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4TH AMENDMENT: Does it mean anything to Americans anymore?

Letter by Justin Earick, Tacoma on June 25, 2013 at 10:46 am with No Comments »
June 25, 2013 11:42 am

The TNT quickly publishes partisan drivel concerning Vacation Obama (letter, 6-25), which editors are keenly aware is patently false and dripping of personal “otherism,” while continually eschewing bipartisan, civil liberal-tarian, thoughtful and constitutional criticism.

In a war on a noun or tactic, no boundaries exist. In war without borders, all are suspect. When all are suspect, citizenship is irrelevant.

Metadata and content of our domestic and international internet and telephone activies are being stored in Utah. Are all Americans suspected of terrorism? What of probable cause? Is the 4th Amendment irrelevant?

Nearly 5 million hold security clearances like Manning and Snowden – are they all trustworthy? The NSA couldn’t stop Boston or Snowden. They collect too much information to parse, and concentrate on the wrong people – journalists such as Michael Hastings, who speak truth to power.

We choose to accept Google and Facebook snooping – we click the box. PRISM is done largely behind our backs. The FISA courts’ (appointed by SCOTUS) rulings, interpretations and arguments are all classified.

The people haven’t been privy to this debate, only the Intelligence Committees, the SCOTUS hasn’t even the opportunity to rule – and yet we’re expected to accept over-classification, protected by threat of espionage, establishment views on the acceptable balance between freedom and security?

We cannot allow that our fourth-estate of media be coerced into subservient regurgitating of propaganda by threat of being labeled threats to national security.

Investigative journalism is no crime. “Those who would sacrifice freedom for security deserve neither.”

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