Yes, it’s true that the Obama administration has been intruding more and more into the private lives of our citizens, with electronic surveillance and the like, but don’t blame them. They are just picking up where George W. Bush left off. They don’t really want to impinge on the civil liberties of Americans, but because Bush did it, they have no choice.
To give you an idea of how all this works, consider this chat that took place recently on the Internet. It seems that one evening two girls were enjoying a private tete-a-tete on an Internet bulletin board.
JULIE69: So anyway, are you ever going to hook up with Jason?
NANCY008: I don’t know. The more persistent he gets, the more he turns me off.
JULIE69: I think he really likes you.
NANCY008: OMG, tell me about it. But don’t you think I am too young? Twelve years old is pretty young.
JULIE69: OMG, what planet have you been on? There’s a 12-year-old Hispanic girl at my school who has had two abortions.
NANCY008: Doesn’t that gross you out? Violating her faith and all that.
THEBIG’O’: Hi, girls!
JULIE69: WTF! I thought this was a private chat room.
NANCY008: Yeah, same here.
THEBIG’O’: Don’t be alarmed, girls. I am just minding the store for Comcast. Trying to ensure customer satisfaction.
JULIE69: I don’t have Comcast. My Internet provider is Verizon.
NANCY008: I have Earthlink.
THEBIG’O’: Uh, that’s right, I keep on eye on things for them too.
JULIE69: Where do you live, TheBig’O’?
THEBIG’O’: Let’s make things easier. Call me Barry.
NANCY008: Where do you live, Barry?
THEBIG’O’: In Washington.
JULIE69: Oh, cool, I have an aunt in Seattle.
THEBIG’O’: No, the other Washington – in D.C.
NANCY008: How old are you, Barry?
THEBIG’O’: I never tell a lie, so I will have to admit that I am fifty-one years old.
JULIE69: Uh-oh, Nancy, I think maybe we have a perv in the room.
NANCY008: Don’t be rude, Julie, I like older men. They have experience. Did I tell you about the time I was approached online by a very sexy New York congressman?
JULIE69: Yes, like maybe eight times.
THEBIG’O’: Girls, girls, I don’t have anything like that in mind. I am married and if I tried anything my wife would knock me through the wall. You should see her. I was just wondering if you want to buy any smoke. I have about a ton of it left over from my college days. I can’t smoke it at home – my wife again; she won’t let me smoke anything.
NANCY008: From your college days? That shit must be pretty old. Is it any good?
THEBIG’O’: I think so. There is no expiration date.
JULIE69: OK, send it along. We’ll do the deal subject to our approval of the merchandise. I guess you’ll need our addresses.
THEBIG’O’: No. I already know where you live.
NANCY008: I suppose that’s to be expected if you work for the Internet provider.
THEBIG’O’: I even know what you look like. I can see you as we are chatting. You are both nice-looking young women. But, Julie, maybe you should put on some clothes.