One Nation, Under Surveillance

One Nation, Under Surveillance

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I generally try to avoid doing consecutive comics about the same topic, but last week, a few polls taken after Snowden’s NSA whistleblowing show that Americans support the snooping, especially when it’s falsely framed against terrorism.

The same country that accepts thousands of gun and traffic deaths, for the sake of personal freedom, cowers in a corner, pisses their pants, and hands over their privacy whenever the authorities whisper “terrorism” into their precious little ears.

Fifty years or so from now, when books are written about us, we’ll be labeled “The Scaredest Generation,” if books are still around in 2063.

Secret Agent Smartphone

Secret Agent Smartphone

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Last week, Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden confirmed that the NSA is running a gigantic domestic surveillance program. So much has been written and said about it that I don’t have much to add except that I agree with what Matt Bors said.

Besides the actual spying, the people defending it are the most noxious. From Dianne Feinstein, who presumably knows a lot about the program(s) as Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to the general public, who are still pissing their pants nearly 12 years after 9/11, this country’s still in the throes of an epic freakout over terrorists.

If terrorists killed 30,000+ Americans a year, I MIGHT be inclined to think this program was anywhere near justifiable, but that’s guns. Guns kill 30,000+ Americans a year, and we can’t even collect data on who’s buying them. Our security priorities: They’re fucked up and bullshit.

The Many Uses of Police Drones

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I’m loathe to admit it, but I got the idea for this cartoon after reading something in HuffPo. Ubiquitous CCTVs are bad enough, but giving them the gift of flight is something not even Orwell imagined. Almost as ubiquitous as the drones are excellent cartoons about them. Check out Tom Tomorrow’s and Mark Fiore’s takes on those eyes in our domestic skies.

As for CISPA, it’s worse than SOPA/PIPA, but I guess we all got internet-privacy-fatigue and stopped caring. But if you still do, help stop it.

And a bit of housekeeping, Big Fat Whale returns from hiatus next week. I have some other projects that converged into a deadline singularity last week, and since BFW pays shit, I decided to have outdoor fun over the holiday weekend rather than catching up on work. It was awesome. I hope your weekends were just as swell and lazy.