There’s so much huff and puff lately about “government wire-taps”. So many people are freaking out about the erosion of civil liberties or discussing how it’s simply “illegal”. Well the facts remain:
- Any evidence found in a tapped call where there was no warrant is not admissible as evidence in a court of law. This means if someone does admit to committing a crime, they can’t be charged with that being used as evidence.
- People are losing their minds worrying that their weekend phone call to Granny or another call to the local red press is going to put them on a government watch list. Watching for what? We survived McCarthyism. We haven’t forgot it and it’s unlikely to happen again.
- Since instituting these measures, there hasn’t been another large-scale terrorist attack on US soil. There have been attempts. Does this add up in a mind other than my own?
I see a great deal of corruption in our world but I’d much rather see people screaming for patent reform in the US than worrying about whether the government knew that I called my sister the other day. Speaking of that, I should call my sister.