Innocence is no protection
Massive warrantless Federal spying watches your every move. Your every phone call and email message is recorded. License plate recognition shows where and when you drove your car.
You might say ‘I don’t care. I have nothing to hide.’
Let’s consider what that claim misses. There are 40,000 NSA employees, at least as many at other spy agencies (NRO, DIA, CIA, FBI, and many more) for an easy 100,000 employees. Their relatives and friends are ten times as many. Almost for sure, some of their relatives and friends work where you do, invest in the same stocks and mutual funds that you do, and much more.
You work hard, and look for promotion into management.
Your competition is Clement Doofus, who never does things so wrong that he’ll be fired, because you keep setting him straight. It’s promotion time, and Clement gets the job.
You’re clean as a whistle. Clement is clean as a whistle. Alas, the fellow making the promotion decision is terrified that his family will find out about his affair with the hot babe in accounting. He responded positively to an anonymous motivational phone call telling him who to promote. He can’t imagine how anyone knew. Alas, Clement’s brother works for the one of those agencies tracking cell phones and license plates.
You’re clean as a whistle. Your brokers are even cleaner. You spend your evenings doing careful analysis. You do almost as well as Warren Buffet. It’s just that when you go to buy, stocks were up already.
You’re clean as a whistle. It’s just that when calls started increasing between Sailor’s Mutual Bank and Atlantis Sunken Trusts, and tracking showed tablets and laptops of their finance people repeatedly at the same place, it took a lot of government computers and a little forethought to tell that a merger was impending.
You may be innocent. What about the people around you?
The Surveillance state is a direct threat to YOU. Yes, YOU!
Let me say that again.
No matter who you are: The surveillance state menaces you, your family, and your country.
End the surveillance state! Vote Libertarian.
George Phillies is currently the Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts.