CAN . . . WILL

Can snoop. Will snoop.

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, Supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” -The Constitution of the United States of America, Article IV

A simple statement. Clearly worded. Explicit. Little room for uncertainty.

Ah, uncertainty . . . the bread and butter of lawyers, politicians, and bureaucrats. Create an aura of uncertainty then act as though the spurious aura actually exists. American lawyers, politicians, and bureaucrats have honed this underhanded tactic to a fine edge that’s cutting away Americans’ liberty in the name of Americans’ security.

Who would expect otherwise? If they can, they will.

If the consequence is rewarding, they will . . . as surely as a filth-fly will lay its eggs in manure. If the consequence is punishing, they won’t . . . as surely as a filth-fly will flee a swat. Besides, who’s to levy such punishment but a vigilant public?

With regard to behaviors of high probability (e.g., eating and drinking), self-monitoring requires self-denial. How well does self-denial succeed in America? Simply look about at all the diabetic fatties waddling around to witness the success of American self-denial.

So it goes with governmental snooping. The reward for snooping is information. The less intrusive the snooping, the less the information gained.

“Hope springs eternal in the human breast: Man never is, but always To be Blest.” -Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

The Founding Fathers recognized this facet of that which later was to become biobehavioral science, so they wrote Amendment IV into the Bill of Rights; thereby, hoping to limit unreasonable search and seizure. Politicians such as Obama and Bush the Second have dashed that hope against the rocks of ill-conceived ideologies and misplaced expediencies.

“Those who sacrifice Liberty for Security deserve Neither.” -Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Tyrants typically proclaim protection of the populace as a rationalization for their reprehensible behaviors. Such behaviors raise the proverbial question, Who protects us from our protectors?

“Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” -Lord Acton (1834-1902)

Since the ratification of the Constitution, Americans’ liberties have been stolen by power-hungry politicians and bureaucrats although the theft began in earnest under Franklin Delano Roosevelt, whose disregard of the U.S. Constitution rivaled that of Bush the Second and Obama. The constitutional right against unreasonable search and seizure is one of those stolen liberties; consider the autocratic actions of the Internal Revenue Service.

As a consequence of the recent rise in technological sophistication, governmental snoops are enjoying a field-day, smashing the remaining barriers protecting Americans against unreasonable search and seizure. Yes, occasionally some counter-snoop exposes the snoopers’ deeds. Consequences? The politicians express concern then form committees. The committees issue reports that few read in full. The snoopers express regret, promising to self-monitor. Then, undisturbed and unabated, the snooping continues. After all, there’s always a newer, stealthier technology awaiting its use.

“The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.” -adapted from John Philpot Curran (1750-1817)

Can . . . will. They can, and they will unless . . . unless we Americans stop them. Stopping them requires more than politicians’ committees. Stopping them requires a reversal of the current trend in America . . . a trend characterized by mounting debt, serial defeats, sordid self-degradation; all leading towards desperate despair. Stopping them requires an overhaul scientifically-based and scientifically-driven of the four cornerstones of American society . . . government, law, education, and medical delivery (

Can we? We can. Shall we?

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