The most prominent right-wing talk-radio host does not believe in freedom of speech, freedom of assembly . . . and shouldn’t that also include the freedom to bear arms?
Well it is no news that they don’t believe in the news — and that someone they can’t peg, and whom they certainly revile, is “corrupting the youth.” Enlightenment is NOT information; we already knew that.
They fear me, the “professorette.” The right-wing talk-radio host has likened me to a kitchenette, or the long-gone Wonkette (the only woman of the original three political bloggers when it became a fad), giving me this diminutive because he and his kind fear me: a little professor? They fear me so much so they have to resort to hacking. Wow. My relatives in Weed Patch, Lamont, and Tehachapi, California, must all be watching.
My relatives, the Frick family — all to the right of Ronald Reagan, and proud of having high-level political appointees in the Nixon, Ford, and Reagan administrations — never tried to shut me up before.
They didn’t know what to do with me: never the kind to get in trouble, married young, two sons, having a solid academic career, finishing four books and all the various academic trappings before I landed my dream job, and then continuing on with a couple more books, including the forthcoming Out of Many, One: Obama and the Third American Political Tradition.
Now, the federal government did know what to do with me. They put me in the freedom-of-speech blogging pile, I am sure.
A Google Analytics report contains an interesting domain search of who has been looking at my blog. This tool is so thorough that one can practically see which colleague checks your web site incessantly (like one at Baruch). But more important, it shows how the federal-government machines that Dana Priest and William M. Arkin wrote about in Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State do word searches and then check sites.
Here’s my list, in order, of what government bodies have checked my blog out the most: Navy, Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, the NYPD, Department of Justice, Social Security Administration, Department of State, FBI, NASA, L.A. Sheriff, FAA, State of Maryland, City of Houston, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the United States House of Representatives and the Senate.
A couple of surprises were that my own state — Governor Chris Christie’s New Jersey Department of Transportation — checked on me less than the Broward County Public Schools. But Christie’s Department of Transportation did look at the website one more time than either the Oklahoma Office of State Finance or the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
Naturally, I was visited by financial services such as Dean Witter and the Bank of America. Also a couple of commercial enterprises that made sense, like Boeing or Fedex, and a couple that were head scratchers, such as Monsanto.
On one hand, Google Analytics helps one surmise: “Wow!” The federal government is relying on the information described by Priest and Arkin.
On the other hand, Google Analytics ensures that, other than the category domain “not set,” I know what branch of the executive branch is watching. Like all tools, Google Analytics is a double-edged sword that sooner rather than later, as Paul Bremer from Bush’s Defense Department explains, we need to wrap our heads around — for our own security, not just national security.
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