Published as Lead Opinion Article and Op Ed Article: “OPINION: Information ‘Rape’ Under National Security Cloak Illegal; But Hey, I Have Nothing to Hide”, The Litchfield County Times, The Housatonic Times, The Connecticut Bulletin, Tuesday, June 11, 2013
I have nothing to hide. I do not send emails to Al Qaeda sleeper cells in the United States or abroad. My charitable contributions are to the Red Cross and the United Way and not to the Imam Khomeini Relief Committee or Al-Jama’a al-Islamiyyah al-Muqatilah bi-Libya. I have not visited, joined or logged on to the Ashley Madison site for wayward spouses. I have not sought comfort and companionship on EHarmony. My Google searches are benign and I have not surfed the net for graphic pornographic images or videos. Who cares if I have ordered books from Barnes and Noble or bought Broadway tickets on line? My digital electronic life is an open book.
Then why am so incensed, so pissed off by the disclosure that the National Security Agency and other yet to be named agencies of the United States Government have for years monitored internet and telephone communications?
Well for a start, I do not like to be played for a sucker, for a chump and kept in the dark.