Linder: The Right To Be Left Alone.

Former Georgia Congressman John Linder, writes in The Blaze on the lack of privacy in America today:

“The makers of our Constitution…conferred, as against the government, the right to be let alone — the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized men.” ~ Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, Dissenting, Olmstead v. United States, 277 U.S. 438 (1928).

It has been reported that the National Security Agency intercepts packages with electronics being shipped by UPS and FEDEX and infects them with computer bugs for future access. Both UPS and FEDEX chose not to deny the charge. This is the same agency that captures and catalogues five billion phone calls each day as well as all of our email communications.

Richard Higbie, a former criminal investigator for the State Department turned whistleblower, had his computer hacked and four years worth of messages were removed and permanently deleted. Some of the “lost” emails detailed his complaint against the government. Others were privileged communications with his attorney who also experienced a break-in in his office in which three computers were stolen.

Linder ends with this:

In 1976, in a letter to Young Lawyers Section of the Washington State Bar Association, Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas wrote [emphasis added]:

As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such a twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air — however slight — lest we become the unwitting victims of the darkness.”



  1. Muselaw says:

    While I don’t approve of what the NSA is doing, an 85-year old dissenting opinion isn’t exactly the strongest leg to stand on for argument’s sake.

  2. xdog says:

    Linder taking on Common Core is expected. Linder quoting Douglas is droll.

    Why doesn’t he mention his former colleagues’ doing their part to legislate away the 4th amendment? For that matter, why doesn’t he discuss his own fullblooded support of the Patriot Act?

  3. saltycracker says:

    The strategy is flawed when there is no enforcement of verification of citizens excising privileges, from voting to benefits and permits a selective immigration policy.

  4. Jon Lester says:

    Unless you’re a retailer, in which case Linder would be happy to saddle you with the additional burden of collecting a federal sales tax, on top of your state requirements.

  5. saltycracker says:

    Tagging FedEx/UPS packages: No problem if on a known international bad guy shipping suspect cash, drugs and stuff to make bombs with…..problem if they are tracking items with unpaid interstate sales taxes !

    They loose so many aliens coming in every year -why not attach a chip to every foreign passport in the U.S. ?

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