Monday, May 15, 2006

But They Mean Well

By now you've all heard that the NSA (National Security Agency) has been collecting a database of all phone calls in and out of the United States. They're not recording the calls, just the connections; who has called who. Why is that a problem?

Well, as I detailed in the post Asking For A Bullet, part of the problem is that what is legal today, may not be legal tomorrow. What is supposedly being done for our security today could be used to take away that security tomorrow. What is seen as patriotic today might be seen as subversive tomorrow.

Now it turns out there are fears that Washington has been sifting through the phone records of reporters trying to discover where the leaks are coming from. According to a report on the ABC News website, a senior federal law enforcement official has told them the government is tracking all of their phone numbers in an effort to root out confidential sources.

As much as I despise the legacy media, they should not be subject to open-ended fishing expeditions by the government any more than you or I should.

For those of you who still blindly trust Bush, and think that gathering these phone records doesn't pose any real threat to your liberty, imagine the uses these records can be put under the hand of Hillary. Remember the Whitehouse Travel Office? Remember the missing records that suddenly turned up in the Whitehouse? Can she be trusted?

Oh, but you're just a peon and no one cares about your phone calls. You really have no idea who are you very closely connected to without even knowing it. Someone that is innocent today might be guilty tomorrow and you could be caught in the net. By law, you're innocent until proven guilty but I think we all know what a sham that is.

You might not care about this now but it will come back to haunt you later. If nothing else, this will set a precedent for other forms spying, snooping and ultimately reductions in your liberty.