I should know something about real spies. Anyone who has worked with government signal and image processing does.
I am very concerned about constitutional protections for privacy and freedom of belief and expression. I am very concerned about unconstitutional warrantless search and unwarranted privacy invasion.
But when I consciously and subconsciously examine what I fear most from spying, it is not from governmental spying, not from governmental tracking of phone calls placed and received, not from satellite surveillance, not from automatic identification of certain web and phone activities and content. Yes, eternal vigilance against any government abuse of spying is a basic necessity.
However, the spies I most fear are the private thunderclouds of Google, Microsoft and Apple and the small number of massive private financial and data companies monitoring our web and phone data and transactions. They have no significant oversight. Their motives are profits, not liberties. How they handle all of our very private information is certainly not transparent, and is actually quite a mystery. They make money from our own data, yet somehow, we do not. They know what we like to buy, who we communicate with, where we go, what we believe, who we donate to, and enough about how we live our lives to be our own personal anthropologists and historians.
We have no protection from their private thunderclouds.
Our government spies have judges and courts, whistleblowers, opposition parties, local/regional/state interests, and the sheer diversity of participants, to try to hold to the liberties, freedoms and protocols of our Constitution.
I most fear that we have elected a class of politicians who misrepresent us and our constitution, who in turn select judges at all levels who do not carry constitutional principles into their conscious and subconscious deliberations.
I most fear 4 supreme court justices who have voted against our constitutional protections and aspirations time and time again.
It is private sector spying that is the greatest threat to our liberties. It is the thundercloud. And the elected representatives and elected/appointed judges are a greater threat because they enable a small number of massive companies to control us, to force us through their drawbridges, to entice us to travel down their closely monitored monopolistic paths, before we reach our once private destination.
We believe in an open and diligent proof process for everything systemic. Let our government show us every day, proactively, that they are behaving in accordance with our constitution and with our best interests. Let our private sector also prove to us, every day, proactively, that they are behaving in accordance with constitutional best practices. And let our elected officials and judges document through a proof process that their decisions were guided by constitutional principles, and not by beliefs plucked out of polarized political air.
Companies are not citizens. Companies are manifestations of their owners. Governments are not citizens. Governments are manifestation of their citizens through representatives.
At Y Worlds we spy on the spies. We are only interested in Nurture, Equality, Truth and their necessary support Systems. And we know there is no absolute Truth, but there is a proof process that approaches the Truth. Run through your own proof process and see if you end up worrying more about the spies among the for-profit thunderclouds or the spies hired by us to protect us from the terrors among us. Lets us know what you think. And why. Systemically.
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