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It did but lately we learned about several orwellian like intrusions on our privacy.
Most recently that the National Security Agency tracks are phone calls and some emails.
This is a terrible threat to American liberties since congressman just -- -- -- so.
Congressman why they're just mining data they're not listening to our phone calls.
Well it violates the constitution the Fourth Amendment protects us.
Against unreasonable searches and seizures and this clearly violates the Fourth Amendment and the problem we have is that the government is gathering information using what's essentially a general warrant which was outlawed by the constitution.
They're going after people not on the basis of any suspicion not on the bases of any probable cause but just because their people just because the information.
He is useful for the government and that's what our founders expressly prohibited with the constitution.
What it's useful to me to rule if it keeps me for being blown up by a terrorist and the fact that -- just scanning everybody in some ways makes it seem like less of an invasion of privacy.
Well look at the reason the founders believed it was wrong was because we didn't want the government collecting this kind of information they put the constitution in place.
To prevent the government from injecting itself into our personal affairs.
-- you could do away with a lot of the constitution and and argue that maybe that makes us safer you can also do away with the First Amendment Second Amendment Third Amendment.
-- six are generally I don't want -- -- and and what someone could argue that and say well look now the government can control everything they can prevent all crimes.
I doubt it would work very well but that's what they could argue.
But of course we have a police state and that's expressly.
Prohibited by the constitution the reason we have a constitution is to prohibit government from doing that's.
-- Leaving the constitutional argument just for a moment can you make this live for me war I don't see how.
My privacy is being invaded by these massive scale.
Well that's fine if you completely trust the government our -- I don't trust the government I don't trust the government.
The government can use the information to.
-- for example blackmail a corporate executives they could use the information to persuade members of congress to vote a certain way.
And they can use the information against the public we don't watch a culture and our country of of distrust.
Of of fear I have my parents came from the Middle East they came from regimes that -- -- -- And in those countries people were afraid to talk on the phone they are afraid to talk to their neighbors because they're afraid everyone was a spy for the government.
We don't want that kind of culture here in this country it has been a damaging affect on our culture.
You can't see it here I made up this list of a hundred things I hate more than the more as much as the NSA spying.
And what word -- we're -- this mean you you believe in liberty.
Is it worse that they do this data mining then the fact that they employ 22 million people.
That they say where our kids must go to school that we have a seventeen trillion dollar deficits.
And that they passed Dodd-Frank that there's bailouts.
What's how much can we be angry about.
I think it's all bad but when you have direct violations of the constitution when you have someone trying to.
Infringe upon the Fourth Amendment -- the First Amendment or the Second Amendment.
Those are serious threats against our liberty and more serious in many ways then the kind of financial exploitation of the government's involved -- It's true that the government is bloated I'm not there's been no bigger advocate for balancing our budget and getting our debt under control than.
-- but at the same time we have to look at this up our civil liberties that's why we fought a revolution.
Back in the seventeen hundreds is because of civil liberties violations.
In the seventeen hundreds we got the Fourth Amendment partly because British soldiers were going in people's homes.
And taking stuff -- searching your most private space.
How is looking for patterns in a billion phone calls anywhere like that.
Well that the problem is the legal theory they're using -- the legal theory they're using is that any time Newsday.
Third party provider to story -- your documents and most papers today are electronic their digital.
So most of the papers and effects that we have in modern times our digital papers and effects.
And the the government is using the -- the false and flawed logic and argument.
That that is all available to the public once once -- put her out -- a third party server.
The government has the right to have David because it's no longer private and that's ridiculous.
Us and what do you say to the claim that.
Maybe fifty terrorist incidents were stopped we don't even know that number's accurate -- most of the information is classified we can't get McCain at the bottom of it and frankly.
A lot of the court opinions that deal with the these cases are classified in a way where members of congress can't get the opinions.
Part of what we're doing with our bill is trying to make sure that these are cases are available to members of congress.
Right now I actually can't read the court opinions that are interpreting the laws like the Patriot Act.
Well it certainly is a problem when they say it's secret trust us congressman a -- thank you.
Thanks -- now they are.
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