Because freedom can't protect itself
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Yes, "shame on Congress" and "shame on the American people" -- all of us -- for not doing what needs to be done to reclaim our privacy rights -- our way of life -- our form of government. Shame on all of us for not standing up for the rule of law.
As for what the NSA has done and is doing, I believe this: I believe that "The Terrorist Surveillance Program" goes way beyond simple eavesdropping and reading of e-mail. I believe that the NSA (and/or other government agencies and perhaps contractors) are spying on and harassing Americans in ways that most cannot even begin to imagine.
I believe that certain individuals have been singled out for 24/7 surveillance. I believe that traditional mail is opened and read. I believe that defamation is a piece of the harassment campaign conducted by our government against some of those who are vocal and may have said the wrong thing, purchased the wrong books, amd/or been identified by some faulty algorithm. (What do we really know about NSA's "Main Core" datatbase or whatever it's called.
I believe that homes have been (and continue to be entered) surreptitiously and property vandalized and/or stolen, in some cases. And there's more...
I believe that we have just seen the tip of the iceberg. And I believe that it must stop. It's an outrage. The America that I have so loved all of my life has ceased to exist.
And paranoia isn't an issue. Hell, people thought Martha Mitchell was delusional when she spoke up about corruption in the Nizon administration. And look how that turned out...
John Dean has said, "It's worse than Watergate." He's right. It is. Most just don't know it yet.
I bet if your next door neighbor was plotting to blow up your house you would not be so upset that the government found that information out and warned you.
People who are plotting to do harm to this country need to be tracked down and caught.
When you use things that are connected to the public you guve up part of your privacy. Use of the phone, the Internet, and public places limit your privacy. If you want total privacy don't use them.
Will we ever know what our most secretive agencies are doing, if they are able to hide behind the “state secrets privilege”? If anything goes, because government agencies are hiding whatever activities they want to hide, the following question must be asked: Who is running this country?
Are we not, in theory, supposed to be “a government of the people, by the people and for the people”?
Refer to “Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists”
Outlaw nonconsensual human experiments now
By Cheryl Welsh | 16 June 2009
If nonconsensual human experiments are, in fact, taking place, should they not be exposed and stopped? Or are we going to let them continue and pretend that we really believe in the rule of law and the Constitution.
We're on the proverbial "slippery slope"... The things were seeing are dangerous for a democracy.
Dear Congress person,
I know the Constitution is old and sort of out of sight. I know the political pressure to keep America Safe is based on "What will I say if there is another 9/11?"
We survived the last attack, we will survive the next one. What we will not survive is if you don't learn that the damage to the Constitution and Bill of Rights is of a far longer damage than bombed buildings and unfortunately lost lives.
Please use every chance to reinforce the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Stop degrading these documents "to be safer".
We've all heard that "freedom is not free". What we need from you is to educate the public that they as well as our military are on the front line.
What we need from you is faith in these sacred documents, and maybe the people will realize that compromising them in the name of short term "safety" is a self defeating illusion.
Thank God organizations like this exist.
NSA spying of our private communications, w/o probable cause, is exactly why I have joined other people who have chosen to OPT-OUT of purchasing large ticket items.
I think no one in their right mind would commit to hustling money to pay for things like a new car knowing our federal government is illegally listening-in on our communications (such as our confidential business deals) over the phone/internet. Moreover, we are now vulnerable to any eavesdropping federal employee hiding behind the “Patriot Act,” to throw a behind-the-scene wrench in someone's business transaction(s) simply b/c he/she does not like that person's political take-on things.
I urge anyone who wants to put a stop to unaccountable, illegal NSA surveillance to stop spending money on big-ticket items altogether. Such action will let POTUS know the current severe recession will only get worse as long as he continues to allow federal employees to engage in illegal wiretaps/surveillance on Americans.
I thought 1984 ended 25 years ago.
Unless the American people can put their ego's away and identify the common enemy to all of us, then politically fuse the left and right of the false political spectrum against the enemy..the Whitehouse will remain captured territory.
AMONG THE THE REAL ENEMIES: SOME OF THOSE WHO HAVE UNRESTRICTED ACCESS TO THE SEAT OF AMERICAN POWER
The enemy is within, Tin Man -- a "multi-agency coordinated action" array of programs apparently coordinated by a secretive security officials and operatives close to the seat of executive power...
...a shadow government apparatus that aims to weed out those who do not hew to the authoritarian, rightist ideology.
