(More) Government snooping
The NSA is snooping into our telephone and email exchanges. Communication companies (Google, et al) allow this -— with no public outcry. The Mail Isolation Control and Tracking program has Postal Service computers photographing the exterior of every piece of paper mail processed in the United States. Now we learn the “Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is seeking to monitor four out of every five U.S. consumer credit card transactions this year” … and … “hope to monitor up to 95 percent of all mortgage transactions.”
Rep. Sean Duffy said, “This is one step closer to a Big Brother form of government where they know everything about us.”
What happened to the Fourth Amendment, which entitles Americans to be free from government interference or intrusion? Has it been repealed?
Why are American citizens not speaking up about this? Where are the reports of senators and representatives being inundated with angry communications from constituencies?
Perhaps folks think, “I have nothing to hide so it doesn’t affect me. It’s just meta-data and nothing personally identifiable.”
It’s time to stop kidding yourself. A lexicon describes slippery slope as “a course of action that seems to lead inevitably from one action or result to another with unintended consequences.” Today it’s meta-data, tomorrow, personal information. Some NSA employees have already been charged with snooping into the communications of their family, friends and personal enemies.
Government is (and has always been) about control over people. Our Constitutional framers were aware of this when the Bill of Rights was conceived. James Madison stated, “There are more instances of the abridgement of freedom … by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”
If we don’t safeguard our rights now, soon there will be no rights remaining for our children and grandchildren.