"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."
The national security debate is unnecessarily clouded with the current event caveat about the executive branch’s neglect to seek the Congressional compliance apparatus of FISA for the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping program. Somehow, advocates for these policies have stashed the fundamental Fourth Amendment at an undisclosed location.
Ya know, that Bill of Rights piece that included principles about unlawful searches and seizures? With modern complexities included, the amendment’s tenets of arrest warrants, judicial approval, probable cause and limited scope to specific information on specific people remain not only relevant but sacrosanct.
“It didn’t matter whether you were in Kansas, you know, in the middle of the country, and you never made a communication — foreign communications at all,” said NSA whistleblower Russell Tice. ”They monitored all communications. … Now, what I was finding out, though, is that the collection on those organizations was 24/7, and you know, 365 days a year, and it made no sense. And that’s — I started to investigate that. That’s about the time when they came after me, to fire me. But an organization that was collected on were U.S. news organizations and reporters and journalists.”
Newsweek’s Stuart Taylor Jr. and Evan Thomas agree with the spying tactic, writing that the only thing in need of heeding was the Bush-Cheney administration’s circumventing of the legal process.
“Obama has already shown a prudent willingness to bend or abandon his more sweeping campaign rhetoric. Last summer, to the horror of civil-liberties groups, he reversed himself and voted for amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that he once suggested would ‘undermine the very laws and freedom that we are fighting to defend.’ The amendments allowed Bush to continue—with more judicial oversight—his initially secret, widely decried warrantless-wiretapping program. It was a smart move by Obama, both as policy and as politics. FISA was obsolete well before 9/11; for one, its applicability depends on knowing in which country the surveillance ‘target’ is located, and modern communication (cell phones, e-mail) often makes it difficult—or impossible—to know. The technology had changed, and so had the nature of terrorism, becoming more global and sophisticated. Bush should have worked with Congress from the beginning, and Obama was wise to back the compromise that finally passed.”
Being governmental mouthpieces, Taylor and Thomas likely would be OK with themselves being wiretapped. They would shrug and say they have nothing to hide. They would cite that the danger of Al Qaeda with today’s technology is too ominous to appease. Their view would undoubtedly include an argument about protecting freedom.
But if that so-called freedom comes with the cost of privacy, the only thing we are protecting is an autocracy.
from The Gonzo Think Tank
Let us begin with the Fourth Amendment.
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.Thanks to the atmosphere of fear and hysteria, the War of Terror, conjured up by the false flag attacks on 9/11, an attack executed with the deep involvement of Israeli Mossad and corrupt elements of our own intelligence agencies, and for the ultimate benefit of Israel, by dragging the United States into wars of choice against Muslim countries, which have drained our blood and treasure, and with grave and unforgivable injustice have destroyed the lives of millions of people who did us no harm, causing untold suffering and legitimate grievances against us that will reverberate for generations to come....that is how and why we lost the Fourth Amendment. You were never supposed to know, but it is true. And thanks to Russell Tice, now you can begin to grasp the extent to which you have been violated and lied to by your own government.
"While many details about the program remain secret, officials familiar with it said the N.S.A. eavesdropped without warrants on up to 500 people in the United States at any given time," the Times wrote, shortly after the 2004 election. "The list changes as some names are added and others dropped, so the number monitored in this country may have reached into the thousands over the past three years, several officials said. Overseas, about 5,000 to 7,000 people suspected of terrorist ties are monitored at one time, according to those officials."We were told that it was just 500 people, thousands at the most, all suspected terrorists. And many people accepted and defended that behavior, since this supposedly contained level of scandal was somehow "justified" by the threat of terror. Yet it was always illegal, as many people pointed out until they were blue in the face! Now we know that the real figure spied on is more like 300 MILLION people: the population of the United States. We can say with absolute certainty that this program is unconstitutional -- totally, manifestly, completely illegal. And it was done in secret and kept in secret because the people doing it knew it was completely illegal. This is part of what they were doing:
Ultimately, the technical explanation boils down to this: "If someone just talked about the daily news and mentioned something about the Middle East, they could easily be brought to the forefront of having that little flag put by their name that says potential terrorist," said Tice.Well, I've done that about a thousand times, plus I write all sorts of thoughts down here and put it out there for public consumption, because, like millions of Americans, I HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE. I have instead a compelling interest in current events, and a powerful love for this country, and an urgent desire to see it prosper for current and future generations instead of being a rogue criminal actor on the world's stage. Rather than being considered the behavior of a patriot, paying attention to and discussing current events flags one as a "potential terrorist," which I figured, seeing as I am also "paranoid" (meaning: realistic/informed). But I paid attention anyway, because this War of Terror is Total Bullshit, and everybody with two brain cells to rub together knows it. That's what you find out when you pay attention. That's precisely why they try to scare you away in the first place. It is always the same with totalitarian societies. Why do you suppose totalitarian regimes always round up the journalists, intellectuals and activists first? Because they are the ones paying attention, and once they're out of the picture...
Obama's actions will be very telling in this regard, as to which way this is going to go for us.
Meantime, I have a direct message to the people happily involved in this activity: YOU are the people with something to hide. YOU are the people who are breaking our laws. YOU are the people who threaten and destroy this country by trashing our Constitution. YOU are the terrorists. And if you say you aren't, then YOU should be out there whistleblowing just like Russell Tice instead of hiding behind your super-secret NSA jobs or whatever the hell you do on the taxpayer's dime, such as spying on Americans who are trying to be good citizens and patriots rather than lazy-assed ATM machines for the criminal cartel running the world off a cliff. Should we all descend into hell because nobody has the balls to stop this madness? You know it's true, and unlike the vast majority of us ragtag truthers out here chipping away at the mountain of corruption with Swiss Army knives, you people can actually do something about it. The time has come for arrests, and the bigger the better.
And furthermore, here's another thing you find out by paying attention. Based on the involvement of various Israeli-based technology companies that have surfaced over the years in relation to 9/11 and other Homeland Security projects, we can assume that all of our private information is sitting in Israel at this very minute, with treacherous Israelis looking it over (Mossad's motto being by deception shall you make war), who apparently don't care one iota about Americans or anyone else on Planet Earth, as they have demonstrated repeatedly by both their words and actions; which is, quite frankly, an astonishing breach of our national security. This breach alone should land no small amount of people behind bars. The contracts with these Israeli companies should be canceled immediately, and all of our private records destroyed by whatever means we have at our disposal. From an American patriot's perspective, that would be a start.