Bush Lite …

is this the change you voted for?

“In testimony that could stir more controversy, [Deputy NSA Director John] Inglis disclosed that the NSA sometimes conducts what’s known as three-hop analysis. That means the government can look at the phone data of a suspect terrorist, plus the data of all his contacts, then all those people’s contacts, and finally, all those people’s contacts. If the average person calls 40 unique people, three-hop analysis could allow the government to mine the records of 2.5 million Americans when investigating one suspected terrorist.”

Interested in knowing more? You can find out here, here and here.

It’s been a little over a month now since we learned that that the Obama administration has shredded the Constitution in order to spy on us every day. At the time this first became public, Obama said he would welcome a debate on the matter. But now, a month later, there’s still no serious debate underway.

Instead of honest information that would permit a real debate, what we get from the Obama White House is spin and lies designed to reassure you that this is all for your own good.

Obama is helped in all of this by what passes for our news media. To the extent there is any continuing coverage of Big Brother’s determination to find out everything he can about you, it tends to be focused on Edward Snowden and whether he’ll be able to elude capture by those who would like nothing better than to lock him away forever and thus silence his voice.

They don’t want you to know what they’re up to; and yet bits and pieces of the story continue to dribble out. For example, did you know that law enforcement personnel at all levels have relatively unfettered access to e-mail, personal information and other documents you may have stored away in the “cloud”?

That’s because the Electronic Communications Privacy Act is so outdated it considers anything you store on a third-party server, like e-mail, pictures or other personal information, abandoned if it’s been stored there for more than 180 days; and because you’ve “abandoned” it, law enforcement can look at all of it armed merely with a subpoena, not even a warrant from a judge.

In short, it’s not just your metadata that’s vulnerable here. It’s the full content of every e-mail and every cloud-based document that you’ve stored online for more than 180 days.

Of course, we can be comforted to know that the courts are protecting us; at least that’s what Obama and his cronies would like you to believe. But you know something? Obama lies. The courts aren’t protecting you at all.

In fact, the FISA court keeps making it easier and easier for the U.S. government to spy on you. Don’t believe it? You may want to check out this story and this one.

Yeah, I know. I seem to be harping on the same old thing. I mean, what the hell? It’s only the Constitution of the United States. Fortunately, there are still a few lonely voices that seem to share my concern. Here is an article worth reading and still another.

And it’s mildly encouraging that the House Judiciary Committee, unlike the Intelligence Committees, is apparently unwilling to roll over completely for Obama and his spies. That’s what happens when the spooks diss you 🙂

Admittedly, there may not be very much you can do about any of this at the moment. But you should at least try to keep yourself informed. I’m doing my best to share what I can. Maybe it will help you explain to your kids and grand-kids how America lost its way.

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2 thoughts on “Bush Lite …

  1. Wow, I am really impressed with your posts. Frankly, I would not have imagined your stance based on some of your writings (which I enjoyed immensely!) This is an issue that involves ALL Americans, conservative, liberal or somewhere in between. The Constitution started to be trampled by The Patriot Act under Bush 2 and has really been stomped upon by our current administration. It seems a bit like how things got trampled in Egypt(?). I fear for our viability as a nation with so many freedoms that we took for granted being quietly eroded. Thank you for your diligence and your voice!

    1. Thanks for the comment, but what’s so confusing? Why can’t you imagine me taking this stance? I mean, I’m progressive. More importantly, I’m an American. I love my country and my allegiance is to it, not to a bunch of politicians (especially those who disgrace the offices they hold).

      But you’re right. Every American should be concerned about what’s happening in this country. If people who claim to be conservative and liberal would stop and think instead of focusing their fire on each other on issues that are mostly small potatoes, they might discover they have some things in common. The only ones who benefit from keeping us divided are the politicians. They want people to think these smaller issues they spend so much time squabbling about are the important ones. They’re not.

      Bush? Obama? I don’t think history will treat either of them well although Obama will probably be cut a break because he was the first black President. The fact that he’s been a terrible President in lots of ways will probably be overlooked.

      Don’t get me wrong. Every dog has his day. Obama has been better than most on gay rights. Bush did a lot to help combat the spread of AIDS in Africa. They should get credit when they do the right thing. But that’s not a good enough reason to give them a break when they trample on the Constitution and make a mockery of what this country stands for.

      In any event, thanks again for the comment. I thought no one was listening, but I can write for an audience of one 🙂

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