This morning, radio host Glenn Beck spoke out about the controversy surrounding the government's phone and internet data mining. In addition to warning that the scenario is reminiscent of the book "1984," he spoke out fervently about the civil rights abuses that are, in his view, unfolding.
"It is a brave new world. It is 1984," Beck proclaimed, going on to note that, regardless of how the snooping started, that it is time to stop it.
"Now is the time to stand up because if you do not -- if you want to play the game that this all started with George W. Bush -- I don't care if it started with Jesus ... I don't care," he continued.
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Glenn Beck attends Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards on April 26, 2013 in New York City. Credit: Getty Images
Speaking directly to the American people, Beck made his views known and warned citizens that the surveillance state could directly impact them.
"You're being listened to. You're being monitored," he said. "Do you care -- or do you say, 'I'm not doing anything wrong so it doesn't matter?' Welcome to 1984. Two plus two equals five."
Beck also told listeners that it is time to let the government know that it is the American public who officials serve -- and that the people deserve to know what's happening when it comes to their personal records.
"It is time for people to stand up and say, 'We are the employers. You are the servant. We want access to all of the things that you do,'" Beck continued. "Read the Declaration of Independence, America. You better read it now. This is all about civil rights."
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