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Where’s the Body?

June 13th, 2013


What’s missing is a victim.

That’s why all the scandals roiling Washington are not having much impact on public opinion. No one seems to have been damaged by the revelations. If the government is abusing its power with these vast surveillance programs, we need to see an abuse—an American who was harassed or persecuted or whose rights were violated.

Otherwise, the scandals are all about theoretical issues and potential abuses of power.  Those are serious concerns for civil libertarians on the left like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and for libertarians on the right like Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), both of whom are taking the federal government to court.

To get traction with the public, however, we need a face. We need the story of Suzy Creamcheese of South Succotash, New York, who once said in a telephone conversation with a friend that she is so angry with her brother-in-law, she could just kill him. And lo and behold, the feds come after her for making a dangerous threat. Then we’d see a wave of public outrage. It was a private conversation! What right did the feds have to listen in on Suzy without a court order authorizing a wiretap? Read the rest of this entry »