George Phillies: End the Surveillance State

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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.

What happened?

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.

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4 thoughts on “George Phillies: End the Surveillance State

  1. Pete Blome

    I’ve always enjoyed George Phillies direct take on things, and he is right here as well. The surveillance state will eventually morph into a two class system…those with access to private information about others, and those without. It may be there already. Those with access will be above the law since they are those in control and their indiscretions will be a quid pro quo for their loyalty to power. Those that help them will get special privileges, such as immunity from prosecution (think Clapper, Brennan, Petraeus, Hillary Clinton, Jon Corzine). Those without access will be the ones getting fined for driving through a red light when no one is there, wondering how is it the same people always seem to make the killer business deals, and who are continuously threatened and bleed of their meager resources by those who run the system. Individual action without the help of a patron in government is doomed to failure. Those who help the average person maintain their rights (think Assange, Snowden and Manning) are hunted down. There will be no place to hide. No place that is refuge. Since World War Two the United States has had an extensive and growing surveillance system of its own citizens. To think these bureaucratic voyeurs would not use information for their own private amusement or power is naïve. It is already a part of Florida law that a County Commission can give a business a tax break to the exclusion of all others of the same type and, emphasis, they can keep it SECRET from the public (FS 196 and 288). I am sure injustice has been done already simply because it can be done. As George Carlin said, “it’s a big club, and you ain’t in it.”

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