The 4th Amendment is where I draw my line in the sand. Defending privacy should be the center of all liberty lovers’ attention when it comes to keeping our representatives on their toes.
There are a lot of attacks on our civil rights. In addition to the Patriot Act, Military Commissions Act, and the National Defense Authorization Act we have free speech zones which I know is hard to stomach for anyone who believes in the Constitution. But given all the different attacks, it is my opinion that the 4th Amendment is the one we need to rally around with all the effort and energy we can muster and here’s why.
Total Network Awareness
NSA whistleblower William Binney says and continues to say that one of the goals of the NSA is to own the network. Chills go up my spine and my hair stands up each time a repeat those words. The NSA wants to be the network administrator for planet earth? I guess that this would be ok if they were performing normal network administration. Of course, that’s not the case at all. If you believe otherwise then we should talk about a bridge in Brooklyn you might want to buy.
How Big the Network?
There was a day when the network just meant desktop computers which was bad enough as they could still read our email (which they did). But when you consider the last few years and the years coming, the network will include and the NSA will want to own and have visibility of:
- Desktop computers
- Laptop computers
- You smart phone and tablet
- Your car
- Your television, toaster, refrigerator
- And on and on and on and on
Suffice to say that the goal of the NSA when it comes to snooping is ubiquitous. If it can have an IP address, or any addressable signature, the NSA will want to track, monitor, listen and store any data it can. Don’t think they’ll limit their “awareness” to consumer items. Commercial, industrial, and medical including artificial hearts, pacemakers……………and you name it; they’ll want to track it.
It’s really all about knowing the fundamental nature of the beast that we’re talking about. This kind of network control is power and the thirst for power that the United States government has as well as their intention to dominate and control is immeasurable.
The Read ID Act – Is There a Microchip in Our Future?
I purposely left off the list the subject of RFID chips for people. This has been talked about for years as something that our supposed masters desperately want to put in place. In fact there is a program that is part of the Obamacare plan that involves chipping people. According to an August 30, 2014 article, Is there a microchip implant in your future?
Using short-range radio frequency identification (RFID) signals, it can transmit your identity as you pass through a security checkpoint or walk into a football stadium. It can help you buy groceries at Wal-Mart. In a worst-case scenario – if you are kidnapped in a foreign country, for example – it could save your life.
Microchip implants like the ones pet owners use to track their dogs and cats could become commonplace in humans in the next decade.
Like the ones pet owners used to track their dogs and cats?!?! Hm? The NSA will tell me when to bark I’m sure. Just in case you may think these are the ramblings of a madman, let’s consider both the risks and benefits of RFID.
The Risks and the Benefits of RFID
The ethical concerns are tremendous. Every day we hear about big databases being hacked; Home Depot, Target and the list goes on and on. Logically, therefore, when we start chipping people we’re just giving hackers another target rich environment. But it’s all in the interest of convenience. Police wouldn’t even have to ask you for a driver’s license and you could probably program in your favorite pizza. The key thing to watch out for is if the practice of RFID implantation provides an opt-out option. Once it becomes mandatory, it’s a whole different ballgame and changes the psychology immensely.
The Psychology of the 4th Amendment
The 4th Amendment establishes a clear boundary between the government and the governed; and a boundary which I believe the founders intended to weigh in favor of liberty and the people; a boundary that declares a point of deterrence. A strongly defended 4th amendment in my opinion is meant to preserve power in favor of the people. However, as the 4th Amendment has been weakened over time and incrementally eroded there is a clear shift of power away from the people in favor of the government which changes the original psychology of the 4th amendment.
The 4th Amendment Threat & Why We Need to Push Back Now
That which is tracked, cataloged, indexed, listened to and monitored 24/7 will for all intent and purpose kill free speech. You’ll never know how what you might say or do or where you might go might be used in the future to detain you or to break into your house because you’re considered a threat or an enemy of the state. Total network awareness and surveillance will practically kill the first amendment because it is the fear element on steroids.
In the Fox News article cited above there is reference to implantable chips as being like the ones used to track dogs and cats. Let’s be clear! This is the paradigm that will be the final nail in the coffin of our sovereignty because total surveillance is the first stage of ownership. We will no longer be free beings with rights granted to us by our creator. We will be owned and our owners will view us the same way we view our cats and dogs. This is why the 4th Amendment and our right to privacy should be defended vigorously; and why all must be done now to roll back the unconstitutional sucking up of data that continues to go unchecked.
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References for Further Research
Real I.D. Act Analysis by the Cato Institute: If you want to know the details about the Real ID act and where your particular state stands on the adoption of DHS standards, this document is excellent and should be read. Just right click the link above and download the PDF.