RUSH: Robert in San Diego. Robert, I'm glad you waited. You're next on the EIB Network. Hi.
CALLER: Hi, sir. I'm just calling about what Sebelius said today about the IRS and the NSA being storage areas for information so Health and Human Services couldn't get hacked, as far as personal information.
RUSH: Yeah, yeah. Who in the world believes that?
CALLER: Well, here's the thing. I was the intel analyst, and they're telling me that Health and Human Services people are gonna get a top secret clearance so they can access the information stored at NSA?
RUSH: I don't know that they'll need a top secret clearance.
CALLER: I would imagine to get into the NSA computer database, you'd have to have a TS, a top secret.
RUSH: Not if someone at NSA shared shares it with you, you don't need anything top secret.
CALLER: Well, you know what, sir? All these complaints about Obama have always been kind of like, "Well, this might happen or this may happen." With IRS, we saw that their abuse of information does happen. So I will concede to you, I guess they would probably give them full access to whatever information they wanted regardless of where it was stored.
RUSH: I don't think there's any... Let me tell you something. The reasonable, intelligent thing to do would be to assume that that's the case. I think people already are assuming the NSA knows everything about 'em. Like, I'll tell you a little story. I have some friends, and the new iPhone came out with the fingerprint censor, and the wife of the couple says, "I'm not doing that! No way! I'm not turning on my Location Services. I'm not gonna do any of it. No way."
"Wait a minute. You don't think that they've already got your fingerprints somewhere? You may turn Location Services off, but your GPS is on all day. You don't think they can find you?" How many people have to give a fingerprint or thumbprint just for security someplace? This data is there. Folks, the data collection isn't the problem. There's no way of avoiding that. Technological advancement is such there's no way of stopping the data collection. What it boils down to is who has it and how they want to use it, and that's where ideology comes into play.
If you have people running the country who want to control people's lives and who want to punish people who don't agree with them, then that's a problem for those people having that data. If you have people that don't care to control other people, who believe in total freedom and so forth, and that information is kept strictly to deal with potential threats and criminal people, then you have nothing to worry about. It's all about who's got the data and why they want it -- and, again, ideology will tell you who and who isn't a problem in that regard.
Now, power does tend to corrupt everybody. I understand.
But you're not gonna stop the data collection.
It's not possible.
It's just too omnipresent now. It matters who has it and why they want it.
That's the key.
RUSH: I seem to remember that my medical records ended up all over the media some years ago, when it was supposedly not legal because of HIPAA or some such law. But it still happened, and that's what I'm talking about.