J. Edgar Hoover placed an old fashioned reel to reel tape recorder under Martin Luther King’s bed. A paranoid Richard Nixon taped anyone he perceived to be an enemy. We now know that the NSA is taping 300,000,000 people every day. There are most likely many more invasions of our privacy which have been labeled ‘top secret’ and we aren’t aware of them, yet.
Heads of the intelligence community, the President, members of Congress, and former infamous leaders of our country are telling us that we don’t have to be fearful of our privacy, and that many threats to our country have been thwarted because of the policy.
I want to see every case they claim. Talk is cheap, and numbers can easily be manufactured. I want proof; hearsay from a failed government doesn’t cut it anymore.
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act established the FISA court in 1978. The court oversees requests for surveillance warrants against suspected foreign intelligence agents inside the United States by federal law enforcement agencies. Requests for detailed and pervasive surveillance based on national security are readily granted by the court.
What is occurring at this time is a violation of the first and fourth amendments. Although Obama is defending it, the beginnings came from his predecessor.
On December 16, 2005, the New York Times reported that the Bush administration had been conducting surveillance against U.S. citizens without the knowledge of the court since 2002. On December 20, 2005, Judge James Robertson resigned his position with the court, apparently in protest of the secret surveillance. The government’s apparent circumvention of the court started prior to the increase in court-ordered modifications to warrant requests.
In June a copy of a top secret court order the court issued on April 25, 2013 requiring Verizon’s Business Network Services to provide metadata on all calls in its system to the National Security Agency “on an ongoing daily basis”, was disclosed by British media. Subsequently, the Obama Administration disclosed that the records of all phone companies had been collected by the NSA for years, with oversight from Congress and the FISC.
Edward Snowden has been labeled many things after his revelation of mass spying on United States citizens. People without any personal credibility, such as vice-president under the Bush administration, Dick Cheney, have called him a ‘traitor.’ Others have labeled him a ‘hero.’ He has been referred to by all names and adjectives in between the two.
Obama is becoming more like Bush every day. And Bush had similarities to Stalin, Lenin, Hitler, and Kim Jung Il. Knowledge is power. All presidents want more power, and power corrupts. And Bush was the epitome of a corrupt leader.
All rulers seek complete control over their subjects. As America slides closer to a “Constitutional dictatorship,” the people must regain their sovereignty.
We already have 535 members of Congress, a President, and a nine member Supreme Court that ignore the will of the people. Are we to allow 545 men and women to control our future?
We need courageous and compassionate leaders who believe in the principals championed by their predecessors.
Think about this every time you use “Twitter,” Facebook, or the Internet in general. Big Brother IS watching.
Do you believe that your privacy is safe, or is our government merely sending up a smoke screen?
The Guardian Express