Life is music June 11, 2013: Love is a PRISM edition

On this rudieTuesday, I continue a theme of events that can be tagged under “civil-liberties.” (Or lack thereof.)

By now, news of the NSA tracking your emails, credit card transactions, Skype conversations and more is pretty widespread.

Today, the ACLU has announced a lawsuit against the Obama administration over the attack of freedoms. Since the freakishly broad nature of the NSA snooping was revealed, it’s been a huge issue of contention. Lawmakers, the ones within the government who benefit from the information, are generally supporting it. According to a Pew poll, civilians, the ones who are being surveilled, are split. If the poll is accurate, Americans lean towards supporting the NSA, but I question what the reaction would be if they knew for a fact that they were the ones being surveilled. Some say surveillance like this is necessary for national security, and that civilians did not need to know PRISM is happening — a wonderfully cliche position that ignorance is bliss.

Since the start of Obama’s presidency, FBI requests of information gathered by the Patriot Act have risen like crazy. The Act is what allowed the creation of PRISM, the once-top secret federal project that did the snooping into civilians’ private information and conversations.

A man named Edward Snowden will likely soon be placed on trial by America as the leaker of the NSA info, the whistleblower, the traitor. He’s set to be a new Pfc. Bradley Manning (who, by the way, has been detained in some pretty awful conditions.)

So I offer a song this week that makes light of a dark situation. A band of fellows who sing about crime in a way that makes committing ones sound like a punk show. Some Masked Intruder for you all, for the sweet irony of pop-punk licks and sad, sad subject matter that they provide. Also for the fact that I can make a pun off the lyric “love is a prison” in my head by turning it into “love is a PRISM.”

… And the research I did for the article, all the links I found and linked, I’m sure are now in the NSA’s database, too.

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