John Ransom

I’m a national security hawk. But, I’m also a free-market, anti-crony capitalist. I’m a Catholic, I’m a dad and I’m a businessman.

And an American.

For all these reasons, I stand with Rand in his lawsuit against Barack Obama and his co-defendants: the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander and FBI Director James Comey.

“Paul’s suit, filed in conjunction with conservative group FreedomWorks,” says the New York Daily News, “alleges that the NSA’s bulk collection program, under which the agency has collected the telephone metadata of many Americans, violates the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, which protects against unreasonable searches.”

It’s also just the tip of the iceberg.

As a matter of law there is no legal way for us to secure our own electronic communications sufficient to prevent the government from spying on us.

The law limits the length of computer encryption, so that even without a key, the government can use a “black box”—a high speed computer deployed by intelligence agencies for pattern recognition, that can break encryption with the ability to alter the content of data as well – to sit outside servers and capture every single piece of electronic data generated on the internet, with very little latency.

That means, as a practical matter-- as opposed to a matter of law-- that the government can spy on us without us even knowing.

In the old days, this would be akin to a group of people from the government breaking into a private office at will and rifling through papers, say, at the Watergate headquarters of the Democrat National Committee.

We’ll call these people, for the sake of example, the Plumbers.

Let’s say that the Plumbers had a law in the 1970s that said that no office in the country could have a lock, no building a watchman, sufficient to make sure that home and businesses are secure from break-in.

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.

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