Hasn’t Lindsey Graham Learned Anything From History?

For Immediate Release: 06/11/13
South Carolina Libertarian Party

Victor Kocher, Chairman
Timothy Moultrie, Press Secretary

Hasn’t Lindsey Graham Learned Anything From History?

National news revolves around the NSA’s “legal” metadata mining and monitoring of telephone records of millions of innocent United States citizens. A much ignored sub-current in news is the parallel attack on the rights of citizens buried in the Senate revision of US immigration law.

The South Carolina Libertarian Party opposes both attacks on our rights. Lindsey Graham stands foursquare behind both of these atrocious actions.

Graham fully supports collection of telephone records of US citizens because it might prevent a terrorist attack. Backers of the NSA’s actions point to a foiled terrorist plot as justification for continuing the policy, but they provide no details to verify such fact. They also claim no conversations are recorded or monitored. This is reminiscent of days when our government denied bombing Cambodia, or made claims of Saddam’s possession of weapons of mass destruction.

The fact remains, in the United States, that we have a presumption of innocence and Constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure. Both of these traditional guarantees of freedom are dashed when the government claims the right to monitor our every conversation, in any manner whatsoever.

Graham also supports the overhaul of US immigration law, along with other “leading” Republicans. It goes without saying US immigration law is in dire need of an overhaul, but there is one provision in it which threatens our freedom more than any other: the National ID card.

The institution of a National ID card, and the biometric data contained therein, will in one motion eliminate any vestiges of privacy, freedom of movement or presumption of innocence. Of course, Graham states if one is innocent they have nothing to fear. This claim, too, fails historical muster.

When the Japanese-Americans (the Nisei) dutifully completed their US Census forms in 1940, they believed the Commerce Department when it said this information would be used for no purpose other than statistical analysis. The Japanese-Americans’ faith was betrayed, and they were housed in desert internment camps, based on the data that was collected.

This is a lesson we should not fail to learn, again.

Victor Kocher, Chairman of the SCLP said, “How can Lindsey call himself a ‘Republican,’ when he--seemingly in every moment and in every breath-- works to give the national government total and unrestrained dominion over our lives? For every instance of a government restraining its power, there are ten thousand examples of government abusing its power. Lindsey continues that ugly tradition.”