America has become a police state. This horrible fact has been emphasized repeatedly on this blog, such as in Susie Castillo's account of mistreatment and molestation by the so- called "Transportation Security Administration" (TSA); but with the revelations of ubiquitous government surveillance by Edward Snowden and others, the issue is reaching critical mass. At first, only the "Tea Party" conservatives were protesting this trend, and their protests were written off as "racism" against Barack Obama. But Snowden's revelations, and those of numerous other "whistle-blowers," has now, finally, alarmed even the liberals, as will be seen in this video. They stop just short of mentioning Obama by name (and, of course, Obama is merely using the tools given to him by his predecessor); but they are serious in their concern.
I should say that I have no respect whatsoever for the celebrities in the video; they are, in fact, some of the worst people in America. But facts are facts, and truth is truth, whether spoken by Sarah Palin or the late Ted Kennedy. When a liberal or a conservative says something foolish, he or she deserves only ridicule; when a conservative or a liberal speaks the truth, he or she should be given a hearing. This is not a left/right issue. This is the death of American freedom and privacy. A concern that is shared by such disparate people as Ron Paul and Phil Donahue is not to be ignored.
Today, October 26 2013, mass gatherings are being held to protest government surveillance. In a few days, Rep. James Sensenbrenner, a Republican, will introduce major legislation in the House of Representatives; accompanying legislation will be proposed in the Senate by Patrick Leahy, a liberal Democrat. If these bills pass, they will most likely be vetoed by Barack Obama; but the effort is noteworthy.
Rep. Sensenbrenner was the original sponsor of the so-called "Patriot Act." He's come a long way.