Signal is a fantastic application that allows us to avoid SMS and MMS fees while having private, untraceable, encrypted conversations using our data connections whether they be text or voice conversations. Part of the application’s feature set is that it erases records. In fact, I use Signal as my primary means of communication, and I believe most Americans should in this day and age of big telecom extortion and constant data collection.
So how can such a wonderful application be abused? There is nothing wrong with the application itself; in fact, it’s amazing and can save you a lot of money and help protect your privacy. It becomes a problem when our elected officials and party leaders insist on using it to have conversations about topics that should happen, and in some cases are legally required to happen, in public. See the public records act. Still, I use this app so often that it took me a while to put two and two together. After all, for me it’s just answering the phone…because I’m not a public official.
Then a few days ago, it dawned on me that it probably isn’t good if our elected officials and party leaders are using this application to keep information away from the public. I know for sure that PUD Commissioner Atul Deshamne, 2022 Democratic Party Chair Andrew Redding and current 40th district Democratic chair Todd Lagestee all have Signal accounts.
Signal is exponentially removed from a few backdoor conversations in coffee shops or alleyways, which sadly has always happened in politics. Using Signal is more like our officials being air-lifted to a remote, windowless site in the desert; having their secret meeting; being extracted by helicopter; then having an F-16 fly by a few minutes later and firebomb the building so all evidence is eliminated.
It is also reasonable to surmise that everyone who communicates with these individuals frequently is also using this application to cover their tracks. We all know who they are at this point: Sharon Shewmake and everyone connected to her, Christine Grant, Alex Ramel, Todd Donovan, and Satpal Sidhu, at a minimum. Are the Republicans doing this too? Most likely. Can we prove it? Well maybe, but remember the entire point of the application is to allow people to have secret conversations with no records. So, if anyone else has Signal account info showing elected or party officials using this application to have secret conversations about issues of public concern, please list them in the comments below.
So why the insistence on using an untraceable communication method in the first place? Because politicians are afraid to have open and honest conversations in the presence of Sharon Shewmake and her closest supporters. They literally are so afraid of each other they are hiding. So much for democracy. There will be none of that while the Corporate Democrats are in charge; and let’s not pretend the Republicans wouldn’t stoop to this level, too. Time for a new party and ranked choice voting.
In closing I have to say that it's funny to me that the Whatcom Democrats site says “Freedom of speech is one thing that will Keep America Great. Let your voice be heard.” But I know from personal experience that if you tell people the truth about where their candidates funding is coming from the Whatcom Democrats will pathologically lie to protect their big money donors and try to ruin your life and run you out of town. Apparently, they’ll most likely discuss how they’re going to do it via secret, encrypted conversations. I guess what their site means to say is, “speech we approve of in our secret encrypted conversations is what will keep our pockets lined and prevent real progress. You know, the usual. Maintain the status quo!”