The old adage: “be careful what you ask for — because YOU JUST MIGHT GET IT” is absolutely true when applied to America today.
More evidence that America is not just “becoming” a police state but is already deep into that brutal condition slapped me right in the face at the top of the Drudge report on the morning of November 20th, 2012. The screaming headlines read: “SENATE BILL LETS FEDS READ YOUR EMAIL.”
Reading a bit farther and I learned the bill is even worse and more dangerous than the headlines would lead one to believe. It actually allows allows the feds to read your e-mail WITHOUT FIRST OBTAINING A WARRANT! And it gets worse. It’s not JUST your e-mail, either.
The “teaser” line to the article says: “Proposed law scheduled for a vote next week originally increased Americans’ e-mail privacy. Then law enforcement complained. Now it increases government access to e-mail and other digital files.” (emphasis mine!)
We recommend you read the entire article which you will find here: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57552225-38/senate-bill-rewrite-lets-feds-read-your-e-mail-without-warrants/?part=rss&subj=news&tag=title
This is a “told you so” moment, if there has ever been one. And it is only going to get worse. But, hey. This is what America said she wanted — cradle to grave monitoring by the federal government.
The article goes on to say the following: “A Senate proposal touted as protecting Americans’ e-mail privacy has been quietly rewritten, (emphasis added) giving government agencies more surveillance power than they possess under current law.”
The ” … rewritten bill would allow more than 22 agencies — including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission — to access Americans’ e-mail, Google Docs files, Facebook wall posts, and Twitter direct messages without a search warrant. It also would give the FBI and Homeland Security more authority, in some circumstances, to gain full access to Internet accounts without notifying either the owner or a judge.” (Again — Emphasis added)
The article by Declan McCullagh at CNET NEWS goes on to say: “The list of agencies that would receive civil subpoena authority for the contents of electronic communications also includes the Federal Reserve, the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Maritime Commission, the Postal Regulatory Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Mine Enforcement Safety and Health Review Commission.”
More freedom and liberty — gone! Of course, there is a chance this bill will not clear the full Congress. (It is due to come up for a vote in the Senate on Thursday, November 29th.) But don’t count on it.
Many Americans now believe we have a government out of control, a rogue government bent on sealing America off into a new form of police state, a leftist dictatorship with Obama at it’s head as President for Life, or some such grandiose title. For those who still do not grasp what is happening, maybe the veritable blizzard of Presidential Executive Orders about to bury America after January 20th, 2013, will convince them. But I doubt it.
Whatever happened to the Constitution? If you are not familiar with the US Constitution you are most likely in the majority of Americans today. Those of us who DO remember when the US was a constitutional republic understand that this is more evidence that the US Government has abandoned the constitution in favor of a socialist dictatorship.
I know. I know. It’s not a police state — until the police come for YOU! Believe me — they are coming.
A commenter on a blog asked recently: “What on earth would give the people we elect to represent us the idea that we want to live in a society which is monitored and controlled to this extent?” To this scribe the answer is clear: The people we elect.
The police state is not coming to America — it’s here. It may be a form of a “soft” police state, but that won’t last. A nation cannot flirt with despotism. America did in 2008 and it gave us the election of 2012 and unless the people of the nation rise up and state “ENOUGH” it will lead us to another even more powerful dictator — if there is a change, at all, in the occupant of the Oval Office. After all, when the government no longer feels constrained by the constitution — anything is possible.
So, this is the way American freedom and liberty dies, huh? We’re going out with a whimper, not a war cry, on our knees rather than on our feet fighting like hell to protect our birthright.
In my naïveté, up ’til the election on Tuesday November 6th, I had thought my fellow Americans would make a fight of it. On the following morning I was disabused of that deeply mistaken belief. It was as if the revolution had been called — and nobody showed up!
I think Americans will be surprised at the rapidity with which the change-over from constitutional republic to socialist dictatorship will proceed. The lightening speed of the transition is due to many decades of advance planning.
Like the many executive orders now resting in a secure vault somewhere have been written, rewritten, and finessed, (even before the election) to expedite their issuance and enforcement early next year, the installation of America’s socialist dictatorship was planned long ago. The foundation has long been laid. Like a prefab building, all that remains is for the pieces to be set atop the foundation and bolted in place.
Now we are ALL just gawkers watching our prison being constructed right before our eyes.
© J. D. Longstreet