Thursday, June 13, 2013

A few more words of others...

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

So reads the fourth amendment to the US Constitution.

Why is it, then, that the US is looking a lot more like communist China than the "freedom loving democracy" it claims to be?

Why is it that a "Democrat" President (and former constitutional law professor at that!) strengthened Bush-era policies?  If anyone should be impeached and driven from office, shouldn't it be him?  And while you're at it, haul George W. Bush up for trial too.  He and Dick Cheney share responsibility for the spying policies that were implemented BEFORE the events of 9/11.

Americans seem confused about what the NSA/CIA spying on America program means to them.  Polls are trying to sort it out and come away with mixed answers.  It seems US citizens have no appreciation for their liberties nor responsibilities.

In the famous 1866 Supreme Court case of Ex Parte Milligan,  the court said -

The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and in peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times, and under all circumstances.

When did the US Government allow the NSA and CIA to overreach the Forth Amendment?  Why?  and How?  What are the People going to do about it?  Can they do anything about it?  It is all too late?

I am of a certain age where I remember what it was like growing up under the rhetoric that the Soviet Union was a terrible place because of the propaganda state sponsored media outlets used to "shape" citizen's thinking.  I remember stories about the KGB and Stasi spying on people and taking away those they did not like. I remember drills where we dove under tables or laid down flat on a playground at the sound of nuclear attack sirens.  I remember citing the Pledge of Allegiance each and every morning before class.

I read Orwell's book, 1984.

It's with incredible sadness that I realize the United States of America is not, and perhaps never was, the land of gold and honey, jobs and opportunities, freedom and liberty, that I was raised to believe it was.

It's a very strange thing to realize that my wife and I are just two small people living in a place far from home and feeling that we have no country.

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