I guess Senator Graham missed the whole scandal in which the IRS targeted conservatives, huh?
Graham isn’t the first to make this argument: If you have nothing to hide, you have no reason to be bothered if you are surveilled. Of course you don’t really know if you have nothing to hide, do you?
There are literally tens of thousands of federal laws and a virtually infinite number of federal rules. Are you certain you are violating none of them? Of course not. In fact, you can probably rest assured that you are, in fact, in violation of various laws and rules everyday of your life.
Here is an excerpt from the Amazon description of Harvey Silverglate’s book, Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent
The average professional in this country wakes up in the morning, goes to work, comes home, eats dinner, and then goes to sleep, unaware that he or she has likely committed several federal crimes that day. Why? The answer lies in the very nature of modern federal criminal laws, which have exploded in number but also become impossibly broad and vague. In Three Felonies a Day, Harvey A. Silverglate reveals how federal criminal laws have become dangerously disconnected from the English common law tradition and how prosecutors can pin arguable federal crimes on any one of us, for even the most seemingly innocuous behavior.
Got that? Prosecutors can pin arguable federal crimes on any one of us, for even the most seemingly innocuous behavior. They may not want to get you now, but when they do, they need only peruse their database of your emails and online postings until they find enough crimes comitted without your knowledge to send you up the river.
So, yeah, you definitely have something to hide. You need to hide from the evidence that you, like everyone else, have stepped into the federal government’s booby traps and are, therefore, eligible for arrest if and when it should arise that your arrest would fit their agenda.
What is their agenda? It could be vengeance, political gain, to pressure you to testify against a “bigger fish,” monetary gain or simply to advance their own careers. It doesn’t much matter. The point is that the Central Bureaucracy can pretty much choose their targets first and figure out what to indict them on at their leisure.
Yeah, we all have much to hide.