YACHT, best described as an electronic rock or synth pop group, and Marc Maron, who is known for his “WTF” podcast and is also a guitarist, have recorded a delightfully irreverent protest anthem on total surveillance by the National Security Agency.
This electro-pop dance tune’s lyrics include, “We don’t need no privacy/What do you want that for?/Don’t you think it’ll spoil our fun/If you let that whistle blow?” And it opens with the question, “Did you read my mail again?”
Spying on Americans’ communications is part of the party at the NSA. And, did you know, “There is a rainbow at the end of every P-R-I-S-M,” a nice dig against the program NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed, which involves Internet companies cooperating with the NSA so the agency can collect and store users’ data.
The song was produced to help fight the kind of surveillance highlighted. A website for the song indicates that any money from downloads will go to the Electronic Frontier Foundation and reads:
The National Security Agency is snatching the emails and telephone calls of millions of ordinary Americans from the fiber-optic backbones that carry our most private thoughts across the world. They are doing this with THE the assistance of our nation’s largest phone and Internet companies. Even if you trust these corporations and the NSA–the largest and most obscure of U.S. intelligence organizations–with your private information, the precedent set by this far-reaching and unaccountable domestic spying program is unacceptable. We live much of our lives online; we should be outraged by the extent of the NSA’s domestic spying programs. Instead, we are sinking into a dangerous indifference. Insidious forces are at work. Help us reverse the entropy. The Electronic Frontier Foundation is a donation-supported nonprofit that fights back against the government to protect our digital rights; 100% of your donation to download “Party at the NSA” will go straight to fund their important work.
Also, if you highlight the entire above paragraph, a redacted message can be seen, “Play the Music Loud and Encrypt Your Secret Thoughts.”