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We’re All Suspects Now

Posted by revkharma on May 11, 2009

Often in discussions with people the subject of expanding government power and the increasingly intrusive nature of government. Generally the reaction will be ‘eye rolling’ and defensive comments. “The government is working to protect us.”  Or ” If you haven’t done anything, you have nothing to worry about!”  Or even the complete head in the sand position of those who say it’s all just made up science fiction kind of thing.

It’s not made up, and yet people are ignoring all the signs as government continues to expand, increasing ever more intrusively into what used to be considered the private sphere. This happens over and over, and the courts, which historically were charged with ensuring that government did not exceed its Constitutional mandate, have surrendered and now are complicit with the expansion of government, and the contraction of individual liberty.

In what may seem a small thing, and to some, a good thing, a court in Wisconsin has just ruled that police do not need a warrant to attach a GPS tracking device onto a private vehicle, even if the individual in question has not been identified as a suspect in any crime. Even more appalling, is the assumption by the court that placing a device, on a privately owned car, parked on the owner’s driveway is not at all intrusive as  a “driveway is a public place”. This is not a parking lot, this is a driveway on an individual’s private residence.

The  end result of this is expansion of the  government power to legally have unfettered ability to observe and track the private lives of law abiding Americans.  Justice Louis Brandeis is famously quoted as having stated:

The makers of our constitution undertook to secure conditions favorable to the pursuit of happiness… They sought to protect Americans in their beliefs, their thoughts, their emotions and their sensations. They conferred, as against the government, the right to be let alone – the most comprehensive of the rights and the right most valued by civilized men.

This critical right, the right to privacy is vanishing and most Americans either are not aware, or do not care. We are surrendering more and more rights as we beg the Washington for more and more government cheese. In order to provide the free goodies which the politicians are providing, more and more of the wealth earned by law abiding citizens must be confiscated and distributed to others. As more people become wards of the State, more must be confiscated from the law abiding hard workers who are the last resource for government to drain dry. Gradually this is dawning on those who feel the increasing burden. Those who keep their hold on power by ‘redistributing wealth’ know that the entire house of cards will collapse without the cooperation, or at least submission to law, of those who supply the wealth. Once they decide they have had enough, it will all end.

Another lesser reported quote attributed to Brandeis is the following:

The government is the potent omnipresent teacher. For good or ill it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. To declare that the end justifies the means — to declare that the government may commit crimes — would bring terrible retribution.

As the government continues, with the blessing of the judiciary, to cross clear constitutional boundaries, law abiding Americans are beginning to lose respect for government, and to replace it with fear. A nation whose citizens fear their government cannot long survive. Jefferson’s famous quote clearly applies here:

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; When the government fears the people, there is Liberty

The balance has tipped long ago to the former. By the increasing application of the police power of the state, government has instilled a level of fear in the citizenry in order to maintain control.

There are several issues that will need to be looked at here. First, the court ruled that there is actually no issue at law here to prevent this.  The concept of ‘curtilage’ and legal definitions of private/public access. It may be that this is an area not yet covered by law.

The Deacon suggests some interesting ways to get lawmakers to realize the seriousness of this. Spend a few dollars and get some of the devices.  Place them on the private vehicles of police, or politicians. Then alert them that ‘someone’ has been tracking them. The moment some  government official realizes that there is no legal/constitutional prohibition against such devices, you can bet that laws will be introduced rather quickly.

Or, should you find your vehicle suddenly is carrying some small GPS beacon that’s not factory equipment, the smart thing would be to carefully remove it and sell it on E-Bay or Craigslist.  When they begin to realize that they are presenting profit opportunities to someone they are attempting to intimidate, the practice might cease.

These may seem facetious  but at least it causes thought! We are moving slowly and inexorably toward a police state, and the vast bulk of the American polulation either is ignorant or apathetic. Those who pay attention must do something to stop the slide, or we will simply slip quitely beneath the waves of state control and into total surrender.

Keep the Faith

The Rev

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