Big-R“The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is reason.” Thomas Paine

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.” Amendment IV, Constitution of the United States

Yesterday a New York judge ruled (in the afternoon on the Friday between Christmas and New Years — when no one is paying attention), that the Obama administration’s surveillance program, which gathers up all the personal data of all Americans all the time, does not violate the Constitution. In other words it doesn’t meet the criteria for unreasonable search.

It seems that those charged with safeguarding reasonableness are the least capable of being reasonable themselves, and have in fact become malevolent. When human persons are reduced to meta-data, reasonableness is no longer an option.

Photograph: Stephen Wise