As I write this, just a week remains until the patriot act expires, and the end hopefully comes to years of unconstitutional, unwarranted surveillance of US citizens by one of their own government agencies, the NSA.
In the past few days, we have seen the House of Representatives deny Senator Mitch McConnell his proposed bill that would extend without reform section 215.
The last week has also seen the release of private documents that truly show how important it is that further restrictions be placed on the NSA.
The NSA masquerades itself as a protective agency, yet the released documents revealed once more that it is little more than an attempt at governance by fear and distrust.
You see the NSA trusts people so little that NSA had planned, along with the US’ “Five Eyes” alliance, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, an operation dubbed “Irritant Horn”.
This operation by the NSA would see the NSA hack Google and Samsung app stores, and upload malware, under the guise of software updates , that would be downloaded on the smartphones of innocent and unsuspecting users, to monitor their activities.
Let me be the first to say that I fully support the war on terror.
I fully believe that should a person be connected with terrorism, or other illegal activities, the government should monitor what they do in order to protect their innocent citizens.
However those who thought up of operation Irritant Horn by the NSA should take a long hard look at themselves.
Had they taken action on it, they would have proved one of two things: Either that they believe every civilian of their countries to be criminals, or that they have been defeated by their enemies, as they are so afraid they must spy on their own citizens.
I think that it is a very sad state of affairs when we need whistle-blowers such as Edward Snowden to show the people what their own governments are doing behind their backs.
The fact that they were willing to take illegal action against a private company must also be questioned.
Had a civilian attempted to upload malware to the app store they would have faced jail time, yet their government was planning to do the very same thing to them.
Hopefully June 1st will bring us reason to rejoice. As it stands now, it would appear that most US politicians are willing to take a stand against this unconstitutional surveillance. However, I know I won’t be satisfied until further restrictions are placed on the NSA that prevent them from even thinking about actions such as operation Irritant Horn again.
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