Political-correctnessBy Kevin Harris

The U.S. government spying on its citizens is not new anymore. But thanks in large part to the heroic actions of Edward Snowden, we know, with a little more clarity, just how far our government goes in its surveillance efforts against everyday Americans since the passing of the Patriot Act. We also know with a little more clarity which politicians truly value our Bill of Rights and which don’t, despite their ongoing rhetoric – based on whether they support and vote for the Patriot Act and its follow-up legislation.

But the scourge of unconstitutional spying permeates our government and public life, and goes beyond the White House and the Halls of Congress. The nation’s highest courts, so far, have been largely hostile to Patriot Act and NSA challenges. For example, in February, 2013, the Supreme Court dismissed an ACLU case challenging the FISA Amendments Act – the unconstitutional law that allows the government to wiretap Americans without a warrant or probable cause. In another ruling later that same year, a Federal judge in New York ruled the NSA’s bulk collection of data of nearly every phone call made in the U.S. was legal.

Government spying on you is not limited to the NSA building or a court house either. Police across the country are increasingly monitoring car licenses plates, compiling giant databases of ordinary citizens and their daily comings and goings. Red light cameras snap your pictures and issue you tickets – in clear violation of your 6th Amendment Rights. Your car spies on you, whether you like it or not, via its built-in “black box,” allowing the government to not only track you whenever it wants, but to also TAX you based on your driving habits. And don’t even get me started on your cell phone.

Oh, and by the way… cover up your computer’s chat camera when not in use. Seriously.

Now here is my question: I think we can all agree by now that our government, whether legal or not, spies on us at will. But how can WE spy on THEM?

And don’t give me that “It’s the job of the media to keep an eye on government.” If you believe for one second that today’s media does that, well, good luck to you. Also, if you’re concerned about whether it is LEGAL for us to spy on our government, let me solve the mystery right now by saying, “probably not entirely.” But that doesn’t stop THEM, does it? I think the government has sent a clear and loud message that the law no longer matters in 2015. The issue is, we need to know what government is up too… if Edward Snowden opted for an easy life, who KNOWS what our government would be doing at this point!

So the remaining question is, how can we spy on the spies… while we’re being spied on?


Kevin Harris

Kevin Harris

Kevin Harris is a former reporter, editor and journalist, and previous President of Cal State Northridge’s Society of Professional Journalists. He is now a realtor and videographer, and lives with his two children in Oak Park. 

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