When I talk about NSA spying and mass warrantless surveillance, I’m pretty sure most people react something like this: yeah, it’s bad, but it doesn’t have any direct impact on me. I mean, why would the government ever bother to spy on me? Really, that’s for the bad guys, or the Muslims. It can’t happen to me.
I bet Pete Seeger probably thought something along those lines. After all, he was just a normal American boy, who happened to have a great deal of musical talent. In fact, you may be familiar with Seeger. The folk singer penned several classics including Turn, Turn, Turn, and Where have All the Flowers Gone.
Turns out, the military, the FBI and even the CIA spied on Seeger for at least 30 years.
All because of a letter.
You see, Seeger had the audacity to write a letter of protest to the California American Legion in 1942 after the organization adopted a resolution “advocating deportation of all Japanese, citizens or not, and barring all Japanese descendants from citizenship.”
“Dear Sirs –
“I felt shocked, outraged, and disgusted to read that the California American Legion voted to 1) deport all Japanese after the war, citizen or not, 2) Bar all Japanese descendants from citizenship!!
“We, who may have to give our lives in this great struggle—we’re fighting precisely to free the world of such Hitlerism, such narrow jingoism.
“If you deport Japanese, why not Germans, Italians, Rumanians, Hungarians, and Bulgarians?
“If you bar from…