Land of the Free


Update: Excuse me while I wipe the egg off my face–I’ve since been informed that this is not in fact an American government conspiracy, but a setting in Microsoft Outlook my father must have hit by accident. I don’t know if I’m more embarrassed that I jumped to a conspiracy theory conclusion (though let’s face it, call it a terrorist surveillance program and you can do whatever you want), or admitting my father uses Outlook!

My father, who is Australian, has lived in the States for more than 20 years, and has gone from being pro-American in most things to disgusted with the way the country has been run into the ground by Bush and his minions. Here’s a little example of how the Land of the Free treats its citizens these days.

He recently sent an email to my brother and I which contained this paragraph:

“… of course we have this stupid election process to elect a president and that has gone on for about 10 months and has still months to go! I can’t believe how any intelligent country can have such process that is so long it gets boring and and costs millions and millions–Hillary Clinton is already 20 million in debt. Everyone I speak to agrees the process in Oz makes so much more common sense.”

He was checking his ‘Sent’ folder to make sure the email had gone through when he noticed a line written in red at the top of his message that he hadn’t put there. It read:

“This message is being watched.”

I kid you not.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. anaglyph
    Jun 15, 2008 @ 13:16:22

    Still. Polite of them to tell him…

  2. Atlas Cerise
    Jun 17, 2008 @ 11:24:20

    You have no idea how difficult it was for me to track him down, open his sent mail, and type that in there for him.

  3. cbs42
    Jun 27, 2008 @ 03:10:46

    It’s not as sinister as you think. Your father accidentally clicked on the “watch” icon option for that message in Outlook. I’ve done the same before.
    Here’s some more info: