I hear a lot of people complaining that the Obama Administration is leading us down a path where one day we will be living in a police state. I ask you this: What do you consider “a police state?” Does it mean residing a place where authorities are standing in your living room, watching everything you do and waiting to place you in shackles if you violate any new “thought police” statutes? Is it like the Old Soviet Union or the current North Korean regime? What?
While you’re thinking about that, let me tell you where you live right now: You live in a country where the Federal government can (notice I didn’t say “does” or “might” or “will”) can listen to every phone call you make, read every email you send or receive and track your movements once you step outside your home. They can access your IRS information on how much you make, where you make it and your perceived intentions regarding tax-relation activity. Soon they will have all your medical records and can see what you’ve been treated for and what type of doctor you’ve been to. And they can do that without your permission…
I’m not saying they are doing it. I’m merely pointing out that they can. And they now have been dragged kicking and screaming into admitting it in public, with the exception of a few lies in front of Congress by the head of the NSA, James Clapper (currently the Director of National Intelligence). My question to you is simple: What is a police state?
If for whatever reason, the Federal government decides you are someone of interest, they can, without any concern for your Fourth Amendment rights, investigate all forms of your communication, Facebook postings, Google searches, cell phone conversations, whatever. And if they hear the right buzzwords (they decide the buzzwords) they can do the same to your friends, relatives, enemies, acquaintances, Facebook pals, whoever.
You know what I hear less and less of lately? That Snowden is a traitor. And for good reason.
I’ve been told over and over again that the NSA doesn’t spy on Americans. Then they were, but they won’t. Then they would but they couldn’t. Then they did but they won’t anymore. Now they just do. This is about political power, not catching terrorists. Grow up. There is no time in this country’s history where the government has been given power and they didn’t abuse it. It’s the nature of power and this is no different. Need more?
A British newspaper, The Telegraph, is reporting that NSA staff has been using their technology designed to catch terrorists to spy on their lovers, past and present. Yes, there’s nothing like keeping a watchful eye and ear on your ex, just in case they’ve decided to set off that nuclear device they’ve been building in the spare bedroom. The folks who swear they won’t abuse their power or use it in any way to further their careers or help a politician or oppress a fellow American in any way, are keeping tabs on what their love interests are up to. Their phone calls, emails, Internet activity, searches and who knows what else. I’m serious – who knows what else? Raise your hand if you think they haven’t been downloading Snowden’s hot girlfriend’s every email, photo, conversation and who knows what else?
I heard Dana Perino – someone I highly respect and admire – say that with all the intelligence they gather, the NSA is of course going to gather some information by mistake along the way. But this is not an innocent slip-up. This is the deliberate abuse of power and denial of civil liberties guaranteed under the Constitution to their victims and all of us. These weasels did not break the rules – they broke the law.
Until they are rooted out and held accountable the NSA should not be in charge of anything. The NSA is not about terrorism or spying, it is about gathering information for coercion, oppression and political extortion. Raise your hand if you think every bit of information on President Obama’s enemies and potential adversaries are not being organized for use by the usual suspects – Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett, Plouffe – all of ’em. Go look up the Cloward–Piven strategy and get back to me if you don’t believe it.
What is a police state?
I just hope that Senator Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul haven’t searched anything online that can be used against them in 2016 because it will be. I hope none of their relatives, co-workers or friends have done any research or looked at any subject that will allow CNN, the NY Times, MSNBC, CBS, The Washington Post and all the others to scream the headline; “REPUBLICAN NOMINEE’S UNCLE GOOGLE’S TOPLESS ACTRESS !” Don’t worry; I’m getting to Hillary…
I’m not exaggerating. It’s so easy now – before you had to sneak into or know somebody at the FBI willing to give you 900 confidential files of Republicans, and then explain how they got in your sitting room with your fingerprints on them. Or you had to be married to the President and the whole thing goes away – but still it was a lot tougher then. Now you just Instant Message your buddy at the NSA; they stop listening to their ex-girlfriend talking to that guy she met at the gas station long enough to upload enough info on anybody to find something that can be twisted into a scandal. Or maybe you need to intimidate, say, a Supreme Court Justice into rewriting ObamaCare so it somehow seems Constitutional?…”Just say it’s a tax or something. What can they do – you’re a frickin’ Supreme Court Judge for life, baby!”… Just being hypothetical there.
Here’s what we know:
- Clapper lied to Congress, nothing happens
- The NSA says they have broken privacy “rules” 3,000 times in the past 12 months or so nothing happens
- Again, these are not rules; they are laws that were broken
- The law states these violations are felonies which call for up to $250,000 in fines and five years in prison for each violation
- No one has been charged
This is what we know. Imagine what we don’t know?
If this isn’t a police state, what is? Twenty words or less. Thanks.
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Rodney Lee Conover lives in California with his whippet “Jack.” He’s a candidate for the House of Representatives in California’s 8th District for 2014.
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