that we now have ample evidence that our government regularly
betrays our trust and commits horrific crimes, the problem
with that same government recording every communication or act
we initiate or receive, by phone or on-line, is that trying to
stop them now will likely be dangerous or improbable for
anyone who tries.
Such a government can conceivably steal anyone’s money or
identity, be able to infect anyone’s computer, corrupt,
detain, or impersonate anyone’s communications, resort to
black mail, threaten anyone’s loved ones, prevent them from
succeeding at any job, from regaining their sovereignty as a
citizen, or effectively opposing government crime.
Any government that would secretly aggregate such power to
itself lacks respect for the sovereignty of its people.
What they have done is expressly prohibited under the
Constitution making its execution a high crime and
misdemeanor. It is naked treason--which is to
say, a small group of individuals conspiring to place
themselves above the sovereignty of citizens--and if not that,
certainly one of the greatest acts
lacking in wisdom ever undertaken in secret by a group of
government employees and private contractors now conspiring to
cover up and justify their crimes and stupidity.
And even if no government agency or private contractor actually uses these new
diabolical powers, there is no way they can guarantee that
some rogue employee, who knows how to navigate the system,
could not figure out how to do so for their own illegitimate
How do we know that the data collected has not already been
used to compromise some or most of our elected officials,
forcing them into silence while others vote for or accept
policies that no honorable public servant would believe is in
our country’s best interest? We don’t!
Part of the
problem is that the fear of failure on the part of those
working in security are blinded to the unintended consequences
of their solutions.
Allowing any government agency to obtain this kind of power is
a greater threat to our freedoms than any terrorist
organization could ever be; it's the infrastructure for
tyranny. Our elected officials risk
our freedom and our safety every time they betray their oath
of office and now we know a great many of them do so on a
regular and consistent basis.
And if all
this is still ok with you, I suppose it’s time to close the
book on Ben Franklin’s admonition, “It’s a Republic,
Madam, if you can keep it.” I guess