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Fox In the Hen House

Our founding fathers knew the dangers of letting government officials and the groups that enforce our laws go unchecked. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has recently granted itself an expansion of power. Don’t get me wrong, I fully support our law enforcement officers and hold them in high regards. However, the problem I have is that they can just expand their powers at any given time of their choosing.

According to the new rules and guidelines in which the FBI operates, many of the expanded liberties they have given themselves do not require creating a paper trail or even opening an investigation. Agents can search law enforcement and commercial databases without any evidence of criminal or other wrongdoing. New relaxed guidelines for administering lie-detector tests do not require the opening of a “preliminary investigation” either. The new guidelines heavily relax multiple forms of surveillance.

One of the things that jumped out at me was the fact that investigations involving public officials require “oversight”. It appears to me that they made sure to make rules to use kid gloves on the politicians. For once I would like to see the same rules that apply to the common citizen apply to the politicians.

“For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery”.
-Jonathan Swift

The other group that requires “oversight” has been labeled scholars and press. Bloggers are not considered members of the press under these guidelines unless they are “prominent” bloggers, therefore giving them the same status as the regular media.  Bloggers that are less “prominent” will not receive the same treatments that are given to people considered media.

With the implementation of the new guidelines it is easy to see that the FBI wants to make sure they stay in the good graces of the politicians and mainstream media. The FBI presents the new guidelines as ways to better fight terrorism but the fact that they want to save the politicians and media seems strange. If these changes were about better protecting the citizens of the United States, why do the politicians and media get special treatment? Something just doesn’t quite add up right to me!

“Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.”
-Thomas Paine

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For those of you that own firearms, train hard and well and teach those that do not know how. Be good stewards of the right to bear arms, for we are the last line of defense against tyranny.

-Benjamin Wallace

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Sources:

Washington Post Article
Yahoo News

 

F.B.I Grants Themselves New Powers: Congress Proves Irrevelant

There was a time in America when law-abiding citizens were protected from privacy-invading illegals searches and fishing expeditions into their private lives. We no longer have those protections today thanks to the F.B.I. deciding to rewrite their manuals and give themselves the power to basically invade Americans privacy without so much as a reason.  The F.B.I. will have the right to search your trash, read your emails and other Internet correspondence without having a shred of proof that you have done anything illegal. Meanwhile, so far Congress sits on their hands and has made no effort to stop this illegal and unconstitutional breach of our citizen’s right to privacy.  Aren’t all Federal laws and regulations supposed to go through our Congress before things like this can be done to the American people? 
  I first saw hints about this new F.B.I. “handbook” that gives them unchecked power to spy on American citizens without so much as a reason about  a week ago on the news. I have been awaiting the uproar from the informed citizens and groups upon discovering this new set of rules ( or total lack of) that the F.B.I. will be using against American citizens. The N.Y.Times published an article on this new F.B.I. “handbook” on Sunday, June 12th,2011, which you can read here.  In that Times article we see the following new guidelines and changes to the F.B.I. operating manual:

The new rules add to several measures taken over the past decade to give agents more latitude as they search for signs of criminal or terrorist activity.  

 The “more latitude” they refer to there, is generally what are termed illegal fishing expeditions into citizens personal lives without such things as warrants or any reasonable proof of criminal activity. This is what happens when uninformed citizens let the government pass seemingly harmless laws or regulations upon the citizenry and the accompanying “mission creep” that comes with it. Remember the Patriot Act, and its subsequent numerous extensions that have originally passed through congress on a steady basis since 2001 ?  The Patriot Act was started as a tool to fight terrorism. On May 26th 2011 Barack Obama signed a four year extension of key Patriot Act provisions.  Also in the Patriot Act is the clause that allows National Security Letters which allow the F.B.I. to search telephone, e-mail and financial records without a search warrant. Now the F.B.I. wants to  will expand that privacy invasion power to basically let them spy on anyone in America without a valid reason, search through their trash and search any database on the Internet that holds citizen’s personal records and communications without a warrant or reason!  And they are doing it all under the guise of “fine-tuning the F.B.I. manual. Further on in the Times article we see that they have sent us a General Council, Valerie Caproni to spin this into making it appear to be harmless changes:

“Every one of these has been carefully looked at and considered against the backdrop of why do the employees need to be able to do it, what are the possible risks and what are the controls,” she said, portraying the modifications to the rules as “more like fine-tuning than major changes.”

