Currently the mainstream media is awash with talking heads weighing in on the recent NSA surveillance state revelations. Many pundits and congresscritters are calling for the arrest and prosecution of whistleblower Ed Snowden for leaking state secrets. There is lots of discussion about the legal structure and the level of oversight involved in these data collection programs. There are plenty of proponents in both government and media touting the legality and necessity of the programs. They claim they helped to thwart 50 or more terror plots.
None of this has any bearing on the real heart of the issue. It is all just a three ring circus concocted to keep simple-minded sheep distracted with more empty promises and weak justifications while government clowns and their apologists continue to strip us of our natural rights. The central issue here is that, yet again, the US government has breached the very contract through which it claims the only legitimate authority it has to govern, the US Constitution.
Because our government only receives its just power from us, and from the consent of the governed, it really has no legitimate claim to any ability to do anything that is forbidden to regular citizens. This was the basic posture at the nation’s founding; that government is instituted to protect the rights of the people, not to accumulate exclusive rights and authorities to itself. The Revolution was specifically fought over immoral government privilege, so why do we allow government to do so many things that are expressly forbidden to us? Are we as citizens legally able to secretly collect the private communication data of government officials or neighbors? Can I even get a private warrant issued to permit me to spy on a government official whom I have probable cause to suspect is committing crime? Of course not, so immediately we see that even under existing law based on the Constitution we are at a disadvantage to government when it comes to capabilities. Since its formation, government has been busy acquiring for itself exactly this type special privilege and advantage over its subjects, and now it seems our right to privacy, the threshold of probable cause, and specific search warrants are all too much of a burden for the power-hungry sociopaths that govern. The Constitution was written specifically to protect us from just such government overreach. These data collection programs are a blatant defiance of the 4th Amendment and our right to privacy.
This same “do as I say, not as I do” double standard is evident in the outcry to prosecute whistleblowers and leakers. Why is it not evident to everyone that anything illegal for citizens should be forbidden to government as well? Can no one else see the hypocrisy of people calling for the punishment of a citizen who decided to break a promise not to release private government information precisely in order to reveal the fact that government is breaking its promise to the entire nation regarding the sanctity of its citizens’ private information? Which came first, the chicken or the egg? If government would stick to the contract (the Constitution), outing it would never be required. Therefore, if Bradley Manning and Ed Snowden deserve prosecution, then so does every government official involved with the creation, legal approval, and oversight of these data collection programs.
To all those claiming that the various laws enacted, and the level of scrutiny, and the many layers of oversight justify these programs, I say bah! As in the sound that a sheep makes! All that is proved by all the convoluted legal contortions and layers of oversight is the massive number of lying government sociopaths who are willing to ignore the Constitution, lie to our faces (James Clapper), then try to justify their actions when they get caught. Each and every one of them should be held accountable, and if you are out there making excuses for them or allowing them to justify their criminal behavior, then you are part of the problem, too. You may make choices about which of your own rights to cede, but when you defend policies that destroy my rights as well, you are colluding with the thieves who are stealing what is rightfully mine and cannot morally be taken from me.
The same is true for gun control versus the 2nd Amendment. The entire debate is meaningless noise because the right to defend myself and to choose appropriate means to do so will always be mine regardless of what lawyers, government sociopaths, or majority herds of sheeple claim. There seemed to be plenty of backlash from Constitutionalists during the most recent push for gun control, but I’m not seeing the same level of outrage against Spy-gate. There should be because this is much worse! Who needs a national background check or database of weapons owners when you already have such an intrusive all encompassing secret surveillance network?
Currently, fedgov is busy building a giant data storage facility in Utah so they can safely squirrel away your “private” info http://nsa.gov1.info/utah-data-center/. Although the capability to save your entire historical electronic existence in order to aid in prosecuting you for some future trumped-up crime is an awesome power to have, I suspect that collecting and storing data is merely the tip of the iceberg. I believe the objective is actually real time collection and analysis. Mark my words! If power-hungry sociopaths can find a way to monitor, influence, nudge, manipulate, and outright control everything and everyone, they will do it! Control is the root of these data collection programs, and if we can’t put a stop to them now, things are going to get much worse in the near future. Consider how real time analysis could enrich a stock trader with access. The “free market” would be manipulated into non-existence, and this is just one example of an infinite number of nefarious uses for such a real time data analysis system. I am willing to bet that fedgov has already been working on real time capability for years, and that it has been experimenting with manipulating events and people in real time since the possibility arose with the birth and growth of the internet. I also bet the Utah super-facility they are building is going to increase their capabilities tenfold in the area of real time manipulation. Call me paranoid. I don’t care. I know what drives these people. Wait and see what happens.