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The U.S. is now considered an enemy of the Internet. Reporters Without Borders listed all the countries they believe threaten the Internetsecurity of their citizens. And for the first time since they created the list,America found its name on it.

Think about that for a second. North Korea's brutal governmenthas gone to incredible lengths to control what kind of information the country receives. The guys in charge have even gone as far to create a nationwideintranet for their citizens. Think about the network your company uses to distribute company memos and employee handbooks. Now imagine implementing that across a country of almost 25 million people.

How bad did things get in the U.S. that we now find ourselves inthe same company as the North Koreans?

The report did clarify that America's on the list only becauseof the actions of a specific agency. But trying to distinguish which parts ofthe government are better than others is pointless. In the end,they're all working for the same boss who has the same agenda, regardless ofwhat party he's in.

So claiming the actions of the National Security Agency are themain reason the U.S. is now considered an enemy of the Internet doesn't make itany better.

You do have to wonder, however, if the US would be on this list if Edward Snowden hadn't exposed what takes place behind closed doors. What if he had followed proper procedures and brought up these privacyviolations to his supervisors, rather than exposing them to the general public?His concerns might have fallen on one or two sets of sympathetic ears, but the bureaucracy of the D.C. power structure won't allow any real changes to the status quo.

If that had happened, the president and all the politicians onCapitol Hill could have said with a straight face that they respect their citizens' rights and privacies. The government would have let you live in blissful ignorance of the surveillance programs that monitor every call you make and every site you visit.

Edward Snowden probably would have disappeared into some darkcorner of the U.S. justice system. But that's a small price to pay to live in acountry that "respects" its citizens' Internet privacy.

Reason magazine's A. Barton Hinkle haspenned another scathing critique of the IRS and the government's growing army of accountants. As the virus of politics spreads into all the different aspects of your private life, you'd be amazed at how blatant they've gotten. Remember, even mob boss Al Capone couldn't escape the IRS once they set their sights on him. Find out how bad things have gotten. But more importantly, discover what you can do to protect yourself.

Read Hinkle's article here:
Weaponizing the IRS - Reason.com
 

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How the hel| is Russia not on that list?
 
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Still wonder why there is an ammo shortage?

"How the hell is Russia not on that list?" Hmmmmm.... Good question; may not like the answer though.
 
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