Mike Huckabee writes:
You may have a new Twitter follower you didn’t even know about: Uncle Sam… The National Institutes of Health presented a grant of nearly $83,000 of your tax money to the University of California at San Diego to study how to use Twitter for “depression surveillance.”
The idea is to help mental health officials monitor levels of depression by creating an algorithm for monitoring Twitter Tweets and determining whether the people sending them are depressed. If they do get tagged as depressed, then someone from the government might interact with them directly, to try to offer help.
Personally, even if I weren’t depressed, nothing would depress me faster than learning the federal government was spending my tax money to read my Twitter Tweets and try to figure out my mood. Tell you what, let’s make a deal. You stop spending my tax money on ridiculous studies, and if I ever feel depressed, I’ll let you know by adding a little sad-faced emoticon and “hashtag-depressed” to all my Tweets.
It's an interesting exercise to revisit the Left's outrage over domestic surveillance, given that it ended so abruptly when Bush left office. In late 2005, Bruce Shneier wrote at Salon:
Uncle Sam is listening: Bush may have bypassed federal wiretap law to deploy more high-tech methods of surveillance.
The fundamental issue here is security, but it’s not the security most people think of. James Madison famously said: “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.” Terrorism is a serious risk to our nation, but an even greater threat is the centralization of American political power in the hands of any single branch of the government.
Over 200 years ago, the Framers of the U.S. Constitution established an ingenious security device against tyrannical government: They divided government power among three different bodies. A carefully thought out system of checks and balances in the executive branch, the legislative branch and the judicial branch ensured that no single branch became too powerful.
After watching tyrannies rise and fall throughout Europe, this seemed like a prudent way to form a government. Courts monitor the actions of police. Congress passes laws that even the president must follow. Since 9/11, the United States has seen an enormous power grab by the executive branch. It’s time we brought back the security system that has protected us from government for over 200 years.
Three and a half years later he wrote of the new administration:
"I am optimistic about President Obama's new cybersecurity policy..."
It's enough to make you think that each and every leftist is a freakin' hypocrite.