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Thursday, May 11, 2006

I am a citizen without a country

Beyond Warrant-less Wiretapping

For those of you unfamiliar with the organization of our government, the NSA is part of the Executive branch (i.e. under the president's control)

The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth, people with direct knowledge of the arrangement told USA TODAY.
"It's the largest database ever assembled in the world," said one person, who, like the others who agreed to talk about the NSA's activities, declined to be identified by name or affiliation. The agency's goal is "to create a database of every call ever made" within the nation's borders, this person added.
The concern for the customer was also based on law: Under Section 222 of the Communications Act, first passed in 1934, telephone companies are prohibited from giving out information regarding their customers' calling habits: whom a person calls, how often and what routes those calls take to reach their final destination. Inbound calls, as well as wireless calls, also are covered.

This is just one symptom of a larger problem. The basic tenant of the constitution is the all people are equal under the law. A lot of attention has been paid to the 'equal' part, but the most important word is UNDER.

NO ONE, NO MATTER WHO THEY ARE, REGARDLESS OF 'NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERNS', IS ABOVE THE LAW. However, we now have, not a president, but a dictator. A leader who believes that laws don't apply to him and the wishes of his constituents can be ignored. Any country that allows this to happen cannot call itself the United States of America. The largest threat to this country is not terrorists, bird flu, or obesity; it is the apathy of its people and the avarice of its leaders.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the consent of the governed, -- That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

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Anonymous mac the fork said...

Full marks for a most "interesting" post; you being a citizen without a country, and what's more, without any such post. Makes me want to SO not bother wasting any more time visiting "blogs".
So, Come on, Eileen; what's going on?

8:02 AM  

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