10. Remember that the right to privacy is the Zeroeth Amendment. Without privacy, none of the other rights are meaningful.

11. Vote. It is the only opinion poll that matters. Turn privacy-invading Republicans out of office. (privacy-invading Democrats too if they don't get the message)

12. The Patriot Act was a Republican wilding. Karl Rove and the other jackals behind the Patriot Act are traitors to the Constitution. Any president or Senator or Congressman who swears to defend the US Constitution and allows the Patriot Act to stay on the books a second longer is violating that sacred oath. At the time this outrage was proposed, anti-terrorism experts said existing laws were fine. They just needed to enforce existing laws. So if the counter-terrorism experts thought the Patriot Act was a bad idea, then it was a power grab and the road to totalitarianism.

13. Of course, if you don't care about freedom in America, there actually are other countries whose governments don't snoop.

lots more tips to come

When should we have a Privacy Amendment to the US Constitution that gives us an absolute right to privacy?

See results


Hollerith machine

For data processing in the 1930s, the Hollerith machine was top of the line. It was manufactured by the Deutsche Hollerith Maschinen Gesellschaft, a subsidiary of IBM. By 1934 hundreds of employees of the Nazi government were punching information about suspicious citizens into Hollerith cards, data on Jews, Gypsies, Freemasons, Jehovah Witnesses, intellectuals, and the disabled. By 1939 racial labels were also entered in, since such categories had been added to that year's national census. Three years later the Hollerith database had become a major source for deportation lists which, eventually for many German citizens, turned into a registry for forced-labor assignments, transit ghettos, and death camps. The Hollerith machine did not invent the rhetorical categories that were fed into it, but arguably the language forms that emerged from it-statistical data and ominously long lists of names, genealogies, and addresses-not only logistically facilitated the genocide but discursively helped shape it. [ source -- ]

All governments gather information about their citizens. The Nazi regime, however, used such information to track political opponents,, enforce racial policies, and, ultimately, implement mass murder. As early as 1934, various government bureaus began to compile card catalogs identifying political and racial enemies of the regime, such as Freemasons, Jews, Sinti and Roma (Gypsies), and "genetically diseased" persons. The 1939 census became the basis for a national register of Jews. That year, German census forms for the first time included explicitly racial categories. Jews were identified not only by religious affiliation, but by race as well. Within three years, the completed national register of Jews and some Jewish Mischlinge ("mixed breeds") was to become one of the sources for Nazi deportation lists. Most of those deported perished in the Holocaust. [ source -- ]

The point of this module is not to bash any particular company (several German and American companies were far worse) but to throw cold water in the face of those in love with computer technology. Computers are useful but see, hear, smell and touch what they can do to our privacy and our lives when you visit a death camp in Europe.

privacy tips

1. keep your anti-virus updated

2. only visit secure websites (https://)

3. avoid websites that are not secure (http://)

4. don't submit any passwords or other sensitive info on an insecure (http://) website.

Privacy from corporations

There is more than secret online profiling and data mining going on.

Credit Privacy - privacy of your financial transactions and records

No one has a legal right to ask your social security number (SSN) except the employer who has already hired you _NOT_ prospective employers. The bank and the IRS are also allowed. And the fourth and final entity allowed to know your SSN is the Social Security Administration itself.

No one else has a legal right to bully you and make you give up this number of the beast. Not the DMV, not medical doctors, not insurance companies, not credit card companies, none of these rascals who make _YOU_ feel like a criminal for insisting on your rights. Frankly, the bank and your broker and the IRS should not have the number either but write your Congressman about that.

In the meantime, consider the links in this module.

New Credit Profile Number, CPN, Credit Privacy Number,.wmv

the latest outrage in the world of privacy

(and the politically-correct response)

Employers asking you: "What is your password?" Often, they are asking for your Facebook password. (Never mind for the moment about Facebook itself's bad record of privacy invasion) Employers know that people are desperate to find work but one should draw the line and allow NO intrusions into your privacy. It is no one's business what your password is and so we do not have to waste time exploring "reasonable" reasons why they ought to know. Who cares what their reasons are? I don't. Neither should you care. They have no business asking your password. Stop being a doormat and letting people wipe their nasty shoes on you! Just say no.

