There doesn’t seem to be much that remains a secret in today’s world. If you don’t get hacked by North Korea, you’ll be under surveillance by government agencies – or, if you’re, say, a U.S. government agency, your employees will walk out the door with a massive database of secrets. Failing that, government agents will target you, specifically, to have your personal information turned over to elected politicians and the news media.
Alternatively, Nemesis chases you down, and your own infernal informational incontinence does you in. Politicians’ selfies and moronic tweets end their careers.
No one is immune. Angela Merkel’s phone calls get tapped by U.S. intelligence. She and the Pentagon both get hacked by China. Sony Pictures has its executives’ unseemly emails exposed to the world. Climate scientists’ internal emails launch a deathless buzz-phrase: “Hide the decline.” WikiLeaks reveals that Scientologists are just as creepy, behind closed doors, as we all suspected.
Mitt Romney’s tax returns are discussed by politicians and journalists who purport to have seen them – although he’s never released them, and his tax returns are supposed to be as confidential as yours and mine. Sarah Palin’s emails are hacked by Anonymous, and we discover that they contain, well, nothing remarkable or damning.
Millions of customers of major retailers, credit card companies, and social media find that their information was exposed to global hackers. Journalist Sharyl Attkisson discovers her computers are under surveillance by the U.S. government when she pursues Fast & Furious and Benghazi too vigorously.
The Pentagon is embarrassed by the unauthorized release of video from combat in Iraq, and documents detailing the detention practices at GTMO. People from Alec Baldwin to George W. Bush find audio recordings of their private phone calls – sometimes dug up from years ago – released to the world.
But with all these hacks, data thefts, and revelations, some things are still a secret. Consider that the notorious tape of a 2003 dinner for Muslim radical Rashid Khalidi, at which Barack Obama made a speech, has remained in lockdown with the Los Angeles Times since 2008.
And consider our Facebook Post of the Day, courtesy of author and radio personality Larry Elder: