Cock Shots & Glock Shots

Cock Shots & Glock Shots:
John Oliver, Edward Snowden & Dyllan Roof

In uncomfortably strange ways, cock shots, those images of penises, sometimes engorged, sometimes flaccid, sometimes meaty, sometimes not, lovers and partners send over the Internet or mobile phones and devices, connect individuals as distinct as HBO Last Week Tonight with John Oliver comedian and front man John Oliver, former National Security Administration analyst and privacy advocate Edward Snowden, and Dyllan Storm Roof, avowed racist and alleged murderer of nine worshipers at historically significant black church in Charleston, South Carolina, whose Glock shots pervade his photos now.

First, it is uncomfortable and strange that the government would archive cock shots in its all encompassing bulk data collections. There’s no state interest in the documentation. Congress never legislated nor appropriated funds for cock shot archiving.

Second, each man is so distinct: articulate comedian, power nerd, disturbed youth.

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Quiz time: Guess the major of the owners of each of these.

But, cock shots and Glock shots express means toward ends for all three. For Oliver and Snowden, cock shots ground conversation about liberty, privacy and security. Roof holds a Glock handgun as if it is an extension of his penis in clothed photos sitting on a wrought iron garden chair in lush green settings prepping to trigger race war.

In April, host John Oliver discussed the NSA archiving of cock shots with Edward Snowden to provoke discussion about the Patriot Act, which expired on June 1. (See video below). While surveys indicate nearly half of all Americans are not overly concerned about government surveillance and that most are resigned to global Internet and telecommunication firm uses of their data, Americans had yet to think through those complex matters, Oliver contended. LWT conducted man on the street interviews for the show. While many expressed differing views about Snowden, all concurred the government should not access cock shots. “If I had knowledge that the US government had a picture of my dick, I would be very pissed off,” one summed up.

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For example, the government could invade former congressman Anthony Weiner’s private parts and expose them online.

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Too late. Weiner’s weiner is now available on e-Bay and Craig’s List.

For Oliver, humor unmasks and cock shots emerge as the most “visible line in the sand” to quiz Snowden about the limits of what the government should be able to see. “I guess I never thought about it in the context of thinking about your junk,” responded a bemused Snowden.

Since the April interview, Congress enacted the USA Freedom Act with virtually identical provisions to the Patriot Act on June 2nd except that phone companies were delegated to archive bulk data and security agencies were permitted to access it with Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court permission. NSA and other security agencies were given six months to migrate to a new system.

In anticipation of this period, the Justice Department asked the courts to permit the NSA to resume collecting bulk data (including cock shots, of course) and this was granted on June 30th.

In so many words, everything Snowden cautioned of, which Congress then addressed, returned to the status quo ante over Independence Day weekend through Obama Administration exertion and FISC ruling and remains as intrusive as earlier, unauthorized collections.

Similarly, Roof is as deliberate with Glock shots as Oliver and Snowden are referencing cock shots. Glock shots depict the explosive means toward his ends. In a photo holding a Confederate Battle flag, a Glock handgun seemingly engorges like a massive, black boner. In another, Roof’s sullen gaze, perhaps an expression of prescription and illegal drug over use, inflects the eye to hand held Glock extending from his crotch.

What’s stunning is the abject failure of the vast surveillance apparatus to detect or intercept Roof after Glock shot/racist manifesto Internet publication and prior to alleged murderous rampage. Digital acres of cock shots, yet Glock shots fall under the radar.

So doing goes to the heart of the security and liberty debate Oliver addresses so ably, because Roof’s alleged actions fall squarely under domestic terrorism definitions that Congress did not change when it modified some surveillance excesses in the recent Freedom Act following Snowden’s disclosures.

How could law enforcement miss this kid, one ponders?

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That’s one very lost Holden Caulfield. Just look at him! So innocent looking and non-threatening.

At the same time, everything Roof articulates or depicts is legal. Speech merits constitutional protection. At 21, with no felony convictions, he purchased a gun in compliance with state law.

An incomplete background check, denying purchase under federal law for unlawful drug use arrest, emerged in FBI internal investigations about three weeks after the shooting. “Heartbroken,” FBI Director James B. Comey said, characterized Bureau and employee delegated to search myriad data bases.

How did Roof become so uncatchable?

Growing from “little kid playing some game in this big field of rye” to young adult “go[ing] over the cliff…running and [not]…look[ing] where [he’s] going….,” Roof’s Glock shots update and evoke J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye (1951) in uncomfortable, strange ways.

Author Hugh Carter Donahue comments on innovation and institutions and teaches American History at Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey.

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