To the Editor,

You remember the song that went “So you think you can dance?” There’s even a TV show I believe based upon that same premise. Given the weekly, ever increasing surge of information we are learning about the general government’s snooping into our lives, do you still consider yourself a free American?

Consider the following:

• The NSA is amassing data on all of the phone calls, emails, and now we learn even internet searches, on every citizen in this country without a warrant or suspicion of probable cause of some crime.

• Low level employees in the NSA have access to this data and can (and probably have) listened to the calls/read the emails despite our having been told that there were safeguards in place to prevent this.

• This data being warehoused on us is not restricted to just NSA staff, but is being shared with a number of other government agencies such as the IRS, FBI, FEC, SEC and others.

• Now we learn that the FBI has the ability to covertly hack into our cell phone and computer microphones to listen in on our conversations.

• These government agencies are targeting organizations/individuals who are opposed to such operations and the current agendas of the power elite in Washington.

• The DHS has for some time instituted a border inland from the ocean of 100 miles around the U.S. as essentially “Constitution free zones” in which they state border agents may “exercise long-standing constitutional and statutory authority permitting suspicionless and warrantless searches of merchandise at the border and its functional equivalent.”

• Last, but not least, the Obama Administration has put in place a “behavioral insights team” whose duty is to modify our behavior (or to “nudge” us) in the direction of his re-shaped vision of America, his fundamental re-making of our society. Numerous government agencies will be involved in this project. This is the pinnacle of the “nanny state.”

“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, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized” — 4th amendment to our Constitution, no longer exists.

Given all this the question is — Where was/is our “seasoned” representative in informing us of and then fighting to protect us from these things? That is, above all, the foremost duty of a representative.

Frank Kuchar,

GOP Congressional candidate

Arlington, Texas