Most Americans were shocked to hear that the government was collecting personal data from several phone and internet companies in the name of national security through a program called PRISM. This administration has clearly abused the power granted to it by the Patriot Act, but what can an ordinary citizens do to protect themselves?
In order to keep your private data safe from the NSA, you’re going to have to be smarter about the way you use the internet.
Keep in mind that the government is pulling your records from the same company that bills you every month for your internet service. An easy way to prevent them from seeing exactly what you’re doing is to use the internet somewhere else. Your local coffee shop, library, or public college likely has free Wifi or a computer you can use. The internet companies will not know for sure who is sitting at the computer if you’re browsing from these locations.
The New York Times is the fountainhead of the Leftist propaganda machine in the United States. It is therefore significant that its Editorial Board, stocked with Boomer radicals, has just made a fundamental admission against interest. In reaction to Obama’s massive and systematic abuse of executive power, the NYT editorialized that
Mr. Obama is proving the truism that the executive branch will use any power it is given and very likely abuse it. That is one reason we have long argued that the Patriot Act, enacted in the heat of fear after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks by members of Congress who mostly had not even read it, was reckless in its assignment of unnecessary and overbroad surveillance powers.
Within hours of the disclosure that federal authorities routinely collect data on phone calls Americans make, regardless of whether they have any bearing on a counterterrorism investigation, the Obama administration issued the same platitude it has offered every time President Obama has been caught overreaching in the use of his powers: Terrorists are a real menace and you should just trust us to deal with them because we have internal mechanisms (that we are not going to tell you about) to make sure we do not violate your rights.