Most of us are aware of how the current administration has been eating away the laws that protect private citizens from surveillance without a warrant (The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution). But there are still many who believe that these new bills are designed to target “terrorists” and make the United States a safer place.
As Ron Paul pointed out, if the companies providing information to the government is legal, why do they need immunity from prosecution? And perhaps more puzzling, why should the Senate grant retroactive immunity to such entities that may have broken the law in the past.
Surely, this suggests that the government has already received information from companies that was not legal and hopes to block any legal action if this is discovered later.
The immunity from prosecution extends to pretty much anyone who supplies information to the government and there are absolutely no guarantees that this will be restricted to potential “terrorists”.
Ron Paul gave a good example of how all this new legislation can be used for “other” purposes when he said “We should remember that former New York governor Eliot Spitzer was brought down by a provision of the PATRIOT Act that required enhanced bank monitoring of certain types of financial transactions. Yet we were told that the PATRIOT Act was needed to catch terrorists, not philanderers. The extraordinary power the government has granted itself to look into our private lives can be used for many purposes unrelated to fighting terrorism. We can even see how expanded federal government surveillance power might be used to do away with political rivals.”
One can picture a situation, in the not too distant future, when this “Surveillance” will discover members of the public doing things that would be damaging to their image (if made public), and being “blackmailed” into becoming informants!
Paul mentioned the East German secret police (Stasi), but Russia successfully used informants to control the public in Soviet times. Even after the break-up of the Soviet Union, many people still believed that the KGB were able to watch their every move, and conversations critical of the government were either carried out in whispers, or not discussed at all.
The inability of the American people to believe that their country could possibly follow such a path has been their greatest mistake, and they should feel very ashamed that they have allowed this situation to reach the level that it has. To let it go any further would be unforgivable!
If you want to see what it feels like to live in a Third World country and taste the restrictions and censorship that existed in the Soviet Union, carry on doing what you are doing. But if you really want to live in a country that you once loved and were proud of, you need to make some changes!
You can take the first step by checking out this link HERE, but don´t wait too long, you may not get a chance later!