Although this is not an endorsement of the GOP candidate, I have always very much admired Sen. Paul’s stance on privacy issues (as well as his position on smaller government). I strongly agree with his statement Thursday to a crowd of students at George Mason University:
“So when they stand up on television and say ‘the tragedy in Paris means you have to give up your liberty. We need more phone surveillance…’ That’s Bullshit!”
Unfortunately our .gov has a history of clamping down further upon every chance they get to fill the massive NSA complex in Utah with more data.
Its apparent purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks…. Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases are all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.”… The heavily fortified $2 billion center was up and running in September 2013.” In other words, virtually anything one communicates through any traceable medium, or any record of one’s existence in the electronic medium, which these days is everything, will unofficially be property of the US government to deal with as it sees fit…
Sen. Paul went on to say,
“But here’s the thing is, they are collecting your phone records as we speak. They did not miss a beat. And even though we voted on reform, all of your phone records are still being collected and stored in Utah.”
“Did it stop the attack in Paris? Not one iota.”
My question for you is this…
Do you feel that the U.S. government (e.g. the NSA) should continue to increase it’s surveillance in the hopes of drag-netting a terrorist while at the ongoing expense of our privacy and Constitutional liberties?
(If you feel that they should, I will not bash you 😉 I’m just curious to hear the logic)
If you are of the mindset that since you’re doing nothing wrong, then why should you care about surveillance and data collection… let’s hear from you too.
If you feel that NSA spying is overstepping the boundaries of our rights to privacy (which are apparently nearly non-existent), let’s hear from you too.