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Feel The Pentagon Love: CIFA Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Ya gotta love musical blogs. I picked this up from MajikThise, who picked it up from got it from Morgon at Kos and they all got it from the Washington Post

So the military's spying on us and everyone else. Not surprising really. As someone pointed out, we have no privacy. It would be nice though, every now and then, to be allowed the pretense of such things. But NNNOOOOOOOO! The feds won't allow us that.

The Pentagon's newest counterterrorism agency, charged with protecting military facilities and personnel wherever they are, is carrying out intelligence collection, analysis and operations within the United States and abroad, according to a Pentagon fact sheet on the Counterintelligence Field Activity, or CIFA, provided to The Washington Post.

CIFA is a three-year-old agency whose size and budget remain secret. It has grown from an agency that coordinated policy and oversaw the counterintelligence activities of units within the military services and Pentagon agencies to an analytic and operational organization with nine directorates and ever-widening authority.

CIFA watches everyone who might be a threat to the military, which means us loudmouthed left-wing bloggers are probably on their list right now. If we say things like we don't think the military should be allowed to recruit on college campuses, they we're a threat. If we protest the war, we're a threat. If we say we know someone named Mohammed Ali, we're probably a threat then too. Perhaps our very existance is a threat to the military and the established government. They need us so they can exist but they don't want us because we whine a lot. If NORAD can watch Santa Claus all through his trip on Christmas Eve, I sure as hell don't want to know what they watch me doing.

As Echidne points out:

Our wingnut friends tell us that those with clear consciences have nothing to worry about and that we should not criticize the president's belief that he is above the law. This sounds to me like something the fathers of the old Soviet Union used to argue. No, the correct attitude here is worry, for once we have the spying infrastructure it will be used. And who knows, maybe one day its existence will look like a threat to today's wingnuts. Political fortunes change, you know.

But we'll go on beating our drum to a different beat and they'll keep watching us. Most of our population won't know nor will they care. But I'm here, along with my buddies and we'll bark a bit. But we'll let our voyeuristic government watch. C'mere... bring that camera a little closer. I got something for you to see.

posted by Stithmeister @ 1:48 PM

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