John Stossel – New Tactics Of The Police State

I am a huge fan of Julian Sanchez.

 

Randy Barnett: Secret NSA Snooping is “a Fundamental Challenge” to Democracy

 

Overcriminilization

Think about it – there are now so many laws and regulations which carry a criminal penalty (in the US, as per the video below, but elsewhere, too) that the federal government bureaucrats say they don’t have enough manpower to list them all in a central database where citizens could easily access them.  The obvious implication of this is that most citizens are not aware of what the laws they live under and thus may infringe them many times a day without being aware of it.  (This is the topic of the video below.)

But, take it a step further:  consider the widespread supervision of the government of each and every citizen….now, it is clear that it is not a tinfoil-hat-conspiracy-talk, but reality we are living every day.

Then, remember how top bureaucrats are implicated in directing other bureaucrats to target the Obama regime’s political opponents.  So far, only the IRS department is implicated, but it would be highly naive to think this form of corruption is limited to only one department.

So, if you want to target a person disliked by the Obama regime, you just have to pull up all the records of their activities, compare them to obscure criminal regulations and voila, your political opponent gets sent to jail for a criminal misconduct….no need for ‘political prisoners’.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how the game is played!

 

 

The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America

Amendment IV

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.

Surf Without Surveillance: Tor’s Karen Reilly

EFF Sues NSA, DOJ Over Secret Surveillance Program

While on the topic, the Western Center for Journalism asks if, perhaps, some of this NSA-collected material might have been used to influence Chief Justice Roberts to change his vote at the last minute on Obamacare.

And if you still cling to the foolish and long debunked ‘I have nothing to hide, so I have nothing to worry about’ fallacy, please, consider the following book:  Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent by Harvey Silverglate.  Here is an excerpt from a review of the book:

‘The average professional in this country wakes up in the morning, goes to work, comes home, eats dinner, and then goes to sleep, unaware that he or she has likely committed several federal crimes that day. Why? The answer lies in the very nature of modern federal criminal laws, which have exploded in number but also become impossibly broad and vague. In Three Felonies a Day, Harvey A. Silverglate reveals how federal criminal laws have become dangerously disconnected from the English common law tradition and how prosecutors can pin arguable federal crimes on any one of us, for even the most seemingly innocuous behavior.’

After all, Kiera Wilmot, a 16-year-old student, faced 2 felony charges of bomb-making and was to be tried as an adult for a school science-experiment that produced a ‘pop’, in which nobody was hurt and no damage happened – only popular outcry forced the authorities to eventually drop the charges.

And, of course, who can forget why ‘the authorities’ kept such a concise log on citizens’ activities in Fahrenheit 451!  If they could not catch the real culprit, an early-morning dog-walker would be a suitable substitute…  (Yes, it is since having read this book in English that I cannot bring myself to use the word ‘fireman’ and instead use ‘fire-fighter’.)

And, if you think that ‘just’ collecting metadata does not tell ‘the regime’ a lot about you, please, consider this interesting, humorously written article which graphically demonstrates how the analysis of metadata would have helped identify and ‘neutralize’ Paul Revere.

P.S.  In the above video, they say that when the EFF asked the US government to clarify how they were interpreting the laws, they were told the answer was ‘classified’.  Consider the implications of that!  How can you possibly follow the laws if you are not permitted to know how the government will enforce them?  Do you still think you have ‘nothing to hide’?!?!?

A ‘Least Untruthful’ Statement to Congress (Julian Sanchez)