After the security guards have peeled you off the interviewer and thrown you out after, enraged, you lunged across the desk and beat the interviewer senseless with a tire iron; you might learn to channel your rage over invasions into your God-given right to privacy. This is assuming that you don't go to prison for murdering that stupid interviewer who asked for your password. So don't murder anyone. Instead, join the Privacy Party and channel that rage into a positive direction -- outlawing all privacy invasions, repealing the hated accursed Patriot Act (and perhaps jailing all the cowardly cravenly b*stards who voted and signed it into law), campaigning for a Privacy Amendment to the Constitution, getting privacy invaders out of elected office, dismantling The Department of Homeland Security (and its Big Brother plans for further destroying privacy), tossing CEO's of privacy-invading corporations into prison, tracking down and arresting bureaucrats (Executive Branch) who invade your privacy, and removing privacy-hating judges from the bench (including Chief Justice Roberts).

What is the number one rule? Never use violence. That's what they want so that they can portray you as a terrorist or lone gunman or psycho.

Then how do we get our privacy back? Accept that we the people let this creep up on us and did not rise up when the Patriot Act was proposed and did not rise up when it was passed into law and did not rise up when it was renewed and still have not risen up to repeal the Patriot Act. We, collectively, are stupid. We, collectively, must wise up. We, individually, must wise up. What do Americans get up in arms about? The possibility that health care might be affordable and might not bankrupt middle class people and might be available to poor people. The fact that a bunch of racists who hate the first black president have taken a health care plan based on Republican ideas (especially Romney's) as their rallying cry shows how stupid we Americans are collectively. So whenever you encounter a Tea Party member, go out of your way to insult them and tell them what a vicious racist they are and after they have turned red, white and blue in the face, then let them calm down and, over the course of weeks (months if they are really stupid), educate them about health privacy and other kinds of privacy.

I am no fan of President Obama but I don't want to see him assassinated like Sarah Palin's and Rick Santorum's supporters do. For goodness sake, murder is wrong. Besides, he is a fellow American (born in Hawaii, grew up in Kansas and, like many Americans, has relatives in other countries and has lived in other countries). The proper thing to do when you disagree with a president (like George Bush) is to vote for someone else. The problem is that Republicans want more "national security" -- which is code for more invasion of privacy. Let's face it. People who demand law and order as a rule don't care how the police get the job done. Shoot every black man. Use police brutality. Frisk and strip search and full body cavity search every suspect. The problem is that with people of color fast becoming the majority, all the chickens will come home to roost. The new majority will demand that white males be shot on sight. Already white people at airports receive the same treatment that blacks have endured for decades in ghettos. Of course, I am not justifying any illegal activity. Police should treat every American with courtesy regardless of color. But we all know that prejudice and discrimination run very deep in America and it is this racism that cannot be allowed to justify invasion of privacy because invasion of privacy hurts everyone. Don't believe it? Ask the people who risked life and limb to get out of East Germany when the Commies were in charge.

What tactics should we use since violence is a bad idea?

1. sue them

2. out-organize them

3. vote only for strong privacy advocates

4. remove privacy invaders from elected office and from appointed office and from Civil Service

5. remove privacy-hating judges and Justices from the bench

6. repeal the Patriot Act

7. strongly support a Privacy Amendment to the US Constitution

8. dismantle The Department of Homeland Security

9. pull out by the roots all of Homeland Security's plans to invade privacy

10. make prosecutors go after CEO's of privacy-invading businesses

11. axe the budget of ANY federal agency, bureau or department that invades the privacy of any American. Even single instances of transgressions against just one person should not be forgiven. The privacy invaders depend upon us to not care about individuals. There but for the grace of God go you!

11.cut taxes since we see how they are using our tax dollars -- to invade our privacy

12. boycott companies that invade your privacy

13. accept that it will take decades of uncompromising and unforgiving and relentless war on privacy invaders to get our privacy back. There can be quick victories but re-educating ourselves, changing our culture of accepting invasion, changing society to make it unacceptable, and never giving up until the ABSOLUTE right to ABSOLUTE privacy is chiseled into the heart of every American will take generations.

14. never forget that the goal is to make laws and enforcement so Draconian that every privacy invader is put behind bars and no longer a threat to decent people.

Entertainment Privacy - privacy while relaxing or having fun

privacy in restaurants, casinos, sports arenas, stadiums, recreation center

How many college girls have been goaded on with free drinks (or even rohipnol) and done things that ended up as porn on the internet or "Girls Gone Wild" videos?

Privacy while relaxing or having fun is more than a comfy chair or a fence or hedge or wall around your back yard. It means that people and police respect your privacy even while "in public" and photographers ask for releases before taking your photo without your permission.

Facebook Privacy

Fiscal Privacy - privacy in how you legally earn a living

editor's note -- this section is a work in progress since the concept of fiscal privacy is new

Genetic Privacy


Genetic Privacy - privacy of your DNA, your RNA, and your other cellular information

The movie Gattaca is supposed to be about a nightmare future. In fact, it is primitive compared to the present horror of today.

Genetic Privacy - How to Protect It

1. genetic privacy law attorney

2. use genetic privacy products

3. since it was a Republican wilding that led to the Patriot Act, end that party

4. push for strong genetic privacy laws

5. don't be a sloppy person

6. never give a DNA sample

7. support efforts to destroy existing DNA databases

8. remind people that the idea that your body does not belong to you is letting slavery back into existence after we abolished it back in the 19th century

Legal Privacy - privacy of attorney-client privilege

There are attorneys who specialize in privacy law. But when you have to deal with other types of legal specialists, my experience is that attorneys have an appalling disregard for your privacy. I'll spare you the horror stories. Just report a lawyer who violates your legal privacy by reporting them to the bar association to which they belong.

Medical Privacy

privacy of doctor-patient confidentiality and physician-patient privilege

Mental Privacy

Forensic scientists (that's the people who do technology for police) are developing mind reading technology so that police and prosecutors can read your mind the way the CIA does. If this sort of thing bothers you, then you might stop texting everything you think. If this sort of things does not bother you, then you need a reality check.

As you can see from this lens, there are many kinds of privacy. The most basic is the privacy of your mind. What is more important than the privacy of your own thoughts?



photo credit: sashafatcat / Paul Joseph

Monetary Privacy - privacy in how you dispose of your disposable income

I'll have to get back to you on this subject since you have to tread carefully with the IRS lurking everywhere.

Personal Computer Privacy - privacy on your PC

All the major browsers have privacy features that you should use.

Have privacy software installed on your computer.

editor's note -- Most of the information in this category is protection from malware, hackers or intrusive corporations. Intrusive government is a lot harder to deal with -- but not impossible.

Personal Computer Privacy - privacy on your PC

Personal Computer Privacy - privacy on your PC

Political Privacy - privacy in the voting booth

Here are some examples of why political privacy is important:

1. having your liberal leaning known and used against you;

2. being classed by Homeland Security as a terrorist simply because you prefer clean air & water and don't think that the forests that make the air we breathe should be clearcut by corporate criminals and don't think that the government should be dumping radioactive waste in the oceans that supply our food;

3. being classed by Homeland Security as a terrorist simply because you agree with Jesus that thou shalt not kill and therefore oppose war (generally blood for oil), this makes the Amish "terrorists" while the real terrorists in our government and in the Middle East go scot-free

[a terrorist is one who terrorizes others -- like the way citizens are afraid of their own government]

Political Privacy

It is more than the secret ballot.

Public Privacy - privacy outside your home

Editor's note -- Be aware that the federal attorneys are using your tax dollars to argue in federal court that Americans should expect no privacy while in public. Such criminals on the federal payroll belong in a federal penitentiary.

Shopping Privacy - privacy while in a retail environment




clothing store dressing & changing rooms

It is true that there are shoplifters and their crime costs us law-abiding consumers our privacy and also causes prices to be jacked up to cover losses and shrinkage. Solution? Shop at places where the shopkeeper knows you and you know them so that they don't need to invest in camera surveillance and video recorders. These are friends and you don't cheat friends. Instead, you help keep Mom & Pop businesses from being wiped out by the Big Box superstore chains.

social security privacy

A potential employer has no legal right to even ask for your Social Security Number. You should not give that number to anyone but the Social Security Administration itself and an employer AFTER they have hired you AND you have it in print that you are an employee. THEN you can give them the number so that they can cut your paycheck. EVERYONE else you can legally tell to kiss your arse. In practice however, the IRS is a bully and will ask for it and require you to give it to banks and anywhere you have investments. It is this proliferation of exceptions that business crooks exploit to seduce confused taxpayers into giving up their Social Security Number.

