The price too is a knowledge, based on human experience and held by all but fools and children, that the gleanings of the surveillance state will eventually be used by the mischievous, the malicious and the ignorant in ways the creators of the system did not intend. Peggy Noonan; Privacy Isn’t All We are Losing; WSJ; June 15, 2013
It will start not in the glare of the national spotlight, but in a hushed, modern courtroom when a government prosecutor leans forward and asks the witness, “Are you now or have you ever been an enemy of the United States?” Even before the sound of the witness’s “no” fades completely, someone on the prosecutor’s side will have hit the “play” button on a computer screen. So begins Digital McCarthyism.
The coupling of an omnipotent government with omnipresence hitches the Republic’s wagon for a journey to tyranny. For decades our innocence as a nation has been slipping, sometimes glacially as Vietnam, rarely traumatically like on 9/11. Still, we have remained unwavering in an individual’s “presumption” of innocence as a cornerstone distinguishing America from a totalitarian state. The NSA blanket surveillance destroys the delicate balance tipping towards a government that no longer presumes the innocence or loyalty of its citizenry.
The spirits of our Founding Fathers surely weep, as another freedom’s flame, once thought eternal, is extinguished, dimming the Republic closer to darkness. We have to say not only no, but hell no! A nation that can overcome a fascist Axis, outmaneuver the Soviet state and still prosper, should be able to police its borders while leaving the Bill of Rights intact.
We cannot allow our government to take the easy route, an information highway to hell paved at the expense of personal liberty. To do otherwise dishonors not only our founding principles, but fellow citizens who have fallen victim to terrorists’ acts.