The bathroom door.


Does it matter, if you’re doing nothing wrong, that the government is collecting your emails, your Tweets, your Facebook posts and monitoring you web browsing?

If the government says it is doing these things in order to thwart terrorist plots and you are in no way engaged in anything remotely related to terrorism, do you really care if the government is collecting and, in all likelihood, storing your emails?

How much privacy do you need, really, if you are not a criminal?

My answer: going to the bathroom is a perfectly normal thing that everyone does and for which there cannot possibly be any shame. But I still want a bathroom door.

I don’t want everything I do subject to public display or after-the-fact scrutiny. We all do things in private that are both perfectly legal and potentially embarrassing. In the hands of someone with the intent to abuse power, fear of embarrassment can be used to the same degree of effectiveness as fear of prosecution.

The IRS has admitted that it used its awesome power to target individuals and groups with political beliefs at odds with the current administration. Are we now to believe that it is beyond the realm of possibility that private emails could be used to intimidate someone into re-thinking the idea of running in opposition to the party in power?

And does national security trump all of these concerns?

I’ll admit, I don’t have an answer to that question. But it is nonetheless worth asking.

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Paul Gleiser

Paul L. Gleiser is president of ATW Media, LLC, licensee of radio stations KTBB 97.5 FM/AM600, 92.1 The TEAM FM in Tyler-Longview, Texas.

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3 Responses

  1. bullish bob says:

    at this point, it seems the terrorist have won! grin….b³

  2. willis martin says:

    A very wise man once said(those who will trade freedom for security deserve neither.)And I might add a never ending erosion of rights!

  3. L Miles says:

    It is just a matter of time before the ruling Socialist elite in government (Democrat and Republican, alike – Progressives) that fuels the all-powerful regulatory state, will force our Constitutional rights into dormancy.

    This will happen by fear of retaliation by government through intimidation, character assassination, and isolation from society at large, as if we (Constitutional Conservatives) were the new “leper colony” of the 21st century.

    The propaganda machine to bring this about is already in place. Isn’t the definition of “terrorist” by the government talking heads already creeping in this direction?

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