It’s not just liberals crying over today’s ruling. Any time the government decides that it’s OK to “sneak a peek” at the lives of ordinary citizens, somebody has to speak up. Let’s get something straight: I DO NOT disagree with the theory that we should do everything within our power to make sure that a tragedy like 9/11 does not happen again. The problem lies with the right-wing whack job who will undoubtedly take today’s decision as a license to tap the phones of the kid who used to beat him up on the playground. Make no mistake: That WILL happen. Power is seductive, and often abused. I’m not the left-wing, Big-Brother-is-watching, paranoia-inducing Democrat. I just think that there is a much BIGGER issue at stake here: Every flood starts as one drop of rain. The floodgates flew open today when Uncle Sam got the go-ahead to check my email. I fully understand that there is no Constitutional right which guarantees privacy (go ahead and check…there isn’t (it’s a common misconception that the 4th Ammendment is the Right to Privacy, but it’s not, so don’t send hate mail). I learned this for certain while I was busy being under-educated in my Constitutional Law class at Austin College, the school for people too smart to go to UT). Listen to what Judge Royce Lamberth has to say:
” Justice Department officials had frequently misled the court by claiming they were seeking wiretap authorization for intelligence gathering but had been deceptive in that they were trying to obtain a wiretap for a criminal investigation.”
Judge Lambert, by the way, was appointed during the Reagan Administration to the bench of FISA, and ruled against Democratic interests several times. Here’s one example. He resigned his post when liberties (including his own) started getting flushed.
If used as originally intended, there is no problem defending the U.S. against foregin agents with ties to terrorism by means of “sharing information obtained by wiretaps”. But you and I both know it won’t stop here. As a society, we’re famous for witch hunts, and this will no doubt prove to be the biggest in our history. Ever hear of Pandora’s Box? Well, we just flung it open.