Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Spy Tech Crazy

Donald Trump is still saying that he is certain that President Obama wiretapped his phones in Trump Tower in 2016 despite any lack of evidence that he did so, and FBI Director James Comey and Senator John McCain (R-AZ) are telling him to put up or shut up.
So Sean Spicer, the White House propaganda minister, tried to cover up for his boss.
"I think there's no question that the Obama administration, that there were actions about surveillance and other activities that occurred in the 2016 election," Spicer said. "The President used the word wiretaps in quotes to mean, broadly, surveillance and other activities."
Except that "wiretapping" is not a word that describes broad surveillance techniques any more than "car" is a word broadly describing SUVs, campers, panel vans, and other vehicles.  As CNN's Jeremy Diamond reported, the word "wiretapping" is narrowly defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary the act of tapping "a telephone or telegram wire in order to get information."
Meanwhile, Wikileaks just unloaded information noting the presence of sensors, computers, and cameras in our smartphones and digital TV sets to spy on us.
Boy I'm glad I have an old-school flip phone.  And I think I'll be watching a lot more TV on my old analog set, and tape anything I would otherwise watch on On Demand.  (Yes, I use tape - still!)
But Kellyanne Conway, the White House's resident crazy chick,  made a suggestion of how the government could be watching us through the least likely of appliances, even as she trivialized the concern over Deep State security and surveillance: 
"There are many ways to surveil each other now, unfortunately," she said. "There was an article this week that talked about how you can surveil someone through their phones, certainly through their television sets, any number of different ways. And microwaves that turn into cameras, et cetera. So we know that that is just a fact of modern life."
Microwaves, Gracie?
The feds must get sick and tired of seeing me cook a sweet potato every night.
Right, now you know why I prefer to talk about the weather on this blog . . ..   
Oh yeah, we got through the storm all right.

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