It has become all too obvious that the U.S. Government is more than willing to dig into your personal and private life. Today, March 13, 2013, the Chicago Tribune (via Reuters) published an article that explains exactly how the government will look at everything from your banking in financial databanks, criminal records and military intelligence. In addition, they intend to do all of this without any prior authorization, meaning search warrants etc. if they get their way.
Currently, the FBI already has full access to those databases, but agencies like the CIA and the NSA must make case-by-case requests for information to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).
And, it’s all in the name of tracking down terrorists and criminals at your personal expense. That expense being more than the financial expense to operate these agencies, but additionally the expense of losing your personal privacy. It seems that the government will stop at no cost continue the phony war on terror!
Lets face the facts, with almost no border security under the current administration, and the fact that we have lost the war in Afghanistan, just like the Soviets did decades ago, and for all true purposes we are out of Iraq, our government is nearly helpless to control “home grown terrorism” or outside terrorism!
Opening your financial records, criminal records and military records to even more agencies than the FBI is just ludicrous. It totally washes away any personal dignity that Americans have under the Constitution of the United States.
Some privacy watchdogs expressed concern about the plan when Reuters outlined it to them.
However, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said the following about the plan:
“The Obama administration continues to erode the Constitutional principles on which our country was founded. First it was the administration’s deceitful policy that would allow drones to spy on Americans, now it is attempting to give U.S. spy agencies access to the financial data of all Americans.
“Although cloaked in the appearance of fighting terror - which of course all Americans are in favor of - the scheme in reality exposes virtually all American citizens to having their personal financial files rifled through by unelected officials. This appears to be a blatant threat to the 4th and 5th Amendment principles and protections enshrined in our Constitution.
“We are a nation of laws, not of men. This is just the latest demonstration of disregard by this administration. As Texas Attorney General, I will continue to protect Texans' privacy against an overreaching federal government.”
Sharon Bradford Franklin, senior counsel for the Rule of Law Program at the Constitution Project, a non-profit watchdog group said that the plan
"raises concerns as to whether people could find their information in a file as a potential terrorist suspect without having the appropriate predicate for that and find themselves potentially falsely accused"
Will we never learn? Government doesn’t really have our best interests at heart. When it comes to situations like the one described here, it’s obvious that they are simply out to justify their existence when situations like this arise.
Copyright © 2013 by: Jake Jones