Yet the Obama administration -- and ACLU -- remain seemingly naive to the threat that hides in plain sight -- or are they co-opted enablers due to their refusal to take off rose-colored glasses when it comes to DOMESTIC TORTURE and repression?
When will the ACLU realize that torture and extrajudicial targeting and punishment have been institutionalized -- an extrajudicial bypass that ACLU COMNPLETELY IGNORES in favor of campaigning against the torture of a few hundred detainees.
Torture, American-style is a DOMESTIC affair.
THE BUSH-ERA "EXTRAJUDICIAL TARGETING AND PUNISHMENT NETWORK" REMAINS IN PLACE...
..."MULTI-AGENCY COORDINATED ACTION" OPERATIONS AGAINST UNJUSTLY TARGETED AMERICANS DEEMED TO BE DISSIDENTS, TROUBLEMAKERS, OR SLANDERED AS SOCIAL DEVIATES.
THIS NATIONWIDE SYSTEM OF VIGILANTE INJUSTICE POSES A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO AMERICAN DEMOCRACY -- AND TO THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY.
The Bush-Cheney "multi-agency action" extrajudicial vigilante network and a related unconstitutional array of "programs of personal destruction" remain in place -- operating in virtually every community in the U.S., aided and abetted by local authorities.
President Obama may not even be aware of some of the deeply entrenched "ops" that threaten his presidency...
• A nationwide army of "community stalking" citizen vigilantes hiding behind federally-funded volunteer organizations -- using covertly implanted GPS tracking devices to stalk, harass, vandalize and terrorize unjustly "targeted" citizens and families;
• Deployment of classified "directed energy" microwave radiation weaponry to jurisdictions nationwide -- weapons that victims of "community gang stalking" claim are used to torture and physically degrade "undesirables";
• Multi-agency "programs of personal destruction" -- ranging from pervasive spying to a parallel system of transaction processing that victims maintain amounts to fascistic theft by deception.
These rogue programs must be taken down to preserve the rule of law in America.
Immediately. Before more damage is done.
The agencies of government that are commandeering this devolution of American democracy must be reined in and reformed, top to bottom, never again to subvert the rule of law.
OR (if link is corrupted / disabled):
I don't know about the directed-energy weapons, but the rest of it is true. Tragically, no one who could help seems to care.
COINTELPRO? Why wouldn't these programs have reared their ugly heads during the last few years? The climate was perfect for a surge. We need these programs to be exposed and stopped.
The government's "watch list" contains over a million names, according to reports and, yet, those on the watch list have no recourse. Are we so naive as to think that the watch list is only being used by the TSA?
Is it possible that COINTELPRO is alive and well, and many of those on the watch list are being surveilled, harassed and God-knows-what-else by those who believe that a position left- of-center is somehow treasonous. Something is amiss and I know this for certain. No one will touch the problem -- it is being ignored. Why?
How do those people who pursue justice for a living sleep at night knowing that this fragile democracy is in peril - that some people are being harassed (and worse) right here within our borders, as they simply try to go about their lives. It's not simply about being followed. Whoever is behind this has taken the need to "keep America safe" to a level that very few Americans would find acceptable, if they knew the truth.
As it's been said, "Freedom isn't free." Neither are some law-abiding, good, patriotic Americans who would like to be able to live their lives without government interference. We have a basic right to be "left alone." There should not be some sort of arbitrary extrajudicial system that punishes people for their political views, perhaps something trivial, or any reason at all. It is unacceptable and unAmerican.
We should not allow our governmental agencies to single people out for experimentation (without consent) if, in fact, these sorts of things are still taking place in America. Someone needs to dig or blow the whistle. Someone needs to help. It's an outrage that this is taking place in America. Something is terribly wrong and many are turning a blind-eye.
Happy Independence Day, America. Let's do the right thing.
Group stalking is a form of domestic terrorism. Victims are being subjected to what is the equivalent of "no touch" torture. The following article is written by an attorney in NYC who is a victim of organized, group stalking. I am a registered nurse and also a victim. There is a mortgage broker in NJ and reportedly thousands of other victims all over this country. Who will step up and tackle this decidedly unAmerican and undemocratic practice. We need to restore the rule of law by exposing and stalking organized stalking. http://www.nowpublic.com/world/who-getting-thousands-gang-stalking-reports-month http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gang-stalking-open-secrets-and-closed-societies
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