BASTARDS OF YOUR DOMAIN
I have been reading too many stories lately regarding moves by government that challenge some of the most important rights that we have as US citizens. Our freedom now is just a state of mind. We are as free as we think we are and I remember asking the question of my audience about our freedom and how America is no longer the best country in the world weeks ago. I was told by a few people that America is more free, that we are better than other countries in the world.
The evidence no longer stacks up. You can be an apologist for your left and right wing interests for so long and then when the tanks roll in and the jackboots are kicking in your door a right or left boot doing the kicking does not matter anymore.
We lead the world in the number of incarcerated citizens per capita, and the money we spend on widgets that we can use to spy and eventually kill our citizenry.
Recently New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly proudly unveiled a new surveillance apparatus capable of turning New York into a prison. It melds cameras, computers and data bases capable of spying on New Yorkers and they don’t even know that they are under surveillance or even suspicion.
Both the Mayor and the Police commissioner now have a Domain Awareness system. It is a sophisticated surveillance system provided by Microsoft and will be a tool that will be available in other cities who feel they need it to combat terrorism.
The system uses 3,000 cameras positioned in Lower Manhattan south of Canal Street, river to river, and between 30th and 60th streets, river to river. It links up to license plate readers, 911 calls and other NYPD data records.
It will enable investigators to do things like:
* Identify whether a radiation alarm was set off by actual radiation, a weapon, or a harmless medical isotope
* Track where a suspect’s car is located, and where it has been in the past few days, weeks or months
* Instantly see a suspect’s arrest record, and 911 calls related to the crime
This whole beast system is ready to go online and in many ways it defines where we are now in this country. We are in a state of paranoia, and the leaders are willing to do feed on it because it is in their best interest to do so. They want nothing more than to create an unconstitutional gulag. The only thing missing is the concertina wire.
I am sure that will come next, with no objections.
I know that the first amendment to the constitution is always used by the Occupy groups to say that they have their right to peacefully protest. The second amendment of course is that amendment where the gun lover can tell you that they will pry his gun from his cold dead hands because he has a constitutional right. People skip three and 4 and always take the 5th. Mainly because number 3 has something to do with taking in soldiers as roommates and the 4th, well that is the amendment that for some reason seldom is talked about or even cared about even though it is being stomped on and obliterated with loopholes and fears that security dictates that the 4th amendment is null and void.
Let’s review the fourth amendment and reacquaint ourselves with its importance to the American right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
“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.”
After the attacks of September 11th, 2001 the Bush Doctrine circumvented the constitution and the Patriot acts both I and II were not in any way patriotic as it was imperative at the time to sacrifice liberty for safety and the paranoia of the so called protectors of freedom.
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA) established a panel of judges (the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court) who were empowered to issue warrants to federal government organizations, including the National Security Agency, to enable them to listen in on the conversations of American citizens or residents who were speaking to foreign nationals overseas or between two foreigners if the communications were intercepted at a hub located in the United States. As originally construed, there had to be a foreign intelligence angle to the investigation and the activity would be limited to the monitoring of agents of foreign countries and their contacts. The intention of FISA was to protect against egregious violations of the Fourth Amendment’s guarantee that Americans should have a “reasonable expectation of privacy.”
According to information gathered from Antiwar.com, Even though FISA authorized the government to initiate surveillance on its own authority for up to 72 hours without any warrant or judicial review in cases where immediate action was justified, the Bush administration complained that the procedure was too slow and unresponsive when a terrorist threat might be developing. As a result, the restraint on what is referred to as bulk collection of communications information was ended by Congress with the passage of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, which was specifically intended to legalize the NSA’s warrantless wiretap program.
Of course the American people did nothing to fight or at least raise a protest top illegal wire tapping and their right to privacy. Many believed it was necessary to combat terrorism. However as the years have passed we have seen that attempts at terrorist activity, and FBI induced threats have continued with dud bomb scares and domestic terrorists still have ways of getting their hands on Military grade weapons and they are now using them in public.
According to a recent article published in Wired Magazine, The federal appeals court has now ruled that the federal government may spy on Americans’ communications without warrants and without fear of being sued.
This decision reverses the first and only case that successfully challenged President George W. Bush’s Terrorist Surveillance Program. The case concerned a lower court decision in which two American attorneys — who were working with the now-defunct al-Haramain Islamic Foundation were awarded more than $20,000 each in damages and their lawyers $2.5 million in legal fees after a tortured legal battle where they proved they were spied on without warrants.
They sued under domestic spying laws Congress adopted in the wake of President Richard M. Nixon’s Watergate scandal. The government appealed their victory, and the appeals court dismissed the suit and the damages.
The impact of this decision now demonstrates to the American people that no one will be held accountable for violating your 4th Amendment rights. It also negates the idea that the Constitution is the fundamental and paramount law of this nation. You see any act of the legislature repugnant to the Constitution supposed to be illegal. The constitution is supposed to be the Supreme Law of the United States, Any act that is carried out by government must be consistent with the constitution.
I guess it is time to admit that the Constitution is now a metaphor and that it is only selectively applied in this new government that has been established where there is no rule of law. There is only a rule of law that is expedient. We are now in an adjustable pathocracy where evil is adjusted to fit the needs of the mob and now it looks as if the mob does rule in this time of uncertainty.
Issues of accountability should be brought up during the election circus; however it seems that the stories that deal with wiretapping, illegal surveillance, and search and seizure will not be reported by the mainstream media. The reason it won’t be touched is because the act of demanding accountability in the public forum is no longer fashionable. In the mainstream narrative, there no longer can be damning information against government that favors the American people. The stories that they want you to be concerned with are only there to support of an ever expanding empire.
It used to be that we would call out and expose domestic enemies that pursued legislation, programs against the powers of the US Constitution. Those enemies were to be stopped if they are a threat to our constitutional rights. Americans were knowledgeable of their rights and they were able to see without a doubt that the real enemy was. Now it has been clouded and it seems that no one objects to these changes and violations to our constitutional rights.
Shouldn’t these issues be brought forward during an election year? Should we not ask of leaders why they have allowed domestic enemies of our constitution through the gates? Furthermore shouldn’t we define Domestic enemies as any one person or any group that works to destroy and weaken the Rights of the People guaranteed by the Constitution?
Silence is acceptance.