Obama and NSA and wiretapping, oh my!

Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, a lot of sweeping legislation has been passed by Republicans and Democrats alike to “combat terrorism.” Besides agreeing to two constant and totally pointless wars that continue to take the lives of US soldiers and innocent civilians in the Middle East, they used it as an opportunity to attack our civil liberties.

From 2001, we’ve seen a massive government-approved invasion of our privacy, including wiretapping methods that even Richard Nixon would have cringed at. In their latest attempt to erode our rights, the National Security Agency (NSA) has forced Verizon to hand over millions of phone records to the US government. This means that anyone using Verizon (including myself) can expect their privacy to be compromised.

Of course, officials have attempted to justify this by saying that information about our phone records “has been a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats to the United States as it allows counterterrorism personnel to discover whether known or suspected terrorists have been in contact with other persons who may be engaged in terrorist activities, particularly people located in the United States.” (source: Politico.com)

Did you catch that? The government is basically saying that they want to see who each individual American calls, because the information helps to combat terrorism. Let’s make something clear here, “terrorism” is anything that the government doesn’t approve of. They’re not doing this to stop Al Qaeda from blowing up buildings, they’re doing it as an attempt to catch any American in activity that could prove illegal.

I want to emphasize that for a second. In the digital age, that kind of invasion of privacy is basically a search without any kind of warrant. In other words, your sacred constitutional rights have been infringed upon yet again by this administration. In many ways, politicians seem to think that the constitution is up for interpretation. They use it purely as a means to accomplish their own goals, rather than the document by which all government actions and laws must stand the test.

Someone commented on an article that I’m using as a reference point by saying “If Americans are really afraid of government they should simply call for the outlawing of the Republican party since this was the party that when it was in power of the government legalized torture of suspects.” Personally, I find that amazing. This was an action committed by the NSA under the Obama administration.

President Obama, a Democrat. Not a Republican.

This just proves that his supporters are willing to place the blame on anyone else, rather than acknowledge exactly who was responsible and hold them accountable. If a Democrat does something wrong, Democrats blame Republicans. If a Republican does something wrong, Republicans blame Democrats. What they don’t realize is that the two major parties have the same agenda when it comes to attacking your rights. Bush started it, Obama made it even worse.

My advice? Stop falling for it. Support third parties. This might be a bit of a predictable ending to this post, but vote for the Green Party. They are no longer the alternative, they are the imperative. They support the growth of civil liberties, not the erosion of them like the Democrats do. Remember that.

Sources:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/06/05/nsa-asked-verizon-for-records-of-all-calls-in-the-u-s/

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/closeread/2013/06/the-nsa-verizon-scandal.html

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/nsa-verizon-monitoring-92327.html

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