Coming out of the shadows
It's time to acknowledge and address unlawful surveillance and hacking apparently intended to deter First Amendment activities in America.
Suggest to even your closest family members or friends that you're being "followed", secretly recorded; that intruders come on your land or enter your residence at will; or that your electronic devices are hacked to facilitate spying on you . . . and the result will quite likely be as intended: They'll think you've gone nuts or nuttier! However, any avid good government advocate in America, if being truthful, will acknowledge that he or she has suspected or confirmed being the subject of most if not all of that surveillance and hacking at one time or another. Moreover, he or she will be fairly confident it's intended to deter his or her protected First Amendment activity.
So, The Face of Vulnerability (TFOV) has determined to bring all this spy stuff out of the shadows and closets where they've lingered for years, to promote related public awareness, the privacy and personal safety of our base -- constituents of the many good government advocacy initiatives with which TFOV is affiliated -- and appropriate redress.
Provisions for and Definitions of the right to privacy
"There is no explicit mention of privacy in the U.S. Constitution, but in his dissent in Gilbert v. Minnesota (1920), Justice Louis D. Brandeis . . . stated that the First Amendment protected the privacy of the home. In Griswold v. Connecticut (1965), Justice William O. Douglas placed a right to privacy in a 'penumbra' cast by the First, Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Ninth Amendments." THE FIRST AMENDMENT ENCYCLOPEDIA
The right to privacy is enshrined in Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The right is enshrined in Articles 14 and 17 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
TFOV's relevant efforts . . .
begin with this post and its revelation that the topic at hand is not the exclusive province of outliers wearing tin foil hats. It has been addressed from varying perspectives by several mainstream sources, as the following compendium suggests:
Federal Court advances UCC minister’s lawsuit against US government - A United States federal court judge has sided with a prominent United Church of Christ minister, recognizing that she has been a victim of government surveillance which may have interfered with her legally protected right to practice her faith.
To Be Continued . . .