Once upon a time, societies like the one in George Orwell’s ‘1984’ were nothing more than a twisted fairytale. Dystopian states led by “Big Brother” were safely tucked away in fiction because they called for technology beyond society’s means. A world like that would require advanced technology that would have to be capable of monitoring millions of individual citizens on an everyday basis which was something just not possible at the time. However, in today’s world, the nanny state has left the realm of imagination and is now something very real and possible. Agencies like the FBI and NSA are extending their authority far beyond what the Constitution allows. It’s no wonder Sen. Paul is drawing bleak parallels between our world now and Orwell’s ‘1984’. Bob Unruh on WND brings us the announcement that…
“Dystopian novels were just that, bad utopias,” [Sen. Paul] said, “but not practically possible. One could always sigh in relief that such surveillance, such invasion of privacy, was not technologically possible.”
…“The individual who feared ’1984′ when it was written in 1949 need now shout from the top of his or her lungs, for technology had made the unthinkable, thinkable,” said Paul.
What are the recent developments that prompted the interest?
The National Journal raised questions over confirmation that Verizon, which has more than 100 million Americans as customers, secretly has been handing over documentation of its telephone calls to the National Security Agency.
…WND reported that the FBI wants changes made in industry requirements so that the agency would possess a back door to all communications software and hardware.
The FBI has complained that its agents cannot always get a court order and obtain access to the communications they want.
And the Department of Justice’s pursuit of telephone records for reports – to the point of alleging that one prominent Fox News reporter possibly engaged in criminal activity – is now just one of the major scandals plaguing the Obama administration.
Government surveillance is stepping far beyond the fictional realms of Orwell’s ‘1984’ into a very real and threatening reality. And it’s not just our privacy and our freedom of speech that we need to be concerned about.
…[Paul] cites his own battle over provisions of the recent National Defense Authorization Act, which would allow indefinite detention of Americans without a trial on the whim of a president.
But another point proposed is one Paul believes even fewer Americans know about: The idea of indefinite detention even after a jury acquits a defendant.
It was late in the evening when the amendment was proposed and a voice vote sought.
…“If current law allows people to be found innocent by a jury and still be held indefinitely, shouldn’t we do something about it?” he wondered.
So he demanded a recorded vote on the amendment.
With a public record of senators’ votes, the amendment failed.
When Senator Paul questioned the voice vote, he was accused of obstructing proceedings. The last thing the American democracy needs is for legitimate concerns and ethical issues to be brushed aside. Thankfully, someone like Sen. Paul is paying attention!
While we may not be calling Obama “Big Brother”, there are terrifying developments in the government that are infringing on our rights as U.S. citizens. More than ever, it’s important for average citizens to start taking notice before the U.S. really does become Orwell’s ‘1984’.
“The National Security Agency’s seizure and surveillance of virtually all of Verizon’s phone customers is an astounding assault on the Constitution[,” says Paul.] “After revelations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted political dissidents and the Department of Justice seized reporters’ phone records, it would appear that this administration has now sunk to a new low.”
…”The Bill of Rights was designed to protect us from evil, too, particularly that which always correlates with concentrated government power, and particularly executive power. If the president and Congress would obey the Fourth Amendment we all swore to uphold, this new shocking revelation that the government is now spying on citizens’ phone data en masse would never have happened.”
All of this and more has triggered a surge of renewed interest in a recent video by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., in which he declares that “1984,” the George Orwell novel about ultimate government disinformation, manipulation and control – is here. (via WND)
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