Invasion of the Privacy Snatchers

The latest release of WikiLeaks dubbed “Vault 7” has exposed alarming violations of privacy of innocent U.S. citizens.  This is the largest publication of confidential documents ever released on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the information is shocking.

Revelations From Vault 7

In a nutshell, it was discovered that if you have something with ‘smart’ capabilities, the CIA can and likely has been illegally listening to and/or watching you.  It’s the reality show that you never wanted that you didn’t realize you’ve been living. They can also do other nefarious things, like hack into your smart phones, computers and possibly your vehicles and completely control them.  They can even leave false digital fingerprints to frame people or entities for cyber-attacks. I expect the federal government to hire the best professionals possible to uphold the U.S. Constitution and protect us, while towing the line of individual rights versus national security.  What I don’t expect is to have my right to privacy and protection against illegal search and seizure violated.  This revelation brings to mind a famous quote; Absolute power corrupts absolutely.  All positions of authority need checks and balances, after all, we are only human.  It was Abraham Lincoln in the historic Gettysburg Address who warned that to ensure our survival we must have a government that is “By the people, for the people.”

How Society Should React

It’s critical in evolving as a society that we continue to hold our government accountable when they violate the rights of Americans that they serve.  I love this country, and if you truly love something, you’ll fight for it.  You’ll defend it.  You’ll stand up for what’s right.  So talk about it.  Write about it.  Demand action from your elected officials.  Hold them accountable. The worst possible reaction for a society when an event like this happens is to simply forget about it or accept it in the name of keeping us safe.  In discussing this topic with everyday people, I’ve discovered all too often that seems to be the case.  It’s just a minor inconvenience, and I’m not doing anything wrong, right?  People with that perspective often fail to see the big picture. Individual rights won’t be taken away in one giant swoop.  They’ll be gradually chipped away in small pieces over time in the name of your safety, until you’re left with no rights at all, and it’s far too late.  You see, there is nothing totalitarian societies love more than people willing to give up their rights in the name of safety.  I don’t know about you, but I prefer to remain the land of the free.  Give me liberty or give me death.