PRIVACY AND YOUR HEALTH

There are all kinds of crazies in the world. Here’s the latest.

This is about two guys, one an industrial mechanic who worked for General Electric Co., who is also allegedly a member of the Ku Klux Klan, and the other, an electronics company employee. They “designed a deadly, mobile radiation device that they tried to sell to Jewish groups and then to a southern branch of the Ku Klux Klan, according to a federal complaint unsealed Wednesday, [June 19, 2013,]  in Albany, NY.”

The device was intended to be a truck-mounted radiation particle weapon that could be remotely controlled and capable of silently aiming a lethal beam of radioactivity at its human targets. The concept was that victims would eventually die from radiation sickness.”

The idea is nuts but it brings up two good points.

1. Radiation is truly dangerous. It is cumulative which means it collects and build ups in the body and stays there forever. Recent studies show that it effects and can damage the brain and other body parts. Think of that when you consent to having your baby x-rayed. I’m not saying don’t do it. I’m am saying be sure it is used judiciously. When the doctor says, “let’s get a CT just to be sure,” be wary. The next time your doctor suggests a diagnostic or dental x-ray for you, think about it.

2. The plan to make a deadly radiation device was discovered by FBI recorded telephone calls. That brings up the right to privacy issue. There has been a lot of hoop-la about it lately but what if that right threatens the lives of others?

Webster defines privacy as “freedom from unauthorized intrusion.” Privacy is not mentioned in the United States Constitution but when the founders wrote the Bill of Rights they did express some privacy concerns. Many of these are addressed in various constitutional amendments.

For example, the 5th Amendment talks about the privilege against self-incrimination. It provides protection for the privacy of personal information and states that we mustn’t sue someone who’s privacy has been unlawfully intruded upon.

U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian said the investigation of the deadly, mobile radiation device “demonstrates how we must remain vigilant to detect and stop potential terrorists, who so often harbor hatred toward people they deem undesirable.”

Army General Keith B. Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency testified Tuesday before the House Intelligence Committee. He said, “surveillance programs helped prevent more than 50 potential terror attacks (ten of which were domestic – the rest worldwide,) including plots to target the New York Stock Exchange and the city’s subway.”

Privacy has pretty much gone by the wayside these days. If you don’t believe it, take a look at Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, etc. And by the way, we have alleged traitors like Edward Snowdon who feel free to leak vital secrets and put the lives of 300,000,000 Americans at stake. Now that’s really scary.

 

3 Responses to PRIVACY AND YOUR HEALTH

  • Bob says:

    Sounds to me like the two guys with the lethal radiation machine were on to something big. We have been irradiating ourselves for years now and look at how much cancer exists in this country. It must work. The problem appears to be that it would take so long in most cases to be deadly. The U.S. probably brought charges against them because the government is working on a similar device for use against our “enemies” (which these days appear to be some U.S. citizens).

    Trying to sell the device to the KKK shows how stupid the creators were. Bubba can’t aim anything bigger than a handgun. He and his cronies would have been shooting the ray at everyone who came along. Selling to the KKK was the stupidest thing they thought of.

    As to privacy, we are only now becoming very aware of how little privacy we have, BUT we fooled ourselves for at least a century that we had any privacy at all. The government has collected information on citizens for years and years.

    J. Edgar Hoover had personal files on his enemies and the people he preceived to be enemies of the U.S. He collected information probably illegally for the purposes of blackmailing famous Americans and protecting his cross-dressing self from blackmail. A sick pervert of a man!

    In the 1960’s the U.S. government collected information on liberals because they were unAmerican. People complained then, but it wasn’t until “conservative” groups found themselves targeted that it became a big issue. Those people can whine really loud when the injustice visits them and their ilk.

    The 1970’s saw even more collection of information. The CIA allegedly introduced heroin and crack into certain communities where the people were working to establish the power of the people. Could’t let that happen in America.

    So privacy never really existed. Now, in an electronic age where people put all kinds of things on the internet, we’re suddenly concerned about privacy? People, wake up and smell the coffee.

    We have sacrificed our privacy (what little we had) for safety. We don’t want to have people blowing up buildings or bombing subways or turning lethal radiation machines on others. We don’t want McDonald’s serving scalding hot coffee to someone stupid enough to put it between her legs and drive. We want out children protected from evil people so we allow the government to entice the potential pedophiles into situations where they can be arrested. We don’t want to live as much as live protected lives away from all the bad things that can happen to human beings. For that irrational promise, we have been willing to give up our privacy to catch the “bad” people, but in the end our sacrifice will come back to haunt all Americans and we’re beginning to see it. The secret police, even in democracies, threaten all citizens.

  • Bob says:

    Are we at the end?

    I think we are reaching the end of a pendulum swing where the reactionaries are trying to rein in a society that’s gone too far in their estimation. Of course, they can’t.

    The answer: become an element of change. That’s one. Disobey is another.

    Yes, every day I’m grateful that I don’t live in Brownbackistan.

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