The Day We Fight Back

Fight Back


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Free people, remember this maxim: we may acquire liberty, but it is never recovered if it is once lost. -Jean Jacques Rousseau


(Update, 2/11/14: I just posted this comment on another site in response to someone who thought, in their words, only “leftist twits” are concerned by this.)

It looks like someone who left a comment above is making this out to be a partisan issue. Hi. I’m neither a leftist nor a twit. This is not a partisan issue. It’s an American issue– the First and Fourth Amendments were intended to protect us from this sort of thing. The government does not have the right to track us.

Senator Rand Paul– who is not a leftist– is suing the Obama Administration over this.

Here’s a great quote from this article:

“This class action suit isn’t about Republican versus Democrat, or progressive versus conservative,” he added. “This is about defending the basic civil liberties of every American from a government that has crossed the line.”

And from the Cornell University Law School:

The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” Ultimately, these words endeavor to protect two fundamental liberty interests – the right to privacy and freedom from arbitrary invasions.

In other words, if you want to sift through my email, internet usage, and online activity (except for what I intended to be public), you’d better have a warrant signed by a judge and probable cause to back up why you wanted the warrant in the first place. That is my right as an American citizen. This same protection should not apply to non-citizens, especially those suspected of terrorism. It is in tracking those threats that the NSA can make itself useful.

The best way we can defeat this threat to our freedoms is to come together in spite of our differences and stand as one nation against it. Don’t believe that surveillance on all Americans is necessary or some sacrifice we have to make to be secure. The only benefit that can come out of warrantless tracking of all Americans is to the government– and that only gives the government, not the people, more control.

To summarize– Americans, you have rights, and they have been violated by the NSA on Obama’s watch. 


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