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To Those Who Don’t Mind Government Recording All Their Communications Since They Are Doing Nothing Wrong and Have Nothing to Hide

By Mark Goldman                                                      6/9/2013

Given 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 purposes.

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 we cannot.

“Liberty lies in the hearts and minds of men and women;
when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it;
 no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it…

                                                      —Judge Learned Hand

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