The Government is Violating the 4th Amendment and Spying on You

               Google, Bing, and Yahoo! all have it for free. Even Apple is attempting to develop it. We know that the private sector can often do things much more efficient than the government can, so why are we spending billions of dollars on a government agency to map the earth for the military? Our army has internet access…right? Or at least a smart phone, don’t they? So why is the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) syphoning billions from tax payers to fly drones around the world, and, more particularly, around our nation? Hasn’t the topography of the United States been mapped hundreds of times already? Don’t we have satellite capabilities to take detailed pictures of anything the government needs?

So why the drones? The answer is simple; the government is spying on you. Satellites cannot be everywhere at once because they have an orbital timeframe, but drones can be anywhere the government wants them. Wait, isn’t spying on an American citizen illegal? Of course it is; so what better way to break the law than fly hundreds of drones over and over to “map” the same nation that has already been thoroughly mapped? If the drones “happen” to be gathering data and surveillance on citizens while they do then there is really nothing the government can do about that. They figure they might as well use the intelligence to feed the top secret community.

In 2003 the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA), which had previously done work prospecting the natural resources and raw materials of the United States (among other things) was renamed the NGA as part of the massive expanse of the intelligence community and the top secret organizations of our government and re-tasked (unofficially of course) with the duty of watching what you are doing. So the government is taxing you so they can invade your privacy illegally, adding upon their massive deficits to do so.

If this unofficial spying is borderline illegal, it might infuriate you to know that several law enforcement agencies, at federal, state, and even local level, are gaining permission to fly drones for the purpose of spying on you! Wait, doesn’t the Fourth Amendment prohibit unlawful search and seizure? Of course it does; which is exactly why this is illegal. Sen. Rand Paul from Kentucky (son of perennial presidential candidate Ron Paul) has proposed a bill in the Senate to outlaw this; though the Constitution already prohibits it. If a law enforcement agency can provide reasonable need, they can obtain a warrant to fly a drone over your head; or if for example, there is a police chase or a need to observe and secure the borders, drones can be used, but under Sen. Paul’s bill that will be the limit of their domestic use. It would also ensure that any evidence obtained without a warrant or danger to human life (police chases or border security) could not be admissible in court; again, this has already been established as Constitutional law. It is very telling that our security and surveillance sectors of government now have so much power and influence that we have to have a special law to tell them to follow the Constitution.

As part of the unquestioned growth of the security and intelligence sector of government since 9/11, Congress and FAA have actually been working hard to make it easier for law enforcement to clear the air to spy on you with drones. Many argue that because security cameras or purchase transactions can keep track of you that drones are no different. If that seems illogical to you, join the party. Security cameras and credit card transaction do not follow you wherever you go, and you can choose to avoid them (even if sometimes it has to be a hardy effort) if you want to; neither of those are the case with drones.

Since the 9/11 attacks the government has vastly expanded their domestic surveillance programs. The media continuously hounded President Bush about illegal wiretaps and email screenings, but has been very quiet concerning the matter with President Obama in office despite the fact that these surveillance practices have expanded under his presidency after he promised to end them. The government is not listening to phone calls or reading emails (they supposedly never have), but they know exactly who you are talking to and when you are doing it.

The biggest problem with agencies like the NGA is that their budgets are classified. They are not open to scrutiny from Congress, the media, or you and me. They just have to explain to a few people why they need more money, and they get it without oversight. Dana Priest, author of Top Secret America, says there have been several hundred top secret agencies formed since 9/11, most of them without oversight, almost all of them repeating the work or another agency. So with our debt ballooning every year, are we really any safer from it? Consider Great Britain, where they spend nothing close to what we do on military budget, but are nearly equally protected from terrorism. I know their nation is much smaller than ours, but this also the case in almost every developed nation in the world. It sounds like a conspiracy theory; but unlike President Bush blowing up the Twin Towers, or the birther movement, or Benghazigate, there is actual credible evidence here. Our government is spying on us–more and more every year–and putting us in debt to do it. This is not government for the people.

 

–Matt Young

22 November, 2012

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I am studying to achieve a double major in political science and journalism from the University of Kentucky. I am married to a wonderful woman named Sierra. I am starting this blog because I feel the political climate in Washington is carving deep canyons for our children to climb out of. Our representatives, on both sides of the isle, do not represent us, they represent the lobbyists.This blog is not to give answers, but to make people think. I believe the more we think about our ideas the better they will become; as opposed to becoming more and more intrenched in far left or right wing brainwash, where it seems nobody thinks anymore. I hope y'all enjoy.

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