August 2, 2013
In any discussion about privacy, there’s invariably someone who says, “Well, if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.”
What a bunch of baloney. This may be one of the most ignorant statements ever uttered yet it’s held by a wide majority of people who still trust their governments.
Yesterday the Guardian newspaper published yet another example of why this thinking is completely fallacious.
On Wednesday of this week, Michele Catalano and her husband, both residents of Long Island, were greeted by a knock at the door by a counter-terrorism task force.
Apparently their Google searches had aroused intense suspicion. She was looking for pressure cookers online. Her husband was searching for backpacks.
Ordinarily those two items would seem completely harmless. But in such an absurd, security-conscious world where finger-nail clippers are considered deadly weapons, a pressure cooker and a backpack are viewed as vital tools in a terrorist’s toolkit… practically WMDs.
And so, Big Brother’s crew of six government agents arrived to the family’s home with weapons in holster, and their vehicles tactically positioned to block any exit from the premises.
The husband was questioned, and the agents searched the house looking for any other terrorist clues.
And in their conversation, the agents proclaimed that they do this “about 100 times a week.”
Apparently this is what passes as a free society these days, where even the most harmless online interactions end up being scrutinized by armed agents.
And thanks to a never-ending and expanding apparatus of online surveillance, governments have the means to monitor… almost everyone.
Of course, they want us to think that we have nothing to fear as long as we have nothing to hide. But a rational, thinking person has got to see the writing on the wall at this point and realize how out of control the police state has become.
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