Killing the Fourth: Bush Blames Your Cellphone
If we are to believe the scripted jabber of the unitary decider, killing the Fourth Amendment is modernization at work.
“In his weekly radio address on Saturday, President Bush urged Congress to ‘modernize’ the nation’s electronic surveillance laws,” reports CBS News. “Bush says the NSA wiretapping/surveillance program allows the U.S. to ‘quickly monitor terrorist communications between someone overseas and someone in America,’ and he says it has helped prevent attacks on U.S. soil.”
In other words, members of “al-Qaeda” are so imbecilic they routinely declaim their evil plans over the telephone, through email, and probably by way of carrier pigeon, if we are to believe Bush, that is to say his neocon coterie of Straussian fascists.
In Congress, that scabrous corporate whorehouse on the Potomac, Arlen “Magic Bullet” Specter’s National Security Surveillance Act of 2006 is inching forward. The bill would “give the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court the authority to review electronic surveillance programs and decide whether they are constitutional,” never mind that the FISA “court” is a violation of the Constitution.
Of course, as FISA findings and “warrants” are secret, indeed classified, we will never know how often the seven federal district judges comprising the FISA court and appointed by the Chief Justice of the United States violate the Constitution.
Naturally, the FISA process—a pernicious, albeit secret cavalcade that no doubt has the first Chief Justice, John Jay, spinning in his grave—is no problem for the current Chief Justice, John Glover Roberts, Jr.
During his Senate confirmation, or rather shoo-in, Roberts suffered from mental vaporlock, claiming to be unable to recall if he belonged to the Federalist Society, a cabal of fascist lawyers and fellow travelers, including a sprinkling of Straussian neocons, funded by the foul-mouthed CIA operative Richard Mellon Scaife. In order to underscore the weight of this authoritarian outfit, it should be noted that Samuel A. Alito, who replaced the retiring Sandra Day O’Connor, is a member in good standing, or rather malevolent standing.
It should also be noted that O’Connor, upon her retirement, wanred that the current cast of neocon characters are “edging towards dictatorship,” according to the Guardian.
Incidentally, the Washington Post “obtained a copy of the Federalist Society Lawyers’ Division Leadership Directory, 1997-1998. It lists Roberts, then a partner at the law firm Hogan & Hartson, as a member of the steering committee of the organization’s Washington chapter and includes his firm’s address and telephone number.”
Of course, it should come as no surprise that, in addition to espousing the “unitary executive,” in other words, a dictatorship, Roberts is a liar, as it is, to say the least, implausible to assume he would not remember being a member on the steering committee of the organization. But then, naturally, telling big fat whopping lies, especially under oath, comes naturally to neocons and “conservatives,” who are after all nothing more or less than brazenfaced authoritarians, more than a few who worship at the feet of Leo Strauss and his patron, the Nazi jurist Carl Schmitt.
But what is sincerely amazing is the flabby argument used by Bush, that it to say his neocon handlers, to excuse such blatant violations of the Constitution.
According to CBS News, “the Bush administration argues that such case-by-case warrants don’t work in the Internet and cell-phone age, when the enemy is able to move quickly and avoid detection,” never mind said enemy was created by the CIA and crew.
Once upon a time, before everything changed, it was the “right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures,” a right that 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.”
If we are to believe the Bushcons, all of this changed when mobile phones, email, packet switching, SMS for text messaging, and the internet collided with September 11, 2001, the inside job par excellence.
Normally, with a vigilant public holding the government accountable, Congress would not dare entertain such a bill so close to mid-term elections. However, vigilance is not in the vocabulary of the average American and, besides, elections are no problem these days, not with Diebold voting machines, owned by neocons, and curious little viruses able to stealthily flip votes.
Finally, it is sincerely astonishing, if not downright Orwellian, to witness Congress passing laws they declare are intended to protect our civil liberties when in fact such laws do the exact opposite.
“Although it may appear as if Congress is about to put restraints on the Bush administration’s wiretapping programs, the three ‘reform bills’ now up for a vote all paint a deceptive picture of the massive domestic surveillance programs that the government has up and running,” write Jeffrey Klein and Paolo Pontoniere for New America Media. “All of the proposed bills give the Bush administration more wiretapping flexibility through exceptions, disclosure delays and retroactive warrants…. If the White House believes it has some authority beyond any regulation, and if Congress is already so complicit, why is the White House trying to ram through changes to the country’s domestic surveillance laws? Karl Rove has repeatedly claimed that raising national security issues early and often will improve Republican chances in the upcoming mid-term elections.”
In other words, the American people are more worried about a phantom “al-Qaeda” than losing their birthright, as enshrined in the Constitution.
Once upon a time, when the public had a conscience, to say nothing of literacy and intellectual curiosity, and a vested interest in protecting their rights from a rapacious government—and the founders understood all government to be hostile to freedom, demanding eternal vigilance—if Congress attempted to pull the sort of skulduggery currently underway, a line of angry citizens with tar buckets, sacks burgeoning with feathers, and rails in hand would have stretched for miles leading to Washington and state capitols, a sight that would undoubtedly strike fear into the hearts of the rapscallions who claim to be our representatives.
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