Chapter: Disappearing From Big Brother
As a child, I was taught to believe that America was the greatest country in the world. My parents taught me that America stood for democracy and always jumped to the front of the line to fight for freedom. I cannot say if this was one hundred percent true or not but I can say such an idea is a valiant idea. However, I now find it difficult to believe that a country that spies on innocent citizens to protect them from an invisible enemy or a crime yet committed could be the same country
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence (sic), promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
There is nothing tranquil about the NSA stealing pieces of data out of the air. This goes against the idea of a perfect union and securing liberty. It is just wrong.
The domestic spying that is happening in America today is covert. We do not see the spying happening in front of our faces. The tangible evidence of the violation is sleight of hand. It all appears too surreal.
When the Stasi listened in on conversations in East Germany, there would be physical evidence like a bug in the phone or hidden in the light switch. The citizens of East Berlin knew all too well, who the men in dark suites were. They feared the occupied cars parked across the street from their homes. Most surveillance had a presence.
When the NSA listens to our phone calls, they press a few buttons and we hear no evidence of the invasion. When the Stasi wanted to read mail, they would intercept the mail and the citizens of East Berlin knew of the intrusion.
When the NSA extracts our email correspondence, they press a few buttons but we see no evidence of this. There are no tangible clues to witness or feel when digital spying is occurring. It is a ghost in the machine and all goes undetected by us, the citizen of a supposed Democratic nation.
As a child, my parents taught me that communism and socialism was evil. Its citizens had no rights when it came to their person. True or not depends on what side of the border you stood. I am trying to discern the difference between spying that was committed without technology in the name of protecting state. To spying, that is currently being committed with technology in name of protecting the state. Sadly, I do not believe there is no difference.
We must be aware and recognize the buttons BIG BROTHER push and the buttons we push are not that different. Both serve the deed of collecting private information. The true concern should be that in this ominous time we do not know how this information will be used against us in the future. Citizens of a true democracy should never have such concerns. I say fear the buttons and think before you push.