Giving up our rights does not make us safer

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Our hearts go out to the people of Nice after the horrible attack there.  Whether it is Baghdad, Orlando, Dallas or Dhaka, single people and groups will use violence to achieve their aims or just act out in anger and hate.  In our frustration, it is natural to seek means to stop them.

For over a decade, the US government has used mass surveillance of the world to try to identify and stop these attacks.  Having spent unknown tens of billions of dollars doing so, they haven’t stopped a single attack. Citizens are hounded and taken to court if the government accidentally gives them an extra welfare payment, but the NSA doesn’t have to account for the billions wasted taking away our right to privacy while failing to stop a single terrorist.

We know those in the intelligence community will call for more surveillance and back doors into our phones and computers.  Yet again, we expect them to try to reduce the protections enshrined in the 4th and 5th Amendments aided and abetted by the Democrats and Republicans in Congress.

And yet the NSA, GCHQ and their allied intelligence agencies now have so much data, they cannot identify possible threats.  They have made the haystack so big, they will never find the needles in it.

Democrats call for denying people their 2nd Amendment rights if they are on the No Fly list.  After Nice, are we going to ban people on the No Fly list from the right to drive trucks or cars?  A No Fly list which is secret and provides no 5th Amendment due process rights?

It is time to stop charade that mass surveillance works and that we need to give up more of our rights to protect ourselves.  The 2008 financial crisis and its after effects, Wall Street’s continued desire for more money at the expense of the rest of us, and the world-wide economic crisis that our leaders still have failed to fix have harmed more people than any terrorists have.

Enough is enough! It is time to end the surveillance state.

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