Since the government is already well into the habit of collecting every piece of data collected on every living/breathing/deceased individual, Dutch-Iranian filmmaker Bahram Sadeghi decided to prank call the NSA pretending he’d lost an e-mail and asking if they could retrieve it for him, particularly seeing as he’s originally from Iran and travels frequently, this does sound like a bad idea, doesn't it? Here is his response:
By the way, I should also mention that all my friends and ex-colleagues, they all loved the video, but all of them were afraid that I would be followed or even maybe bothered or harassed by the NSA in the future.... I don’t want to worry about that, because in one way or another, NSA is a governmental organization. If I would be afraid of government even when it comes to such an innocent phone call, then we are really lost. You know what I mean?If we are afraid that a big organization like the NSA that they would waste their time and energy and money on someone like me? To bother me? If you really think that, and a lot of my friends would think that way, that means we have a really big problem when it comes to the fundamentals of democracy and trusting your government — and trust me, I’m not naiive. About half the things I’ve done in Holland have been about challenging corruption, politics or business.At the same time, I don’t want to lose my trust in my own government, because I vote. I vote, so it means I trust them. And I guess you in the United States, even despite everything your government does, you still trust your government because still people are going to vote. So that was the aftermath. I thought it was more interesting to see, you know, what does it say about our view toward governments.