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National Security my Furry Little Butt

Date: 01 September, 2010

By: Chief

Images Frank the Pug said (you did watch MIB right? I thought so.). Ever since 9/11 a great many of We the People have been sweating "national security."

'Oh my God. 'They're going to attack us again'. 'I don't wanna die ... I haven't been to Jamaica yet and I haven't finished my botox therapy'. 'Oh what shall become of me'?

This could also be called the 'Chicken Little' syndrome. And as you can tell — we have plenty of them running amok. They make dumb bells look smart.

As usual, at least when it comes to increasing their own power our elected dogs ... er ... scurvy curs, your pick, in Congress heard all of the Chicken Littles clucking themselves into an absolute state of panic and out of the kindness of their black hearts decided to do something in order to calm the chickens (they should have wrung their worthless necks). The Congress enacted numerous pieces of legislation. All of them to our detriment.

Spies amongst us

We all know the former King George the Bush and his cohorts in Congress passed all kinds of:

bills in order to, purportedly, secure our country and even possibly (don't hold your breath) protect We the People from the bad guys.

One of the most heinous of these many bills was titled the "USA Patriot Act." You can read the Wikipedia page, which is extensive, here or if you are bored to tears and counting sheep jumping over a fence just doesn't do the trick you can read the whole frigging thing here.

Contained within that pile of bureaucratic excrement is a little gem. This little gem has allowed the Fumblers Bumblers and Idiots, also known as the Federal Bureau of Investigation or FBI to issue "National Security Letters" (NSLs) to basically anyone within our country.

Now, for the FBI, these NSLs are mighty handy because they:

Isn't that just ducky? For the worthless frapping federales — yes it is. On the other hand for We the People it flat out sucks. Bye, bye First Amendment. See ya Fourth Amendment. This is not to mention due process contained in both the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. Hence, three of our most important Constitutional rights flew right out the Congressional window. Dirtballs.

The NSL fiasco

Wired News has covered NSLs with a pretty thick blanket. Quoting Wired News in pertinent part:

"A national security letter is an informal administrative letter the FBI can use to secretly demand customer records from ISPs, financial institutions, libraries, insurance companies, travel agencies, stockbrokers, car dealerships and others. NSLs have been used since the 1980s, but the Patriot Act, passed after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and a subsequent revision in 2003 expanded the kinds of records that could be obtained with an NSL.

"With an NSL, the FBI does not need to seek a court order to obtain such records, nor does it need to prove just cause. An FBI field agent simply needs to draft an NSL stating the information being sought is 'relevant' to a national security investigation.

"The letters come with a life-long gag order, so businesses that receive such letters are prohibited from revealing to anyone, including customers who may be under investigation, that the government has requested records of transactions. Violation of a gag order can be punishable by up to five years in prison."

Isn't that just lovely? Again, for the buffoons within the federale government, it is a wonderful time to be a federale. They don't have to worry about those pesky provisions called the:

Just think — Congress, King George the Bush and B.O. have managed to single handedly do what no foreign power has been able to accomplish — the basic destruction of our Constitutional rights. Scum.

A novel tracking device

In another frontal assault against We the People the Dick heads, oops must be politically correct, the Richard craniums of the Fumblers Bumblers and Idiots ... AKA ... the FBI decided to turn a privately owned vehicle, a car in other words, into a GPS tracking device. Quoting the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF):

"[A]gents planted a GPS device on a car while it was on private property and then used it to track the position of the automobile every ten seconds for a full month, all without securing a search warrant. In an amicus brief filed in the case, EFF and the ACLU of the Nation's Capital argued that unsupervised use of such tactics would open the door for police to abuse their power and continuously track anyone's physical location for any reason, without ever having to go to a judge to prove the surveillance is justified."

The federale lawyers defending the practice stated that (quoting the EFF [different story]):

"[F]ederal agents have an unfettered right to install Global Positioning System (GPS) location-tracking devices on anyone's car without a search warrant."

Let me say this right now — government has no rights. Period.

That particular goober-ment lawyer needs to be taken to the nearest tree and given a suspended sentence — at the end of a rope.

Luckily for We the People the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit rejected the federale claims of an unfettered right. Quoting the EFF:

"The court agreed that such round-the-clock surveillance required a search warrant based on probable cause. The court expressly rejected the government's argument that such extended, 24-hours-per-day surveillance without warrants was constitutional based on previous rulings about limited, point-to-point surveillance of public activities using radio-based tracking beepers. Recognizing that the Supreme Court had never considered location tracking of such length and scope, the court noted: 'When it comes to privacy...the whole may be more revealing than its parts'.

"The court continued: 'It is one thing for a passerby to observe or even to follow someone during a single journey as he goes to the market or returns home from work. It is another thing entirely for that stranger to pick up the scent again the next day and the day after that, week in and week out, dogging his prey until he has identified all the places, people, amusements, and chores that make up that person's hitherto private routine'."

Jennifer Granick (EFF civil liberties director) additionally stated:

" 'The court correctly recognized the important differences between limited surveillance of public activities possible through visual surveillance or traditional 'bumper beepers,' and the sort of extended, invasive, pervasive, always-on tracking that GPS devices allow'. 'This same logic applies in cases of cell phone tracking, and we hope that this decision will be followed by courts that are currently grappling with the question of whether the government must obtain a warrant before using your cell phone as a tracking device'."

Here ... here, Jennifer. I agree completely.

It's all about power

These worthless bounders within the federale government think they are all that — and a bowl of grits. Hogwash, says I. They are merely employees of We the People. And we can keep them employed or fire them at our whim. Whether they like it or not.

What these dirt balls in government have forgotten is this:

Let no one think otherwise — We the People have never, as in ever, expressly granted to government the powers they are currently using against us. After all — tyranny by any other name is still tyranny.

John and Samuel Adams must be spinning in their graves.

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