Thursday, August 1, 2013
The 4th Is Dead!
The National Security Agency (NSA) is just collecting what they call "metadata" but NOT your email or phone conversations. R.. I.. G.. H.. T..
It came out this past week that the NSA is collecting nearly everything a user does on the Internet AND recording it. The program they use to do this is called "XKeyscore." Tricky little name for a nasty spy tool.
The purpose for this tool is to allow NSA analysts (like Snowden) to search the collected "metadata" including the content of emails and all other Internet activity - which includes your browser's history. NSA analysis's can search by telephone number, IP address, your name, designated "keywords," passwords, and on and on and on. It can even search using the language in which the Internet activity was conducted.
But don't worry, the NSA will NEVER abuse or use this information against you because you have nothing to hide. Right? The government is breaking the law in order to "protect you." Maybe for now, but what about later? This is the most flagrant example of how YOUR government is TRAMPLING the 4th Amendment (Illegal Search and Seizure). For all practical purposes, it's gone. We no longer have a 4th Amendment, at least in the government's eyes. We are ALL suspects and they are gathering up your information without search warrants.
Some day in the future, someone in the government may decide on their own that you are a "TERRORIST" and they can pick and chose what details they have on you to manufacture their case against you. Gee, this sounds like a thriller novel. It's no joke and you should be worried that this activity is being allowed to continue. Forget about the trashing of the 4th Amendment.
Is this still America? Why are we letting this happen to us? Does anyone care?