Is Privacy Truly Private? Does America Really Have Due Process Any More?
In this technological age, being an introvert (as I am) is a difficult thing to be. Mingling and making small talk with strangers is challenging enough, but then introduce the possibility that people you don’t know could be monitoring your private conversations creates a very delicate issue. If you know about introverts, you know that we are energized by alone time. Also, anyone I know probably wouldn’t want his/her own life picked at by strangers. If I don’t feel like my private time is safe and secure from voyeurism, this produces great dismay and anxiety.
Let’s examine Edward Snowden’s situation. He exposed the fact that the NSA, aka The World Police, has a monopoly on personal information. The question arises, does this mean our humanity is being micromanaged at a distance from unknown sources? For example, “Sargent A” sees an email that you send to your friend…and then wants to step in and visit on his/her downtime to impose his/her judgment which he/she thinks is right (without due process). I don’t want to make you paranoid, but these are some of the things that I imagine; it scares me to think that a random person who I have no idea is watching me could be imposing a decision that could negatively interfere with my life.
God is the greatest judge. Yes, this is my blog and it’s America, so I can write whatever I want-waah. Whether you believe in God or not, it’s not right for others to scrutinize your life without justifiable cause. I don’t know all of the facts related to Edward Snowden’s situation, but I do believe in due process. “The Fifth Amendment says to the federal government that no one shall be ‘deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law.” Strauss. “LII.” Cornell University Law School. Web. Accessed December 30, 2014.
Privacy is a part of life. Human beings have a right to talk to each other, and communicate via the written word without having his/her information intercepted. However, if the person is a known terrorist, and has a locked-up, air-tight envelope full of secrets that could blow the cover on a detrimental operation, I understand a look-see. Moving on, I don’t think normal citizens who are just living their lives (whether one is a Muslim or not), should have special moments (positive or negative) opened up like pages of a published book. The movies One Hour Photo (God rest Robin Williams’ soul) and Mean Girls comes to mind. If you haven’t seen either one of these, they involve prying into people’s personal lives and judging them to an insane degree, which inevitably toys with the victims’ mentality. *Spoiler alerts: both films display inadvertent bullying tactics, i.e. a sociopathic man hiding behind photos in one, and a narcissist enlisting others to bash students in the other.
Now, let’s not employ any of these types of people to be members of the NSA. Oh wait, the general population doesn’t have the right. I’m sure these people aren’t easily detected in the interview process. Furthermore, once someone like this type is employed, he/she may be “so good at their job that they shouldn’t be fired.” This is a common issue in many different institutions, and is a human resources nightmare. Higher-ups ignore what could be signs of very destructive behavior that could endanger others’ physical and/or mental safety.
Bottom-line, if the NSA doesn’t want to admit to policing as much as they do, then at least I want a compromise so that the general population can at least have more of a hand in voting for the people to be in charge of monitoring the right people. After all, we’re all humans and deserve to have good people in charge of enforcing good in society. Or, at the very least, know about who is watching us. As Americans, we prize democracy and like to perceive ourselves as saviors of third-world countries, and proponents of security. Let’s not punish ourselves by insidious strategies that threaten national security. We need to be cognizant of justice and enforce this ideal we hold dear. This, to me, is due process.