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Shocked I tell you.

Captain Renault: I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!
Croupier: Your winnings, sir
Captain Renault: Oh, thank you very much.

There are many great lines in Casablanca but the one above is the one that I think of most often. Like during these last few days, since Snowden ‘revealed’ that our phone calls, texts, emails, etc., are being monitored. Really? You didn’t know? And then again yesterday, when foreign governments protested that the USA is monitoring their conversations as well.

I’m shocked, shocked to find out spying is going on in here. Right. Like they aren’t doing themselves. Like any of this is news.

Back in the ‘good old days’ in Cuba, during the period covered in my (work in progress) memoir, 1956-1961, we knew that every conversation was being taped. We knew that even if we spoke in Yiddish the conversation wasn’t private. Did we bother to figure out how it was possible? At a time and in a place where telephones weren’t all that reliable? No matter. We knew. And even if we suspected that it was impossible to monitor all the conversations, we didn’t worry about them; we knew our conversation was being taped. So we spoke accordingly. And so, I’m afraid, do the people we need to worry about.

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