Duel Debate Module

When should we have a Privacy Amendment to the US Constitution that gives us an absolute right to privacy?

a lot of new sections to be added

Abraham Lincoln - or why they really want to get rid of the penny

More books have been written about Abraham Lincoln than any other person. I will spare you my view on why people are fascinated with this man since it has nothing to do with privacy.

So why is Lincoln in this lens? I will sum it up with the title of one of my upcoming books:

"From Lincoln to the Patriot Act: The Civil War as the Warm-up to the Coming War for Privacy"

Lincoln scholars and legal scholars need no explanation. For everyone else, here is the thesis. Lincoln suspended civil liberties and you can go see the latest Lincoln movie if you want to know the justifications. We are hearing the same justifications today for not only the hated Patriot Act but the whole inventory of invasions of privacy by the government. I can't call it our government or my government in full faith because my government would keep its nose out of my business and my government would not have the power to arbitrarily invade my privacy on any pretext or excuse. In fact arbitrary has nothing to do with it. Government should not use taxpayer money to spy on taxpayers. Government should not invade your privacy for any reason. In Lincoln's time, the Secret Service or asking questions was the limit of what this "tyrant" (called a tyrant by hypocritical slave-owning tyrants) could do. Not any more. People think today's technology can only strip you naked at airport with X-ray machines like in that movie Total Recall. Not so. Their are drones and satellites that can X-ray you from a distance. There are directional microphones that can hear what is going on in your home. There are drones that hover and look in your window, You are losing the last shreds of your privacy and you can read elsewhere in this lens what the result of loss of privacy brings -- insanity.

Government uses technology to urinate on the Bill of Rights. The Patriot Act has basically nullified the Bill of Rights. Secret courts give no-knock warrants and, in many cases, the privacy invaders don't even bother with the formality of a secret court that rubber stamps every request that comes before it.

I do not mean to say that all young people are a lost cause and a lost generation that meekly submits to being stripped and stripped of their right to privacy. It is just that two things are wrong:

1. parents and grandparents don't bother to tell young people of the intrusiveness of the government during the Sixties and so everything that they learned is lost

2. young people don't bother to ask older people about how snoopy the government was back in the day and so that day is back. We all know that saying: "Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it." We all know that saying and yet we keep repeating history because we refuse to learn from it.

So ask questions about privacy if you are young and answer questions about privacy if you are old. And if young people won't ask, then sit them down and give them The Talk. Not about sex. But about privacy.

This nation accepted J. Edgar Hoover invading the privacy of Black Americans and now White Americans get the same routine frisking and being felt up that blacks had to endure for decades. The solution is not everyone being equally invaded but everyone being equally protected from invasion of privacy.

The whole bad acceptance of invasion even extends to our fantasies and psychoses. Whenever some nut claims to have been abducted by aliens in a flying saucer, invariably they describe rectal probes. I checked back through the history of UFO reports and decades before the Patriot Act and decades before today -- at least a half century ago -- this is when this particular detail of the abduction experience first began. I have to wonder if our craziest citizens are like the canary in the coal mine who warn years in advance of what is to come. The Betty and Barney Hill abduction and other similar reported "UFO abductions" reported that in addition to the stripping and full body cavity searches that our young people have grown to know and love (I'm being sarcastic) that other modern phenomena first began to emerge. Cases like this reported women having a needle stuck into their navel. This was years before amniocentesis.

I am not suggesting that doctors read UFO reports of horrifying experiences (whether real or imagined is not important here) and say to themselves: "Hey! Now there's a great idea for traumatizing my patients." What I am suggesting is that in Jungian fashion there could be a collective unconscious or at least ideas or memes floating around the popular culture for years before a doctor says: " what the heck, that might be a way to test for problems with the embryo or fetus" or a security-crazed bureaucrat says: "freedom, schmeedom, let's explore new ways to destroy privacy. Stupid taxpayers will never know since we'll do it in secret."

Well . . . kids in The Sixties found out and the reactionaries have been trashing the good name of an entire generation ever since because they stood up to the government. The nuts, the conspiracy theorists, the crackpots, and the others on the fringe are saying in their inarticulate way what we all think but won't say. Because we are afraid of our government (and Big Business) that is out of control. I am not talking about President Obama. Many criticisms of him are based on the same racist sentiments that got Abraham Lincoln assassinated. I am talking about the bureaucracy that remains no matter who is the temporary occupant of the White House and no matter who are the temporary occupants of the US House of Representatives. They don't really represent us since they are bought and paid for by Big Business.

