Donald Trump created quite a stir when he tweeted accusations that Obama wiretapped Trump tower during the presidential campaign. The left immediately went ballistic, basically calling Trump nuts for even suggesting such a thing. One of my lefty friends actually announced wiretapping was impossible because, “They would have to have a warrant.”
As if the lack of a warrant ever stopped government spying.
Look, I’m not saying I believe Trump’s phones were tapped during the campaign, but knowing what we do about the NSA and the FBI, and how the government has spied on people for political reasons in the past, I don’t understand why so many people act like it’s such an outrageous possibility.
The fact of the matter is the government is spying on pretty much everybody and has been for a long time. Those paying attention know this from Edward Snowden’s revelations. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised it the government spied on Trump. Heck, I’d be surprised if it didn’t.
The government has a long history of using the U.S. intelligence network to gather information on people for political reasons. If you don’t believe me, check out this article.
“The National Security Archive at George Washington University released the information Wednesday, showing that Martin Luther King Jr. was on the agency’s watch list during the 1960s. Also mentioned as targets in the report were fellow civil rights leader Whitney Young, boxer Muhammad Ali, and two prominent members of Congress, Sens. Frank Church (D-Idaho) and Howard Baker (R-Tennessee). The program was also viewed by some officials as ‘disreputable if not outright illegal,’ the report adds.”
Speaking of Sen. Frank Church, in 1975 he issued a poignant warning about the surveillance state on NBC Meet the Press, saying it created the potential for “total tyranny.”
If this government ever became a tyranny, if a dictator ever took charge in this country, the technological capacity that the intelligence community has given the government could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back.
Church went on to say any attempts to stop it would prove futile, even careful, well-organized resistance, because any effort “is in within reach for the government to know.”
Church was talking about the potential for “total tyranny” in 1975 – before widespread public access to the Internet, before cellphones and before the proliferation of email. Today, the technological capacity of the NSA and other federal agencies exceeds anything Church imagined.
I don’t really care about the latest Trump political theater, but it should serve as a reminder. Big Brother is alive and well. He’s watching. All of us