A precarious step: the right to privacy in the USofA

16 Dec

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the constant and unfettered mass espionage of American citizens by the American government, saying:

American citizens must realize that this tendency towards a police state has increased in momentum during the past dozen years, and that it behooves them* to take action before we all find ourselves living in a place closely resembling those depicted in post-apocalyptic dystopian young adult novels.

The video included in that post emphasizes the unwarranted surveillance of the general public through internet usage, trying to both alert and rouse the masses to action. But the truth is that the government has not limited itself to the internet. I don’t know about banks, credit card companies, and assorted other lenders, but I’m certain that all telephone and cell phone companies in the  United States funnel their data, unfiltered, to the NSA.

Today, federal judge Richard Leon of U.S. District Court in Washington, has ruled that the practice is unconstitutional-as it violates the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, which protects citizens against unreasonable searches and seizures. Or, at least, he found int unconstitutional in the case of two individuals who are suing the agency and asking for their records to be removed from the NSA’s massive records.

There are two questions pending now. First, whether the ruling will stick, since the government has a change to appeal. Second, whether the issue will reach the Supreme Court before it’s too late for everyone else.

Considering the prevalent apathy of the general public when it comes to civil rights, I’m not terribly optimistic about it.

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