I’ve been meaning to write about this for a while now, but this finally pushed me to do it:
From foxnews.com:
“By 58 percent to 36 percent, Americans think the president should have the power to authorize the National Security Agency (NSA) to monitor electronic communications of suspected terrorists without getting warrants, even if one end of the communication is in the United States. Furthermore, six in 10 say they are personally okay with the NSA monitoring their international telephone calls.” WHAT?!?

People just aren’t thinking. I like to consider the “worst-case scenario” before making decisions about things such as this – especially when it comes to rights of the criminally accused or, as it is here, what is required to investigate a particular person. Right now we are searching for terrorists. I hate terrorists. They’re evil and need to be taken out; or, as Ann Coulter says, “We should invade their countries, kill their leaders, and convert them to Christianity.” However, while this administration is hunting for terrorists, what happens if, God forbid, our next administration decides to hunt for Christians (given the state of the ACLU and the democratic/socialist parties, as I have said in earlier blogs, this isn’t so far-fetched.) Lets just say that the next administration, or the one after that, uses exactly the power that we are currently granting Pres. Bush to eliminate Christians. Without the consent of a judge, that administration would be able to moniter our phone conversations, e-mail, etc. – without a warrant – and catch us in that evil (as they see it) talk of Christianity. Or, if you’re not a Christian, just imagine that the next administration is concerned about those of us who speak out against the government and decides – WITHOUT A WARRANT – to listen in on our phone calls because they feel that we could be a threat to national security. Scared yet?

It’s easy to say, “Well, if you’re not a terrorist, then you don’t have anything to worry about.” BALONEY! Give the government an inch and they’ll take a mile. Do you really think that, once the war on terror is over, any president is going to give up his power of warrentless surveillance ? In your sweet, innocent dreams. You may be comfortable with Pres. Bush having the power to authorize the NSA to surveill you, but what about (again, God forbid) Pres. Hillary Clinton? Are you OK with her having the power to listen in on your phone calls? I should certainly hope not. Or for those of you on the opposite side of the political fence, Pres. Jerry Fallwell?

We have to think long-term, worst-case scenario here, people. You absolutely cannot give any government power that you wouldn’t want your mortal enemy to have because, who knows, your mortal enemy just may be elected to office and get that very power.