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Hmmmm…Maybe the tin foil hat crowd isn’t that crazy after all

Drudge 2 (2)After the cowardly attack on 9/11 most people were willing to trade off some of their liberties for more security.  Politicians decided in the name of national security and the war on terror we needed the tools to thwart another terrorist attack on American soil.  These tools came in the form of the controversial Patriot Act and the creation of the Department of Homeland Security; both established during an emotional time for the nation.  And both established under Republican control of the congress and Presidency.  At the time a few privacy rights groups raised concerns over the Patriot Act.  Their fear was that government would spy on law abiding citizens who had no ties to terrorist groups for the sake of collecting data on each of us in the name of national security.  The government reassured its citizens that the Patriot Act was limited in nature and they would only be collecting data on those suspected or with ties to terrorist groups.

Yours truly was never a supporter of the Patriot Act because I saw from the very beginning how this newly expanded government power could be abused and threaten our 4th amendment rights to be secure in OUR persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.  My views were not popular with those who saw the trade off of our liberties for some sort of perceived security as essential in protecting the lives of Americans.  No matter how many times I said this could lead to the government spying on its own citizens I was told I was just being paranoid.  Paranoid huh?

This practice of spying on American citizens has strong support from both sides of the aisle.

Ari Fleischer, who served as press secretary for former President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2003 stated, “This is a good policy debate to be engaged in and I’m proud actually as a Republican to be backing with President Obama has done and what I’m most proud of is we now have 16 years of a bipartisan template for whoever succeeds President Obama to continue. One of the reasons we have not suffered another 9/11 is because we are vigilant and have these important programs in place.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, said Thursday morning he’s “glad” the National Security Agency is secretly collecting millions of telephone records from Americans in an effort to track down terrorist suspects.

We are very much under threat,” Graham said on “Fox and Friends,” adding that he is a customer of Verizon, the communications company ordered to turn over the records by the government. “Radical Islam is on the rise throughout the region. Homegrown terrorism is one of my biggest concerns. It is happening in our own backyard, and I am glad that NSA is trying to find out what terrorists are up to overseas and inside the country.”

Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia told reporters the program is long-standing and legal.

All Republicans who are supposed to be for limited government and limited intrusion in our lives.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence committee, said on Thursday that the program protects America and is carefully administered to protect privacy. Feinstein said the program tracks only so-called metadata, meaning who a person is calling and for how long, not the content of the call, which makes the surveillance legal.

Sen. Harry Reid said everyone should “just calm down” about the program.

All this bipartisan support behind the NSA surveillance even though Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, who actually drafted the Patriot Act that authorized phone records seizures, wrote in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder that he believes the Verizon court order “could not have been drafted more broadly.” He said in a statement that the surveillance oversteps the authority granted in the Patriot Act and is “excessive and un-American.

So as you can see BOTH parties are the problem.  BOTH parties are in this together.  And BOTH parties care very little about your 4th amendment rights or privacy.  And they’re doing this in the name of National Security, even though President Obama claimed just last week that the “War of Terror” was coming to an end.  But hey, we need to “just calm down”  because there’s no need to worry about our privacy.  After all it’s only the benevolent federal government looking at you and in the words of Sen. Feinstein the program “is carefully administered to protect privacy.”  The same benevolent government that was recently called out for unfairly targeting conservative groups.  The same benevolent government that can detain American citizens indefinitely if linked to terrorist group and kill you with a drone without due process.

What if I want to keep what I buy, who I talk to, what I search for on the internet,  and what I read from the government.  Who’s looking out for my privacy rights?  Is my privacy still protected from the government’s intruding eyes?  The answer is NO!   Again we’re just all being paranoid and overreacting to this and need to “just calm down.”  Nothing to see here.  Move along.

With more and more information about this NSA surveillance program coming to light and now we’re learning they’re tracking our internet activities one has to wonder how far this really goes.  Maybe the tin foil hat crowd isn’t that crazy after all.  Because this past week has shown that there is something behind their “nutty” claims and that so called conspiracy theorists who have believed all along that the government is out to get us have been validated.

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  • TexasFred June 8, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    When the Patriot Act was written I wasn’t exactly comfortable with it but I was of the opinion that if you did nothing wrong you had nothing to worry about. The Patriot Act was supposedly written to allow unfettered access to suspected and known terrorists and all of THEIR information.

    A number of people pointed out that the Patriot Act was a good idea at the time but was a document that could be easily bastardized and turned against the American people. I didn’t see that at the time, although I did readily admit that there were dangers, but at the time the Act was written George W. Bush was the POTUS and I was convinced that he wouldn’t abuse the broad authority of the Patriot Act and use it to SPY on American citizens that are guilty of nothing more than being American citizens.

    At that particular time I had never considered that we would have an anti-American Socialist SOB like Barack Hussein Obama rise to the presidency. At that time I couldn’t fathom a POTUS that would be more concerned about the rights of Muslims the world over than he would be with doing what was best and right for America.

    When George Orwell wrote the novel 1984 most folks read it and thought, ‘that can’t be a reality, it’s a work of fiction and could NEVER happen here in America…’

    Well, hindsight being 20/20, I wish I could have laid some bets on it.
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    • John Carey June 8, 2013 at 7:06 PM

      Fred I was just as angry as nearly all of America when those cowards crashed into the towers and Pentagon. I wanted to hunt those behind it down and exterminate them. But I have been always leery of the Patriot Act because I did see how it could be abused.

      I’m with you. I never though a man like Obama, which we still know very little about would be elected President. But I also never thought we would have such a large number of uninformed/misinformed voters that would elect a man like Obama. And because that number is so high and so uninformed they know not what they do. This is the reason the main reason Patriot Act must be repealed.
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  • Steve Dennis June 9, 2013 at 6:10 AM

    Tin foil hat material? Not so much as we can now see. We still don’t know how deep this goes because this is just beginning to come to light. The government is now tracking almost every aspect of our lives between gathering info on phone, email, and internet activity, cameras on the street corners and soon there will be drones in the sky. Is it any wonder I have the GPS on my phone turned off unless I am using navigation?
    Both sides are guilty because in reality neither side is against bigger government, they just want to be the ones in charge of it. And then there is the NDAA…..
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    • John Carey June 9, 2013 at 10:08 PM

      Very true Steve. The question is how do we wake up the uninformed crowd? We already know neither party is going to do anything to shrink the size of government. They will continue their reactive policies, creating laws during a crisis. Laws that steal our liberties. So how do we wake up the uninformed? If we can find the answer to that, we might have a chance in turning this around.
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  • Linda June 9, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    I’ve been too cheap and too lazy abt learning new technology to get GPS and smart phone stuff. I have a throwaway phone that I have to text on the number pad, if that tells you anything.

    But now I’m pretty glad I’m so lazy and cheap. The gov’t gets plenty enough info from my blog, twitter and FB anyway I’m sure.

    Also now considering that tin foil hat as a craft activity when homeschool resumes in the fall . . .
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    • John Carey June 9, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      Good for you. You’re off the grid…kinda. They have more than enough data on all of us who are conservatives bloggers to know everything about us. So the way as I see it, we might as well keep on keeping on until they figure out a way to silence us.
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