James Dawson: What if government doesn’t like cut of his jib?
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., center, leans over the dais to speak with Chris Inglis, left, deputy director of the National Security Agency, after he and other national security officials testified about the NSA's surveillance programs for the first time since the House narrowly rejected a proposal last week to effectively shut down the NSA's secret collection of hundreds of millions of Americans' phone records, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
To the editor:
I am not an expert on national security — never mind anything else. So feel free to set me straight if I’m wrong.
So as as I understand it, the government can, at will, access any records of my behavior, whatever be they medical, phone, internet use, etc.
Next, if the powers that be don’t like the cut of my jib, I can be hauled off and held in some secret venue — no one will know where I’ve gone or why.
After that, I may be charged with any number of crimes — charges of which I may never be informed and which it will be impossible for me to mount a defense.
Am I wrong about all this? I surely hope so. If not, what’s next: a federally-mandated Burn the Constitution Day?
I’m an old man and no possible threat to anyone — except possibly myself.
But if I turn up missing, don’t bother to look for me.