• Fourth Amendment Of The United States Constitution

    "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." The recent capitualtion of the United States House of Representaives to the Bush Administrations demands for TELECOM IMMUNITY in anticipation of the United States Senate following suit shall not stand. Congress is empowered to pass laws. If they pass a bad law it needs to be repealed. This is bad law and this site seeks to have this law repealed. Please Read Carte blanche to illegally spy on Americans by Tom Burghardt
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Total Information Awareness Is Operational Under Obama!

People who care about the privacy of their papers and their persons may remember the furor that arose during the early years of the presidency of George W. Bush about the development of Total Information Awareness in the Pentagon by Iran Contra conspirator John Poindexter. The Total Information Awareness program was intended to design a super database into which the government would pull all kinds of private information, using the powers of the Patriot Act. Everything from medical records to book purchases would be taken from commercial databases and compiled, so that the government could keep files on the details of every American’s private life.

Congress acted then to end the Total Information Awareness program. So what did the Bush Administration do? They just gave it a new name, and moved it to the National Security Agency, and thus was born the program to seize information and spy without a search warrant.

New revelations by former NSA employee Russell Tice confirm earlier reports by a former employee of AT&T: The NSA was gathering ALL electronic communications into a gigantic computer database, using the Patriot Act as a justification. That electronic spying dragnet was further justified by the passage of the FISA Amendments Act.

Your telephone calls, your emails, your text messages, your credit card use, your Internet habits are all being watched by the government. Secret physical searches of homes and offices without a search warrant are also allowed under the FISA Amendments Act. Big Brother is here. Total Information Awareness is alive.

The funny thing that very few people have bothered to mention is that this search and seizure of Americans’ persons and papers is completely unconstitutional. Read the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution:

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.

Warrants are absolutely required for government searches and seizures, and the government has to be specific in applying for warrants about exactly who and where it wants the searches and seizures to apply to. The new Total Information Awareness program gives no such specification – it searches the electronic communications of the entire United States of America!

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that this is just a problem of the past, and that with the Bush Administration gone, the problem is solved. No, as a senator, Barack Obama voted to approve the FISA Amendments Act, and as President he is administering the program without acting to end the warrantless electronic spying at all. Barack Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, confirms that the Obama Administration’s intention is to keep the NSA Total Information Awareness program in place.

If you care about freedom, you need to act now to put pressure on Barack Obama to change course, and to put an end to the Big Brother NSA spying program being used against the American people.


Stand Up For the Constitution: DC Inaugural Demonstration, 1-20-09

1-20-09 Pro-Constitution Activist Demonstration on Inauguration Parade Route on Pennsylvania Avenue.  Web Banner.Since the FISA Amendments Act in the summer of 2008, the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution is essentially a suggestion. The prohibition on searches and seizures of you, your property and your communications used to be a mandate, but now it is just a suggestion to be followed if the President feels like it.

Is that acceptable to you? If not, consider that our next President, Barack Obama, not only voted for the FISA Amendments Act, but declared his intention to employ it as President.

Do you believe dissent is the highest form of Patriotism unless the object of dissent is a Democrat?
Do you believe that an administration must adhere to the Constitution or pay political costs… so long as the administration is a Republican one?

Or do you believe the United States Constitution applies in all seasons? Do you advocate all presidents, Democratic or Republican, should be held to account for their policy decisions?

If you find yourself in the latter camp, then please join us on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009, in Washington, DC. We have secured a permit for a spot on Pennsylvania Avenue. Our purpose: to courteously, quietly but pointedly stand along the route, holding signs that ask our new president Barack Obama, as he passes us by on Pennsylvania Avenue, to fulfill his Oath of Office “to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Here are the details, from the Inauguration demonstration web page:

President Barack Obama:
Fulfill Your Oath
Preserve, Protect and Defend the Constitution

Pro-Constitution Demonstration in Washington, DC
Outside the Department of Justice
SW Corner of Pennsylvania and 9th
on the Inauguration Parade Route

January 20, 2009 (presence maintained through the day until the end of the Inaugural Parade)

Support the Constitution by exercising it! Exercise your First Amendment freedom to assemble and petition the government for a redress of grievance. Ask President Barack Obama to keep his Oath of Office to “Preserve, Protect and Defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Demonstration web page:

Will you carry your principled activism into the Obama Era? Will you be there?

Will you spread the word?

Whatever the Results, Protest FISA

This blog seems to have gone dead. Have people moved on to the next issue? Does it matter not so much that by law a president can search through your home, your office, your car and your communications for periods of 67 days… because the law was passed in the summer and now it’s fall? Has the presidential election distracted you?

Well, heck, regardless of who is elected on November 4, you’ll have a FISA Amendments Act supporter in the White House. The organization Columbus for Peace has announced a November 5, 2008 protest at the State Capitol Building at the corner of Broad Street and High Street in Columbus, Ohio — no matter who wins the presidency. If you live in Ohio, meet there at 10 AM.

If you don’t live in Ohio, organize something similar in your neck of the woods. It’s not just time to vote. It’s time to agitate for a better world.

Obama-Bayh? Why don’t you just grind it in a little harder?

