ELDER PATRIOT – Americans have tolerated the expenditure of hundreds of billions of dollars that was spent creating an expansive network of surveillance ostensibly to keep them safe from terrorists.
For their money the government has developed a super computer network that records every email, phone call and text message that Americans exchange. “Authorities” also have a video camera network that records virtually every movement Americans make.
The result is corporations now know everything about your financial status and buying habits, and police can more easily track down low-level street criminals. But, the reason that Americans have tolerated the loss of their privacy, to provide law enforcement with the capability to intercede before terrorists can act, has proven to be an abject failure.
The radicalized nature of the San Bernardino Muslims was open to anyone who simply glanced at one of the terrorist’s Facebook page except that the Obama administration forbid the viewing of social media websites from being used in surveillance of Middle Easterners. Instead, he chose to spend upwards of a trillion dollars on a surveillance system that failed to expose their terror plot and resulted in 14 dead and 22 severely injured.
More evidence that the surveillance network is a trillion dollar failure in protecting us from terror attacks came last night in Orland Florida when Omar Saddiqui Mateen opened fire in a prominent gay nightclub killing at least 50 and severely injuring another 53.
What makes the results of last night even more unpalatable (if that’s possible) is that Mateen was “known” to the FBI. Senior law enforcement sources have reported that Mateen had become a person of interest on two previous occasions, once in 2013 and again the following year.
If there is any doubt that America’s surveillance state was built primarily to control its citizens and not to protect us from Islamic terror then consider the words of the younger William Pitt who said in a speech to the House of Commons in November of 1783, “Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”