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You might hope to keep your insurance plan, your doctor, your premium, and your deductible, but Obamacare is going to change all of that for you.
It means that as corporate authoritarianism starts to take hold, they can hide behind these Acts allowing them to take out anyone who is either climbing up the ladder of success and refusing to go along and get along; silence public speech opposing various business practices; spy on anyone they deem a "threat" to their monopoly of power; using surveillance to determine one's routine to know exactly when "falsified evidence can be placed to frame an innocent person for a crime they did not commit. These "laws" allow our Constitution to be shredded without actually shredding it. None of those Acts would ever withstand scrutiny to be amended to the Constitution. They are clearly in direct conflict with out civil liberties but we tolerate it in the name of security...I think it's bullshit. We can amp up security without having to take away rights or giving the executive branch authority to revoke citizenship on a whim. We can be made safe without having to refuse due process to accused citizens.
This a dark path we are going down. Drones flying overhead to me is nothing more than containment of the population. It's giving license to mega-corporations to spy on citizens. Think about it. These "Private Security" companies include private investigations as part one of their many mercenary services. Could you imagine what they would be capable of if allowed to use surveillance drones? While it is legal for a private citizen to hire a PI to stalk their spouse under suspicion of adultery without any probable cause to do so other than a hunch...the government technically cannot (though they are doing well with changing that little bits at a time).
It is hard to ignore the increased "security" measures that are happening at the Federal Level. The problem comes in with are we still in a conspiracy nuts tin foil hat or is this really being put together piece by piece for an overall crackdown on us.
As has been pointed out, many bills have been signed to law that if they were put in one single bill I think most would go ballistic even in Congress over it. Then add the things done outside the legislative process.
It is starting to feel like we have moved from Conspiracy to reality of a Police State.
BTW Police already censor the flow of information about crimes committed. Numbers are not reported. Example is last week on Monday there was a shooting on my street. That was in the news. Last Friday there was another shooting involving the same people, most likely a retaliation by a gang. Not one news source in my area or State reported anything about it despite it being at 4am when people start to wake up, over 2 dozen police cars and 2 helicopters.
Sounds to me like censorship as I cannot imagine why the local news didn't report it.
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from Search & Seizure Law | 4th Amendment | Right to Privacy | Exclusionary Rule | Illegal Search | Attorneys | Lawyers | Law Firms | Attorneys | Lawyers | Law FirmsAfter 9/11, Congress and the president enacted legislation to strengthen the intelligence-gathering community’s ability to combat domestic terrorism. The USA PATRIOT Act allows law enforcement to search e-mail and telephone communications in addition to medical, financial and library records.
The act also expanded the practice of using National Security Letters, which are administrative subpoenas that require certain people, groups, or companies to provide documents about certain people. These subpoenas carry a gag order, meaning the person or people responsible for complying may not mention the National Security Letter. Under USA PATRIOT Act provisions, law enforcement officers may use these subpoenas when investigating U.S. citizens, even when the officers do not think the individual under investigation has committed a crime. An agency need not obtain a warrant before searching records.
wikipedia.org/wiki/NSA_warrantless_surveillance_controversy]NSA warrantless surveillance controversy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/url]Soon after the September 11, 2001 attacks U.S. President George W. Bush issued an executive order that authorized the National Security Agency (NSA) to conduct surveillance of certain telephone calls without obtaining a warrant from the FISC as stipulated by FISA (see 50 U.S.C. § 1802 50 U.S.C. § 1809 ). The complete details of the executive order are not known, but according to statements by the administration, the authorization covers telephone calls originating overseas from or to a person suspected of having links to terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda or its affiliates even when the other party to the call is within the US.
Less than 1% of the warrantless searches conducted as relating to national security and the war on terror were actually related to terror.
The Patriot Act: 10 years of Illegal Searches and Seizures and you still don’t care? « YourDaddy's Politics
The USA Patriot Act, the law granting the government vast surveillance powers that was adopted in the wake of September 11, turns a decade old Wednesday.
