WASHINGTON, March 24, 2018: Those who follow the news recently discovered that Cambridge Analytica, a UK company was briefly employed by the Trump presidential campaign. For that campaign, Cambridge Analytics data mined America’s Facebook users without their knowledge. By doing so, the campaign hoped it could better hone Trump’s message to potential voters ahead of the election.
As one result of the current fallout, Congress threatens to drag Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg before its parade of committees.
As a follow-on to those hearings, Congressional critics of Zuckerberg and Facebook may possibly push to legislate regulatory curbs on social media companies.
These would address the same kind of data mining once practiced by the media-savvy Barack Obama. Lest we forget, Obama’s campaign also consulted with Cambridge Analytica and employed its Facebook data mining skills during the presidential election of 2012.
After Cambridge Analytica, is it time to treat Facebook as
the giant multi international monopoly it is?
Unfortunately, the media refuses to investigate that particular connection with the UK firm. In fact, Facebook and Zuckerberg both favored sharing Facebook user information with the Obama campaign, which they clearly favored.
It’s as if a certain president colluded with the Russians
After all, Obama is the Democratic president who expanded upon the foolish, Republican-crafted Patriot Act with his own PRISM program. Unfortunately, that allowed the National Security Agency (NSA) to do what Mark Zuckerberg and his fellow social media moguls could only dream of.
Especially relevant is that the data mining President Obama so skillfully put to use via Facebook proved just a beta test for what would eventually become known as PRISM. Yet Obama’s political hacks now scream about the “privacy issues” (#deletefacebook) they once disdained.
Equally important, they are the same people who showed little concern that companies like Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Zuckerberg, like the rest of Silicon Valley, were willing accomplices in the domestic spying activities of Obama’s NSA.
Former NSA computer contractor and PRISM whistleblower, Edward Snowden, tweeted:
NEW: Facebook now swears that this time, it’s serious about your data privacy. But it backed a bill allowing foreign govts vast warrantless access to stored data – which can be sent back to U.S. authorities in some cases. Now it’s law. https://t.co/Qn3sIAsQXj
— Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) March 23, 2018
On the other hand, Snowden reserved a few choice words for those who blithely and habitually post every detail of their mundane lives to Zuckerberg’s privacy-killing, Deep State assisting monster:
“Facebook makes their money by exploiting and selling intimate details about the private lives of millions, far beyond the scant details you voluntarily post. They are not victims. They are accomplices.”
Zuckerberg, others, suddenly aware of data mining
However, these same folks believe, as their privacy-crushing overlords in Washington have told them, that Snowden chose to become a traitor and not a patriot.
After downloading embarrassing, and secret, NSA surveillance material, Snowden fled the United States of NSA for Russia.
There, he currently rails against the murderous Vladimir Putin regime:
“The ballot stuffing seen today in Moscow and elsewhere in the Russian election is an effort to steal the influence of 140 + million people. Demand justice; demand laws and courts that matter. Take your future back.”
In a letter Abraham Lincoln wrote in 1855, Lincoln declared
“As a nation, we began by declaring that ‘all men are created equal.’”
Lincoln would be ashamed of us today.
Americans, through their tolerance of Washington’s Zuckerberg-like spying, apparently believe that a select few political insiders are, in the words of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm,” clearly “more equal than others.”
“When it comes to this,” said Lincoln, “I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty – to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.”
Nonetheless, Edward Snowden did just that, to the everlasting shame of George W. Bush and Barack Obama’s Deep State operatives. Likewise the legion of Facebook-addicted Americans. As a result, they remain clueless about the ongoing loss of their Constitutionally protected freedoms.
Top images: Facebook on the ad:tech 2010, photo: Derzsi Elekes Andor. Mark Zuckerberg, Presidência do México.