Ah yes, the easily spoken words of those who refuse to understand that once you give your freedom to the government they will do with it as they please. And, just like any temporary government program, the transfer of permission is never ending.
For the past few weeks there has been much talk (and name calling) about the Patriot Act and how it keeps us safe at the minimal cost of our right to privacy. The founding fathers saw to it that our privacy would not be infringed. It came in the form of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
On September 11, 2001 the United States was attacked by radical Islamic terrorists. On October 26, 2001, George W. Bush signed the Patriot Act into law. That is outstanding! We are supposed to believe that in just forty-five days a bill was written, read, passed through the House and Senate and signed into law by George W. Bush with the consent of a majority of Americans. That’s nearly impossible. The Speaker of the House can’t muster a quarum in 45 days to complete the task of signing a card for a retiring colleague.
We blinked and our elected officials took away our right to privacy by telling us giving them unlimited authority, effectively negating the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, was the only way to protect us against another horrendous attack.
You really don’t know what you might have done in the past or may do in the future that could be construed as illegal, terrorist, racist or just plain embarrassing in nature by the P.C. police or some nefarious person or agency. Did you ever think that rational patriotic political views would cause extreme scrutiny into the love life, family life, religious life, associations or the type of car someone drives? Well, it happened to numerous groups applying for tax exempt status.
Why? How? It happened because our government has gained too much power and control. Our federal government, all three branches, abuse their authority regularly because neither party wants to lose their future opportunities. Next time it could be progressives under the spotlight or women or people who speak with a southern accent or have an Ivy League education. It could be people who surf daily, it could be someone who owns a ranch. It could be you!
Your meta data is collected, compiled, sorted and researched by super computers at the NSA facility in Bluffdale, Utah. Any connection, no matter how remote, to a terrorist or even a political opponent of the administration in power or future political leaders is scrutinized and catagorized. It can be sealed or when necessary, contorted or re-contexted and used against you depending on who is in charge at the time and what outcome they desire.
So now it’s my turn to call names. If you still think you have nothing to worry about, that there is no concern, you’re just flat out stupid.