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NSA is Spying on We the People

Date: 01 February, 2014

By: Chief

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No joke huh. What a surprise. And they have been for quite some time. Furthermore, they have no intention of quitting — whether the rabid curs in Congress orders them to quit or not.

Our Congress, in order to placate We the People some thirteen bloody years ago, passed the infamous Patriot Act. It should be called the Cowardice Act because that is exactly what it is. Spying on us — how disgusting.

It does no good

According to the BBC:

"The bulk collection of phone call data by US intelligence agencies is illegal and has had only 'minimal' benefits in preventing terrorism, an independent US privacy watchdog has ruled.

"The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board advised by a 3-2 majority that the programme should end."

Should end. Should end. No. Not should end. Darn well better end right now. And if it doesn't B.O., Congress shall impeach you so fast your Brillo pad will go straight.

I have the right not to be spied on. If our frapping bureaucrats at NSA think I am doing something illegal then go to court, an open court, not the closed "FISA" court, and request a search warrant be issued. That is how our Constitution is set up. That is how it is supposed to work. But, what does B.O., a liar ... er ... lawyer, have to say upon this rather important subject? Quoting the BBC:

"[T]he US must continue collecting data to prevent attacks."

Apparently B.O. does not seem to care about my rights or your rights or anybody's rights except his own. What a worthless sack of excrement.

Thank you Mr. Snowden

Of all the various and sundry items Edward Snowden allegedly dumped to Wikileaks or wherever — the real biggie was the telephone collection. Quoting the BBC:

"Washington has argued it is lawful to collect information on phone calls - known as metadata - under a section of the George W Bush-era Patriot Act which gives the FBI the power to demand from businesses information deemed relevant to their investigations.

[. . .]

"However, three of the five panel members concluded that the NSA spying programme 'lacks a viable legal foundation' under the Patriot Act.

"It 'represents an unsustainable attempt to shoehorn a pre-existing surveillance programme into the text of a statute with which it is not compatible,' they said" [the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board].

Really? I would have never guessed. Key-rist.

The bottom line here is somebody, probably at the NSA or the Just-Us department, wanted a way to collect this information and because the NSA listens — a lot and talks very, very little, somebody figured they could get away with this. However, one NSA employee has a conscience — Mr. Edward Snowden.

Thank you Mr. Snowden. We the People owe you more than we can ever hope to pay.

You know, it just hit me but We the People could try and get Mr. Snowden off the Just-Us Department's hit list. Write your Congressman and demand any and all criminal charges and any civil suits be dropped completely.

Additionally, write to B.O. and demand he issue to Snowden a presidential pardon. That should take care of any legal issues arising over this mess.

Nitwits within the District of Criminals

Believe it or not there is a certifiable nitwit on this oversight board, one Rachel Brand, who stated (quoting the BBC):

"[ ... ] [A]rgued that declaring the process illegal could affect the morale of intelligence agencies and make them overly cautious."

Affect the morale of intelligence agencies? Just who in the Sam Thump is she kidding? Maybe she is not kidding — just on some really good mind numbing drugs. Piss test the witch (spelled with a capitol 'B'). What about our rights? Remember those Rachel? Or are citizens of the United States beneath you? Not that it matters because you have got to go. Where? Right straight to hell. That is where you belong.

Oh and for the record — being "overly cautious" about respecting We the People and our rights is a bloody good idea says I.

Epilogue

The oversight board noted (quoting the BBC):

"The programme also raised constitutional concerns, including 'serious threats to privacy and civil liberties as a policy matter, and has shown only limited value'.

" 'We have not identified a single instance involving a threat to the United States in which the program made a concrete difference in the outcome of a counterterrorism investigation',' it said.

" 'We are aware of no instance in which the program directly contributed to the discovery of a previously unknown terrorist plot or the disruption of a terrorist attack'."

Hence the very best thing We the People can do is put continuing pressure on our rabid curs in Congress and the current idiot in the White House — B.O. — to get rid of the Patriot Act and get rid of it now. In toto.

Now that would truly be an act of patriotism.

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