Letter: Illegal eavesdropping
What would happen if some people had access to everyone phone conversations or e-mails? This would lead us to a place where we don’t want to go.
If private businesses have their strategies compromised and/or lose their economic advantage, the business would dry up. Then, only costly private boardroom meetings could retain the privacy required to protect their competitive strategies.
A federal police state could blossom as never before. Monitoring conversations without a warrant would violate our Constitution; however, that has not stopped the present administration from abusing several amendments of our Constitution.
Political strategies would be compromised along with personal medical records and a host of other private information resulting in a possible power takeover by the federal government. The fact that almost any database can be hacked, so how would the massive data base collection by the Federal government be protected from hackers or unauthorized government personnel?
The plan to weed-out terrorist plots before they are activated may be the selling point for this massive collection of private phone calls or e-mails, but many abuse possibilities exists.
Past efforts to prevent successful acts by terrorists should be “reinstated” and the need for the massive federal collections of data should be eliminated.