“I am being monitored”. That thought came home hard the other night when I was watching tv and saw a company that was selling men’s clothes and I looked them up through google. The next morning, the first ad I saw in my Facebook feed was from that clothing company. The realization that our lives are being observed, our activity is being tracked, our interests are being linked up with commerce through massive data observation was eerie to me. It left me thinking about the mall scene in Minority Report with Tom Cruise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JNXuCaewOg
The 4th Amendment of the US Constitution: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
This article from Reason.com gives some background to the phrase “Deep State” if you are unaware of it’s meaning. In light of all the concern and contention over leaked emails, phone calls, foreign government interventions, spying, it’s worth understanding the issues. It’s ominous to think of how much information is being acquired on Americans and it’s not illogical to be concerned that it is or may be used to control people, policy or presidents. We do have a 4th Amendment for a reason, let’s not let that one be wrenched from our hands in the cultural erosion of liberty.
Revenge of the Deep State: The unseen government within the government has so much data on Americans that it can reward or punish at its own discretion.
“The chickens have come home to roost. In our misguided efforts to keep the country safe, we have neglected to keep it free. We have enabled a deep state to become powerful enough to control a powerful president. We have placed so much data and so much power in the hands of unelected, unaccountable, opaque spies that they can use it as they see fit — even to the point of committing federal felonies. Now some have boasted that they can manipulate and thus control the president of the United States by selectively revealing and concealing what they know about anyone, including the president himself.
This is a perilous state of affairs, brought about by the maniacal passion for surveillance spawned under George W. Bush and perfected under Barack Obama — all with utter indifference to the widespread constitutional violations and permanent destruction of personal liberties.”