The Federal Government Scandal Du Jour
Today’s scandal du jour: A top secret court order granted to the NSA by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court went into effect on April 19, 2013 and ordered Verizon to hand over the phone records of millions of Verizon customers.
You’ve never heard of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court?
Most people, including myself, never heard of it before.
Apparently it was established under the Carter regime, the regime that brought us the Education Department and FEMA.
I’ve heard a lot of people talk about secret courts before, but I kind of just shrugged them off. After all, that could never happen in this country, right?
Apparently I was the one who was wrong.
By confiscating everyone’s phone records, the government is not looking for terrorists. They are spying on everyone.
This should come as no surprise on the heels of the Department of Homeland Security saying that they don’t need probable cause to search your laptop, phones or other electronic devices if you are entering the country. They only need a hunch.
Who’s in charge of the government now?
Apparently Darth Holder and Darth Napolitano.
“We have altered the terms of your rights. Pray we don’t alter them any further.”
What is going on?
This is not freedom. This is intimidation, and a government that feels we are guilty until proven innocent.
Don’t give me the garbage about how they are trying to protect us, that it is for our own good.
I would rather take my chances, thank you very much, than to have to live under this government oppression.
To top it off, you have South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham saying that bloggers should not have the same First Amendment protections like “real” journalists.
“Who is a journalist is a question we need to ask ourselves,” he said. “Is any blogger out there saying anything—do they deserve First Amendment protection? These are the issues of our times.”
I blog for fun. I don’t consider myself a journalist.
I do, however, consider myself a loudmouth who was not blessed with the wisdom to shut my mouth.
There are those, however, who do consider themselves journalists. I didn’t realize, especially in the digital age that you had to have a license or work for a media outlet to report on news stories.
Obviously I need to sign up for a license as soon as I sign up for my Second Amendment gun permit.
Of course, as soon as he started receiving flack for this, he tried to take it back:
Just to be clear, every blogger is entitled to constitutionally-protected Freedom of Speech.
No shit? I have First Amendment rights even though I’m not a journalist?
Thank you for granting me those rights, Senator.
And this man is part of the “greatest deliberative body in the world”.
The man couldn’t debate his way out of a wet paper bag.
And, in light of all the scandals, MSNBC host Martin Bashir has to throw gas on the fire.
“Republicans are using [the IRS scandal] as their latest weapon in the war against the black man in the White House,” he suggested. ”IRS” is the new “N****r.”
According to Bashir, obviously, Obama should be given a pass on everything because he’s the first black president, and if you are upset with the IRS intimidating you, then you are racist.
I wonder if these idiots realize how ridiculous they sound?
These government agencies are out of control. The IRS, the NSA, the secret court of FISC, the State Department, the Federal Reserve, the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security. All out of control.
Was Obama aware of everything that was going on in these agencies? I believe he had some clue, but was never told the full story to protect him.
That does not really matter. The man is in charge of these agencies, and if he cannot keep them under control, then it shows that he is a) weak and ineffectual, and b) the government has grown way too big and must be reduced in size.
But, if we lay off government employees, won’t that make unemployment go up?
Republicans and other right wingers are calling for Obama’s impeachment.
Slow down. There has to be enough evidence to convict. Watergate took place in 1972. The impeachment hearings were gearing up in 1974, two years after. It takes time to gather irrefutable evidence, so be patient while the evidence is gathered.
However, much as I hate to say it, not all of this is Obama’s fault.
Homeland Security and the Patriot Act were Bush’s handywork. He shares some of the blame for the bloating of government.
And in response to the Facebook posts floating around asking if we miss Bush yet, I say, no, not really.
I miss Reagan. I miss the booming economies of Reagan/Bush/Clinton, although I don’t miss Clinton per se but I miss the economy.
The Constitution specifically limits the government, but this is what happens when the government chooses to ignore it in the name of “national security”.
We must do whatever it takes to downsize this bloated and out of control government before it is too late.