What is the Constitution, The Bill of Rights to this administration? A hinderance to their ever-growing desire for power and control.
What are civil liberties and freedom and privacy to these people? Annoyances in the way of their desire to turn America into a totalitarian regime lead by a religious oligarchy.
“If you love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”
When the cat came out of the bag and it was revealed beyond denial that the NSA eavesdrops on American citizens, the (p)resident said point blank that the limit of the NSA’s interests was on international calls made outside the US.
This latest report completely blows those lies out of the water. ALL domestic phone calls since 2003, ALL, that have been made through ATT, Bell South, and Verizon have been tracked and handed over to the government. And without ANY legal oversight!
It’s one thing for the police to have to get a court order to get phone records in direct investigation of a commited crime. It’s something completely different when your government has all your call records, without a court order, to use however they see fit.
The immediate pro-administration response might be “Well, you have nothing to worry about if you’re not doing anything wrong.” How many times have I heard that? When the Patriot Act was signed giving the government increased ability to sieze records on American citizens without court orders. When the Real ID Act was signed creating a federal ID and information storage program. When it was revealed the government was wiretapping without court orders on citizens calling outside the US. Every act by this government that removes civil liberties, privacy, individual freedom, is justified by its supporters with the cry “It’s for our protection! If you haven’t done anything wrong, you don’t have to worry!”
This is the “party line” of every fascist state. This is the line used by the Communists, Nazi’s, every despotism and dictatorship and government that has used fear of something to wrest power from the citizens. What is the point of protecting this Constitution, our freedoms, our free country, if the Constitution is nothing but a piece of paper and our freedoms are being stripped and this free country becomes a bastion of fear and government survailance? How many more acts by the government will it take before people say enough is enough?
We have not been paying the price of freedom: eternal vigilance against those who would seek to take our freedom away. People who say “It’s for our protection; don’t worry if you’ve done nothing wrong” make me sick. It’s obvious they have no idea what people fought and died for 230 years ago. To them, the Constitution is just a piece of paper behind some glass that holds no meaning. Regular paychecks are more important to them than the ideals of human liberty, right to privacy, right to freedom, freedom from government control, survailance, interferance. To them, the ghostly fear of terrorism kept strong and alive by this government of fear-mongering, is more vital and real to them than the very concept of the United States of America.
“America” is dying, and our own government is doing it…not terrorists.
“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
“When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default it can never be recovered.”
— Dorothy Thompson
“We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.”
–Edward R. Murrow
“But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing. It behooves you, therefore, to be watchful in your States as well as in the Federal Government.”
“The greatest tyrannies are always perpetrated in the name of the noblest causes.”
— Thomas Paine