07/11/2019 / By JD Heyes
In a recent column, libertarian and former Reagan administration official Paul Craig Roberts analyzes this from the perspective of the 2020 Census. Specifically, Roberts wonders how it is that the Judicial Branch permits regular, serial abuses of our constitutionally guaranteed rights but refuses to allow the government to find out how many people in our country are actually citizens.
We can have our bodies X-rayed at airports, and soon we’ll be forced to accept a government-mandated identification (Real ID — or a passport, same thing) before we can board a plane.
The NSA is free to listen to our phone calls, read our text messages, and intercept our emails at will — in the name of “national security.”
Phone calls, text messages, emails, credit card purchases, state driver’s license databases, literally everything about our lives is collected as privacy-violating information.
Yet the Supreme Court — based on speculation about the government’s motives — has blocked the 2020 Census from finding out how many people living in the U.S. are citizens. Apparently, the jurists on the court regard whether one is or is not a citizen as the only piece of private information that can’t be collected.