Rand Paul Editorial on NSA Monitoring Americans
There is certainly a balance between safety and liberty. As citizens, we voluntarily make the choice every time we fly. Or want access to a public venue. But am I making that choice as I type this blog? Or is Obama making it for me? The Government is monitoring your health records, tax records and apparently your phone, email and internet usage. The last three are in the name of public safety. Really? I thought there wasn’t a war on terror. Don’t think for a minute they can not identify you with the ‘anonymous’ data they are collecting. Of course they can. There is no opt out. It is shocking to me the number of people who support this or think they have ‘nothing to hide’.
No Government should be trusted to wield this much power over the citizens they were elected to serve. There is no accountability. No real oversight. No real understanding of how the information is used. There is a track record of men in power from both parties abusing that power. There is a track record of this President LYING to the American people. Often. It can’t be legal if it violates the 4th Ammendment. It is certainly dangerous.
Here is a conspiracy theory for you: Obama’s team is widely lauded for how they were able to use DATA to effectively fund raise and get out the vote. We already know they used the EPA, NLRB and IRS to suppress voting. Can we be certain they didn’t use PRISM or lessons learned from it to get re-elected? Even if they didn’t, doesn’t it concern you they could have? Shouldn’t it?
Lastly – I read a great analogy yesterday and the Senator uses it here as well. One of the flash points that lead to the American Revolution was the ‘generalized warrants’ British soldiers had to enter and search your home. No suspicion was required. They could enter, search and if they found something, arrest you. How is the digital monitoring of what you do, without probable cause, really different. It doesn’t matter that I have nothing to hide. The Government has no right to check unless I give them cause.
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What is objectionable is a system in which government has unlimited and privileged access to the details of our private affairs, and citizens are simply supposed to trust that there won’t be any abuse of power. This is an absurd expectation. Americans should trust the National Security Agency as much as they do the IRS and Justice Department.
Monitoring the records of as many as a billion phone calls, as some news reports have suggested, is no modest invasion of privacy. It is an extraordinary invasion of privacy. We fought a revolution over issues like generalized warrants, where soldiers would go from house to house, searching anything they liked. Our lives are now so digitized that the government going from computer to computer or phone to phone is the modern equivalent of the same type of tyranny that our Founders rebelled against.