But despite its namesake of “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism,” the law seemingly is being invoked far more to target domestic crime than for fighting terrorism.
The act, which has remained largely the same since President George W. Bush signed the legislation six weeks after 9/11, among other things gives the government powers to acquire phone, banking and other records via the power of a so-called “national security letter,” which does not require a court warrant.
National security letters, perhaps the most invasive facet of the law, are written demands from the FBI that compel internet service providers, financial institutions and others to hand over confidential records about their customers, such as subscriber information, phone numbers and e-mail addresses, and arguably websites you have visited.
The FBI need merely assert, in writing, that the information is “relevant” to an ongoing terrorism or national security investigation. Nearly everyone who gets a national security letter is prohibited from even disclosing that they’ve received one (the automatic gag order provision was struck down in a rare legal loss for the Patriot Act, but they persist in practice). More than 200,000 letters have been issued by the FBI.
Americans that take photographs in public places are now considered to be potential terrorists by many over-zealous state employees that have bought into all the "war on terror" rhetoric and the irrational fear-mongering it has brought with it. According to WJZ-13 CBS in Baltimore, several Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) officials recently detained a man illegally for simply snapping a few pictures at a train station -- and the detaining officers tried to use the Patriot Act as justification for their abusive actions.
When Christopher Fussell was approached by three MTA officers at the Baltimore Cultural Light Rail Station, he tried to explain to the officers that, lawfully, he was free to take pictures as long as they were for personal use and not for commercial purposes. But Fussell's correct assertion was immediately met by the stark ignorance of what can only be dubbed the new American police state, which is marked by disregard for the law and arbitrary rule-making.
"Not on state property, not without proper authorization," said one of the officers in response to Fussell's declaration of picture-taking rights. "The Patriot Act says that critical infrastructure, trains, train stations, all those things require certain oversight to take pictures, whether you say they are for personal use or whatever, that's your story."
The officer's statements, of course, are grossly inaccurate. But this fact did not stop him and the others from harassing and illegally detaining Fussell for nearly an hour before finally releasing him. And based on statements made by higher-ups at the MTA following the incident, such activity apparently happens routinely, and without so much as a slap on the wrist.
According to reports, the MTA has not even issued an apology to Fussell, but has instead tried to justify the abusive behavior of its officers by claiming they "have become very sensitive post 9/11," and that the agency is doing what it can to teach its officers that citizens are free to take pictures without government intrusion. But this cop-out excuse does not justify continued abuse of individual liberty and personal freedom, nor does it let the MTA or any other agency off the hook for illegally detaining innocent individuals.
Learn more: Transit officers cite Patriot Act to illegally detain man for taking pictures at train station
Transit officers cite Patriot Act to illegally detain man for taking pictures at train station
A simple google search was all it took to find these, there were many more examples, i just picked some of the first on the results list.
I always find it strange that only reasonable people agree with me.
(BTW, the aircraft is radio controlled.)
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International Legal and Moral issues surround the >300 US Predator Drone strikes on Pakistan since 2004 which have killed >3000 people as many as 1000 of which were completely innocent civilians including >150 children.
"...congressional oversight has given a ‘free pass’ to the CIA in this area; judicial review has been effectively precluded; and external oversight has been reduced to media coverage which is all too often dependent on information leaked by the CIA itself. As a result, there is no meaningful domestic accountability for a burgeoning program of international killing. This in turn means that the United States cannot possibly satisfy its obligations under international law to ensure accountability for its use of lethal force, either under International Human Rights Law or International Humanitarian Law...."
he Above is a quote from a paper by former UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Prof Philip Alston, which can be downloaded from the link below.
The CIA and Targeted Killings Beyond Borders, Prof Philip Alston
The CIA and Targeted Killings Beyond Borders by Philip Alston :: SSRN
Human Rights Petition: International Community, United Nations and United States Congress: Make Targeted Killing Internationally Accountable. | Change.org