First, what makes idiots like that so sure that the spying is for the security of the country? I have news for you, mate – collecting information as to what numbers people call is not doing anything for the security of our country. And then how do you know you have nothing to hide? Do you think you know what those collecting the information are looking for? Do you know how that information will be used in the future? Have you ever read George Orwell’s 1984? Seen Terry Gilliam’s Brazil?
More importantly, do you know what is in the 4th Amendment to our Constitution?
Americans are not supposed to be about giving up liberty for an empty promise of security. The Ben Franklin quote has appeared so many times on these blogs that we probably all know it by heart, but here it is again:
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
My phone calls have been recorded and it is likely that some of my emails have been read. I have nothing to hide either, but that is not the point. The Bush administration is operating outside the law, which is the point. Stupid, short-sighted Americans are saying it is okay for the government to shit all over the Constitution, and that is the point too.
I hate clichés but here’s one for you: Give them an inch and they’ll take a mile. Watch the neo-cons go for it. I, for one, am not prepared to give up one fucking millimetre without a fight.
Update: ABC News/Washington Post poll released today. 63% of Americans say collecting phone records is acceptable. Report here - http://tinyurl.com/mzodd