What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
The FBI appears to have begun using a novel form of electronic surveillance in criminal investigations: remotely activating a mobile phone’s microphone and using it to eavesdrop on nearby conversations.
Did I mention that this is ridiculous? Do we really trust our government that much? I hope the American populace isn’t that naÃ¯ve. History is laden with examples of government using technology and “security” measures on their own people, whether by subtle disguise or not. But no, it couldn’t happen in America! And of course, we don’t hear about it in the news. We forget about such instances, moving on with our lives, worrying about that with preoccupies us each day. As Goethe said:
Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
What matters to us? Are our lives so filled with trivial minutia that we disregard what really matters? Do we pay attention to the “big stuff”, or let it pass us by, knowing that others will concern themselves with such matters?
Are we willing to allow such a blatant invasion of privacy? Do we think that such law-enforced powers cannot and will not ever be abused or employed in circumstances that don’t warrant such action? I’ve quoted it many times on my blog, but Benjamin Franklin’s wise words deserve constant repetition:
Those who give up essential liberties for temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Americans are being asked to sacrifice more liberty and privacy in the name of new security measures aimed at deterring some unseen force. As a result, we have the Patriot Act and the Military Commissions Act, among a myriad of Executive Orders and other laws. Our privacy and freedoms seem to be withering away.
Fontor, your suggestion to move to Australia becomes more and more enticing each day. No lie.