–Do you trust the government, completely? Apparently, you do.

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Do you trust the government, completely? Apparently, you do .

Recently, one of my friends said, “I hope they hang that traitor, Snowden” (the former NSA “leaker” who is being sought by a desperate and angry U.S. government.)

I responded, “You want him hung for being a traitor? Exactly what secret has this traitor revealed to our enemies.?”

After a long pause, my friend allowed that he didn’t know exactly what secret has been revealed, other than our government has been spying on all of us.

Is the fact of our government’s spying a vital national secret? Is this something our enemies didn’t already know? Or is this just an embarrassment for an overzealous, out-of-control federal agency, bolstered by an extreme, right-wing, secret court?

And right there is the message of this entire blog: Given the full resources of the three branches of government – the President, the Congress and the courts – plus the media — the American public can be made to believe anything.

Just as my friend, and the American public trust the federal government, when it says the federal deficit and debt should be reduced, my friend and the public also trust the government when it says Snowden is traitor for revealing “vital, national security, secrets.”

The vital, national secret is: In violation of the clear wording of the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, our trustworthy government is spying on every American, innocent or not.

And lest you believe government deception is rare, limited or accidental, read these excerpts from an article in the New York Times:

In Secret, Court Vastly Broadens Powers of N.S.A.
By ERIC LICHTBLAU, Published: July 6, 2013

WASHINGTON — In more than a dozen classified rulings, the nation’s surveillance court has created a secret body of law giving the National Security Agency the power to amass vast collections of data on Americans.

You always had heard that “ignorance of the law is no excuse,” but did you know ignorance of the law is premeditated. It’s what the government wants. But don’t dare break those laws the government intentionally has hidden from you.

The court has assessed broad constitutional questions and established important judicial precedents, with almost no public scrutiny.

Not only have they reinterpreted the Constitution, but no one knows what those reinterpretations are.

The 11-member Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, known as the FISA court, has quietly become almost a parallel Supreme Court, delivering opinions that will most likely shape intelligence practices for years to come.

In one of the court’s most important decisions, the judges have carved out an exception to the Fourth Amendment’s requirement of a warrant for searches and seizures.

Who gave this secret court the right to make exceptions to the Constitution? No one knows. It’s a secret. This court acts illegally, in violation of the Constitution.

The FISA judges have ruled that the N.S.A.’s collection and examination of Americans’ communications data to track possible terrorists does not run afoul of the Fourth Amendment.

That legal interpretation uses a relatively narrow area of the law — used to justify airport screenings, for instance, or drunken-driving checkpoints — and applies it to the wholesale collection of communications in pursuit of terrorism suspects.

When a government agency works in secret, there is no limit to the convenient interpretations of secret law they can make. Working in secret, they could just as well determine that anyone a government official merely suspects of a crime, can be killed, legally.

Why not? Who would stop them? It’s all for “national security.” We just have to trust them.

A whistle blower might tell on them, but you know what happens to whistle blowers in America. They are chased down like dogs, while the American public is told they are traitors. When caught, they will be given a secret trial and denied access to evidence that may exonerate them.

That is what happens to a nation that has been brainwashed into paranoia.

In one recent case, intelligence officials were able to get access to an e-mail attachment sent within the United States because they said they were worried that the e-mail contained a schematic diagram possibly connected to Iran’s nuclear program.

In the past, that probably would have required a court warrant because the suspicious e-mail involved American communications. In this case, however, a little-noticed provision in a 2008 law, expanding the definition of “foreign intelligence” to include “weapons of mass destruction,” was used to justify access to the message.

The judge gave permission based not on facts, but merely on someone’s worry. I’m kind of worried one of my neighbors might possibly be a terrorist, so please search their house — and try not to make too much of a mess.

Since virtually all these legal provisions are “little-noticed” or outright secret, what’s to prevent unseen ex post facto changes in the law, to justify previously illegal acts?

“The definition of ‘foreign intelligence’ is very broad,” another former intelligence official said. “An espionage target, a nuclear proliferation target, that all falls within FISA, and the court has signed off on that.”

