Surveillance-State Communism: NSA Surveillance Scandal

Jacob Hornberger
FFF.org
June 7, 2013

 

USSA Communism Soviet Surveillance State NSA PRISMIn the name of keeping us safe, it’s now indisputable that the U.S. national-security state has enveloped the American people in an extensive web of surveillance, one that characterizes communist regimes. It’s just the latest episode in the sordid, dark-side history of the national-security state apparatus that was grafted onto our constitutional order as part of the Cold War.

Yesterday, the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald exposed a secret, longstanding court order authorizing the National Security Agency to secretly order telephone companies to turn over their telephone records on the American people to the government. No, the court order did not target specific individuals who were suspected of terrorism. It ordered the companies to deliver everyone’s records to the government. The companies were also ordered to keep the court order secret and their compliance with it secret.

How in the world is this sort of thing reconcilable with a free society? This is what communist countries do—they closely monitor the activities of all their citizens in secret. Just travel to communist Cuba and you’ll see a good example. On second thought, you better not do that. The U.S. government has made it illegal for Americans to travel to Cuba and spend money there, under the rational of, you guessed it, “national security.”

As we have been arguing for years here at FFF, the national-security state is the principal threat to the freedom and well-being of the American people. What the national-security state is doing is precisely what our American ancestors were concerned about when they reluctantly called the federal government into existence with the Constitution. That’s what the Bill of Rights was for — to guarantee that this sort of communist-type nonsense never pervaded our nation, at the hands of American politicians and bureaucrats. The fact that the Bill of Rights was even enacted shows the concern that our ancestors had about U.S. public officials’ abusing their powers, especially in the name of “keeping us safe.”

This is just more example of why The Future of Freedom Foundation has taken a leading role in the defense of civil liberties ever since our inception. Why, in our very first year, the July 1990 issue of our monthly journal Future of Freedom was almost entirely devoted to the vital importance of civil liberties.

But it was especially after the 9/11 attacks that we went into full gear in the defense of civil liberties. We knew what the Patriot Act would bring. Guess what law the government used to secure its sweeping communist-like surveillance order from the FISA court. You guessed it—the Patriot Act! This is precisely the type of thing that we have been warning about in our many articles condemning the Patriot Act. (Is it too late to rename it the Treason Act?”)

 

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