sad and embarrassed

What else is there to say about passage of the USA Freedom Act today by the House of Representatives? Like so many previous efforts to reign in the excesses of the intelligence community, what started out as an effort to end the bulk collection of data about Americans has now morphed into still another legal rationale designed to justify those abuses.

I doubt anyone is paying attention to any of this, especially as we head into the Memorial Day weekend here in the United States, so I won’t go into a lot of detail about what happened today in Washington. You can read more about that here, here and here. The main thing to avoid is deluding yourself into believing this is a step in the right direction as so many of the news stories in the mainstream media are attempting to portray it.

In reality, this is just another effort to provide new legal authority for the NSA to continue business as usual in the event it’s not able to secure renewal of the legal authorities it has been relying on, which are set to expire next year; and, as usual, Barack Obama was the cheerleader in the effort to defang this new legislation of any meaningful reforms.

To me Obama is the worst Democratic President in a century and perhaps the worst of all time. Along with George W. Bush, he’s done more to destroy what America once stood for and one can only hope history will judge him accordingly.

For those of you who care about things like this and may be still reading this blog, here is a link to how the different members of the House of Representatives voted today. A yea vote is a vote to permit the NSA to interpret the legislation any way it choose so don’t be surprised if your congressman is among those who voted once again to gut the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution.

In the event you forgot, the Fourth Amendment reads as follows: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.


4 thoughts on “Disappointed

  1. Kit, I’m so glad you’re still on the case. You’re right, G.W. Bush and Hussein Barack Obama have done more to usurp the rights of American citizens than any other duo in history. Meanwhile the press is peeing all over themselves to support Obama’s agenda – whatever that may be.

    There’s an old story about a person in Nazi Germany who watched as they came to take away various groups of people and he wasn’t one of them so said nothing. Finally they came for him and there was no one left to speak up for him as they had all been rounded up. I sense that’s how things are moving in the U.S. They haven’t started rounding up folks (have they?) but our rights and freedoms are being trampled by the government in the name of security.

    It’s time for us as Americans to wake up and pay attention to those buffoons in D.C. and stop them from using us as door mats while they feather their nests with excellent health care and huge pensions for the rest of their lives all at our expense. All the while, they’re looking the other way while the NSA is watching over all of our shoulders and listening in on our conversations.

    Keep up the vigilance Kit! Thank you.

    1. Assuming no one was following the blog anymore, I almost didn’t even bother checking my e-mail tonight. Imagine my surprise to find not one but two comments waiting for me. Given the tenor of the times, you shall both remain anonymous 🙂

      Honestly, I don’t even know why I bothered posting last evening. It wasn’t as if I thought it would make the least difference at all. No matter what any of us do, the spies and their establishment supporters seem to swoop in at the last moment and disrupt every effort to achieve meaningful reform.

      It’s obvious to everyone that the American people don’t support this kind of surveillance state. Yet, we have no power and our elected representatives understand that perfectly well. We elect people like Obama who say they stand with us on ending these abuses, only to change their minds once in power.

      How can elections be meaningful when those we elect change their positions so promiscuously? How can anyone have faith in a political system where the only thing that counts is how much money you can contribute?

      Yet, if nothing else, these people need to understand that they aren’t fooling us either. They can put lipstick on a pig and call it reform, but we know they’re lying; and powerless as we may be, we can still hold them in contempt and recognize them for what they are, a failed generation of political vipers unworthy of respect or trust.

      It’s good to know someone else sees my words and isn’t fooled. Thanks for your support, my friend.

  2. Kit: I appreciate your respect for the Constitution – statutory laws being what they are. I am not as directly affected as the citizens of the United States, but I live in the shadow of the Falling Eagle. The world needs a good, strong, wise America, and we ain’t gettin’ it, no mo’. I don’t gamble, but the situation reminds me of sports: Senate vs House. Will the Senate succeed in strengthening the bill before it is signed into law? Any bets? Dan

    1. Thanks for the encouragement and support, my friend. If I were betting, I would bet that the Senate won’t succeed in strengthening the bill. Obama would almost certainly veto it if the Senate did do something like that.

      At this point, our only real hope is that gridlock in the Senate will prevent anything from becoming law. I’m not optimistic about that, but to me no bill would be better than a bad one because the authorities the NSA claims to rely on for its criminal behavior are set to expire next year. If that happened, that would be very good for America and the rest of the world.

      Of course, the NSA and the other intelligence agencies are completely lawless and criminal enterprises so even the absence of a law that can be twisted to support their criminal behavior is unlikely to have any real effect. They’ll find some way to continue doing what they want to do unless and until the American people finally recognize that these people are criminals who have made America weaker, not stronger . . . less safe, less respected, and less worthy of support from people around the world.

      I fear America’s best days are behind it thanks to people like Bush and Obama and the criminals they’ve empowered. Like other empires, America wasn’t done in by its adversaries. It was done in by those who were entrusted with power, but lacked the wisdom and the virtue to use power appropriately.

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