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Congress Versus the Constitution

Date: 01 July, 2011

By: Chief

Imageou would think, with all the money our two major political parties spend trying something fierce to get their people elected, members of Congress would really try and protect our Constitution. Well, from what I've been reading of late — nothing could be further from the truth.

Of course, this is nothing new. Congress and other members of government have been screwing We the People for well over 100 years. It is rather like a sport for them. The worthless bounders.

The latest attack

The Internet has provided much for fodder for the power hungry Scurvy curs in and out of Congress. Now it is how long should Internet Service Providers (ISP's) log entries about where people are going on the net. Quoting Cnet News:

"Law enforcement representatives are planning to endorse a proposed federal law that would require Internet service providers to store logs about their customers for 18 months, CNET has learned.

"The National Sheriffs' Association will say it 'strongly supports' mandatory data retention during Tuesday's U.S. House of Representatives hearing on the topic.

"Michael Brown, sheriff in Bedford County, Va., and a board member and executive committee member of the National Sheriffs' Association, is planning to argue that a new law is necessary because Internet providers do not store customer records long enough.

" 'The limited data retention time and lack of uniformity among retention from company to company significantly hinders law enforcement's ability to identify predators when they come across child pornography', according to a copy of Brown's remarks. Any stored logs could, however, be used to prosecute any type of crime."

As usual they say one thing and do another. It's that "[a]ny stored logs could, however, be used to prosecute any type of crime" that really gets my goat. The dirty rotters.

Now I don't give a hoot in hades what you do to or with a child molester — but don't be lying to me about what the law will be used for and, far more importantly, what law enforcement says it won't be used for. I learned a long time ago that no law was only used for its express purpose. Indeed law is used for any purpose a prosecutor can find that it might work for. Or at least work against We the People.

Remember this — all prosecutors are political creatures. They are, one and all, blood sucking scoundrels.

The political rascals

This story would not even have seen the light of day if it were not for representatives (though reprehensibles is far closer to the truth in my opinion) Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.). It was these two rascals who introduced this abomination of legislation. Quoting Cnet News:

"[W]ould force Internet companies to log data about their customers. It says they must store for 'at least 18 months the temporarily assigned network addresses the service assigns to each account, unless that address is transmitted by radio communication'--language that amounts to a huge and unusual exception for wireless carriers."

Thanks a whole lot you rabid scoundrels.

Something is rotten

And it ain't in Denmark either. It is something about this carbuncle of a bill. You see there are already laws on the books dealing with this crap. Quoting Cnet News:

"A 1996 federal law called the Electronic Communication Transactional Records Act regulates data preservation. It requires Internet providers to retain any 'record' in their possession for 90 days 'upon the request of a governmental entity'.

[. . .]

"In addition, an existing law called the Protect Our Children Act of 2008 requires any Internet provider who 'obtains actual knowledge' of possible child pornography transmissions to 'make a report of such facts or circumstances'. Companies that knowingly fail to comply can be fined up to $150,000 for the first offense and up to $300,000 for each subsequent offense."

And I don't like either one of those laws either. However, that is not the point. The point is why is another law — which infringes upon our rights — needed?

And the answer is? Election time. Not just some silly mid-term election either. A general election. Yup. The presidency is up for grabs and B.O. is in trouble up to his Brillo pad hair do. The Republican party just won back the House in the last election, hence, they do not want to lose control of that. The Senate is fairly near an even split, so, the Republicans will be out in force trying to take control of the Senate. Lastly the big tostada is available — the White House itself. And not as the cleaning service either.

As for the Democrats — they currently hold two out three — the Senate and the White House. They would most certainly like to pick up the House again. But with the way things have not been going — there is, at a minimum, a fifty - fifty chance the Democrats will lose all three. Just as they have done before. Just as the Republicans have done before.

Indeed, B.O. has chosen Schultz as the new Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. Quoting Firstread:

"Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been selected as the new chair of the Democratic National Committee, Democratic sources tell NBC News.

"Wasserman Schultz will not give up her House seat. Former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) also served concurrently as DNC chair and as a U.S. Senator."

Need I say more? I didn't think so.


The bottom line here is power. Who is going to be in power, who holds onto the reins of power and who will provide the needed money to either get those into power or keep them in power. That is the only reason why such a hideous bill is before the Congress.

Quoting Cnet News:

"Michael Brown, sheriff in Bedford County, Va., and a board member and executive committee member of the National Sheriffs' Association, is planning to argue that a new law is necessary because Internet providers do not store customer records long enough."

I'd bet the National Sheriffs' Association and their ilk can probably cough up a rather large chunk of campaign cash for the party that does what they want. The scurvy curs.

To me, if this bill passes, it is the exact same thing as the post office opening up every single letter of yours, reading the contents, logging the address and then calling the police. It sucks.

Happy Independence day.

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