Of Course Trump Was Surveilled — Isn’t Everybody?

Maybe I missed something but I’ve been assuming for the last half-dozen years or so, probably a lot longer, that every word I spoke into a cellphone, every text and email I wrote, every letter I typed in my Internet-connected computers and, more recently, every utterance I made in front of the Amazon Alexa on my desk were being recorded somewhere. And if someone or some organization seriously wanted to find them, if they could wangle permission or even if not, they would be able to get all or most of it. My life, good and bad, is up there in the cloud somewhere, every last word and digit.

Isn’t that true of all of us?

Then why wouldn’t that be true of Donald Trump?

  • Tom Forsythe

    I don’t think anyone is surveilling me, and quite frankly, I’m hurt.

    • I’ll surveille you.

      • Tom Forsythe

        Kinda creepy.

        • Carlo

          But absolutely true.

        • Just tryin to help;)

          • Tom Forsythe

            I meant surveilled by someone important.

          • andycanuck


    • Clausewitz

      Try googling certain subjects and get back to us on that thought.

  • Jay Currie

    I have always assumed that it was possible anything I wrote on the net or in email could be read by pretty much the whole world. It is why I blog and comment under my own name. Using my own name means I am mindful of the total lack of privacy online.

    Cell calls? Possibly. But my cell calls are pretty routine. In fact, there is nothing there that I would not be ok with being broadcast to the world.

    I suppose if one had a “secret life” of some sort, this would be a bigger deal; but, as it stands I can’t get too worked up about it. On the other hand, I am pleased as punch that jihadis and Islamists are being monitored or have to believe that they are. My own privacy is a very small price to pay for that sort of security. The only thing which does worry me is that the security services might not be monitoring enough.

    • Clausewitz

      I used to do that as well until a sympathetic Principal who was my mentor warned me about the internal politics of the Peel District School Board when I was in line to be promoted to department head. That’s when I went underground taking the identity of two of my heros, Clausewitz, and Bill the Cat.

  • ed

    here in the UK car windscreen tax discs now ended ANPR automated number plate reading cameras do the job ,estimated 20,000 now in place on motorways and trunk roads in the UK , no tax MOT or insurance or vechicle/ registered owner on watch list they flag up the vehicle also fitted to police cars , fines or court appearance now comes in the post , Glasgow to London by road you will be recorded 1,000 times info kept for 5 years .new cameras now have face recognition . so no it wasn`t me guv won`t work .[ I always drive with sunblind down ] est static CCTV cameras in the UK 5 million [ ed uk ]

  • Alain

    But we were told that Watergate was such a scandal and unacceptable. Just saying.

    • Clausewitz

      Tell it to Obama.