Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Another whisteblower to be persecuted

Edward Snowden told the truth.

For that he will have hell to pay.

I think it's quite telling that the first reaction of the government when their surveillance scheme was revealed was not to try to defend it but, instead, to attack someone for exposing their actions to the world. 
"We have seen enough criminality on the part of government. It is hypocritical to make this allegation against me. They have narrowed the public sphere of influence." -- Edward Snowden
The reaction reminded me of how my oldest daughter behaves when she gets caught doing something she isn't supposed to be doing. She gets upset - but she doesn't get upset because she was doing something wrong, she gets upset because she got caught doing it.

We need to be more aware of what our government does in our name. I have written before about the NSA's data mining operation in Utah. If los federales are mining metadata on telephone calls, you know damn well they're harvesting the phone calls as well. And it doesn't matter whether it's supposed to be legal or not -- the reason we have so many Fourth Amendment cases is because the police are taught not only to push the envelope but to rip the damn thing open and dump out the contents. 

1 comment:

Lee said...

“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.”