What has this country come to?
In the earlier days of the Republic, such actions would have been seen by everyone--not to mention their elected leaders--as a crime. So, for the record, I think that Hatch and Bennett are political criminals. I hope you will now agree that if you ever vote to send them back to the Senate again, you will be an accessory to their crime.
Utah Mormons: you know that Constitution hanging by a thread thingy that you talk about in church all the time?
With the vote of 69 Senators yesterday (most of them Republican), we no longer have a Fourth Amendment. Hatch and Bennett led the cheerleading and the voting.Your two senators just took a box cutter to it yesterday, and it's just about to break.
The fourth amendment to the Constitution is very unequivocal about your being free from being searched and spied on capriciously
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.With the vote of 69 Senators yesterday (most of them Republican), we no longer have a Fourth Amendment.
Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, and Mao would be proud at what we have become.We can only hope that this Constitution-busting FISA law will be struck down in short order by the US Supreme Court. (In a similar vote on June 20, 2008, Utah congressmen Rob Bishop and Jim Matheson voted in favor of erasing the fourth amendment, while Chris Cannon was wandering aimlessly in the House lobby mumbling something about that Jason Chaffetz was about to clean his clock.)
It's nothing really new, I guess. The Bush Administration has been doing this for the past 7 years, using 9/11 as a pretext.
Opponents of the bill say it will legalize the illegal surveillance carried out under the Bush administration’s orders between 2001 and 2007. Some say that President Bush violated the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that requires secret-court approval to electronically track any foreign target in the United States. But Bush maintains that he had "war-time power" to authorize such a program.Well, guess what. Now your
For those of you who were thinking about voting for Obama for president, I hope now that he voted for this police state bill that you will reconsider.government doesn't even need the "war-time" excuse anymore.
For the record, this new law violates another tenet of the Constitution, but who even cares any more...do you? Article I section 9 of the Constitution says that “No ...ex post facto Law shall be passed.” Yet, by giving immunity to telecommunications companies who made millions of dollars by knowingly breaking the law in the past few years, Congress has just done that.
It's time to clean house of men and women in Congress who think that the Constitution is simply something to blow their nose with.
For those of you who were thinking about voting for Obama for president, I hope now that he voted for this police state bill that you will reconsider. Obama's been carrying around a basket of apples painted as oranges for his entire campaign. He is no different than Bush, McCain, or any of the other Establishment robots--to include Utah's two senators. Hillary Clinton voted against it, by the way.
When the companion bill came before the US House of Representatives, Ron Paul had this to say
In addition to gutting the fourth amendment, this measure will deprive Americans who have had their rights violated by telecommunication companies involved in the Administration’s illegal wiretapping program the right to seek redress in the courts for the wrongs committed against them. Worse, this measure provides for retroactive immunity, whereby individuals or organizations that broke the law as it existed are granted immunity for prior illegal actions once the law has been changed. Ex post facto laws have long been considered anathema in free societies under rule of law.Hey all you frogs in a warm pot of water...did you just notice that the temperature went up a bit? I didn't think so.
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and probably even Franklin D. Roosevelt are rolling in their graves. Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, and Mao would be proud at what we have become.