EDIT: So according to this it was an employer that tipped off the police, but my rant still stands
Michele Catalano was looking for information online about pressure cookers. Her husband, in the same time frame, was Googling backpacks. Wednesday morning, six men from a joint terrorism task force showed up at their house to see if they were terrorists. Which prompts the question: How’d the government know what they were Googling?
I wish I could say this was from The Onion, or maybe some other satirical blog but sadly its a real
thing. The picture above this from the confrontation by ‘local police’ with the Catalano family, all over what two people (probably on different computers in different rooms) searched for. Backpacks and Pressure cookers are now verboten searches under the watchful eyes of the National Security Agency it seems and if you look for them too close together you will be paid a visit. Since I fit the profile of most ‘lone wolfs’ I wonder if they would visit me if I started reading up on pressure cookers for canning (cause hey, who doesn’t like to save some money) and camping packs because I work a sedentary IT job and should probably get out of the house more often and into nature for exercise.
I can’t even really properly express how angry and sick this story makes me. We are lead to believe that we are having our privacy forcefully taken for our own good, yet supposedly there are 99 out of 100 incidents where this was just a wild goose chase initiated by an over-zealous spy agency who gets its jollies off monitoring every single thing we do online. At this point I am angry at more people than I can count; Congress for letting this happen and implicitly endorsing it, and the people of the country as a whole for not demanding and GETTING an end to this blatant violation of our rights. We have had larger protests over more niche issues like gay rights or abortion than things that impact all of us like PRISM and the spying on of every single man, woman and child in this country. If that doesn’t show the cracks in the foundation of our society then I don’t know what does; our priorities are so screwed up we can’t even see the water as it continues to boil us collectively. Sadly I know this rant falls on deaf ears; chances are one day my nephew or his children will look back and wonder why we left them such a fucked up world and the only mercy will be that I wont be alive to have to try to make some kind of excuse for why my generation proved to be the most spineless in the history of the nation and failed to right a terrible wrong when we had our noses rubbed in it like a dog who shit in the house.