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Saturday, February 21, 2015

"I Want You" – Postcard

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I created a modern day version of an advertising poster for the United States Government, in the vein of the vintage Uncle Sam posters.

I authored the words on my poster:

      I Want You

      to help US
      subvert the Constitution

      Free thinkers need not apply

      This message approved by the CIA, NSA, NGA, FBI, ATF, DHS

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

The Uncle Sam image is from the Library of Congress, and I applied the G'MIC "Hope poster" filter to it. (See the side of my blog for links.)

This piece was inspired by the ever growing list of actions committed by the United States Government.

After the latest revelation about the United States Government's hacking of Gemalto and their theft of Gemalto's encryption keys for SIM cards used in cellular phones around the world, I decided to get the courage to post this. (If I get brave, I'll even mail printed postcards to Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden.)

From the CIA torture report, to coups that aren't coups (Egypt, Ukraine), to arming Syrian rebels who later morph into ISIS, to spying on the American people in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, and more, the ever growing list is alarming.

Where is the voice of the US Media, who were so vocal during the Senate Church Committee and Watergate eras?

President Barack Obama, June 7, 2013:

"And the modest encroachments on privacy that are involved in getting phone numbers or duration without a name attached and not looking at content — that on, you know, net, it was worth us doing.

That’s — some other folks may have a different assessment of that. But I think it’s important to recognize that you can’t have a hundred percent security and also then have a hundred percent privacy and zero inconvenience. You know, we’re going to have to make some choices as a society."

President Barack Obama, January 17, 2015:

"The bottom line is that people around the world, regardless of their nationality, should know that the United States is not spying on ordinary people who don’t threaten our national security, and that we take their privacy concerns into account in our policies and procedures."

The Fourth Amendment

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

President Abraham Lincoln, September 17, 1859 Speech at Cincinnati, Ohio:

"The people of these United States are the rightful masters of both Congresses and courts — not to overthrow the constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert that constitution."

The First Amendment

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

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