In the current debate over the National Security Agency harvesting vast amounts of phone and Internet data on you and me the discussions have largely centered on the Fourth Amendment being trampled (it is) and on the potential abuse future politicians and bureaucrats might commit. Possibly the discussion will get around to the vaunted “oversight” by both Congressional committees and by the federal courts, both of which are jokes, but I want to bring up another point. A point that trumps all of the other points save the Constitutional one.
We are being told this is the cost of keeping us safe from terrorists. They might as well say from the boogeyman, but for now terrorists will do. Consider the following graphic:
If our goal is to prevent deaths, why are we spending millions of dollars per life threatened by terrorism but chump change for deaths from other threats? (We don’t know how much money is being spent to fight terror as that is secret, along with apparently everything else they are doing which means any bureaucrat who pulls back the curtain from the Great and Powerful Oz is being threatened with the Sedition Act).
Could it be that the power mongers in Washington, D.C. are just playing “the game” and it has nothing to do with “keeping us safe.” Could it be that we are losing our freedoms (the freedom from unreasonable search and seizure at this point), so these dickheads can play power games?
What if we were to take 90% of that money back and use it to feed and clothe and educate the poor? Would we not all be a great deal better off?