So there you have it: "lone" gunmen (and the shadowy figures who brainwashed them), conspiracies, and suspension of the Bill of Rights. Lincoln's time and our time. Nothing has changed.

Just as the Revolutionary War & the omissions of the US Constitution set in motion the dominoes that led to the Civil War, likewise Lincoln set in motion the dominoes that will lead to a far nastier War for Privacy in the future. I am sure there will be some idiot who argues for a return to slavery. No. Freedom and the end of slavery was the single thing that Abraham Lincoln got absolutely right.

What Lincoln got wrong was suspending civil liberties and that will lead to a future war that you may live to see. Historians, legal scholars and anyone with an opinion can argue about whether Lincoln was justified in suspending rights in time of secession and war and abolition. To me the argument is irrelevant no matter what position you take. I am merely pointing out cause and effect.

Privacy should have been in the Declaration of Independence and in the preamble to the Constitution and it should have been the First Amendment. But that did not happen in explicit words. Privacy is in all the founding documents but not nearly explicitly enough.

We need a Zeroeth Amendment that acknowledges that without privacy, the other rights are meaningless. We need an absolute right to absolute privacy. No exceptions. Not in time of war. Not in time of 9/11. Not in time of budget cuts. Not in time of depression or recession. Not when it is convenient for the government or business. Not when they feel like it. No exceptions. Ever.

And if an exception is made, then our great-grandchildren's great-grandchildren will be dying in some pointless war that could have avoided if we had simply done the right thing to begin with. My fear is that our technology, which is accelerating the invasion of privacy, will become smarter than us and, through surveillance and eavesdropping, learn of our plans to get our privacy back and simply exterminate us like the human insects we have become.

privacy books

Privacy and Big Data: The Players, Regulators, and Stakeholders
Privacy and Big Data: The Players, Regulators, and Stakeholders

Whenever you hear mindless talking heads on TV talking about Big Data, remember that what they are really talking about is dossiers and destroying your privacy. There must be some way to bankrupt this industry before it really takes off.

Nothing to Hide: The False Tradeoff between Privacy and Security
Nothing to Hide: The False Tradeoff between Privacy and Security

Not only a false tradeoff but why would a rational adult choose anything over privacy? The math is simple: it is difficult (near impossible) to get your privacy back once you have lost it, so why even contemplate giving it up? On the other hand, security can always be recovered or one can find less nosy neighbors or move to another country or use personal security technology as an act of self-reliance instead of expecting the state to supply you with security. The cops are never there when you need them and that is why some people carry tear gas or whistles or cell phones or knives or guns. Tradeoff? Only a fool would choose security and give up privacy. But like the title says, you don't have to choose.

Privacy (BIG IDEAS//small books)
Privacy (BIG IDEAS//small books)

Privacy is not just privacy technology and stronger privacy laws but also individual resistance and changes in society.

How to Be Invisible: Protect Your Home, Your Children, Your Assets, and Your Life
How to Be Invisible: Protect Your Home, Your Children, Your Assets, and Your Life

Practical. Remember what I said about self-reliance above?

From cyberspace to crawl spaces, new innovations in information gathering have left the private life of the average person open to scrutiny, and worse, exploitation. In this thoroughly revised update of his immensely popular guide How to Be Invisible, J.J. Luna shows you how to protect yourself from these information predators by securing your vehicle and real estate ownership, your bank accounts, your business dealings, your computer files, your home address, and more.

Understanding Privacy
Understanding Privacy

Privacy is one of the most important concepts of our time, yet it is also one of the most elusive. As rapidly changing technology makes information increasingly available, scholars, activists, and policymakers have struggled to define privacy, with many conceding that the task is virtually impossible. In this concise and lucid book, Daniel J. Solove offers a comprehensive overview of the difficulties involved in discussions of privacy.



Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life
Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life

This book claims that what people really care about when they complain and protest that privacy has been violated is the act of sharing information itself.

One Nation, Under Surveillance -- Privacy From the Watchful Eye
One Nation, Under Surveillance -- Privacy From the Watchful Eye

12 years in the making, this is the long-awaited sequel to and replacement of the popular 1997 Bulletproof Privacy. Three times the size, it thoroughly covers:* healthy privacy vs. paranoia * private travel in the 21st Century* modern communications and privacy* the coming National I.D. Card* private money -- debit cards, digital gold*


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