Tuesday, July 16, 2013

THE NSA

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We are now paying taxes so that the NSA can have access to all our telephone calls, all our emails, all our faxes, all our financial information, and everything that we do or say electronically.

Does that not strike us as profoundly anti-freedom, anti-truth, anti-beauty and thus profoundly anti-Christ?

Here’s why the NSA is abhorrent. Because any reasonably affectionate, reasonably intelligent human being with a mind, heart, soul,  and spirit has a sense of him- or herself as essentially of value, essentially precious, essentially inviolable.

Because in civilized societies we recognize—up to now, we have recognized it ourselves by constitutionally protecting it—a right to privacy.

The issue isn’t whether we have anything to hide; it’s that some essential part of our humanity is violated, is lost, when personal letters, words we say or write in confidentiality, or pain, or anger, or joy, are subject to prying eyes.  

“I know some folks that don't mind their own bisnis,” as Flannery O’Connor wrote on the flyleaf of her childhood journal.

"Properly understood," writes Fr. Ron Rolheiser,  "chastity is precisely a question of having the patience to bear the tension of the interminable slowness of things. To be chaste is to not prematurely force things so that everybody and everything, each within its own unique rhythm is properly respected." 

The NSA is abhorrent because it’s an offense against chastity. It is a rape and a brutalization of what should be sacrosanct in the name of “security.”

I keep thinking of the opening scene of George Orwell’s 1984. In his apartment--in what should be his sanctuary, his home--Winston Smith is desperately trying to find a corner away from the microphones, the bugs, the cameras.

In a culture that indoctrinates its citizens 24/7 with the lies "WAR IS PEACE," "FREEDOM IS SLAVERY," and "IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH," he is about to engage in an act punishable by death.

He is trying to record his thoughts, his conscience, his heart, in a personal diary.  

“For whom, it suddenly occurred to him to wonder, was he writing this diary? For the future, for the unborn."


I ATTENDED THE BALLET THE OTHER NIGHT...


4 comments:

  1. Yes morality comes from God and good governance depends on morality. Spying and snooping is moral? Don't make me laugh

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  2. I do not understand the "right to privacy" .....

    I do know that fear is causing us to enter into all kinds of invasive behaviors...

    I know the love casts out fear. It is more human to build a culture based on love than fear.

    We are ....in our culture...... far from a culture of love and freedom. We are less free than when America was established. Our fear and greed is suffocating us......

    .... it truly is a culture of death......

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  3. From this point forward I will address my emails to you "Dear Heather and NSA..."

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  4. "The third great harm of Snowden's efforts to date is the erosion of confidence in the ability of the United States to do anything discreetly or keep anything secret."
    --Ex CIA chief Gen. Michael V. Hayden

    Now you know how we feel.

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