The American people recently found out that they had been subjected to a widespread surveillance system by the National Security Agency. The source of this exposure was the release of thousands of documents by the courageous fighter for freedom, Edward J. Snowden and expertly analyzed by Glenn Greenwald in his new book, “No Place To Hide.”
This system was in radical violation of the Bill of Rights, which protects citizens from “unreasonable search and seizure” and guarantees the privacy of their “persons, houses, papers and effects.”
Much as government lawyers may try, there is no way to reconcile these principles with the assault on the population, which was revealed in the Snowden documents.
The reason given for this abuse is security; however, the question is not fully answered as to security from whom, and against which enemies? The answers are highlighted dramatically by the Snowden revelations.
There is an attempt by Congress to control government surveillance with the Freedom Act, which would end the U.S. government’s bulk collection of American phone records. This bill appears to have bipartisan support.