“George W. Obama” Photo Takes Aim At NSA Scandal

    June 7, 2013
    Shaylin Clark
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If you’ve been anywhere near the internet in the last couple days, you are probably aware of the recent government surveillance scandals. It started yesterday with the revelation that the government was collecting data from Verizon customers phone calls (all of them). And if that wasn’t Big Brother-y enough for you, news broke this morning about the NSA’s secret PRISM program, which gathers data from the servers a shocking array of the most popular and ubiquitous tech companies: Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, and more.

Unsurprisingly, this double-whammy of privacy scandals has prompted a number of unfavorable comparisons between the Obama administration and the Bush administration. As you may recall, the Bush administration came under fire repeatedly for programs – including warrantless wiretapping of suspected terrorists – that were seen as violations of the civil rights of American citizens. These comparisons have run the gamut from articulate and well-thought to… less so (as you might expect from the internet). None, perhaps, is as simple and succinct as the Huffington Post’s front page image from yesterday.

The image, which you can see above, consists of the title “GEORGE W. OBAMA” and a blending of a photo of former President Bush with a photo of President Obama. The image is quite well done, and surprisingly unsettling, as though my brain can’t decide who it thinks I’m looking at.

The president, who has long been reluctant to discuss government surveillance programs, finally spoke out in defense of the two controversial programs today, claiming that the programs were necessary, and that they carried on under the watchful eye of Congress, which he said could stop the programs easily if it felt there were abuses.

How comforting you find that depends, I suppose, on how much you trust Congress.

  • Name

    This is a very appropriate picture. Americans polarize themselves by saying they are republican or democrat when in actuality all politicians are the same. Politicians simply are not representative of the people. Maybe if someone who made $30k a year, had a family, and struggled in life made it into office then real change would happen. However, the reality is that politicians are wealthy and are so disconnected from the common person. No common man would ever make it into politics.

    I am not a bible thumper and don’t ever want to be. But honestly, the only King to ever lower himself to the status of his people was Jesus Christ. Christ ushered in a paradigm shift the likes of which has never been seen and will never be seen again. This is what made Jesus so dangerous to the establishment and this is why they killed him.

    Out of love, he lowered himself, became one of us, and suffered as we do. Truly, he is the only one worthy of our allegiance.

    • http://yahoo Osa

      Aman! Run for office yourself, at least your human enough to speak the truth. Jesus isn’t going to stay away too much longer, when we are allowing everything that He told us was Sin.
      And if we speak we are the one in the wrong. Go figure.

  • Paul

    The image itself is older. Dating back to at least 2009.


    (keep scrolling, it’s about halfway down)

  • John

    On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. While it is just a declaration, it is not enshrined in law, however many countries have adopted it. It is interesting to note that Article 12 reads :

    No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence,* nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
    See https://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/

    *“correspondence” I would interpret as including emails.