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Government Goons’ Illegal Surveillance on Innocent People

Today the U.S. House of Representatives will be voting on two bills to address surveillance of Americans’ data: a bill sponsored by Rep. Justin Amash that is supported by liberal and conservative groups such as the ACLU and Freedom Works, and a bill sponsored by Rep. Devin Nunes that is supported by the “intelligence” community. The liberal and conservative groups oppose the Nunes bill because it contains restrictions on government’s intrusions that are “so narrow and allow so many exceptions that they’re virtually meaningless,” according to USA Today. Nothing new there.

All these procedures of bureaucratic prying into innocent people’s lives are criminal, and the early Americans attempted to prevent such criminality when the Anti-Federalists insisted that an Amendment be added to the new Constitution that would protect the people from such criminal intrusions: the Fourth Amendment.

Commenting on this issue, Judge Andrew Napolitano wrote about these surveillance procedures, known as the Foreign intelligence Surveillance Act or FISA, in which the government purportedly tries to “protect Americans” from foreign aggressors or terrorists. The Judge wrote,

The Fourth Amendment — which guarantees privacy in our persons, houses, papers and effects — permits the government to invade that privacy only when a judge has signed a warrant that authorizes surveillance, a search or a seizure. And judges may only issue warrants when they have found probable cause to believe that the government surveillance or invasion of the target’s privacy will produce evidence of criminal behavior. The Fourth Amendment further requires that the judicial warrant describe specifically the place to be searched or the person or thing to be seized.

All these requirements are in the amendment so as to prevent any court from issuing general warrants. Before the Constitution, general warrants were issued by British courts that met in secret in London. They were not issued based on probable cause of crime but issued based on the government’s wish to invade the privacy of all Americans living in the Colonies to find the more rebellious among them. This was the king and Parliament’s version of protecting national security.

General warrants did not describe the place to be searched or the person or thing to be seized. They authorized the bearer — usually a British soldier physically located in the Colonies — to search where he wished and seize whatever he found.

FISA did not interfere with the standard understanding or use of the Fourth Amendment by the government and the courts. But it did add another way for the government to invade privacy when its wish is to surveil people for national security purposes — a return to general warrants — as opposed to solely gathering evidence of crimes.

The FISA-created procedure, enacted in defiance of the Fourth Amendment — which makes no distinction between government evidence gathering and government intelligence gathering — permits a secret court in Washington to issue general warrants based on the government’s need to gather intelligence about national security from foreigners among us. It pretends that the standard is probable cause of foreign agency, but this has now morphed into the issuance of general warrants whenever the government wants them.

The Judge also noted in his article that Donald Trump and his campaign were illegally surveilled by Obama apparatchiks with the misuse of FISA warrants. So why would Trump support this?

At first this morning Donald Trump seemed to question the legitimacy of the FISA, when he tweeted, “‘House votes on controversial FISA ACT today.’ This is the act that may have been used, with the help of the discredited and phony Dossier, to so badly surveil and abuse the Trump Campaign by the previous administration and others?”

However, in a subsequent tweet (after his national security state goons psy-opped him, I assume), Trump wrote, “With that being said, I have personally directed the fix to the unmasking process since taking office and today’s vote is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land. We need it! Get smart!”

Now, why he needs to bring Don Adams into this, I don’t know. But the truth is, all this surveillance state stuff, this police state stuff especially since 9/11 is real totalitarian phony-baloney stuff. Don’t believe what the morons and knuckle-draggers of the national security state have been saying in their propaganda. They’re full of it.

I say, if the feds need to illegally pry into the people’s private lives, then all this surveillance stuff should be a two-way street. There needs to be a database or databases operated in the private sector in which the American people can access all emails, texts, phone calls, Internet usage — everything — of these government bureaucrats of the NSA, the FBI, the CIA, and ALL the other agencies and departments. Oh, they’ll say, “but a lot of the information is classified, it’s TOP SECRET,” and all that crap. So what. What difference does it make? If the government can keep track of us, then we should keep track of them! (And mostly, this is the kind of crap the people would be seeing, if they had such access.)

The truth is, it doesn’t matter how much illegal, intrusive surveillance powers the idiots in Congress give to the criminals of the FBI, CIA, NSA et al., because as long as our own government continues to cause foreigners to want to attack us, this terrorism crap will never end.

The truth is, what’s been causing the terrorism especially since the end of the Cold War has been the U.S. government’s wars that the U.S. government and its military have been starting, their invasions, bombings, occupations of foreign lands which have been doing nothing but provoking foreigners. As I have said before, and I’ll say it again: We wouldn’t have had a 9/11 had the U.S. government not been invading, occupying, and bombing foreigners prior to that point.

Psychologically, in my view, their starting wars against foreigners and stoking terrorism gives the power-hungry warmongers a sick sense of purpose — it makes them feel important. After they start their wars and incite reactions from their targeted victims, the warmongers get to say how much they are protecting the rest of us from those awful foreigners, and how much we need them. (Really, it is actually how much they need their power trips satisfied and how much they need to parasite off the labor of the workers and producers of America. And THAT’S the truth!)

And the domestic police state is for our own good as well, the illegal, criminal surveillance and prying into people’s private lives, the TSA groping, molesting and raping innocent grandmas and babies at the airports, and the DHS, FBI, NSA — the whole thing’s a racket, folks. But, if you’re a gullible sheeple and believe the propaganda, and prefer to believe the lies coming out of Washington, knock yourself out.

And, oh, the DEA with this barbaric and uncivilized “attorney” general Jeff Sessions drooling to put potheads in jail, and also his encouraging the local police departments to steal money from innocent people without suspicion or even charging them with anything. They’re literally criminals. But they do have their obedient defenders, especially on conservative talk radio.

I don’t think that the Salem Radio talk show personalities understand any of this. They and the other ditto-heads on the radio don’t seem to understand anything that America is all about, quite frankly.

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