The New York Times reported last week on the existence of a newly expanded FBI program of surveillance in which their agents spy, often covertly, on people and groups in America when there is no evidence of any wrongdoing. These people and groups are targeted by the FBI for surveillance on the basis of their political opinions, their religion, and/or their race. They’re going into unsuspected and unsuspecting churches and other places of religious worship for purposes of “assessment.”
But in the midst of all this subterfuge and skullduggery, there’s one thing the FBI would like to make perfectly clear. Now that they’ve had to admit that this program exists, they insist that we not call it “spying,” because then we’d get upset, and they don’t want us to be upset. They want us to call it something else, but they don’t suggest what.
Well, alrighty then! If we can’t be straightforward and call it the FBI Domestic Spying Program, we’ll have to call it something else, and we’ll have to give it our own name.
To get this process underway, Irregular Times has declared a contest to name the FBI’s non-spying spy program. Last week we asked you to submit your suggestions for the program name, and now it’s time for voting to begin.
So come on now, get out that twitchy Election Day finger and vote for your favorite! The person whose suggestion proves most popular will win a free 4th Amendment button to be shipped to their home or any other address in the U.S., including 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Then it will be up to you and me to make the FBI program’s new name stick.