Contact theSOPAbout theSOPSupport theSOPWritersEditorsManaging Editors
theSOP logo
Published:March 7th, 2007 07:40 EST
So, Who's Watching Big Brother?

So, Who's Watching Big Brother?

By S Renee Greene

One of my favorite movie plots is the one where his or her victim is stalking the stalker. Somehow, a character-victim gets to turn the tables on their enemy by becoming his or her worst nightmare. It empowers the victim and makes the action "well "more actionable.

The Powers that Be in this nation (ooh, I shudder to say the powers that be ") have used everything from smokescreens to threats of exposure to scare tactics with the use of words like terrorism, " weapons of mass destruction, " and national security " to make mincemeat of its citizens` mental agilities and independent thought processes. But when do the people " get to turn the tide of civility back into the hands of the private citizens and start watching the watchers? Doesn`t everybody, most of us that is, have dirty little secrets that could be a threat to national security, particularly those who are supposed to be keeping an eye on everyone else?

Okay, maybe it`s not that simple. Go spying on the US government officials and watch your neck go the way of JFK, MLK, and RFK, just for starters. And whatever happened to that guy, um, Jimmy Hoffa, anyway? The world may never know. We have even witnessed a local guy who videotaped a policeman speeding down a residential area with speed limit signs all over the place receive a like-kind gratitude that included threats (from the police department, mind you) on his life and that of his family for acting as Citizen Snitch and turning the cop in. So much for empowering the victims, or the activists who are crazy enough to think the laws should apply to everyone.

Today, the guilty verdict for I. Lewis Scooter " Libby was yet another blue ribbon in the champion cause for Who`s watching Big Brother?, " and a simultaneous kick in the shins for the undercover misdeeds (a la Watergate style) that said that at least some of us Americans are sick of the she-ite, and aren`t taking it any more. Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney`s former chief of staff, was found guilty on Tuesday of four of five counts of obstructing justice, lying and perjury during an investigation into the administration`s disclosure of the identity of undercover CIA official Valerie Plame, Joseph C. Wilson`s wife.
Some say it`s time for Cheney to resign. Well, Cheney seems to have some pressing medical issues that may force him to resign before anyone gets a chance to batter him into it. Unlike his hunting buddy, Harry Whittington, the guy who didn`t dodge the bullet fast enough and lived to tell it (and still has visible bruises from with the birdshot spray on the right side of his face to show it), Cheney`s medical issues may take him down faster than a suicide bomber can run. Besides, if Cheney resigns, The Decider " will have to go with him; after all, he not only approved it, but participated in it, according to the reports we`ve all heard. Hello, Dicky Nixon. 

The only problem America seems to have with watching Big Brother is that it takes too many inquiries and investigations, and fair " trials to get to the bottom of matters. The average American citizen who is being spied upon may never get a benefit of a doubt if accused of national misconduct " unbefitting an American citizen. For instance, locker room bull sessions and anti-war peace protests, and even the contents of website searches and who`s buying what books: These are but a few instances of the recent nationalist hoopla over government spying " and its implications with regard to the duty to protect the privacy of everyday citizens. Some have gone so far as to say that the day will soon come when buying a bicycle will be considered a plot to overthrow the government because the tubular metal pipes can be used to create and hide homemade bombs that can then be cycled, man-free, into a crowd and detonated on contact. Yep.

However, FBI and CIA agents, and people like that there "don`t they have names, homes, family members, and skeletons in their closets, too? Don`t their families have dirty little secrets they don`t want anyone to know about that should be protected by the citizens who are paying to be protected? Ask Plame. Better yet, ask her husband, the guy who wasn`t afraid to tell the citizens of America what he didn`t find " in Africa when asked to check out a story on uranium yellowcake sales from Niger to Iraq. One can only guess that where no weapons of mass destruction are found, uranium yellowcake has got to be there somewhere, waiting to be found by the Powers that Be so they can say, Aha! Told ya! " Yep.

In the meantime, while America proper is still waiting for Big Brother " to cough up the 4-1-1 on 9-1-1, maybe some more Citizen Wilson`s will continue to keep their noses to the grindstone, and their shoulders to the wheel. While I realize a country without leadership is asking for anarchy; a country with bad leadership, who spies on its own citizens without just cause, is asking to have the examination tables turned right back on itself, with the probe stuck in exactly the right place at the right time.

EDITOR`S NOTE " S Renee Greene is an Atlanta freelance writer and independent research professional. She is also a former legal professional who has recently semi-retired from corporate America.

Copyright 2007 Southstate LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be published broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the written permission of the author.