It appears that to certain groups of individuals it only matters who is doing something not what is being done. Where is the outrage from the groups
that cried fascism when Bush pushed through the Patriot Act now that Obama has not only renewed it but removed the sunset provision.
Does anyone understand what that means? After 9/11 Bush with a tremendous amount of Democrat support created the Patriot Act to address the threat
of Islamic terrorism but put in a sunset provision meaing the bill would automatically expire unless it was specifically renewed by congress. Barack
Obama has taken away that safety mechanism so now it would take a super majority to repeal it and the president not to veto the repeal.
With that safety mechanism gone this administration is now stepping up and doing what the Bush administration was accussed of, domestic spying.
They are pushing to allow all email to be snooped by the government without a warrant. The same is true for cell phone text messaging and GPS data.
Without a warrant the government is now saying they have the right to know what your saying and where you are at all times.
I remember the daily news stories about the Bush administrations illegal wiretapping of international phone calls. That secret program was intended to
try and capture intelligence from people communicating with others in foreign countries that are terrorist hotbeds. The outcry over that was amazing.
Now the government wants to hear and read everything you say and do within our borders and the only people talking about it are on talk radio and
the internet. Are you kidding me? If these power grabs are allowed to stand what are you progressives going to do when the political winds shift
to the right and a conservative president takes control of that power? Sure the news media will be all over it but by then it will be too late. It's
all great now because your man is in power but it never stays that way. This is not about politics, it's about principle and it's time to wake up.
The power grabs that are occurring right now are down right frightening and the silence of the main stream media is equally as deafening.
From the ACLU's Website:
Using data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, the ACLU has determined that nearly 2/3 of the entire US population (197.4 million people) live within 100 miles of the US land and coastal borders.
The government is assuming extraordinary powers to stop and search individuals within this zone. This is not just about the border: This " Constitution-Free Zone" includes most of the nation's largest metropolitan areas.
If you live or travel within the CSV homeland security can stop you without cause and search not only your person and vehicle but any electronic
devices you may have. They can scan the contents of your cell phone or laptop, read your emails and look at your browsing history.
From a recent Washington Post Article:
Federal security workers are now free to snoop through more than just your undergarments and luggage at the airport.
Thanks to a recent series of federal court decisions, the digital belongings of international fliers are now open for
inspection. This includes reading the saved e-mails on your laptop, scanning the address book on your iPhone or
BlackBerry and closely scrutinizing your digital vacation snapshots.
Unlike the more common confiscations of dangerous Evian bottles and fingernail clippers, these searches are not being
done in the name of safety. The digital seizures instead are part of a disturbing trend of federal agencies using legal
gimmicks to sidestep Fourth Amendment constitutional protections. This became clear in an April 8 court ruling that
found admissible the evidence obtained by officials who had peeped at a passenger's laptop files at George Bush
Intercontinental Airport in Houston.
According to court documents, FBI agents had identified an individual suspected of downloading child pornography on an
Internet chat room. The G-men, however, did not want to take their evidence before a judge to obtain a search warrant,
as the Constitution requires. Instead, they flagged the suspect's passport and asked officials at the Department of
Homeland Security to seize and search his computer at the airport - without a warrant. Three incriminating images were
found during the examination, but this case is not about whether a particular person is a scumbag. It's about abusing a
principle that applies to all Americans.
U.S. District Judge Gray H. Miller found in this case that neither probable cause, justification nor warrant were
required to seize and examine the suspect's laptop. Judge Miller, in accord with a 9th Circuit appellate ruling handed
down two years ago, explained that "the court finds that reviewing the files of a computer does not rise to the level
of invasion of the privacy and dignity of the individual to make the search non-routine."
April 19 - The Deadbeat Bubble.
April 16 - Oh no you didn't.
April 15 - The Party of Silence.
April 14 - You've got to be kidding me.
April 13 - Where do we go from here
April 12 - Youth of the Nation
April 9 - Turning the Tables
April 8 - New Age of Discrimination
April 7 - Thank You Kind Stranger
April 6 - The Cost of Compassion
April 5 - Happy Days are Here Again
April 2 - Of Course We Can Do a Better Job
April 1 - The New Normal
March 31 - Take a Deep Breath
March 30 - Metaphors and Blinking Lights