It is tragic that whistleblower Edward Snowden may have to be a fugitive for the rest of his life, when all he did was expose the fact that our government is breaking the law. The Fourth Amendment to our Constitution states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause.”

Collecting private data on millions of people who have never remotely been suspected or accused of criminal activity is a clear violation of the Constitutional requirement for “probable cause.” The slight chance that this massive dragnet might turn up evidence of terrorism is no justification for invading the privacy of practically the entire nation. It’s also very expensive, at a time when the federal government isn’t supposed to be wasting our money. By this same reasoning the government might as well send a thousand people to jail, arguing that one or two or them could be guilty of crimes.

An amazing thing about this case is that so many employees of NSA and its private contractors have known about these violations of our Constitution for years, but only one person has had the moral courage to speak out. Perhaps if more people had the same courage our government would find it harder to break the law, and harder to persecute a single individual for trying to hold it accountable.

Arno Vosk, M.D.


Submitted by Virtual Newsroom