Responding to the “Nothing to Hide” Argument in Support of Mass Surveillance

By Michael Maharrey

Whenever I talk about government surveillance, there is always “that guy” who claims if I’m not doing anything illegal I shouldn’t be concerned about it.

Well, I am concerned about it. I explain why in this short video.

Michael Maharrey [send him email] is the Communications Director for the Tenth Amendment Center, where this article first appeared. He proudly resides in the original home of the Principles of ’98 – Kentucky. See his blog archive here and his article archive here. He is the author of the book, Our Last Hope: Rediscovering the Lost Path to Liberty. You can visit his personal website at and like him on Facebook HERE

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16 Comments on "Responding to the “Nothing to Hide” Argument in Support of Mass Surveillance"

  1. Good job Micheal. Your counter argument is well stated and explained by you. Your counter point should shut a few up. Keep up the good work.

  2. Secret Squirrels in your soup | August 28, 2018 at 3:51 am |

    well considering the documented absolute world wide rampant government and corporate corruption I put the argument back to THEM!!!!!!!!!!
    If they have nothing to hide why aren’t they more transparent?!
    why do they have to censor legitimate questions?
    is there something sooo wrong & sooo dark that they cant stand up to an honest question or inquiry?
    certainly looks that way!
    why on earth should I hail massive and unessessary surveillance from a paranoid govt or corp when they HIDE EVERYTHING THEY DO under the banner of “national Security”
    the world says to your worn thin “national security” excuse……what a load of crap!
    The moment these holier than thou corporate figures get real and transparent and allow the population to surveil THEM every minute and all their nefarious doings is the day ill say “sure, surveillance bring it on” until then all I can conclude is that a gov or corp that is so paranoid that it suspects everyone is a gov and corp that is GUILTY of what it suspects everyone else of doing.

    • I agree. The only reason they are censoring is because their corruption has been exposed & they cant hide behind controlling the narrative anymore. doesn’t matter now. all their censoring does now is prove the corruption cover up. they’ve shot themselves in the foot. No-one will ever believe them again. the cats outa the bag!

  3. People who phone rape crisis lines, businessmen who organize mergers worth hundreds of millions of dollars, criminal informants, political organizers, medical staff. All these people have things they don’t want the government know about. Are they doing something wrong?

  4. The elites always point the finger at the average citizen to deflect from their crimes and lies… That’s why in any commie country (where the paranoid factor is raised), you have snitches on every corner… And the little puppets they put in place (thing Mr. O), their records are sealed…

    • So, NYC, the hub of predatory capitalism, is now a commie city?

      • Always was… Try to come out of the cave more often…

        • Always was…


          Upstate NY dabbled in Marxism/Liberalism long before NYC did, being as the Anglos who took over the originally Dutch (eastern portion of Upstate NY) and German (Western NY) megastate used that way of war and thinking to capture it in the first place.

          NYC fell into Marxism, naturally, due to its size and influx of minorities, but it still remains historically one of the more right-leaning (socially) cities. Rural Midwest is far more liberal than many a NYer.

  5. If you want to know who spies on you and tracks you, just try posting here multiple times with a good vpn installed….

  6. Anyone who disrespects the 4th amendment should have their government check taxed at 50%. That’s the only language those people understand.

  7. The lefties/Marxist/Leninist/communist don’t like us and want our country overrun with as many true pats offed in the process as possible.
    They certainly want our constitution out of their way.
    Stock up.

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