Senator Patrick Leahy is working with a bipartisan group in the US Senate in order to pass new legislation which would curb power of the National Security Agency. Most Americans agree that our spy agencies have gone wild in their quest to “defend America” by taking away our freedom. In other words, in the drive to save our freedom, the NSA believes we must abandon our freedom. It is rather interesting, that in the midst of among the most divided Congress in American history, the only topic that garners bipartisan agreement is–NATIONAL SECURITY. Leahy is being supported by right wing nut case Senator Ted Cruz, who would never dare to express any agreement with the liberal from Vermont –unless the topic was NATIONAL SECURITY. The real question to pose about the need for new legislation is why do we need new legislation? I assume the President of the United States of America can fire officials who run the NSA and replace them with officials who believe in the American right of privacy. So, why this need by Congress to do what the president can and should do–tomorrow! The issue is NOT new legislation. The issue is our Presidents must begin to function as the guardian of our fundamental right to privacy. THAT is, and, has always been the issue of secrecy.
We have gone down the road of hysteria for over a decade. We have allowed fear to control our actions. We invent fears, we thrive on fear, and our President regards himself as guardian of Fear. It is time to replace excessive Fear with Reality. There is considerable doubt our current practices to “protect America” are always needed. Common sense is a neglected aspect of modern life. Yes, vigilance is required. But, exactly how many American born Muslims have committed any act that might be construed as unpatriotic? How many native born Muslims have engaged in any act of terrorism? THAT is reality!