Saturday, June 8, 2013

Big Brother. BIG Obama.

Spying on US Citizens is nothing
new . Obama made it better.
Big Brother is obviously watching us . The new 'revelations' of Government surveillance is nothing new . It's just now it's gotten a wee bit bigger because of our new technological advances  The Nation  is reeling from the explosive discovery that the Obama administration has been spying on all Verizon phone customers by surveying their phone usage on a daily basis for the last several years, it was revealed that Barack Obama has, for years, and with the knowledge of the U.S. Senate, been seizing billions of records about the private telephone calls made by tens of millions of Americans.The Government was not just spying on Verizon alone , but every phone and internet data line carrier as well . ( My emphasis ) What is getting everyone screaming is that American Citizens were being spied upon all in the name of 'Home Land Security ' . The Average citizen was now a major security risk to the government . It eats me up to think with all that surveillance we have had , our nation was still vulnerable to a terrorist attack like the Boston Bombings ? Did all this surveillance keep us any safer?There is no evidence of any critical threat to justify the Bush-Obama Big Brother spying operation. Of course, the government can always claim that such a critical threat exists, but is being kept top secret, but that’s not the way things are supposed to work in a democracy. Americans cannot be responsible citizens when the truth is kept from them – whether that truth is about electronic surveillance or about terrorists. Well the President spoke about this recently when he visited my home state of California , for the most part Mr. Obama's answer was obvious that there was nothing to worry about it's all standard government procedure . I swear , I deeply felt that the President was lying to us . It was first exposed by The Guardian which has published the secret court order requiring Verizon to hand over all phone call data on an "ongoing, daily basis."As the Guardian writes: Under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk -- regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing. Starting today, American journalists have the opportunity to correct for their self-centered focus on the government’s spying against journalists, and focus on Barack Obama’s larger surveillance network. The Guardian, a British newspaper, has obtained records that prove that assertions by Barack Obama that he is not using the FISA Amendments Act to indiscriminately search through Americans’ private communications have been lies. Note: It’s been said by some that this massive seizure of Americans’ private papers – records of their daily private conversations – took place under authorization of the Patriot Act, rather than the FISA Amendments Act.That’s not at all clear, actually, given that the court order was issued by Judge Roger Vinson of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which was established by the original FISA – Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The FISA Amendments Act was necessary to amend FISA to create retroactive immunity and ongoing electronic surveillance over Americans.There’s another essential point to make about this court order – though the people in Congress who crafted the FISA Amendments Act and renewed it all promised that the only phone calls that would be spied upon would be those between people in the United States and those in foreign countries.That’s why they call it the FOREIGN Intelligence Surveillance Court!Yet, this court order that the Obama Administration obtained from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court gave the National Security Agency authorization to grab private records of phone calls “wholly within the United States, including local telephone calls”this is a REALLY big deal. The spying system that was supposedly set up to target foreign spies in foreign countries is now being used by Barack Obama to target Americans in the United States who are not even suspected of being spies.We’ve got LOCAL calls being grabbed – like people within one village calling people in the same village, So, please, now is not the time for you to log points of order with Irregular Times, as if WE are the problem. It would be much more useful, and dare I say less tiresome, for you to call up your U.S. Representative, or your local Democratic Party headquarters, and register a few points of order there.

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