It’s only paranoia when you don’t like the State watching you

It seems people don’t have any qualms about NSA spying on them, or at the very least when the surveillance is done covertly. If it’s done openly, however, they can’t dial 9-11 on their phones fast enough.

This video from Photography is Not a Crime filmed in Arizona shows people getting visibly upset by these photographers for possibly filming them. In some cases, they aren’t even being filmed, yet they confront the videographers and photographers and call the police on them.

Let’s just get this out there right now: if it were me I would not have gone about it in this way, but that really isn’t the point. either. People’s intense and immediate reaction to the camera is fascinating when you compare it to how they react to being spied on by their government, which is infinitely more harmful and potentially destructive to their lives.

Some may call these people paranoid, to which others might argue that these men behaved suspiciously.

“They don’t know what the photographers are going to do with the film or why they’re filming! They could be criminals stalking them.”

Ok. Fair enough.

Just out of curiosity, though, where is this outrage against the government when they spy on you?

Let’s put things in perspective. These gentlemen aren’t prying into your personal life. They aren’t obtaining your name, address, cell phone number, bank account, Social Security number, phone records, Internet history, or anything else.

The federal government does all of this.

Why aren’t you throwing a hissy fit with them or interrogating them for why they’re spying on you or violating your rights? Why don’t you feel violated when the NSA stores private data at their facilities.

Oh, that’s right. The government spies on you for your own good. They’re doing it to keep you safe.

You know who else uses that argument?

Stalkers, kidnappers, and control freaks.

In the 2004 film The Aviator, Howard Hughes bugs Ava Gardner’s home and insists it’s for her own protection (he also says with a straight face he doesn’t exactly listen to her phone calls: I just the transcripts, that’s all!”).

Her reply: The only one I need protection from is you!


How many of these people who didn’t like being filmed are the same people who turn around and argue “If you’ve done nothing wrong you’ve got nothing to hide” when they hear about government spying or insist that being cavity-searched by the TSA at the airport will prevent terrorists from taking over a plane?

No, I don’t have a poll or survey result in my hand, but I think the point is obvious. However many it is, it’s too many.

I can’t recall who described this behavior as a quasi form of Stockholm Syndrome, but whoever said it was onto something. When people get confrontational with others for merely photographing in public but then react nonchalantly or defensively when they learn their government is monitoring them, what you have is the same kind of situation where a woman or man refuse to leave an abusive relationship and justifies their abuser’s actions – actions they do not tolerate when other people do it – because they’ve convinced themselves this person actually cares about them and somehow it’s acceptable.

If only two percent of the American population got this enraged at the NSA spying on us then the entire agency would have been shut down yesterday.

Speaking of which, you can support the Tenth Amendment Center’s efforts to do just that by turning their water supply off.

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