As the Americans get ready for the 4th of July this year, one wonders if it is worth all the efforts. The day is all about independence and freedom- Freedom of life and expression included.
Where big shots like Reddit, Mozilla and Wordpress are planningthe Restore the Fourth movement (to protest National Security Agency surveillance with a campaign designed to splash the text of the Fourth Amendment (which protects against “unreasonable searches”) onIndependence Day, the average citizen also needs to rethink the validity of celebrations before he or she plans for barbeques, parties, picnics, fireworks etc!
How can a land where phone calls, emails, online personal data, nothing is private, celebrate independence and freedom? The US of today is not much different the USSR of yore or George Orwell’s Big Brother.
With the likes of National Security Agency (NSA) there seems to be not much of a celebration. There are no more ifs. Buts and suspicions, the U.S. government now not only openly admits, but defends tracking factual data, such as the destination and length of phone calls and emails. They call it an attempt to foil terrorist events and protect homeland security.
John Kiriakou, the former Central Intelligence Agency officer currently serving jail time for leaking the identity of a covert agent wrotean open letter to Edward Snowden, rightly calls US a police state.
"I know that it feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders right now, but as Americans begin to realize that we are devolving into a police state, with the loss of civil liberties that entails, they will see your actions for what they are: heroic,"he writes.