posted on Jun, 13 2013 @ 05:33 AM
Much has been made of the latest admition that we as the American people have been under surveillance for quite some time, as an infringement against
our fourth amendment right. “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and
seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing
the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
Information is simply that, information. The knowledge of E=mc2, is in of itself worthless unless put into action. I can use that knowledge to
build a nuclear power plant and harness the power of the atom to power a city or I can use the same knowledge to destroy that city with an atomic
bomb. That being said, information has power. I doubt no matter how much the American people protest, that the program will ever be dismantled. The
government has kept it under wraps for quiet some time, and even if they did “dismantle” it, it would simply be renamed and rebooted.
The question we as American's should raise is how does this impact all our other rights. Lately, the Second Amendment has been in the cross hairs,
with new gun registration and the fear it will lead to a national gun registry. Am I out of my mind to think that there already is a national gun
registry? Chances are if you've ever purchased a gun or ammo with a credit/debit card, sought out a tutorial about how to clean a gun from youtube,
or just shopped around online for pricing, your meta data can be used to construct a national gun owner registry.
History has shown us that as governments grow, individual liberty wanes. This usurpation of our privacy is more than “Do I have something to hide
or don't I.” It is a fundamental protection against all our other rights. Ask yourself this, if tomorrow, government said it was illegal to own a
gun, and had the data on you that they do, with or without your gun, would you feel safe? How far will the government go with this data? What if
they deem Bibles an abomination? Or free speech?
What could the government outlaw in your lifetime, which would retroactively make you a criminal? The question isn't “What are you trying to hide
now?” The question should be “What will you try to hide in the future?”