Over the past few weeks, ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden has revealed how the NSA has been conducting mass spying on U.S. citizens, without suspicion or warrant. In response, the U.S. government has charged Mr. Snowden with the over-the-top charge of espionage and has gone to remarkable lengths to have him returned to the U.S. in order to prosecute him.
A majority of Americans do not support suspicionless monitoring of all Americans’ communications. This is a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment. Let us remember that to have a functional democracy, we need to have freedom of speech, which depends on privacy. And regardless of which side of the debate public opinion falls on, the Constitution is not a document that is dependent on public opinion.
These actions by our government show that we do not have a true democracy. Our government is supposed to be of, by and for the people. We own the government; the government does not own us. It is not some body that we have given unlimited powers to. We all must stand up and speak up against these abuses of power.
Stu Chuang Matthews