The official discussed the court’s rulings on the condition of anonymity because they are classified.

Not only are the decisions secret, but no one even is allowed to discuss them. These are absolute decisions, with no higher court review nor public knowledge.

Unlike the Supreme Court, the FISA court hears from only one side in the case — the government — and its findings are almost never made public. A Court of Review is empaneled to hear appeals, but that is known to have happened only a handful of times in the court’s history.

That is the very definition of absolute power, and as has been so aptly stated, “Absolute power corrupts, absolutely.” In short, the FISA court is corrupted. Absolutely.

All of the current 11 judges, who serve seven-year terms, were appointed to the special court by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., and 10 of them were nominated to the bench by Republican presidents.

So we have 11 judges with absolute power, and therefore absolutely corrupted, appointed by the right wing, which is notorious for its anti-poor, anti-women, anti-children (out of the womb), anti-elderly, anti-education, anti-minority leanings, all making decisions in secret, some of which change the Constitution of the United States.

Does it get any worse than that? Yes, this is worse::

None of the requests from the intelligence agencies was denied, according to the court.

The judges have concluded that the mere collection of facts like the time of phone calls and the numbers dialed, does not violate the Fourth Amendment, as long as the government establishes a valid reason under national security regulations before taking the next step of actually examining the contents of an American’s communications.

NSA: “Judge, I want to read everyone’s mail, and put cameras in everyone’s bedroom.”
Judge: “Why?”
NSA: “For national security purposes.”
Judge: “O.K., enjoy yourself. You know we always agree. Just do it in secret.”

The court has indicated that while individual pieces of data may not appear “relevant” to a terrorism investigation, the total picture that the bits of data create may in fact be relevant.

Get it? In essence, the court is saying, “We have no idea why you want all that information, but we suppose maybe some of what you learn might possibly be relevant to something sort of related to protecting America in some way. So go ahead and collect it.”

Reggie B. Walton, the FISA court’s presiding judge, wrote in March that he recognized the “potential benefit of better informing the public” about the court’s decisions. But, he said, there are “serious obstacles” to doing so because of the potential for misunderstanding caused by omitting classified details.

He knows he should say he wants to tell us what he’s doing. But he would omit so much information, we wouldn’t understand it anyway. So the best thing simply is not to inform us, and for us to trust him.

Gen. Keith B. Alexander, the N.S.A. director, was noncommital when he was pressed at a Senate hearing in June to put out some version of the court’s decisions. “I don’t want to jeopardize the security of Americans by making a mistake in saying, ‘Yes, we’re going to do all that.’ ”

Translation: “I’m not going to tell you a damn thing. I know what’s good for America. I’m from the government. You’ll just have to trust me.”

Apparently you America, and my friend, do.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

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1. Eliminate FICA (Click here)
2. Medicare — parts A, B & D — for everyone
3. Send every American citizen an annual check for $5,000 or give every state $5,000 per capita (Click here)
4. Long-term nursing care for everyone
5. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone. Click here
6. Salary for attending school (Click here)
7. Eliminate corporate taxes
8. Increase the standard income tax deduction annually
9. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99%

10 Steps to Economic Misery: (Click here:)
1. Maintain or increase the FICA tax..
2. Spread the myth Social Security, Medicare and the U.S. government are insolvent.
3. Cut federal employment in the military, post office, other federal agencies.
4. Broaden the income tax base so more lower income people will pay.
5. Cut financial assistance to the states.
6. Spread the myth federal taxes pay for federal spending.
7. Allow banks to trade for their own accounts; save them when their investments go sour.
8. Never prosecute any banker for criminal activity.
9. Nominate arch conservatives to the Supreme Court.
10. Reduce the federal deficit and debt

No nation can tax itself into prosperity, nor grow without money growth. Monetary Sovereignty: Cutting federal deficits to grow the economy is like applying leeches to cure anemia.
Two key equations in economics:
1. Federal Deficits – Net Imports = Net Private Savings
2. Gross Domestic Product = Federal Spending + Private Investment and Consumption – Net Imports

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6 thoughts on “–Do you trust the government, completely? Apparently, you do.

