Try this one on for size. Only a few are now completely beyond the reach of law. What do I mean? If spying is as extensive as whistleblower Edward Snowden claims it is, then the only people who are actually above the law and essentially untouchable are those few people at the highest levels of the NSA; those who control the information that is gathered, stored, and searched by NSA computers.
Think about that for a moment. It is actually mind boggling, at least to me. Every other person in the United States who has ever accessed the Internet, used a cell phone capable of going on the Internet, sent an email or done anything else electronically is in the NSA system. Who knows how many people outside the U.S. are also in that same system. The worst part is that this has been going on for a number of years too.
I read an article (and even wrote one myself) on the possibility of one of the Supreme Court Justices being blackmailed to force him to change his vote from being against Obamacare to being for it. Whether true or not, I have no idea. The article and information presented in the article I wrote (and later commented on) seemed plausible. The question that left me doubting had to do with how anyone would come by the specific information mentioned in the article that could be used against the justice?
With the current revelations regarding the depth to which our government has apparently sunk in wanting to set up surveillance of essentially all Americans has provided the answer to my question. As whistleblower Snowden has stated, even if a person has not done anything wrong, the information gleaned from the ‘Net and other places via NSA computers could easily make it appear as though they had done something wrong.
We really need to stop and consider that we have arrived at “1984” and there is nothing we can do about it. It’s here. Our computers are the “telescreens” granting government access to our private lives. Granted, many of us put information about ourselves on the ‘Net willingly. But that’s our decision. It does not necessarily follow that because I have placed up some information, I am granting the government carte blanche to go even further.
Because a person has sexual relations does not mean they want to be raped. It’s two different things. The latter is a crime. It’s the same with our government. It has been illegally overreaching for quite some time.
Yesterday, on Twitter, I got into a conversation with another person who tried to come across as the quintessential “liberal.” This person tried to give me the impression that he supported the decision of Bush in the passage of the Patriot Act as well as Obama now with even more government overreach.
As you can imagine, there was a good amount of back and forth. I got the distinct impression that he did not believe Obama has done anything wrong at all. I tried to help him understand that both Bush and Obama had set aside parts of the Constitution. Bush with the Patriot Act and creation of DHS and Obama having expanded on both those programs. At one point, he asked, “what would you do to keep us safe?”
This is what it all comes down to for most people? I do not expect the government to keep me safe. It’s not their job. Their job is to make sure my rights and freedoms continue as guaranteed under the founding documents.
People are too willing to give up rights and freedom in exchange for the lofty belief that the government is keeping us safe. Now we find that they are too busy spying on us to worry about keeping us safe! The government is only interested in its own agenda.
They also have their “spokespeople” trying to mitigate the harm done by our government’s insatiable appetite to know what Americans are doing, what we’re saying, and what we’re even thinking. Tim Brown wrote an article about Sen. Lindsey Graham and what he said about the spying that’s going on with NSA. Brown quoted Graham as saying, “I’m a Verizon customer, I don’t mind Verizon turning over records to the government if the government’s going to make sure that they try to match up a known terrorist phone with somebody in the United States.”
You know what Senator? That’s completely besides the point. It doesn’t matter whether you think it’s great because you may or may not be talking to a terrorist. That not the point. The point is that our government still needs judicial permission to wiretap someone and apparently, they’ve been doing it without permission with everyone. They aren’t selecting individuals that might turn out to be connected to terrorist plots. They’re gathering up everyone in the same barrel and reading their mail, as it were because they can.
Companies like Verizon have lied to Americans repeatedly. They did not ask us if we minded. I agree with Brown when he says Graham should be voted out of office in 2014. People like Graham obviously have no clue about the rule of law under the Constitution. It’s because of people like Graham that we have the kind of laws in place now that contradict aspects of the Constitution.
The flippancy of some of our elected officials is beyond the pale. Is that what they think of the Constitution, that it can be illegally set aside by those who are supposed to protect Americans? Is that what they think of the rule of law? Then when something like this comes out – thanks to Edward Snowden – the retort is “Well, I’m not doing anything wrong anyway, so I have nothing to hide!” implying that I do if I get upset over it. I value my rights and I don’t like being spied on.
Our government has done illegal things and against American citizens. This creates a house divided and that kind of house cannot stand. America is already falling under the weight of its own corruption.
Stop and consider that there are only a few people in all of America who are now completely untouchable. The rest of us? We’re in their sites and we’d better watch or Ps and Qs…or else.
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