Wednesday, July 3, 2013
The End of Innocence
The Founding Fathers of America were well aware of the dangers of living under a government dictatorship. They firmly established clear written declarations (Articles) and created an abiding United States Constitution that is Supreme Law and the Bill of Rights. Especially, the 5th Amendment which is part of the Bill of Rights protects against abuse of government authority in a legal procedure.
However, over the last 200 years the predictions of a Big Brother government spying on their own citizens has come true to the point of paranoia. Currently, world news is reporting the NSA debacle with the former NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden stating to American citizens and the world that the NSA and their Terrorist Surveillance Program is not only worldwide, but on all American citizens illegally. Last year, another NSA Whistleblower William Binney in 2012 had warned about “pervasive domestic spying” by the NSA including unlawful surveillance of American citizens who are non-terrorist on American soil.
What’s next? Robotic Drones in some odd future world routinely patrolling the US boarders and flying over local cities to hunt down (undesirable) Americans and using AI (ED-209s) to deal with them unceremoniously without any trail or due process. Slowly, even Freedom of Speech will become obsolete as we move into a Police State where perhaps (with a nod to Ray Bradbury) even reading books will be against the Law.
Later, a form of Thought Police would take over to monitor all into state of compliancy under the New Rule. This is all of course speculation. But even Captain Kirk recognized the danger of any individual who obtains ultimate power and abusing it by quoting Lord Acton, British historian in 1887 who said, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Wake up everyone. Peace is Freedom. Freedom is Peace. Let’s keep it that way. Mindless displays of destructive power is not.