  1. It all comes down to the oldest trick in the book, …..National security…Be Afraid so we can have our way and control you.

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  2. I found 3 archived emails with relevant news:
    Bank Data Is Sifted by U.S. in Secret to Block Terror

    By ERIC LICHTBLAU and JAMES RISEN
    Published: June 23, 2006
    WASHINGTON, June 22 — Under a secret Bush administration program initiated weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, counterterrorism officials have gained access to financial records from a vast international database and examined banking transactions involving thousands of Americans and others in the United States, according to government and industry officials.
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    Bush Lets Government Spy on Callers Without Warrants

    http://aolsvc.news.aol.com/news/article.adp?id=20051215232809990023

    Updated: 05:56 AM EST
    Bush Lets Government Spy on Callers Without Warrants

    By JAMES RISEN and ERIC LICHTBLAU, The New York Times
    WASHINGTON (Dec. 16) – Months after the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States to search for evidence of terrorist activity without the court-approved warrants ordinarily required for domestic spying, according to government officials.

    Under a presidential order signed in 2002, the intelligence agency has monitored the international telephone calls and international e-mail messages of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people inside the United States without warrants over the past three years in an effort to track possible “dirty numbers” linked to Al Qaeda, the officials said. The agency, they said, still seeks warrants to monitor entirely domestic communications.

    The previously undisclosed decision to permit some eavesdropping inside the country without court approval was a major shift in American intelligence-gathering practices, particularly for the National Security Agency, whose mission is to spy on communications abroad. As a result, some officials familiar with the continuing operation have questioned whether the surveillance has stretched, if not crossed, constitutional limits on legal searches.

    “This is really a sea change,” said a former senior official who specializes in national security law. “It’s almost a mainstay of this country that the N.S.A. only does foreign searches.”
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    Lawmakers Question Collection of Phone Call Records
    Without Confirming Program, Bush Says Civil Liberties Are ‘Fiercely Protected’

    http://articles.news.aol.com/news/article.adp?id=20060511052409990008
    Updated: 08:08 PM EDT

    By LAURIE KELLMAN and DONNA CASSATA, AP

    WASHINGTON (May 11) – Lawmakers demanded answers from the Bush administration Thursday about a spy agency secretly collecting records of millions of ordinary Americans’ phone calls to build a database of all calls within the country.

    Facing mounting congressional criticism, President Bush sought to assure Americans that their civil liberties were “fiercely protected.”

    “The government does not listen to domestic phone calls without court approval,” said Bush, without confirming the program of the National Security Agency. “We’re not mining or trolling through the personal lives of millions of innocent Americans.”

    The disclosure, reported in USA Today, could complicate Bush’s bid to win confirmation of former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden as CIA director. It also reignited concerns about privacy rights and touched off questions about the legal underpinnings for the government’s actions and the diligence of the Republican-controlled Congress’ oversight of a GOP administration.

    “Everything that NSA does is lawful and very carefully done,” Hayden said while making rounds at the Capitol to advocate for his confirmation. “The appropriate members of the Congress – the House and Senate – are briefed on all NSA activities.”

    The top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee said he was shocked by the reported activities.

    “It’s not one party’s government. It’s America’s government. Those entrusted with great power have a duty to answer to Americans what they are doing,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont.
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    This does NOT mean I’m defending this. It just disturbs me that typical Republicans have their heads up their ass about this “new scandal” about Obama spying on everyone.

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  3. Yahoo News: U.S. to Russia: Turn over Snowden or risk ‘long-term problems’

    AP: Obama seeks to inject calm into Trayvon Martin case that inflamed passions, including his own

    The difference: One guy told Americans what they are entitled to know, but he embarrassed the administration. The other guy stalked and killed an unarmed child, but he didn’t embarrass the administration.

    The moral: Kill all the witnesses and don’t embarrass a politician.

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