With approximately 314 million people living in the United States, wouldn’t you think there would be enough folks to spy on? Especially since government agents have clearly demonstrated that they won’t let the triviality of a lack of a warrant stop them from listening to our phone calls and reading our emails, even with no probable cause.
Well, apparently 314 million people are not enough to satiate the government’s spying appetite. Recently it was learned that the feds are now spying on each other as part of an “insider threat” program launched by an Obama Administration that obviously considers useless and expensive activities more important than resolving the real problems that negatively affect Americans everyday.
The administration wants federal workers and contractors to watch out for “high-risk” behavior among their comrades and to report it. Among the activities that feds are told to be on the lookout for range from financial problems to odd working hours to unusual travel.
So, if a federal employee is hurting financially because she’s spending a significant chunk of her money to help an ailing relative or send her child to a private school, she’s a suspect. And if another federal employee likes to work very early in the morning a couple of days per week so that he can volunteer his time in a soup kitchen in the evening, he’s a suspect. And if another federal employee visits Africa with her church group to help kids with AIDs, she’s a suspect.
The low-tech method being used for this internal spying is called “behavioral surveillance,” which of course is as inherently faulty as it is stupid. People using these types of non-reliable techniques will be guided more by their biases than by their brains. But the upper level feds don’t care. They just want the names of more people to harass.
This type of surveillance system is blatantly illegal and unethical, but as we know, the Obama Administration isn’t concerned with such trivialities. The administration considers itself above the law.
How would you react if your employer asked you to watch out for and report suspicious behavior among your co-workers? Is that something you would consider doing, or would you politely tell your boss that you have more important things to do at work? Please let me know what you think.
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