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Sunday, July 21, 2013

If You Thought The NSA Spying Was Bad, You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet

Here's the Nonsense:  When Americans learned that their communications were no longer safe and that the NSA was storing everything we do in their secret computers, Americans realized there was no more privacy and are taking action about it.

Here's the Horse Sense:  Some Americans got upset when they learned of the NSA's spying on Americans, but most just brushed it off as no big deal since they figured they were doing nothing wrong so they had nothing to hide.  If the NSA's actions weren't enough to get you up off the couch to take action, what's happening now is far worse and every American citizen should be outraged and screaming about it.

When it was revealed that no communications were safe any longer, whether they were cell phone calls, landline calls, emails, etc., most Americans saw it as an invasion of privacy, but simply chose to accept it.  They felt that since they were doing nothing wrong that it was no big deal.  And, many also thought that there was nothing that could be done to stop it so they decided not to bother worrying about it.  That was a big mistake because now we learn that far more dangerous things are happening and they're under the guise of Obamacare, not the NSA.

If keeping a copy of every communication we have in our lives didn't make us think we're living in George Orwell's 1984, now we learn that the Obama Administration is going far deeper into our privacy through the Obamacare legislation than the NSA appears to have even considered.   

American Thinker is reporting that Obama has ordered more efforts against HIV/AIDS under the umbrella of Obamacare.  They write, "The new order follows recommendations this year from the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force that all 15 to 65 year olds be screened for HIV infection, something that will be covered under Obama's signature heath reform, the Affordable Care Act."

Now while the title of the American Thinker article refers to Obama ordering mandatory testing, the author admits at the end of the article that he is probably guilty of exaggeration by saying that the order doesn't specifically make a blood draw mandatory, but he does point out that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been given the job of coming up with the details.  And we all know how she's handled other issues.  Her record of respecting human rights is terrible (look at her support of the abortionist Dr. Tiller).  It is not inconceivable that mandatory blood draws would become part of our lives.  

So, you say, why is this such a big deal?  After all, conquering terrible diseases like HIV/AIDS would be wonderful.  I agree, it would be wonderful to eradicate another terrible disease.  However, given not just this administration's, but this government's invasion into citizens' rights, do we really want to give them blood from every citizen from 15 to 65 years of age?  If they have everyone's blood sample, it means they have everyone's DNA.  As commenter ursa5000 on this American Thinker piece suggests: 

"There are two REAL reasons for AIDS test, both that have nothing to do with AIDS.

"One is to construct a comprehensive National DNA Database for all persons living in the US. Welcome to the Brave New World, comrade.
"Second, the Government wants [to] measure the 'ends' of your chromosomes, which is a scarily accurate predictor of life expectancy. Why, so as to inform the Obamacare IPAB Board of the real cost / benefit of your medical treatment. In other words, they will RATION your medical care based on the odds of your living 'x' number years after treatment. If you’re going to die anyway, why spend any money on your treatment."
And, as the infomercials say, Wait, there's more! is reporting that Obamacare has another HUGE cause for concern.  It's the Federal Data Services Hub.  This will provide access to federal, state, and 3rd party data sources of your personal information that makes what the NSA is gathering look minor.  Here's what they report will include:
"The massive, centralized database it will include comprehensive personal information such as income and financial data, family size, citizenship and immigration status, incarceration status, social security numbers, and private health information. It will compile dossiers based on information obtained from the IRS, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, the Veterans Administration, the Office of Personnel Management, the Social Security Administration, state Medicaid databases, and for some reason the Peace Corps. The Data Hub will provide web-based, one-stop shopping for prying into people’s personal affairs."
They discuss the fact that this data would be in danger of hackers, but EVEN WORSE, it "will be used on a daily basis by so-called Navigators, which according to the GAO are 'community and consumer-focused nonprofit groups, to which exchanges award grants to provide fair and impartial public education' and 'refer consumers as appropriate for further assistance.' Thousands of such people will have unfettered access to the Data Hub, but there are only sketchy guidelines on how they will be hired, trained and monitored. Given the slap-dash, incoherent way Obamacare is being implemented the prospect for quality control is low. And the Obama administration’s track record of sweetheart deals, no-bid, sole-source contracting and other means of rewarding people with insider access means the Data Hub will be firmly in the hands of trusted White House loyalists."
I suspect that those with access will be people like SEIU members and other groups who have proven their loyalty to the administration and often been used for other tasks as needed by the left.  What they could do with all this information on people is far more dangerous than anything we've seen so far.  For an even better description of the type of people who will hold these positions, take a look here at what John Fund wrote about it for National Review.
If you didn't think your government was out of control, then you should.  You should be asking why worthless Republicans like John Boehner, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and their ilk aren't doing their jobs protecting Americans from this kind of thing.  It's time to rise up and replace the worthless people in the Senate and House with leaders who will protect the rights and interests of American citizens.  The legislative branch of our government has the power to keep an out of control administration in check.  But they can't and won't if we don't have the right kind of people elected to those offices.
Welcome to 1984.  It's your decision whether we stay here or move to a different time.