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July 16, 2013

Do you trust the government?

How much freedom are you and I willing to give away for the sake of “supposed safety” from terrorism? When we go to the bank, retail store, grocery, gas station, federal and state offices and even on the street, we are on camera. And that camera manages to take and keep for a time our images and just exactly what we do. For the present, we seem to be willing to allow that to occur more or less willingly. Yes, some things have been found out by use of those cameras and many things are found out after the fact by those cameras. But is it actually worth the loss of freedom of privacy for the results of the act?

Now we find that the government has managed to get our phone records; not what we said, yet, and I would guess not only with Verizon, but with all the phone companies land line and cell. They have now managed to also target individuals for closer inspection of their emails, calls and any other thing they can get their hands on. To me, it seems for no reason at all. I heard today we are also having our conversations at times monitored as well as I suspect emails and other electronic supposedly private conversations. If you have a camera on your home computer or any other electronic device in your possession the government or others can and I would guess do cut in and watch what you are doing. Are you willing to allow this?

I read the Constitution recently and also the Declaration of Independence and found that many of the problems that brought about our Revolutionary War to gain freedom are today now pressed upon us by our own government. If not actually pressed upon us, it is in the works to press on us (like it or not). I noticed no where in either document did it mention that Congress and the Executive branch could exempt themselves from any of their acts, so why do we allow them to do it? No where do they say we must assimilate into our lives the ways of others. They say we want freedom from government, not more of it. Yet today our government has their hands into almost everything we do.

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