What do New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and new, high-tech blimps have in common?
No, I’m not going there.
Christie the other day delivered a verbal broadside against Libertarian thinking that he sees occurring in the Republican Party as more and more people raise objections to the government’s NSA spy-on-everyone program.
After the House narrowly defeated a bill to reduce the NSA’s funding last week, Christie said, “As a former prosecutor who was appointed by President George W. Bush on Sept. 10, 2001, I just want us to be really cautious, because this strain of libertarianism that’s going through both parties right now and making big headlines, I think, is a very dangerous thought.”
Hold that dangerous thought.
Raytheon has developed a couple of drone blimps that within the year are scheduled to begin patrolling the sky over Washington, D.C., reportedly to keep an eye out for cruise missiles.
Britain did something similar in World War II over London, but those blimps were actually supporting wire cables between them to snag German aircraft. These new ones pack a suite of sensors that let them detect all the goings-on in a 340-mile diameter.
Maybe I missed something, but I don’t recall any cruise missiles being lobbed at the Capitol lately. That makes me wonder what exactly two drone blimps with a 30-day mission capability are going to be watching when they aren’t tracking all the incoming missiles?
Another dangerous thought.
Regarding the vote against the NSA, Christie said, “I think what we as a country have to decide is: Do we have amnesia? Because I don’t, and I remember what we felt like on Sept. 12, 2001.”
A lot of people remember what it felt like on Sept. 12, but a lot of people also remember the Constitution and the history of police states that all began with tougher security measures because of some “crisis.”
The common thread here is that thoughts about liberty and being free from government spying are a danger to the kinds of people like Christie who are running our government.
Bit by bit, they are tightening the chains around our ankles. It’s always with a good excuse, but then it always sets the stage for the further flagrant violation of our Constitutional rights.
You know, liberals like to use a particular argument for gun control, that the Founding Fathers didn’t have machine guns in mind, so the Second Amendment is outdated.
I guess a similar argument applies here: the Founding Fathers never conceived of security networks so vast and complex that they could record virtually every move you make, and they certainly never dreamed of high-flying spy drones, so I guess that pesky Fourth Amendment, and probably several others, no longer needs to be followed.
So what do Christie and high-tech spy blimps have in common? Both are harbingers of the further loss of your liberty.