Today, the 24th day of July in 2013, the NSA defeated the American people with the aid of the United States House of Representatives. The ‘spying branch’ of our government will be allowed to gather phone records and internet data on all individuals they deem necessary. The U.S. is using KGB tactics and claim that they are necessary for the defense of terrorism.
Reagan, Clinton, two Bush’s, and Obama have expressed enumerable times that the greatest thing about America is our freedom. The fact is, that none of them believe that, and none of them wanted that to be a reality.
Our freedoms have slowly been eradicated. And the process has been a well-organized, well-planned process. Our presidents, and our congress have eliminated transparency and have replaced it with secrecy and fallacious explanations for their actions.
The United States of America spends billions of dollars yearly in efforts to secure our country from terrorist attacks. The facts are that organizations who are legitimate threats to the safety of our nation’s people are well known, and are easily detectable and transparent to our nation’s intelligence services. For decades our government has falsified events and threats, convincing the American public that the actions of 535 members of Congress, our President, and the Supreme Court are for the good of the people. They have amassed power consummate to dictators.
They may use incidents such as the Boston Marathon bombings. The truth is that they had no possible way of detecting actions by individuals who had no concrete ties to a terrorist organization.
Fear is a great motivator. A government can rule a nation with tactics of fear and the unknown, often unreal, threats. Our government has used fear to divide and conquer the American people for decades. It has created intelligence systems to spy upon every citizen of the United States.
The NSA has 20,000 employees, and we are expected to believe that they only seek information about suspected terrorists.
The Patriot Act was the beginning of the destruction of our freedom of thought, information, and physical action. We are becoming a nation of sheep who have been sheared of our protection.
Bradley Manning, and Edward Snowden are yet to be defined as young men who were self-serving, or true patriots. Regardless of your position, they have revealed criminal and un-Constitutional activity by our government.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt said this about freedom: “The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the government.”
Patrick Henry: “Perfect freedom is as necessary to the health and vigor of commerce as it is to the health and vigor of citizenship.”
Coretta Scott King: “Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don’t believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others.”
Walter Cronkite: “There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free.”
There are many more. The fact is that eliminating one single freedom defined by the Constitution is a pathway to the elimination of all of our freedoms.
Today, an amendment to the Defense Department’s spending bill would have restricted the power of the NSA to look at the records of anyone they deemed necessary. It was defeated by bi-partisan effort. The bottom line is that the majority of our government wishes to ensure their ability to know the everyday activities of ordinary citizens.
The American people are under attack. Big Brother is no longer a fictional autocratic governing body in a novel. It is here, and we are the enemy.
To believe that one single elected official will stand up for the American people is unreasonable. We have become a nation ruled by the most despicable group of men and women, professional politicians. “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” That is what our nation has allowed itself to become.
We continue to vote for the worst candidates, because we vote along party lines, and not for the best individual to lead our nation. We are that “Ship of Fools.”
We are allowing our government to become the KGB, using tactics to invade the privacy and control the American people in the name of terrorist prevention.
Alfred James reporting