The walls have ears. That’s what the citizens used to say in the Soviet Union. And in Nazi Germany. And in Communist China. And in Cuba. And in Occupied France.
Now we can say it here, in the United States of America, the former land of the free.
The walls have ears. So do the TVs. So do the Xboxes. So do the cell phones. So do the computers. So do the lampposts on the corners.
This is not the America our veterans fought to preserve. This is not the country our Founding Fathers bequeathed us.
That long-feared morning where we wake up and our freedom is gone was a week or two ago, and some people still don’t get it.
We are living in a police state. Here. Now.
It’s been in the works for a long time. The leak to the media was just its coming out party.
“I have nothing to hide” is no defense. You have something to hide if “they” decide you do. Just ask contributors to Mitt Romney or any of the conservatives targeted by the IRS.
One of the greatest offenses against freedom cited by the Founding Fathers was when the British would enter a Colonial home or business without warrant or proper cause and seize property or arrest the inhabitants, often based on a tip from the British network of spies and informants.
This violation of justice, politically motivated spying on law-abiding citizens, is what led to the Fourth Amendment, the protection against unreasonable search and seizure.
What the federal government is doing now in gathering data on individuals without warrant or even suspicion of wrongdoing is light years beyond what the Founding Fathers found so outrageous.
Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who leaked the NSA story to the Guardian, said, “The NSA has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything. With this capability, the vast majority of human communications are automatically ingested without targeting. If I wanted to see your emails or your wife’s phone, all I have to do is use intercepts. I can get your emails, passwords, phone records, credit cards.”
President Obama said the other day that nobody is listening to your phone calls. That is technically correct, because there is not enough manpower to listen to or read the amount of information the government is gathering. That’s why they use computers that flag keywords and kick only certain communications up to a human being.
So nobody is listening, but every phone call is being monitored and will be listened to if you use the right code words. Even when Obama tells the truth, he lies.
Even the New York Times is fed up, publishing an editorial denouncing the Obama Administration: “The administration has now lost all credibility.”
The question is, will the average American wake up to the monster that has been unleashed in Washington?
“I don’t want to live in a society that does these sort of things,” Snowden said. “… I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under.”
This Administration, despite everything, still has plans to double down on its surveillance of Americans through use of spy drones and its data collection center in Utah.
If we want to regain our freedom, we need to be prepared to do something about it.