Are U.S. Citizens Losing Their Liberty?

The seal of the U.S. National Security Agency....As we listen, watch and read the news, everywhere we turn we see another story that heightens our concern for the respect of our civil liberties in the United States. So far the negative trend has continued unabated.

  1. We’ve read about the recent revelations of Edward Snowden explaining all telephone and email communications are recorded by the NSA for citizens in the US. [1]
  2. We see US citizens detained indefinitely; imprisoned without trial for years..
  3. Persons homes or business entered, searched and sometimes used by police and military authorities as a base of operations.
  4. Drone aircraft used for domestic surveillance and authorized to shoot to kill under government directive.
  5. GPS data used as part of a surveillance program against US citizens.
  6. More cameras erected in urban areas under the umbrella of improving security and law enforcement efforts.
  7. Military exercises in cities to train for unspecified contingencies.
  8. Police are allowed to take DNA samples of all arrestees on serious crimes, thereby throwing out right of assuming innocence until proven guilty.
  9. Individuals arrested and camera equipment confiscated for taking pictures of police in public.
  10. Federal government can examine the contents of the laptops of US citizens whenever they enter the United States.
  11. Search of individuals before they travel on airlines and in some instances, strip searched or invasive pat downs.
  12. The IRS used as pawns for political purposes in making it difficult on individuals or groups it deems as a threat to established administration power.

You will note that each time an encroachment or violation of our basic constitutional rights occur, there’s always a justification. The traditional media seems to always side with the government.

The Obama administration has another plan for fairness, at least that’s what is described as the core of this new executive directive. The idea is to force communities to accept section 8 housing wherever the federal government decides the neighborhood isn’t appropriately minority blended. Any landlords not willing to go along with this mandate are to be subject to further discrimination investigation. Communities which have accepted subsidized housing grants may lose their funding if they don’t comply once this plan has been implemented. It isn’t written into law as of the time of this post.

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Me showing solidarity after the events of 9/11

Government accountability took a perilous plunge after 9/11; from increased CCTV presence to the government telling you what you can eat or drink and ignoring your privacy on a grand scale. Accountability may be more than the past simply because of technology. All modern democracies seem to be facing the trade-offs between what’s defined as security vs. liberty. There’s still plenty of room for improvement and it’s necessary to stay involved. Make your voice heard while you still can.

[1] The National Security Agency has obtained access to the central servers of nine major Internet companies — including Google, Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo! and Facebook. The Guardian and The Washington Post revealed the top-secret program, codenamed PRISM, after they obtained several slides from a 41-page training presentation for senior intelligence analysts. It explains how PRISM allows them to access emails, documents, audio and video chats, photographs, documents and connection logs. ~ Glenn Greenwald: Democracy Now!

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  ~ Yogi Berra

One thought on “Are U.S. Citizens Losing Their Liberty?

  1. Greg Tarpley

    I agree and the average Joe Schmo just goes right along with it because MSNBC tells him it’s “for our safety.” I keep telling people that nothing will change until the government takes away McDonalds and XBox. Bloomberg is chipping away at item #1 so we probably aren’t too far away from the plunge into the abyss.

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