When the cameras started to go up in almost every city, most of us said that we weren’t involved in any criminal activity, so we had no problem with that.
However, when the IRS admits to targeting certain Americans for their beliefs and the NSA is caught spying on our emails and phone records, do we still feel the same way?
How soon will it be before we have police checkpoints at every state border or random checkpoints in every city? How soon before we are stopped on the street by police and asked for our “papers?”
Today it’s emails and phone records; tomorrow you could be targeted for your ethnicity, your political views, your income or the car you drive.
When we lose our freedoms, there’s no turning back. The end does not justify the means. In a democracy, we must work twice as hard to assure our citizenry of their freedoms.
Owen Parr, Miami Beach