FBI Director James Comey declared today that Americans should have no expectation of “absolute privacy.” He added, “In appropriate circumstances, a judge can compel any one of us to testify in court about those very private communications.”
That may be partly true, the part about a judge ‘compelling us to testify.’ However, isn’t there a right to remain silent and to not be forced to self-incrimination oneself, as guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment?
“[No person]…shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself…”
And doesn’t this relate to pervasive surveillance by the NSA and CIA in some way?
Let’s take a look back to 2013, when Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) asked Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper if the NSA collected, “any type of data at all on millions of Americans?”
“No sir,” Dir. Clapper responded. (A lie.)
My, how far we’ve come since 2013! At least our overlords are learning to be more, um, transparent by readily addmiting, “There’s no such thing as absolute privacy in America.”