Do you feel “safe” today?
Do you believe that the government is protecting you by vacuuming up every piece of data on you they can?
Do you honestly believe that stopping a terrorist attack requires we give up all our privacy?
Are you an American, like most of us, who’ve never broken a law unless perhaps it was a traffic ticket, you have no intention of robbing a bank, blowing up a bomb in a crowded marathon, mall or airport, and you’ve never contemplated walking into your world place or movie theater with the “infamous” Bushmaster AR15 with body armor, gas mask and shoot up the place and random people?
When it comes right down to it, the laws of this country simply DO NOT trump the Constitution. Period. End of statement.
And yet our Congress, the last few Presidents (Obama, Bush, Clinton) have demonstrated they don’t really care about that old piece of paper. Of course the Leftists in this country will tell you that it’s a “Living Document”, subject to change.
The 4th Amendment is clear as crystal:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
We are the people. We have the right to be secure in our persons (and carrying a cellphone on our person), and houses (and our computers in our houses) and papers (and the data which isn’t written down but exists as fleeting bits and bytes in a data stream, hard drive, thumb drive, cloud or zipping along fibers) and unreasonable search and seizure (meaning we have committed no crime, thus it is UNREASONABLE to probe our data, search it, collect it aka seize it).
No warrants have been issues. And according to the fourth amendment they SHALL NOT issues but upon probable cause.
If you’re not a criminal or suspected to be a criminal you should not be subjected to any of the above without a warrant.
Let me say this again…. IF you are NOT a criminal or SUSPECTED to be a criminal you should not be subjected to any of the above without a warrant.
Americans, essentially ALL of us, have 1) been subjected to the above CRIMES by the Government, 2) without a swore Warrant, 3) Our data searched (examined), seized (collected) and stored without our permission so that JUST IN CASE, you know in the future perhaps-maybe that data can be gone through again later and in more detail, just in case, you know, you think you might want to do something.
The collection of metadata means “Data about data”, that’s the way we network security people, system administrators and security engineers view it. It means that pointers to other data are collected. Those pointers of course are phone numbers you are using, calling and times you’re online talking to that other number. It means a list of links you visit, your geolocation information, your likes and dislikes all associated with you.
A good detective doesn’t need to know WHAT you said on the telephone if he knows to whom you spoke for thirty minutes this morning on the way to work. A great detective can make inferences with great accuracy about your conversation. In a court of law this is called “Circumstantial evidence”.
A government agency like the National Security Agency (NSA) has tools and young computer gurus (not unlike myself many years ago) who can examine data, put a few pieces together and determine a lot about a person.
They didn’t stop Sandy Hook, they didn’t stop 9-11, they didn’t stop Boston, they didn’t stop numerous other small terrorists attacks in this country (which they won’t even CALL terrorism). They’ve stopped only what they wanted to stop. (Never let a crisis go to waste you know!)
If every person in the United States isn’t upset about this you might fit the first three questions originally asked and might be comfortable with the government literally spying on everything you do online, on the phone or even clicking on the buttons of your microwave. You might think you’re safe from terrorists. You might believe that you’re safe and the government is “protecting” you.
What if this is all benign and no one has any intention of using the data collected against you today or tomorrow. But what about after the next election? What about next Thursday? What IF some “government official” somewhere with access to this stuff decides to start using this data to root out enemies of the State?
Once, when I was still a child we all knew that our society existed to raise children to be considerate of others, to know that each thing we did to improve ourselves in turn, improved society. Today Society seems to exist only to further the goals of a collective hive mind, to think alike, to act alike, to dress alike, to live in a Socialist Utopia. That indeed seems to be the ultimate goal of not only “Society” as a whole (with a few individual exceptions, usually those reading these blogs) but to force all of us to act alike (including us “individuals”).
Targeting and auditing”Tea Party” and “Conservative” groups into oblivion, if that isn’t tyranny I don’t know what is. Trying to limit, take and ban our guns, that’s tyranny. Spying on us, that’s tyranny. Going after journalists (against the 1st amendment), that’s tyranny. Lying to us time and again about Benghazi, about everything they can lie about, that, my friends is tyranny. Forcing religion on us (Islam), that’s TYRANNY. Forcing Political Correctness on us, that’s tyranny. Attacking us for having our say, that’s tyranny. Passing state laws in the face of a majority of people who don’t want the law, that is absolute tyranny. Telling Americans “its for your own good” – that’s tyranny.
At what cost do we continue this charade?
I’ll tell you the cost. The cost is ultimately our Freedoms and the fall of the United States as a Great Republic.
If we continue on the path which wends through Society today and into the future, in less than One Hundred Years the one great America will be nothing more than a memory for our great-great Grand Children. In less than another decade we will have lost and we will be erased from the face of the world. Our
We must stop this drive to defeat America from within.
If you want a Safer, Freer America then it is time to wake up, get off your asses and accept personal responsibilty for yourselves, your families and your GOVERNMENT. We must insist, demand that the current elected Representatives stop the madness and get back to the bottom line of running this country. That doesn’t mean making NEW laws, it means throwing out the old, bad laws, enforcing the correct laws and stopping snooping on our own people. It means SHUTTING the border TONIGHT. We don’t need “immigration reform”, we need “Government Reform”.
There is nothing wrong with immigration laws as they are, they simply need to be enforced. We need to secure the border. We need to let people take the normal path to citizenship. We have no issue with immigration, we have a problem WITH ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.
We can’t let the government continue to grow in size, power and money sucking abilities.
We can’t allow the IRS to continue to abuse us.
We must NOT allow the IRS to become our overlords on medical care. Government death boards are an absolute (see the young lady with the lung transplant problem).
We can’t allow the Department of Justice to continue to abuse us. By letting them get away with “Fast and Furious” we’ve allowed the death of a young agent to go without justice. The murderer might have been caught, but why haven’t those who passed those guns out ILLEGALLY I might add been brought to justice? Arrest them, all the up to Eric Holder if necessary.
We can no longer allow our Department of State to let ambassadors just “die” in foreign service. Where were the Marines and why was the military stood down?
If you want a Safer, Freer America then you, yes YOU, need to stand up and do something about it. Run for office, pester the holy hell out of Congressmen and women. Call the President. Make your voice heard. Organize protests (yes, PROTESTS). Become visible. Don’t hide in the shadows any longer.
We are AMERICANS. We do not give up. We do not tolerate losing. We do not tolerate losers. Kick those losers out of office and put yourselves IN.
The time has come.
Don’t let up until we win.
And we will, we’re Americans!