Automattic, the company behind WordPress, is offering me and my fellow WordPress bloggers the opportunity to automattically (sorry!) include a Stop NSA – Learn more and take action banner across my blog, for which I am truly grateful, but politely have to decline, based on my firm conviction that:
- Edward Snowden and Julian Assange are nothing but publicity seeking charlatans
- Only people whose blogging may be of the intelligence community’s interest need worry (as I think they should – so why do we?)
- Good intelligence is the basis of preventive anti-terrorism measures
- The only new thing about civic surveilance is with what ease it is carried out in modern day society – it’s been there for decades, with no one complaining but those who have actually posed a threat
Among innumerable reasons.
So thank you, Automattic, but no thanks. Actually I’d be deeply honoured by having the NSA stopping by – as the Russians do several times a day, according to my stats. For very obvious reasons.
P.S. This is a Norwegian spoken blog, but seeing as I wouldn’t mind sharing the post with Automattic/WordPress – or the NSA (keep up the good work, guys!), and Norwegians understand English anyway …