  Maybe Ms. Caproni will answer as to why former F.B.I. agent and current ACLU attorney, one Mr. Michael German replied that ” It was unwise to further ease restrictions on agents’ power to use potentially intrusive techniques, especially if they lacked a firm reason to suspect someone of wrongdoing.” That doesn’t sound like any “fine-tuning”  of the F.B.I. manual, but instead sounds like a huge privacy invading power grab! The F.B.I. is now using cloudy terms to try to hide this unconstitutional action also. Terms like assessment are being used as some sort of justification to spy on American citizens without any justification here.

Some of the most notable changes apply to the lowest category of investigations, called an “assessment.” The category, created in December 2008, allows agents to look into people and organizations “proactively” and without firm evidence for suspecting criminal or terrorist activity.
Under current rules, agents must open such an inquiry before they can search for information about a person in a commercial or law enforcement database. Under the new rules, agents will be allowed to search such databases without making a record about their decision. (emphasis mine) 

 Another added tidbit concerning this privacy invasion of American citizens concerns possible “informants” also known as paid government snitches. One could deduce that if the F.B.I. wants to make someone an informant, having some dirt on them would aid them in persuading said person to become an informant, so lets just change the F.B.I. manual to allow that privacy invasion without a shred of proof of wrong doing by the subject.   And Ms Caproni said not only could that information be used to pressure people to assist the government, but it could also be used to determine whether the subject, ( notice it is not suspect, as there is no crime involved that gives them the authority to do this in the first place) poses a threat to the agents.
Last but certainly not least, the F.B.I. will protect the privacy rights of certain people in this new manual. Just who would that be? How about sensitive investigative matter subjects ?  These are the F.B.I. types of privacy invasions that are being done to public officials. (IE: Corrupt Government officials and politicians) members of the news media, and of course  academic scholars! They need extra protection, which is also at the  discretion of the F.B.I. as to just who gets said protection. With the recent killing of the FCC’s fairness doctrine, we now see the F.B.I. is going to do it anyway, Congress be damned:

The manual clarifies the definition of who qualifies for extra protection as a legitimate member of the news media in the Internet era: prominent bloggers would count, but not people who have low-profile blogs. And it will limit academic protections only to scholars who work for institutions based in the United States.  

So now the F.B.I. will be in fact, censoring and monitoring the internet, and labeling anyone who speaks out against this type of unconstitutional tyranny as some sort of domestic terrorist or person of interest. With the writing of this article, you can bet yours truly qualifies under the new F.B.I. manual, as they now need no proof of wrong doing of any sorts to invade the privacy of  U.S. citizens. This new F.B.I. manual also just happens to come just in time to try to use it to harass anyone who expresses their political views. That’s right, and I am expressing my views right here and right now, and I do not like the F.B.I. granting themselves carte blanche to read American citizen’s email, snoop in their trash, listen to their phone conversations and basically invade their private lives just because they decided to change their damn manual! Note to F.B.I.; You are not elected members of our congress.You have no right to enact what amounts to unconstitutional laws against the very taxpaying citizens that pay your salaries! People had better wake up here and speak up! We are losing our freedoms and rights granted to us as American citizens at a very rapid rate today, all due to an out of control, too powerful government. This is also a great example of why it is wrong to allow our President the power to make appointments without Senate approval. See here. The very same “minor appointments” mentioned in that article are the type of government employees who in fact, wrote this new F.B.I. manual that in fact declares that the F.B.I. has a right to spy on American citizens without so much as a valid reason or proof of wrong-doing!
 
 

 

Meet the Race-Baiting, Impeached Corrupt Judge/Congressman Hastings (D-FL)

Meet Congressman Alcee Hastings of Florida. Watch him berate the Governor of Florida and go on a race-based rant that he tried to pass off as a lecture to all Floridians concerning the current proposed budget. To put this as politely as possible here, this piece of corrupt scum has a hell of a lot of nerve trying to lecture anyone on anything today. Watch that video here. Keep in mind a few facts about this Congressman the ignorants over in that part of Florida just reelected in 2010. Good solid candidates desiring to actually desiring to serve all the people of Florida got passed over for this ignorant piece of work. Amazing.

Lets analyse this geniuses hate-speech here,especially for those politically correct folks who are afraid to hear the truth.  First of all , Alcee Hastings has a lot of nerve calling anyone in Florida ass-backwards when we consider that he is reading an op-ed “from a friend” as he states, and then using that opinion piece from a leftist rag newspaper, to call the entire Florida State legislature and Governor’s office ass-backwards and tops it off with the intelligent, insightful question of, “What is this shit?”

