The Predator State

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld shares a ...

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld shares a laugh with President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney during his farewell parade at the Pentagon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Predator State, How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too, by James K. Galbraith published in 2008. The predator state is the marriage between large corporations and government.

“Republican (with a small “r”) government, with its checks and balances, exists to limit the abuse of power. It is a matter of negotiation, compromise, the making of public arguments, and of listening to private dissent. Modern corporate decision-making structures exist, on the contrary, to permit senior executives to do what they want. This is the culture that Richard Cheney brought back into government from Halliburton, that George bush imbibed at his minor perches at Harken Energy and the Texas rangers. The operational result is a government by cliques operating in secret, indeed with their very membership unknown outside. Cheney’s 2001 Energy Task Force is a characteristic example. The neoconservative capture of foreign policy inside the Bush administration is another. The drive by Karl Rove‘s political office to direct the U.S. attorneys into political prosecutions is a third. The advance and defense of torture as a method of interrogation in secret prisons run by the CIA is a fourth. The program of warrantless wiretapping, which evidently amounts to the blanket capture by the National Security Agency of all Internet communications, is a fifth. The list could go on, but the practice is clear: we live under a government that as a matter of principle does what it wants.”

NSA, No Salt Added

National Security Agency Seal

National Security Agency Seal (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

Americans consume too much salt in our diets leading to high blood pressure and possible stroke and/or heart attack. When shopping, I always consult the ingredients list, looking for the NSA (No Salt Added) label. Of course with a NSA label, there is always the possibility of finding a tiny camera or listening device within the package.

Big Brother

big brother

big brother (Photo credit: Vince_Lamb)

1984’s Big Brother is planning to move to Utah as soon as his new digs are finished. Workers are racing to complete Big Brother’s new home in the Salt Lake City suburb of Bluffdale. Once completed, the NSA (National Security Agency) will be able to monitor and store for future reference all electronic communication within the US. They believe that they will be able to break encrypted messages in the near future. That means all email and cell phone messages and conversations will be available to the government if they ever want to examine your past history to include web usage. They will be looking for suspicious trends that may develop over a period of years. If you are not a suspect now, you could become one in the future. Then NSA analysts will be able to dig back in the records to determine what you doing and saying in years past.

To prevent government surveillance, people will be forced to resort to face to face meeting out-of-doors, just like the Mafia, or start writing to each other the old-fashioned way, by means of hand-written letters, delivered by the USPS, if it still exists. Then all you will have to worry about is surveillance by your mailman/woman.