We all know that The Patriot Act was terrible. It was used to spy on the American people, to invade our privacy, and as an excuse to take away our liberties in the guise of “patriotism.” But we were finally making headway in killing off The Patriot Act with court cases that dismantled certain portions such as the collection of meta-data of U.S. citizens without a warrant.
Well, guess what, The Freedom Act passed and was signed into law this week, and this act takes things that were declared illegal in The Patriot Act and makes them legal. Like this actually protects our freedoms by taking them away. That takes serious cajones.
Now, granted, instead of the NSA holding our meta-data, the law requires phone companies to keep that data on us. But, really what is the difference in practice? Telecommunication companies are protected from liability when they spy on us for the Federal government.
Daniel McAdams writes at lewrockwell.com:
The FREEDOM Act turns private telecommunications companies into depositories of “pre-crime” data for future use of state security agencies. It is a classic authoritarian move for the state to co-opt and subsume the private sector. Once the FREEDOM Act is signed, Americans’ telecommunications information will be retained by the telecommunications companies for the use of state security agencies in potential future investigations. In other words, an individual under no suspicion of any crime and thus deserving full Fourth and Fifth Amendment protection will nevertheless find himself providing evidence against his future self should that person ever fall under suspicion. That is not jurisprudence in a free society.
Yes, where the Feds can now justify breaking the Fourth Amendment because they are making telecom companies do it for them. But, let’s face it, it’s nothing more than a sham to exercise more control over our population.
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