Friday, December 21, 2012

Surveillance State: The Terrorists have Won

Disconcerting though this statement is, with the help of our elected scoundrels, we are becoming precisely what bin Laden wanted all along...


The link where you can contribute to RandPac (and watch his video) to help fight the ongoing treason: http://www.randpacusa.com/fisa.aspx?pid=1219p

Following is the text of a letter that I received this afternoon which contains additional information from Senator Paul. This is quite disturbing:

Dear Scott,

Would you want government agents listening to your phone calls? Looking at your email? Spying on your online activity? Chances are they have, and you didn't even know it. The 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was originally designed to protect American citizens from having government wiretap their phones and eavesdrop on their conversations. But in 2001, the Bush Administration amended FISA through the Patriot Act to allow warrantless wiretapping. In 2008, the Obama administration further loosened these restrictions.

Today, we have a federal government that can go through citizens' private communications-telephone, email, Facebook-you name it. We know that the federal government has looked at over 28 million electronic records since the FISA Amendment Act. We know it has gone through 1.6 million texts. When I was given a classified briefing this summer to investigate the extent to which the federal government is spying on citizens, I was required by law not to disclose the discussion. But in determining how many times this has occurred, I can give you a fictitious number-gazillions. This is not hyperbole. I can assure you, it is quite accurate in describing the number of times government has snooped though American citizens private information.

We now have a federal government that is unrestrained by law. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is looking to ram through FISA reauthorization before Christmas. He has made it clear he certainly expects it to be done by year's end. I don't want FISA reauthorized before Christmas. I don't want it reauthorized before the New Year. I don't want FISA reauthorized-period.

If Reid intends on making sure government cronies can spy on private citizens without a warrant, I am intent on introducing the "Fourth Amendment Protection Act," which states: The Fourth Amendment right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures is violated when the government acquires information voluntarily relinquished by a person to another party for a limited business purpose without the express informed consent of the person to the specific request by the government or a Warrant, upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

It is amazing that I even have to introduce this as an amendment because it already is an amendment-to the Constitution of the United States. And make no mistake-the Fourth Amendment is every bit as important to preserving our freedoms as the entire Bill of Rights. I hope you'll join me in fighting Harry Reid and Barack Obama to protect our right to privacy.

We can't have government stepping into every aspect of our private lives without some level of judicial restraint. This has been a core principle of American freedom and individual rights for as long as there has been an America. It is a basic value that has long defined who we are as a nation and has separated us from less free nations. Will you join me in helping to fight FISA reauthorization?

Neither Senator Reid nor anyone else has the right to take away the constitutional protections that have always been our birthright. The current FISA Amendment gives a blank check to government to spy on any American, at any time and for any reason. It goes against everything this country stands for. It goes against every principle we fought a revolution for. It goes against the Constitution every one of my Senate colleagues took an oath to protect. For freedom's sake, FISA cannot stand. It should not survive. I hope you will join me in fighting to defeat it.

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