Actually, I don’t know that the NSA fears this petition. I’m sure they view it as little more than a nuisance. But at least it’s something. Here’s the National Journal:
The suit, Paul says, is because Obama “has publicly refused to stop a clear and continuing violation of the Fourth Amendment. The Bill of Rights protects all citizens from general warrants. I expect this case to go all the way to the Supreme Court and I predict the American people will win.”
The Kentucky Republican is joining a suit from FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe. And to just round out the group, the lead counsel is Ken Cuccinelli, former Virginia attorney general and Republican gubernatorial candidate. In the press release from RandPac, Cuccinelli says that “we expect to be opposed by the vast resources of the federal government, yet I am optimistic that we will prevail.”
I know that what judges have done in the past with these sorts of lawsuits is dismiss them as not having standing, since it cannot be proven that anyone in particular has been spied on by government agencies like the NSA or that anyone is harmed by general surveillance practices. At least that’s what they say.
But thanks to documents brought to us courtesy of Ed Snowden, we know that our government is engaged in mass surveillance of Americans, even of foreign leaders.
How do these policies harm us? The actual act of surveillance isn’t what is necessarily harmful to us. It’s the government’s profiling policies that are harmful. Having access to everyone’s “private” conversations will give them the ability to go after anyone that it deems a “terrorist threat” based on some word or phrase used that it’s flagged as being “suspicious” or indicative of domestic terrorism.
And we all know how our government defines a terrorist. Usually someone speaking critically of the Federal Reserve and our monetary system, complaining of high taxes, expressing overall dissatisfaction with the “two-party” system, being opposed to abortion, etc. Basically, anyone who doesn’t agree with the government. So, even if you’re no threat at all, they’ll target you as a terrorist, just in case. Yes, this will result in millions and millions of false positives, but it’s all worth it in the fight against terrorism, right?
There’s a reason the Founders were so adamant about the 4th Amendment. They had experienced government tyranny via writs of assistance. British soldiers could write their own search warrants and ransack anyone’s house they wanted. The Founders never wanted that to be able to happen again. Yet, here we are, and those practices have returned, except that instead of British soldiers, it’s our own government.
If you care to sign the petition, it’s here: https://www.defendthe4th.com.