Thorough investigation by a Republican dominated House of Representatives has cleared the NSA of any wrongdoing in the use of intelligence gathering by monitoring telephone statistical information. The policy of analyzing patterns of communication has existed over a long period of time including the Bush administration, and has, reportedly, been responsible for thwarting a sizable number of security threats. No case has ever been made that public privacy is being breached, much less that it goes on without warrants or court approval. Neither of Arizona’s U.S. Senators have made this claim. The majority of members of Congress, including most high-ranking Republican leaders have applauded the program and given it a clean bill. Yet, Congressman Paul Gosar claims that the government is “spying on hundreds of millions of Americans from innocent grandmothers to high school students.” He raises the highly charged specter of “big brother” watching every move without authority and claims that the U.S. government is engaged in a “direct violation of the Fourth Amendment.” He rightly assumes that many people will see his accusations as a complete mischaracterization of the facts. He constantly does this. It feeds his constituency with the stimulating arousal which keeps them at the mercy of political hacks like him. It isn’t the first time, nor will it be the last, that he and others like him use their constitutional freedoms to protest that the government has taken away their constitutional freedoms. The irony escapes them.