Rumors are buzzing around town that Barack Obama may choose Evan Bayh as a running mate in the 2008 presidential elections. Only a resident of Bayh’s state of Indiana would have the conservative cluelessness to call Evan Bayh a “far-left liberal Senator”. On substantive policy matters, Evan Bayh has failed to support legislation to shut down Guantanamo, sat on his hands and let legislation to counter the use of child soldiers wither on the vine, passively permitted government databases to balloon out of control without government oversight, blocked stem cell research, refused to support contraceptive distribution, sat on his hands (yet again) and passively (yet again) obstructed greenhouse gas regulation, refused to support the repeal of the Military Commissions Act, continued to support civilian-blasting cluster bombs and resisted action against loan sharks. When it comes to substantive policy, Evan Bayh is no liberal. He is a block of wood.

But there is a more fundamental basis for us to fear the choice of Evan Bayh as Vice President — the Senator has emerged in active opposition to the fundamental basis for the organization of our political system, the U.S. Constitution. Last year, Evan Bayh voted for the Protect America Act, a bill which temporarily permitted the U.S. government to spy on its citizens and search their communications without the judicial warrant that the Fourth Amendment so clearly requires. This year, Evan Bayh cheerily voted for the FISA Amendments Act, its four-year extension.

By supporting the FISA Amendments Act, Barack Obama’s turned from someone who supported the Constitution in speeches into someone who undermined the Constitution in his actions. The selection of Evan Bayh by Barack Obama as his running mate would reiterate Barack Obama’s turn to the autocratic side of politics. That would be a deeply disturbing signal to me, and I hope it does not come to pass.

Just Go Ahead and Burn the Worthless 4th Amendment

Now that the FISA Amendments Act, the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution just isn’t as important as it used to be. It used to be a mandate, but now it is just a suggestion to be followed kind of, sort of, if that’s OK with you, and if no, then you know, like whatever. Yes, the Constitution has been valleygirled into irrelevance. So why not just burn it?

The wind is blowing too hard in Washington. That’s why.

Why FISA is unworkable: Geopolitical and Administrational reasons.

Societies that spy on their own citizens are always on the way out. If the bond of trust between governor and governed has shattered to the point that the government cannot trust its citizens without having to eavesdrop on them, or citizens can’t trust their government to administer national affairs without putting, as a Russian noble said in response to Nicholas I’s version of FISA “inspectors in [their] soup,” then something has gone horribly wrong.

Granted, in the long span of human history, this sort of thing isn’t unusual, not even in US history. For instance, FDR censored the media in WWII, Abraham Lincoln had more than a few despotic traits in the Civil War, and John Adams did the same in the time of the Quasi-War. There’s a few small differences between those eras and now, however. In Adam’s day, the US was a newborn nation with a large nationalistic minority screeching for a war that would have smashed it to bits, and was in severe danger of its life. In the Civil War, the South had attempted to form its own nation and balkanize North America, another severe threat to the US’s way of life. In WWII, the US was fighting the Germans and the Japanese, the former a foe that had it had a leadership with an actual brain in its head instead of raging ideologues, it could have smashed up all Europe and ultimately destroyed any pretense of liberty worldwide.

In Bush’s era, there is no threat to the US’s existence. The much-maligned Salafis and Wahhabis couldn’t form a group, if all of them united, the size of a US brigade, much less the sheer size of the globally-distributed US Army. They use weapons in all likelihood pilfered from a dead Russian from the Afghanistan invasion of the 1980s (and in twenty years, assuming all goes well for China (no guarantees), they’ll be using weapons taken from a dead American. What goes around, comes around.) The entire armed Salafi movements could not take and hold a city the size of Bozeman, Montana, much less a huge nation like the US.

So, an idea like this is unworkable geopolitically.

Another reason FISA fails as logic is that in a nation the size of the US, any would-be movement dedicated to the overthrow of the US government would not be always using the Internet or phone lines. Too many opportunities, too much useful terrain all across the US to hide. The government spying on phone lines fails, and even a US government souped up to the strength of the Tsars, much less the Soviet government would implode from the sheer strain of maintaining autocracy in a region the size of the US with all the different terrains and paranoia already present among certain sections of the population. It would fail on these reasons.

No to FISA. Yes to a sane, rational United States.

Filibuster Obama On Big Brother Spying

Barack Obama wouldn’t honor his promise to the American people. He promised that he would support the filibuster of any legislation that gave retroactive immunity to telecommunications corporations who helped George W. Bush spy against the American people.

Well, guess what the FISA Amendments Act does – it provides retroactive immunity to telecommunications corporations who helped George W. Bush spy against the American people.

Twice, Obama had the chance to join in a filibuster against the FISA Amendments Act. The first time, Obama didn’t show up at all. The second time, Obama voted against the filibuster.

Then, Senator Obama actually voted in favor of the FISA Amendments Act!

Barack Obama would not keep his promise to filibuster to defend our freedom. Now it’s time for us to filibuster Obama.

Filibustering Obama means that we keep on writing about the FISA Amendments Act and Barack Obama’s role in it. Where Barack Obama expects to get praise from progressives, he will get criticism instead. We will keep this issue at the forefront of the 2008 presidential election until Obama admits his mistake and introduces a bill into the Senate to repeal the FISA Amendments Act.

Now is the time for true citizens to do what our representatives would not. Join the filibuster – start today!