The Obama administration is expanding its online data search of Americans to find potential civil unrest -- like the 2010 Tea Party movement -- and squash it before they take root, a prominent financial advisor has warned clients.
David John Marotta compared the administration's efforts to those used by former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover against his critics and 1960s activists. "Targeting activists isn't anything new. J. Edgar Hoover made it his life's work. What has changed is the vigor with which the government has assumed its own activism against certain groups," he said.
“If you wonder why the National Security Agency is collecting so much online traffic information, it is because you can use such metadata to determine patient zeroes in the intellectual pandemic of beliefs like the Tea Party movement. The idea is that, if they could identify the potential origin of such movements, they could eliminate the threat merely by silencing the source,” he wrote on his blog.
Marotta, based in Charlottesville, Va., often blogs for Forbes.
In his latest post for his firm's site, Marotta Wealth Management, he said that the administration has become paranoid about public unrest and is turning against them.
“Government has never been known for customer service. But today it is known primarily for being against the very people it is supposed to serve,” he wrote.
“All governments, ours included, survive by using force or the threat of force to skim resources off the top of the earnings of their productive citizens. Most governments do this as quietly as possible via hundreds of small fees and taxes. But when a government is overextended or its control threatened, government officials become more aggressive in their collection and more belligerent in their control.
“Governments, like currency, require legitimacy to stay in power. If citizens don't believe in the control of the government, then the government will lose its power. Regimes are therefore susceptible and fearful of any doubts expressed such as, ‘Government does more harm than good.’ The administration knows these ideas can spiral out of control and take on a life of their own,” Marotta warned.Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.