As a customer of Verizon Wireless I would like to express my OUTRAGE that all of my cellphone and data download information is being provided to the National Security Administration without a warrant. This egregious breach of my Fourth Amendment right to freedom from search and seizure and my Fourteenth Amendment right to due process is unacceptable--and frankly, scary. Now, the person responsible for this intrusion must be held accountable--and that person is: Me.
That's right, I, Jonathan Krause--and all other Americans who tolerate assaults on our Constitutional rights to privacy and due process--are wholly responsible for this "scandal". I sat idly by as lawmakers in the wake of 9/11 demanded greater powers for the Federal Government to spy upon us in order to "prevent another 9/11". I wrongly assumed that warrantless wiretapping would only be used on "real terror suspects"--not investigative reporters. And I subjected myself to electronic strip searches and "additional screening" at airports--along with elderly women and babies--even though I don't fit the profile of any hijacker in American history.
We have done this to ourselves folks. When no one challenged the first traffic camera used to issue citations for running red lights or speeding--when we are guaranteed the right to face our accuser in court--traffic cameras started showing up at nearly all city intersections. When no one objected to the use of facial recognition software to scan crowds of people for the appearance of wanted criminals or suspects, more cameras were hooked up to the system. When no one said they didn't want drones flying over our country monitoring our movements, drones became a common form of surveillance.
Maybe the Verizon "scandal" will be the camel that breaks the camel's back and swings the pendulum in the Freedom Versus Security debate back toward the side of Freedom. Because as we continue to find out, Benjamin Franklin was 100% correct when he said in the pre-Patriot Act days of the 1700's: