As a U. S. citizen, I hope my government is spying on me if …
- I am phoned by known or suspected terrorists.
- I visit bomb-making sites on the Internet.
- I make contact with members of al-Qaida
- I attend a radical mosque.
- I order the makings for a suicide vest.
- I have large amounts of unexplained cash funneled into my bank account.
- I frequent jihadist websites.
- All my emails end with “death to America.”
- I travel to countries that are safe havens or training grounds for terrorists.
- I make a habit of using “burner” phones.
- I secure a passport, driver’s license or credit card under an assumed name.
- I buy a one-way airline ticket and show up with no luggage.
- I hang out with terrorist suspects.
- I contribute to Muslin “charities” that are sympathetic to terrorists.
- I live in the country and buy large amounts of fertilizer for my garden even though my neighbors give me all I need from their livestock.
- I live in the city and buy large amounts of fertilizer where large gardens are non-existent.
All or some of the above activity may have a perfectly innocent explanation, but if I’m doing any of these things, I hope my government is spying on me, just in case.
I am not at all surprised to find that, since 9/11, the government collects raw phone data so when we capture a terrorist or somehow get our hands on a terrorist’s cell phone or phone book, we can see what numbers he’s been calling in this country. If those phone numbers still exist, the feds then can get a warrant to tap those lines.
In fact, I’m surprised that we didn’t have that capability before 9/11. If we had, 9/11 might have been prevented.
If you think the government has enough manpower to listen to all of our phone conversations or read all of our emails, you are really out-to-lunch. I have a problem just reading all of my own emails.
Furthermore, I learned long ago never to put anything in an email or a message on Facebook or Twitter that you wouldn’t want the world to know. It’s too easy to hit send. Just ask former Rep. Anthony Weiner, the “Peter Tweeter.”
Most of us mistrust our government and for good reason. We continue to put people in positions of authority who have obvious character flaws. That includes Weiner, who is now running for mayor of New York, and the philandering former GOP governor of South Carolina, Mark Sandford, who just won a seat in Congress. Forgive them if you wish, but don’t entrust them with a public office ever again!
There are plenty of people who have demonstrated good character over time who are available. They may not be exciting, cute or have a pretty wife, but they are out there. The problem in this country is not our intelligence gathering, but the electorate. We select our representatives the way a 7-year-old selects a Barbie Doll and, when they fail to live up to our expectations, we are somehow shocked.
Also, if you think our government should release the details on our intelligence programs, then I have four words for you: If we did that, it … “would not be intelligence!”
After 9/11, we were, rightly, scared to death. Most of us never would have believed that we could go almost nine years without another major terrorist attack within the U.S. We can thank our lucky stars that George W. Bush was president at that time. He was terrible on the fiscal issues, but he did what was necessary to keep us safe.
Edward Snowden is not a hero. He is a traitor. Furthermore, he is either a spy for the Chinese or as naive as Barack Obama was (some say still is) before becoming president. Is the world supposed to be shocked that we are spying on China, Russia and others? It is an important part of our national defense. Here is a partial list of our intelligence-gathering agencies:
- Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
- National Security Agency (NSA)
- Department of Homeland Security
- National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
The Obama administration’s use of the IRS to punish political enemies and the Justice Department to spy on reporters is a far bigger threat to our freedom than the collection of this raw data. Greater still is its tax-and-spend policies, which are making us slaves to communist China. Wake up, America!