Well I guess now I have actually seen everything. I mean when I saw Rhenquist get appointed to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, I had a feeling in my gut that this would sour the country over time and decades later I was right. The country moved sharply and dangerously to the right and the effects on the fabric of US society and the founder’s great ideals has been nothing less than horrific. I saw us invade and overthrow democratically elected governments, I watched as we invaded countries to take their resources and I saw the day when the United States began to torture detainees; and now we spy on our own citizenship. The disheartening part of all of this is that we cannot stop it. The new Obama government that I thought would save us from all this perfidy has been a weak tea served in the midst of a titantic battle for the rights of Americans.
This week I learned that the NSA has a Children’s Website, to propagandize its mission to children. I can hardly even write these words when I imagine that the rest of the country just recently discovered that we are all persons of interest to the NSA. And while the public hasn’t really had a chance to be heard from, and our gridlocked, molasses like Congress will not act in time to really make a difference. While we have barely enjoined the subject of mass spying, the NSA is marketing its services and mission to our children with cartoons and video games and tchotchkes. I see a dark sedan pull up to a nine year old, and an all day sucker is offered from the window.
One of the cartoon characters is named T. Top, and he thinks code breaking is “kewl”. Here is what the cartoon character tells our kids: “In the world of diplomacy, knowing what your enemy is planning helps you to prepare,” the turtle says. “But it is also important that your enemies do not know what you have planned. It is the mission of the National Security Agency and the Central Security Service to learn what it can about its potential enemies to protect America’s government communications.”
You see, kids, you’ve got nothing to be ashamed of. America doesn’t either. We are great nation and we have enemies and we must spy on them. And we have to spy on you, just in case you’re not a good kid. Just follow Decipher Dog and CryptoKat and the CyberTwins, Cy and Cyndi. They’ll show you how to decide early on that you want to spy on enemies, even if that means that couple next door. Heck, they’re probably pot smokin’ Grateful Dead listenin’ anarchists.
It would be great of we had a media that was as interested in these topics as it is in Kim Kardashians ass. Perhaps then we could have an adult discussion about when the NSA can start recruiting a child.
Source: NYT, http://www.nsa.gov/kids/