By: Mark Hyman
The NSA domestic spying program targeting virtually all Americans has no equal in US history.
I’ll use the case of Kenneth Wright to help explain how this occurred.
Two years ago at 6 am, a SWAT team smashed in the front door of Kenneth Wright.
He was dragged outside — dressed only in his underwear — handcuffed and tossed into a hot police car with his children ages 3, 9, & 11. And sat there for six hours.
Wright wasn’t even a suspect.
More than a dozen armed agents of the Department of Education were looking for his estranged wife who lived elsewhere. Claiming she committed student loan fraud.
[That the Department of Education has a SWAT team is a topic for another day.]
An alleged white collar crime involving a few thousand dollars could have — and should have — been handled by a phone call or a letter.
A SWAT team busted down Wright’s door because a federal judge signed-off on a “no-knock” warrant. Judges are supposed to use judgment. Not sign blank checks.
Just as irresponsible was the federal judge who agreed with the premise that 300 million Americans pose the same potential threat as 19 Muslims who crashed four jetliners on 9/11.
By the way, claiming you’ll collect phone data with no intention of using it is like buying groceries with no plans of eating them. No one should believe it.
Mark Hyman hosts "Behind the Headlines," a commentary program for Sinclair Broadcast Group.