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Jun 17 Posted 1 year ago
The key difference between letting the government monitor you and letting private companies do the same is that our government enjoys at least 2 orders of magnitude more power over our lives than the largest private corporation.
The federal government employs a military, collects taxes, passes laws and regulates our industries. Our local and state governments control our schools, our roads and our public infrastructure.
This is why discussions of privacy and security should be segregated between public and private sectors.
Jun 11 Posted 1 year ago
Excellent points, Alan.
Americans know little about the Constitution, much less the Bill of Rights. Romney was very accurate about 47% of Americans expecting the government to be their primary support. At least one out of five or six of the total population receives food stamps (debit cards). Almost half receives a form of Federal payment as a base of their annual income. State governments depend on Federal grants and investment to support their budgets. Even the most conservative States have massive Federal investment (BLM, Military bases etc.) as an essential form of income. Community Block Grants, the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance is huge.
The Fourth Amendment was instituted to prevent the search and seizure that the Colonists had endured prior to the events of 1775. The recent passivity of the residents of Boston and Watertown as armor wearing police forced their way into their homes, ordering them out, totally devoid of any search warrants shows how many have become accepting of authority-based and paramilitary force under the pretense of security and protection.
The Fourth Amendment prescribes that certain criteria be in existence for a legal search, evidence, a formal court process and other descriptive forms require proof. Secret courts, broad collection of data and maintaining a huge volume of material that could be used in the event of future investigations are as unconstitutional as you can get. Yet many Americans, and a disturbingly high number of communications professionals seem to acquiesce to going along.
Social media information collection by nonprofits and most social media groups for use within that group is essentially voluntary. Accessing that data for general broad based intelligence gathering by a secret group with questionable accountability such as NSA is a serious violation of the spirit and intent of the 4th Amendment.
Now, Alan you realize that we are now on the bulls-eye for NSA etc. by even discussing this. I'm proud to be in your company and fellowship. This is a time to stand and "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States". Good work !