National Security Agency…

NSADr. Michael J. O’Connell, Healthcare Consultant from Barrington, New Hampshire, notes that there has been lots of concern over the National Security Agency (NSA) gathering information on our telephone call records and also, albeit somewhat less concerning, Intel gathering on our allies abroad.

All the controversy originated with information theft by Edward Snowden (if ever the latter returns to this country he should tried for treason…better yet he moves to a particularly exposed area where we can call in a drone strike and spare him and us the labors of a court trial).  One very positive aspect of the actions of this confused and wrongheaded man, he has afforded us a tremendous opportunity to shine the light on the real and much more efficient invaders of our personal lives.  As Pogo said, “we have met the enemy, and he is us.”

Through Facebook, Twitter and numerous other social media, hundreds of millions of Americans and hundreds of millions more worldwide, expose their private lives and opinions and in often intimate detail every day.  This largely accepted, or ignored, exposure, absolutely dwarfs the information gathering by the NSA, manifold.  Now that potential employers and would-be personal ‘enemies’ are accessing social media, we should wake up and recognize that Sir Edward has actually done us a service.  Question is, will we avail ourselves of his treasonous acts and come to grips with the very dangerous downside of social media?  The NSA is hardly 1984; Facebook is!

About Dr. Michael J. O'Connell, New Hampshire
Dr. Michael J. O'Connell of Barrington, New Hampshire, has forged a distinguished career spanning over three decades, as entrepreneur, physician, businessman, philanthropist and healthcare consultant. As former owner, administrator and CEO of a 225+ employee multi-specialty medical practice, Dr. O'Connell has dedicated his entire professional life to helping patients with family medicine and especially those experiencing chronic pain and all aspects of addiction. Since selling his family of healthcare businesses, he has never once contemplated retirement despite his rich and fulfilling journey, but instead has turned his focus to consulting in an industry starved for courage and creativity. Having weathered many political, technological and legal challenges, there is hardly a storm he has not confronted, a tempest he has not quelled, an urgent need he has not met. While the talking heads and self-proclaimed experts in the field have assumed the conventions and standards of the times, Dr. O'Connell does not believe in merely reflecting the herd mentality, but rather in leading the charge. Eschewing political correctness, Dr. O'Connell says and does what needs saying and doing, and not what the mindless masses expect. In addition to the continual education afforded by his variegated life experiences, Dr O'Connell earned his BS in Biochemistry at the University of NH in 1975, his Medical Degree from Dartmouth College in 1981, interned at Walter Reed Medical Center in 1982, Residency/Fellowship at UCSF in1986, and finished his Masters in Healthcare Administration at UNH in 1995. Dr. O’Connell enjoys many outdoor activities, including rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and golf. Through the decades Dr. O'Connell has supported many non-profit charities to include the St. Charles Home in Rochester NH, the Tri City VNA and Hospice, Hyder House, and Cocheco Valley Humane Society. To the latter organization alone Dr. O'Connell has donated over $180,000 and pledged another $250,000 in the “Bring-Us-Home” campaign for a new building. His “Matching Donations Christmas drive” has generated over $175,000 in charitable giving from the community. In addition Dr. O'Connell has participated in many dozens of other volunteer and donation efforts locally as well as in Africa and the Dominican Republic. For a listing of how I gave back to the community during my career and continue to do see:

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