I’m viewing with some sense of irony, and not a little derision, the outcry over the government spying on all our telephone calls.
That’s because this news broke over ten (10) years ago, when the USA Patriot Act first passed. Under section 215, the government gets to spy on/listen to/search—yes, search your home, your person, your car, your email — whenever it wants. Everyone is a potential suspect. Authorities no longer need “probable cause,” and a warrant from a judge. You, me, the world, is a suspected criminal.
But there was nary a peep ten years ago. The USA Patriot Act passed both Houses of Congress almost unanimously (Russ Feingold (D-WI) was the only Senator to vote no).
That was October, 2001, when most of America assumed the Government was only going to spy on Muslims. But now “that Muslim” – as our President is erroneously called by some – is spying on all of us, and a collective gasp is heard, right before the wailing and the beating of breasts.
So guys, I have to ask: “What took you so long?”
The USA Patriot Act obliterates the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. The Fourth Amendment is the only thing standing between us and illegal searches and seizures, warrantless wiretapping, and IMPRISONMENT without “probable cause.”
How does it feel to be treated like a criminal when you haven’t done a thing?
What happened to “innocent until proven guilty?” That was obliterated by drones.
It didn’t matter when it was only people who somehow “deserved” to be suspected…is that it? People of another religion or ethnicity? I hate to use the word racism here, but why not use it? If the shoe fits…
About the sudden outcry, and demands for an investigation, Senator Diane Feinstein, who sits on the Intelligence Committee, said: “We are always open to changes. But that doesn’t mean there will be any. It does mean that we will look at any ideas, any thoughts, and we do this on everything.”
There, there, now. Don’t you feel better?