Americans have to wonder if the 'War on Terror' has actually led to many of our civil liberties and right to privacy vanish into the darkness of fear. What has made this nation a bright light to so many around the world is our love of freedom and the right to express ourselves without fear of government intervention into our lives. The ability to be a harsh critic of our nation and its leaders, no matter how unpopular to the majority, and still enjoy the total freedom of other Americans is essential to our way of life.
The recent revelation of our Government quietly subpoenaing the records of all the calls make on Verizon is simply shocking. As a Verizon customer, I am appalled that the government has a record of every call I have made over the last years and when I made those calls. This is not requesting the records of one or two dozen suspects but the wholesale invasion of privacy by the government of millions of Americans.
The fact that is done by a President Obama or a President Bush doesn't matter because it is simply wrong. Government should never have a data base of every call made by millions of Americans. The very thought of that database put a chilling effect on freedom. Some might be reassured because 'their person' is President. Somehow they believe that since they like the person that is President that these records will never be abused by the state.
How do you feel about the existence of those records if Rand Paul, Rick Santorum or a Ted Cruz was President? Do you think these records will automatically disappear with the change of an administration? Seriously?
History has shown us time and time again that such unchecked power is almost always abused.
Terrorism must be fought and people must be protected. Every American has witness the horrors of terrorist attacks over the years. Nevertheless, we must never willingly surrender our liberty in the name of security. If America ceases to be America to be safe and secure, then we truly have already lost the War on Terror.