Sunday, October 25, 2015

Innocence is no protection from gov't surveillance

Guest Opinion: Innocence is no protection from gov't surveillance - News - The Herald News, Fall River, MA - George Phillies, Libertarian Association of Massachusetts:

October 25, 2015 - "Massive warrantless spying watches your every move. Your every phone call and email message is recorded. License plate recognition tracks where you drive.

"You say, 'I don’t care. I have nothing to hide.'

"I suggest: You need to care. Your innocence is not enough.

"There are 40,000 National Security Agency employees, and far more working for the NRO, DIA, CIA, and FBI. They all have relatives and friends. Some of those relatives and friends work where you do, save the way you do, and much more.

"Consider: You work hard, do well, and look for promotion into management. Your competition is Clement Doofus, who never quite does things so wrong that he gets fired. It’s promotion time. Clement gets the job. What happened?

"You’re clean as a whistle. Clement is clean as a whistle. Alas, the fellow who promoted Clement is having an affair with the hot babe in accounting. He responded positively to an anonymous motivational phone call telling him who to promote, unless he wants his family to find out. He can’t imagine how anyone knew. Alas, Clement’s brother works for the one of those agencies that tracks cell phones and license plates....

"You may be innocent. What about the people around you?

"The surveillance state is a direct threat to you. Yes, you!

"Let me say that again: No matter who you are: The surveillance state menaces you, your family, and your country. Only a libertarian future can protect you."

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