As if the past few weeks of scandals haven’t been enough, now we learn that the American government is spying on us to an astounding degree. And all it takes to be a target is an analyst’s “51 percent confidence” in an individual’s “foreignness.”
The fact that I have an extensive media ministry in the Middle East and—surprise, surprise—have a “foreign” sounding name, places me smack-dab in the middle of the NSA’s target lists.
No doubt, they have monitored my phone calls and emails.
And yet, I’m not concerned about being spied upon. At least, I’m not concerned about myself.
I have nothing to hide; as readers of this column can attest to. In this space, I have expressed my thoughts about our government and the Obama administration, and I have worked to expose its duplicitous behavior from day one. In particular, I have closely watched the administration’s policy in the Middle East.
I have often pointed out how Mr. Obama was quick to call for the deposing of President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt—even though he was a friend to the US, kept the peace, helped us confront global terrorism, and brought economic growth to Egypt in excess of 6 percent annually.
Even when Mr. Obama was a guest of President Mubarak, Obama’s administration was secretly negotiating with outlawed Islamist groups, such as the Muslim Brotherhood. Talk about acting duplicitous!
But that’s not all.
When the Muslim Brotherhood government crushed its opposition, persecuted minorities, and brought the Egyptian economy to its knees, what did the Obama administration do?
They gave them more than a billion dollars to help them out.
And now we know that while Mr. Obama has claimed to represent all Americans, and has vowed to run the most transparent administration ever, his administration has worked feverishly to harass journalists and destroy its opponents.
But because news of NSA spying, IRS harassment, DOJ oppression, and State Department dishonesty is terrifyingly numbing, I fear that people will throw up their hands in despair. The circling of the wagons will be so intense, that most people, even good people, may simply give up.
It’s not like Obama’s beloved media will try to seek the full truth.
Meanwhile, a major chunk of the unique American experiment in individual freedom will melt away like an iceberg in the middle of summer. Perhaps, a day is coming when I will again experience what I experienced as a boy growing up under a brutal dictatorship.
Operatives in the White House fully grasp the concept of the proverbial frog in the kettle, slowing heating up to a boil. Little by little, they have been turning up the political water temperature on an increasingly careless and self-absorbed citizenry.
When we wake up eventually, I’m afraid we will weep blood. That will be God’s judgment upon us—judgment for rejecting the God of our Founding Fathers.
We will be found guilty of rejecting His enduring character of love, mercy, justice, and biblical morality, and replacing those with the “god” of government protection and its absolute sovereignty over our lives.
When it comes to being spied upon, I sleep well at night. I have nothing to hide from any government entity that is tapping my phones or email.
What I fear is the loss of the history’s greatest experiment: America.