Then he proceeds to accuse Governor Rick Scott of stealing his companies money without a single fact to back it up. Surely this nanny-state beggar of a Congressman has a spotless record that allows him to spew this trash right there in the video right?  Well, not so much folks. You see Mr. Hastings was a Federal Judge down here in Florida, appointed by Jimmy carter in 1979. It took the illustrious Mr. Hastings 2 short years on the bench to be caught in an FBI sting taking $150,000 dollars to give a lenient sentence to mobsters Frank and Tommy Romano, who were indicted on 21 counts of  racketeering.  The Honorable Mr. Hastings, you see, isn’t really all that honorable. In fact, this self-righteous hypocrite is more aptly described as the scourge of the Democratic party in Florida.

The Romano brothers were initially found guilty of stealing $1 million dollars from a pension fund in Mr. Hastings court. While waiting for the sentence to be handed down,we see that things got quite interesting. I have narrated the corruption case of Mr. Hastings in the following podcast,  just for your listening pleasure .   Alcee Hastings Podcast 3-1-11

Mr. Hastings is a glaring example of how corrupt and out of control our Government has become today at all levels, including Federal, Congressional, State and local government. This corrupto-crat is an embarrassment to the State of Florida and the entire nation. He needs to be thrown in prison, not sitting on the U.S Intelligence Committee up in Congress. We obviously cannot leave this decision up to the people of the 23rd district of Florida, as they have voted for this corrupt lowlife 7 straight times!

That is right, this impeached criminal is still in the United States Congress sitting on powerful committees within the Democratic Party leadership today. What do you say we demand justice for the whole nation and demand this crook be put in jail and kicked out of our Government? Lets speak up America!

Patriot Act Extension Passed in House

       The lovely couple on the left, (pun intended) are the Rosenbergs. The picture was taken in 1953, shortly before they were executed in Sing Sing prison for selling atomic secrets to the Soviet Union. The Rosenbergs were also proud members of The  U.S Communist Party. Oh, the good old days when Anti-American Communists spewing Socialist propaganda were dealt with swiftly and decisively. As we discuss The Patriot Act extension passing the house yesterday, we must fondly remember the Rosenbergs and how they exemplified the Communist Party USA and the dangers posed in letting them go unchecked in America today. For those of you too young, or too indoctrinated by the American education system today, that think it is cool to wear Che and Mao t-shirts, keep this couple in mind. To be a Communist means to hate America and all she stands for, plain and simple. With the current crop of  widespread young Communist wanna-bes in America today, the Patriot Act could prove vital to America’s future and reengaging in the necessary  fight against Communism.

  After failing to obtain the necessary 2/3s vote for passage about a week ago, the house managed to pass a Patriot Act exten-sion through Dec. 8, as it was set to expire on Feb 28th. Now it has to get through the U.S Senate next, and time is getting short. President Obama wanted the extension through 2013, but due to opposition from the Teaparty, Libertarians and some Conservatives, they had to settle for a temporary extension for now. This vote passed by a vote of 275 to 144, with 27 Republicans joining 117 Democrats in voting against the extension. The controversy stems mainly from 3 provisions that include what may consider an invasion privacy issue. One provision lets the government snoop at will on a wide group of documents, including such things as library records. The “roving wiretap” provision may face the stiffest test of constitutionality in the courts eventually, as it allows the government to pretty much listen in on any phone call they desire without prior court approval. The last provision allows surveillance of any foreigners, even if there is no proven connections to terrorist groups.

  With these temporary extensions of the Patriot Act set to now expire in Dec. of this year, ( if passed by the Senate) this could be a heavy issue towards the 2012 elections. I personally would support a permanent Patriot Act with full powers to fight terrorism, if it included fighting Communism in America today. Our youth today are being duped into believing lies about the Non-existent Utopian Socialism that is in reality is the pathway to Communism and oppressive dictatorships. So when your child puts on his Mao shirt before school one day, you parents might want to remind them that Mao was a brutal Dictator who murdered about 80 million of his own people while claiming to be their friend and champion. I hope to see a real intense conversation about the future of the Patriot Act in coming months, and that must include the necessity of using it to root out the Communist Anti-Americans amongst us, whether they hide behind fake Social Justice claims, or Soros financed  Socialist Organizations such as Think Progress, Media Matters, Center for American progress, etc. Take a good look at the pictures of the cutely named One Nation Rally, if you don’t think the aforementioned groups, along with Union organizers, aren’t de-facto Anti-American Communists. To make my point I shall put up one picture from that rally, thanks to John Romano at Yes, But, However.*

 I support the full use of the Patriot Act to stop the Anti-American Communist propaganda in America, like we see above at  the One Nation Rally. It is corrupting our youth and poses a clear threat to our future.

* http://yesbuthowever.com/communist-party-america-5000029/

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