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Join the Junior NSA Spy Kids Club! by poasterchild Join the Junior NSA Spy Kids Club! by poasterchild
Please disseminate widely, thank you! This does not give permission to alter or claim credit for this re-mixed work, for which I retain all copyrights. The original illustration is copyrighted by The Exploratorium, San Francisco. It is used here under a Fair Use exemption for the purpose of political commentary and parody as provided for by the Copyright Act.

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gaturora Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Big Brother is watching you.
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poasterchild Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
More like Little Brother in this case.
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alexbfree Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
Hi. I just wanted to understand, are you saying this poster is a real poster created by the Exploratorium? Or that it is a fictional poster just reusing some images (the boy, perhaps) from the Exploratorium.
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poasterchild Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
it' a fictional poster created using the image of the boy and other design elements from a poster advertising an exhibit on listening produced by the Exploratorium.  All of my work is re-mixes of existing art, most in the public domain.  This particular image is used under the provisions permitting parodies as provided for in the Fair Use exemption contained in the Copyright Act.
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alexbfree Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
Thanks for the explanation. I guess it's telling of the times we live in that I had to ask! Well done!
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SkyfireDragon Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Dare to narc on your friends and family. The question that should be asked is do you get a plastic de-coder ring, or just the pass codes to the secret stash of collected data?
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34A7B Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
NSA: "Damn it! He took our idea!"
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CRMdrummergirl Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist
always a fan of political stuff like this. I agree with whoever made the Hitler Youth comment on principle, though that might be stretching it a bit in reality. collecting phone records and mass murder are very different things. great piece of work
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poasterchild Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you for your compliment.  I think the people who made the comparisons between the NSA's domestic spying programs and the Hitler Youth are stretching it, but they are expressing the concern that totalitarian methods are a slippery slope and that once these ways of operating become ingrained in a democratic government the possibility of future mischief becomes very real.  This sentiment was eloquently expressed by former United States Senator Frank Church of Idaho, who exposed the NSA's previous forays into illegal domestic spying when he brought those practices -- which extended over some 55 years -- to light in 1975:

"That capability at any time could be turned around on the American people and no American would have any privacy left, such [is] the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn't matter. There would be no place to hide. If this government ever became a tyranny, if a dictator ever took charge in this country, the technological capacity that the intelligence community has given the government could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back, because the most careful effort to combine together in resistance to the government, no matter how privately it was done, is within the reach of the government to know. Such is the capability of this technology…. I don't want to see this country ever go across the bridge. I know the capacity that is there to make tyranny total in America, and we must see to it that this agency and all agencies that possess this technology operate within the law and under proper supervision, so that we never cross over that abyss. That is the abyss from which there is no return."

The capabilities of which Church was writing in 1975 pale in comparison to what the NSA is able to do today.
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CRMdrummergirl Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist
I do understand the slippery slope side of things, and tyranny in any form should not be tolerated in a "free" society such as ours. It is indeed frightening to look at how close Church thought we were to tyranny then, compared to where we are currently. It also begs the question: will our current methods look as rudimentary in 40ish years as the 1975 ones do now? That capacity is certainly here now, but it is that same capability of technology that allows hackers to get through and expose things (i.e. Aaron Schwartz and the academic papers). And no matter how much technology there is, the human factor is eternally unstable (see: Edward Snowden). Because of that, I disagree with the part of the quote stating that there would be NO way to fight back, although I agree with the fact that America should never get to the point where people have to fight back in the first place. Sorry if that was an incoherent mess, I was trying to phrase things as best I could.
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