Too bad I'm not Discovery Channel, I could do this properly with a video at the fourth-grade level...
Want to know the best thing about the "NSA Leaker" affair?
Believe it or not, it's NOT that the American people suddenly have proof that their Government is operating in TOTALLY un-Constitutional ways. That's AN important factor, but not the MOST important factor here.
The most important facet of this revelation is nothing more or less than a clear insight into how tyranny works. Yes, Ma and Pa Kettle, yes, Joe and Jane Sixpack, yes, DeShawn and Shawntae Washington, all people from all classes and divisions of our culture can now see tyranny at work.
Sure, the more sensitive among us might have seen this a bit earlier, but many citizens then said those of us who did were TOO sensitive, were seeing ghosts, etc. Not anymore.
There are only two classes of people who can now say that they don't see the tyranny: the tyrants themselves, and those who enable the tyrants in the name of governance.
To get all this yourself, you have to do one of two things: either believe it straight from my lips, or read it for yourself. Not many will believe it straight from my lips, so I will take this article which printed an interview with Edward Snowden, the "Leaker" himself, and quote some operative passages from it. You should read the whole article, though.
What has happened: "Snowden explained the surveillance state of affairs in the U.S.: “increasingly we see that it’s happening domestically and to do that they, the NSA specifically, targets the communications of everyone. It ingests them by default. It collects them in its system and it filters them and it analyses them and it measures them and it stores them for periods of time.
So, basically, the agency is recording everything. Every phone call, email, Internet search, chat session, financial transaction, you name it. And then if it needs to target a particular individual, the agency can request a warrant and then develop a complete record of all of his or her communications, including those from the past."
What it means to YOU: "Snowden further emphasized the point, “even if you’re not doing anything wrong you’re being watched and recorded. And the storage capability of these systems increases every year consistently by orders of magnitude to where it’s getting to the point where you don’t have to have done anything wrong. You simply have to eventually fall under suspicion from somebody even by a wrong call. And then they can use this system to go back in time and scrutinize every decision you’ve ever made, every friend you’ve ever discussed something with. And attack you on that basis to sort to derive suspicion from an innocent life and paint anyone in the context of a wrongdoer.”
Why it's WRONG: "So, even if officials can show that the program was helpful in unraveling terror plots, they will hard-pressed to assert it was constitutional. They’d have to argue that the exercise of war powers on the homeland including intelligence gathering somehow supersedes all other constitutional protections.
However, one struggles to find a wartime exception to the Fourth Amendment in the text of the Constitution itself."
The part of the Constitution violated is, of course, the Fourth Amendment (Bill of Rights): "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."
As a 25-year cop, I dealt with the Fourth Amendment almost every working day of my career. Everything I did was measured by that glorious standard. If something I was about to do did not meet the Standard of the Fourth Amendment, I didn't do it. My supervisors, if they knew about it, would forbid me to do it, and their Captains expected those supervisors to forbid me to do it. All honest cops operate this way, so why can't everyone in the Law Enforcement business?
That, Dear Readers, is what YOU must ask yourself. My guess, though, is if you also ask your Government, they will have circled the wagons, they will consider YOU the Enemy, and you will not get an answer.
We are just about to see who falls out where at this obvious fork in the road. There are ONLY two paths left to take now: you either support the tyrants who failed their Constitutional duties, or you support the few of us who are willing to call them on their failure. There is NO fence to sit on here.
Edward Snowden is a Patriot. He made the painful choice all Patriots everywhere have had to eventually make: "If I do this, I mark myself forever as an outlaw in the eyes of this Government. I choose to do it anyway."
If you read this blog, you do so because you, at the very least, are considering your patriotic side. You now have all the information you will ever need to make that terrible choice of Patriots.
It is now decision time for us all.