The current administration has done many things that have true patriots frustrated. “Little” things like allowing civil asset forfeiture to steal people’s property (usually cash) without due process or using drones to kill Americans overseas without due process or trial by their peers.
But a Pentagon inspector general just released a report that will make you sick. Why? Because this is what we knew would eventually happen, but now it is here:
The Pentagon is spying on U.S. citizens for non-military reasons. USA Today writes,
“The report by a Pentagon inspector general, made public under a Freedom of Information Act request, said spy drones on non-military missions have occurred fewer than 20 times between 2006 and 2015 and always in compliance with existing law.
“The report, which did not provide details on any of the domestic spying missions, said the Pentagon takes the issue of military drones used on American soil ‘very seriously.’”
You may ask why this is a big shock or a big deal, especially since we were expecting it, and the answer is that, even though it really isn’t a surprise, the fact that it has been made public (and that the news media has not made a big deal about it), means that the Feds believe the idea is mainstream and accepted enough in the thinking of the American people that it is no big deal.
Let that sink in.
They think it’s no big deal. The major media thinks it’s no big deal. Frankly, your neighbors probably think that it’s no big deal, but this blase attitude about it means that the privacy which this surveillance has already invaded, in your back yard, in your car, looking into your bedroom window, is a privacy that we will be hard pressed to get back. The Pandora’s box is already open.
USA Today again writes,
“A senior policy analyst for the ACLU, Jay Stanley, said it is good news no legal violations were found, yet the technology is so advanced that it’s possible laws may require revision.
“’Sometimes, new technology changes so rapidly that existing law no longer fit what people think are appropriate,’ Stanley said.”
I have to disagree with Staley on this. If they are watching us right now, it’s beyond anything that the Constitution would allow and is too much. It’s not a matter of changing the existing laws but of our Federal government actually abiding by the ones on the books.
Frankly, this whole situation just may mean that it’s time to pack up and disappear because this surveillance gives the Feds an excuse to look for a reason to bust people, even if they have to manipulate the surveillance data to fit their accusations.
Guess who they’ll go after first. I don’t know, but I do know that freedom-loving patriots are near the top of the list.
What do you think: Am I making too big an issue of this or is it worse than even I think? Tell us below.