Over the past year, the ACLU has really bent over backwards making itself the most ridiculous organization I ever once foolishly gave money to. Many of my readers are well aware of my immense admiration for Kade Crockford, the Director of the ACLU of Massachusetts Technology for Liberty Project, whose smearing, straw manning, feigned stupidity and ass-kissing over the past year on behalf of Dad’s monetized, subservient ‘whistle-blowing’ would be martyr-like in its unabashed self-abasement were it not for the enormous delight Crockford obviously takes in Crockford.
But it’s quite unfair to make too much of an example of any single ACLU clown when each of them routinely demonstrates that organization’s complete subservience to private power in their own entertaining way. So for your delectation, below is a screen cap of recent tweets from Christopher Soghoian, Principal Technologist of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, here doing the important work of defending Google Maps from a possible copyright violation by a freelance artist.
Seems Soghoian is somewhat vexed that the woman who curated, cropped and made art from Google Maps photos for a Wired Magazine feature got a photo credit for doing so. (more text below tweets)
Yeah, this may seem like something that would matter only to a particularly ridiculous paid Google flack — that is, a real asshole — but careful there, laypeople. Soghoian works for the ACLU, not Google. So his concern can only mean that this unauthorized use of Google intellectual property sets a dangerous precedent for us all, even the poorest and darkest of us! I mean, how would we like it if Google just took our shit and sold it to somebody?
The problem with a left as unprincipled and just plain stupid as the one the US is stuck with is there are so few people who have any fucking clue why oligarch-orbiting liberal-libertarian mutants like Crockford and Soghoian are so grimly and contemptibly amusing. They think highly paid professionals who spend whole days running interference for tech giants, billionaires and their lackeys are on ‘our side’ so long as they throw in some hype about the unique horror of one Federal agency or, in Crockford’s case, ostentatiously perform a laughably muddled radicalism in between exhorting followers to call their congress people. That it’s in-fighty for anyone with a fucking clue about how power works to suggest otherwise.
Tweet thread can be found here. For more of Soghoian’s brave work on behalf of poor, afflicted Google, be sure to see his quotes in this Forbes article from 2011, Google Hands Over User Data for 94% of U.S. Law Enforcement Requests. (h/t @jbjabroni10). Enjoy!
God, what a fucking tool.