Bruce Bialosky

Scary. Unacceptable. This is not America. Those are some of the comments that I have heard about the revelations regarding government snooping on our cell phones. The statement that one man made that something is wrong with you if you don’t think something is askew here -- that would be about right.

If you are not upset about this situation then you are clueless. There is a dangerous extension of government that no true American could possibly endorse or accept. Our government has no right to randomly rummage through our cell phone or email records. If you think that the government has that right then 1) you missed your American government class when they went over the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Here is a reminder of what it says: “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.” Do you see where it says shall not be violated? That is not may or might – it is shall not be violated. 2) You deserve to live under a totalitarian government. Please just don’t drag us down with your paranoia.

Someone may say if you have nothing to hide you should not have anything to worry about. Someone may say that the prices we are paying are worth the safety we are deriving. If you really don’t understand why you are wrong, then I have a nice Gulag for you. If you don’t get it, you should move to Turkey and live with an elected government that has gradually become more and more dictatorial.

This is not just an attack on a Democrat-run government. Mike Rogers, Republican Congressman from Michigan and Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, immediately defended the program based on the fact that a potential terrorist event was thwarted. Rogers is someone who we want in government. He is a grownup. But he is just dead wrong on this. Should we allow the government to invade the privacy of our phone conservations and emails on Mr. Rogers’ good word that they will be handled judiciously? I think not.

Bruce Bialosky

Bruce Bialosky is the founder of the Republican Jewish Coalition of California and a former Presidential appointee to The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. Follow him on Twitter @brucebialosky or contact him at