“We need a new congressional committee to investigate the revelations by Edward Snowden. The existing Intelligence Committees in House and Senate, gagged by secrecy and co-opted by the intelligence community they supposedly oversee, have failed to check dangerously excessive surveillance of Americans’ communications.
Pressure by an informed public on Congress to form a select committee to investigate these revelations might lead us to bring the NSA and the rest of the intelligence community under real supervision and restraint and restore the protections of the Bill of Rights.”
The spying programs the U.S. government is engaged in are very dangerous. Through secret courts and laws, the government has given the National Security Agency (NSA) unlimited access to our personal information and virtually unlimited authority to use whatever information they find against us in whatever manner they see fit. Just because you’re not a terrorist doesn’t mean they can’t decide you are. With unlimited power, they can do anything. Without a restoration to our Constitutional rights, which are meant to protect us against unfair arrests and prosecution, we are vulnerable.
Daniel Ellsberg wrote an amazing book called “Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers” about his experience as a whistleblower during the Vietnam War era. It not only talks about his own experiences, but talks about the dangers of a government that doesn’t see itself as under the Constitution’s authority. Although it was written in 2003, it’s the perfect resource for understanding why what’s happening now really matters.
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