Looks like the government is trying to improve on something that's been going on for a while!
I have no idea what makes these jerks think that any of this is necessary or acceptable. It wasn't in the past, it isn't now, and hopefully it won't be acceptable in the future! Does that mean the PTB will stop trying things like this? Of course not! For some reason, they think it's their right to do anything they want to!
In June 2013, ex-NSA (National Security Agency) contractor Edward Snowden revealed the existence of PRISM, a spying program that allows the NSA to intercept the internet and telephone conversations of people all over the world.
However, Edward M Stanton—the Secretary of War during the presidency of Abraham Lincoln—was running a similar scheme during the American Civil War. In order to monitor the telegrams of journalists and government officials across the US, in 1862 he successfully petitioned President Lincoln to have the country’s telegraph lines re-directed through his office. Here, Stanton was able to read and censor massive amounts of information, including vital correspondence regarding the war. With the information that Stanton gathered, he was able to justify the imprisonment of dozens of journalists on falsified charges of spying, including one prominent reporter for the New York Times.
Eventually, such activities raised enough concern amongst the higher echelons of government that the House Judiciary Committee called for Stanton to exercise a higher level of restraint when censoring communications. Fortunately, with 1865 and the end of the war, Stanton’s powers were removed and the telegraph lines redirected out of his control, thereby allowing information to flow freely and without control.
Well, until recently anyway.
One would think that the folks that were elected to guard and protect our rights would shy away from this sort of thing, but evidently the need for power over-rides all else for some individuals! Pretty sad, don't you think?
Let's have our coffee out on the patio this morning. I have some freshly baked brownies I'll share!