Former Georgia Congressman, and former Republican, Bob Barr points out why all of us should be concerned about the manner in which Elliot Spitzer was caught:
As the Spitzer story has unfolded, it appears that because he transferred his own monies in his own bank accounts for his own purposes, but in a manner that raised suspicions of bank employees and might have run afoul of the complex web of reporting requirements that now overlay and enwrap all banks and financial transactions, his personal money transfers were reported to the IRS, and his phone conversations then surreptitiously monitored by government agents.
One day you’re simply transferring some funds from one account to another, or wiring some money to someone overseas; the next day, you’re being investigated and your calls monitored.
Welcome to the surveillance state.
Further thoughts along the same lines at The Liberty Papers.
H/T: Jason Pye