Ohio Democratic Sen. Dennis Kucinich says the recent revelations about the CIA’s spying powers make it “clear that we are sliding down the slippery slope toward totalitarianism, where private lives do not exist.”
The massive document dump this week revealed that the nation’s spies have developed tools which could allow them to hack into virtually any technological devices to spy on unassuming users. The dump also provided evidence that the spy agency created massive threats to American privacy by identifying ways to breach security measures and failing to notify technology companies.
“Even spy agencies like the CIA have a responsibility to protect the security and privacy of Americans,” Cindy Cohn, director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said following the leak.
Kucinich agrees, saying that the WikiLeaks documents paint a portrait of a government willing to destroy American privacy rights so long as it accomplishes what it desires.
He writes in an opinion piece published by Fox News:
The constant erosion of privacy at the hands of the government and corporations has annihilated the concept of a “right to privacy,” which is embedded in the rationale of the First, Third, Fourth, Ninth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
It is becoming increasingly clear that we are sliding down the slippery slope toward totalitarianism, where private lives do not exist.
We have entered a condition of constitutional crisis that requires a full-throated response from the American people. I have repeatedly warned about the dangers of the Patriot Act and its successive iterations, the execrable national security letters that turn every FBI agent into a star chamberlain, the dangers of fear-based security policies eroding our republic.
We have crossed the threshold of a cowardly new world, and it’s time we tell the government and the corporations who have intruded to stop it.
Let’s hope that he’s serious about finding ways to walk back government surveillance because so far the GOP lawmakers who have in the past spoken out against government surveillance programs Are largely silent.
In fact, following the Trump administration’s lead, a number of conservative lawmakers are submitting that there’s no room for classified information leaks even if they do expose government abuses of American privacy rights.