Goodbye 4th Amendment

How we hardly knew you… This according to Scott Shackford on Reason.com: In 2011, Democratic Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy introduced the Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act, which would require authorities and law enforcement to get a search warrant to access private electronic communications. The bill is now finally up for possible vote next week. … Read more »

Just What in the World is America up to?

Just what in the world is the US government up to lately? First, there was the NDAA (the feds can indefinitely detain you merely on the suspicion of terrorism). Then there was SOPA/PIPA (the feds want to shut down the internet). By the way, they are bringing this one back in the form of CISPA (which further violates … Read more »

The Bipartisanship of Tyranny

The only thing that is certain about 9/11 is that it fundamentally altered America. Within days, the foundations of a fascist system were being put into place, and of course everybody was all for it (in the name of security of course). Now, over a decade later, there’s not as many people so willing. Politicians, … Read more »

America: Land of the Police State, Home of the Domestic Extremist

We used to be the land of the free, and the home of the brave.

Now? More like land of the police state, and home of the domestic extremist. That’s what happens when enough people don’t care, or are bamboozled.

In a free society:

  • Police agencies respond only to evidence of planned and actual criminal activity.
  • Police officers keep the peace; they do not investigate citizens and activities unless there is some reason to investigate.
  • Police do not investigate citizens’ attitudes toward the central government, only their action.
  • Citizen dissent is lawful and police agencies do not investigate citizens’ attitudes toward the criminal justice apparatus.

None of that applies anymore. Now, in the United States, the government may:

  • Kill American citizens abroad, or here on US soil, without a trial or judicial review. A secret closed-door meeting is enough to end someone’s life. (Source)
  • Intercept and store 1.7 billion of your emails, phone calls and text messages each day, without a warrant. Enough information to fill 138 million books every 24 hours. (Source)
  • Charge you with a felony for peacefully protesting. (Source)
  • Imprison you for life, without access to a trial or attorney, and can use the US Military to do so. (Source)

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