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Stand Up for Your Privacy While There Is Still Time

by Dr. Rick Kirschner on February 26, 2016

Apple holds the lineIs it time yet to take responsibility for our ‘right to privacy’ in America?   Y’know, while we still have time?

Electronic tracking systems are now available to federal and state government, employers, political operatives, and, well, pretty much anyone willing to pay for your info.

Why should you care?  Because they may one day be used to identify ‘non-compliers’ with mandated edicts, at which point, control of our lives will be lost along with what’s left of the brilliant gift give to the world that is our Declaration and Constitution.

Disreputable and devious politicians are abusing our words right now, as their hunger for power gives them license to say what they want with no consequence.  But that’s no reason for us not to value our rights and responsibilities ourselves and own them, hold these people to account with them, instead of allowing them to run roughshod over all of it as their whim and leisure.

Here’s the gist:

The United States Constitution does not contain any explicit right to privacy although founders sought to protect certain aspects of privacy in the Bill of Rights as follows.

1st amendment recognizes the privacy of beliefs

3rd amendment protects privacy of the home against demands to house soldiers

4th amendment protects your person and possessions from unreasonable searches

5th Amendment protects personal information by preventing self-incrimination.

9th Amendment says that the enumeration of these rights cannot be used to deny other rights of the people not stated. THat’s the piece that keeps interpretation an open issue.

Click this link to go deeper than that.  But here’s the thing.  The government’s attempt to get access to iPhones through a backdoor highlights how close we are to a total surveillance state.  That’s scary to me, and I think it should scare you too.   Why?  Because when our government has all the power to compel and we the people have no alternative but to comply with their illegal demands, then our relationship is flipped, upside down, and backwards.  Here in the land of the free and home of the brave, our government should fear the people, not the other way around.   Contact your legislators, write to the President, write to the paper, write to the irresponsible mainstream press, and support Apple in its difficult stand against the surveillance state coming to pass on our watch.

“The line must be drawn here!” Captain Jean Luc Picard

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this very important topic, in the comments area below this post.

Be well,

Rick

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