The omnipresent police state

Phil Elmore asserts, ‘A massive, evil spider sits atop the Web’
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/06/the-omnipresent-police-state/#xQcx7xwPkHSiCQWC.99

It is called the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, or FISA. Its activities are shrouded in security protections. It is, in fact, frequently referred to as the “secret FISA court” in news reports. Established in 1978, its conception was accompanied by legislation that “authorized the Chief Justice of the United States to designate seven federal district court judges to review applications for warrants related to national security investigations,” according to the Federal Judicial Center. “Judges serve for staggered, non-renewable terms of no more than seven years. … The legislation was a response to a report of the Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities (the ‘Church Committee’), which detailed allegations of executive branch abuses of its authority to conduct domestic electronic surveillance in the interest of national security. Congress also was responding to the Supreme Court’s suggestion in a 1972 case that under the Fourth Amendment some kind of judicial warrant might be required to conduct national security related investigations.”

A few days ago, the FISA court granted the government an extension for bulk phone-record collection. “The program supports the government’s wide-scale surveillance activities under PRISM, outlined in documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden last year,” writes Robert Westervelt. “The government sought the extension while Congress finalizes legislation attempting to rein in the broad scope of the telephone metadata collection, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Justice Department Friday.”

Imagine that. A secret court. A government entity known as “No Such Agency,” whose activities are classified and whose treatment of the entire population of the United States of America as potential criminals and terrorists was completely unknown before a single traitor exposed it all (then ran to America’s enemies looking for asylum). Now we’ve told an agency that is out of control, an agency we are trying to “rein in,” that it can go on doing exactly what it has been doing, so long as our lawmakers eventually introduce legislation that makes the agency’s unconstitutional monitoring of all Americans slightly less effective.

“The government has been collecting location data, the length and other characteristics of telephone calls to analyze communication patterns and trace potential terrorist activity since a secret order was issued by the Bush administration in 2001, following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to a report by USA Today in 2006,” Westervelt goes on. “A FISA court order obtained last year by The Guardian indicated that the secret court was allowing the bulk collection sought by the government though a provision of the Patriot Act. … The extent of the government’s surveillance activities is projected to negatively impact the international business growth among technology providers, including some U.S.-based managed service providers, according to industry groups, including the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, which estimated the negative fallout to cost U.S firms billions of dollars in lost revenue. Providers of hosted email, data backup and archival services are facing a backlash from business owners in Europe, Brazil and other regions. U.S. technology providers, including Dell and Cisco Systems, have also warned of a negative impact on sales.”

It wouldn’t be life under the Obama administration if a government program didn’t negatively affect the economy. And no, that doesn’t mean overlooking the fact that President Bush authorized the collection in the first place. It means that collection continued under Obama’s watch for all the years of his presidency until a government functionary, emboldened by the Obama administration’s incompetence where even basic security measures are concerned, decided to kick over the applecart.

Microsoft’s general counsel, Brad Smith, this week pressed attacks by critics of Obama and the NSA, demanding that the government be held accountable to its own laws. “I want law enforcement to do its job in an effective way pursuant to the rule of law,” CNET quotes Smith. “If we can’t get to that world, then law enforcement is going to have a bleak future anyway. … By the end of this decade there will be 50 billion devices connected to the Internet of Things around the world. this issue is going to become more important, not less.”

Smith criticized what CNET calls “U.S. cyberspying overreach.” One of the outcomes of that overreach is the financial losses incurred by U.S. technology interests. Another is, of course, the steady erosion of constitutional rights. For years now, Americans have lived under the all-seeing lenses of Big Brother’s cameras and spies. We were ignorant of facets of this fact, but we have suspected for years that this infringement of basic liberties was occurring. We simply did nothing, blithely electing Democrats and RINOs in the name of progressive feelings and happy unicorn dreams, trusting that our liberal masters would somehow sculpt a safe and prosperous utopia from the ashes of our burning Constitution. Now we are reaping the rewards of our complacency. A massive, evil spider sits atop the Web, seeing and hearing everything, deciding what is “legal” in secret courtrooms and dictating what happens to American lives through secret laws.

This is not the country conceived in the Declaration of Independence. This is not the nation codified in the Constitution of the United States. This is not the world protected by the Bill of Rights. Our founders would never have accepted this omnipresent police state. They would have opposed warrantless searches of the entire population – and they specifically attempted to prevent such travesties when they wrote the first 10 amendments to the Constitution.

Learn more about the erosion of our liberty in the newly released book, “Police State USA: How Orwell’s Nightmare is Becoming our Reality” – published by WND Books

Tuesday, a federal judge in Oregon declared that warrantless bulk searches are legal. In some cases, those warrantless bulk searches have led directly to Justice Department rationalizations for the drone-assassinations of various terror suspects. The link is real. The problem is real. The danger averted – terrorism – is in this case arguably no worse than the evil accepted to circumvent it. All Americans are criminals. None of them has rights. We know because the government is treating us all as guilty until proven innocent.

This is not America. This is not acceptable. This should not be a secret.

Media wishing to interview Phil Elmore, please contact media@wnd.com.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/06/the-omnipresent-police-state/#xQcx7xwPkHSiCQWC.99

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  • Todd Akin wants what he always wanted – what drove him to run for Congress successfully in the first place: “Everywhere, freedom’s enemies are busy twisting word meanings and attempting to force their opinions on others through what is known as ‘political correctness.’ We should resist this tactic by defending the truth and each other, especially those on our own team. We need to defend truth especially in those areas where liberals are attacking.”
  • On the rapid growth of the superstate: “Before you forsake the crisp air and bright light on the high road of freedom, look well at the velvet-padded chains of government dependency. Although the government chains are well padded, they are chains nonetheless. They threaten to hold America’s soul in the gloom, where vision is lost, where monotony and cynicism rule, and where the fresh air and bright sunlight of freedom are only a memory.”

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/06/was-todd-akin-right-all-along/#6I5w7ToqMZjQCvxb.99

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“When you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.” - Mark Twain - Politicians and diapers - change 'em often, for the same reason. "Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other." Ronald Reagan "Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views." William F. Buckley, Jr. “The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.” - Bertrand Russell The people are the masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert it. Abraham Lincoln “Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” - George Orwell “Satan will use a lake of truth to hide a pint of poison”.
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