How a U.S. presidential election changed my stance on electronic surveillance

You may or may not be aware that this blog (and its owner) has been a long-standing champion of the international intelligence community’s right to carry out electronic surveillance in order to safeguard our countries as well as world peace. Donald J. Trump’s 8 November victory gradually changed that position – temporarily at any rate.

If history taught us anything, it was that authoritarian and totalitarian regimes invariably use gathered intelligence as a means of controlling, not only the opposition, but the public as such.

TV-overvåkningskameraer. Foto: Wikimedia Commons/Bree~Commonswiki
CCTV cameras. Photo from Wikimedia Commons/Bree~Commonswiki

As a loyal citizen of one of America’s closest allies, I have always accepted, even applauded the fact that U.S. intelligence will somehow gain access to data pertaining to Norwegian nationals, providing there’s reasonable grounds for suspicion.

No more, I’m afraid. A keen supporter of the democratic America we all know, I can no longer support the sharing of sensitive information with a country lead by a narcissistic fascist capable of using the intelligence community for purposes it was never intended for.

While I hold America’s and my own country’s intelligence agencies in the highest regard, I cannot condone further electronic surveillance which may be put to illegitimate use – and let’s face it:

With the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump that is a distinct possibility.

Photo: An iPad keyboard. Blogger’s photograph.


George Orwells "1984"

We fancy ourselves fallen victim to the worst of Orwell’s bad dreams. Man, would I like to see his good dreams!

NSA Scrutiny Welcome

The seal of the U.S. National Security Agency....Automattic, the company behind WordPress, is offering me and my fellow WordPress bloggers the opportunity to automattically (sorry!) include a Stop NSA – Learn more and take action banner across my blog, for which I am truly grateful, but politely have to decline, based on my firm conviction that:

  1. Edward Snowden and Julian Assange are nothing but publicity seeking charlatans
  2. Only people whose blogging may be of the intelligence community’s interest need worry (as I think they should – so why do we?)
  3. Good intelligence is the basis of preventive anti-terrorism measures
  4. The only new thing about civic surveilance is with what ease it is carried out in modern day society – it’s been there for decades, with no one complaining but those who have actually posed a threat

Among innumerable reasons.

So thank you, Automattic, but no thanks. Actually I’d be deeply honoured by having the NSA stopping by – as the Russians do several times a day, according to my stats. For very obvious reasons.

P.S. This is a Norwegian spoken blog, but seeing as I wouldn’t mind sharing the post with Automattic/WordPress – or the NSA (keep up the good work, guys!), and Norwegians understand English anyway …