This is not a political blog and I am absolutely uninterested in making political statements here.

I am, however, a pretty serious privacy and free speech advocate. In other words, it’s never a question of politics. It’s a question of our constitution and other universally agreed-upon rights.

So it is with this non-political disclaimer that I introduce you to today’s headline on the front page of the New York Times that alleges that our government:

“secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States to search for evidence of terrorist activity without the court-approved warrants ordinarily required for domestic spying, according to government officials.”

Link here.

I have said this before and I will continue to repeat it as a mantra: The fear of real or perceived outside threats has historically been the justification for the biggest assaults on civil liberties.

Be vigilant.

Alex Eckelberry