Senator Rand Paul released a video yesterday demanding that the federal government undo the damage it has done to our Constitutional freedoms through the unlawful surveillance state. It’s an important statement on the disgusting nature of the modern surveillance state in the United States.
“We were once outraged and dismayed and spurred to resist when British soldiers came knocking at our door with illegitimate warrants seeking taxes on our papers. Today, your government responds that there is no expectation of privacy once you consign your records to a third party. Your government applies that the Fourth Amendment applies not at all to your bank records, your Visa bill, your internet searches or purchases or emails. If not resistance, shouldn’t there at least be outrage?”
“Imagine for a moment what information could be gathered from your Visa bill… Are we so afraid of terrorists that we are willing to give up the very freedoms that separate us from them?”
“The surveillance state was made to disappear through the legerdemain of defining it out of existence.”
“Kundera captures the heart of the debate: the struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting…against allowing the state to define away its usurpations. Will we allow defenders of the surveillance state to airbrush history and define away the notion of spying? Will we sit idly by as our expectation of freedom is defined downward?”
“Will we be sunshine patriots, or will we stand up like free men and women and say, ‘Enough is enough, we want our freedoms back’?”
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