Sunday, June 23, 2013

Racism is Supporting Obama Even When He is Wrong

Obama is charming ... but so was Reagan.  There is more charisma in both of these guys than a Hollywood cocktail party but that doesn't make it alright to use that charisma to turn the Fourth Amendment into toilet paper.  Reagan was instrumental in destroying protection against illegal search and seizure and undermining Miranda Rights and Obama has even surpassed Bush in finishing the job.

Obama has vigorously defended the NSA which either constitutes disingenuous political pandering or ignorance of what the organisation does.  He has also supported the NDAA which permits indefinite detention of anyone, anywhere; he has not done anything to reverse the Patriot Act; he has also supported FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) which is breaking international law every way it possibly can.  There is more but these examples are more than enough to demonstrate his willingness to subvert freedom under the pretense of protecting it.

However, this is not about personalities, neither of the politicians who implemented these egregiously-offensive laws nor of Edward Snowden who blew the whistle on what they are doing.  The much larger problem is selling out the Constitution faster than a pimp sells a hooker on a street corner while the American people do virtually nothing about it.

The Fourth Amendment:

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.

Obama and the NSA claim they are only monitoring telephone call numbers as in the source number and the destination number, as Obama said it's just a modest collection of data.  However, the Utah Data Center of the NSA is designed for storage of massive amounts of data and that's hardly necessary if you're storing even less information than Amazon needs to sell books.

Edward Snowden is not the first whistleblower regarding NSA deceptions as William Birney did it previously and he had worked with the intelligence community for thirty years.  Calling either he or Snowden a spy is disingenuous political crap intended for the sole purpose of masking the indefensible transgressions of the U.S. government.

Supporting Edward Snowden is supporting freedom from governmental invasion, something the U.S. claims it is trying to prevent but obviously is not doing it.  Edward Snowden has left Hong Kong for Moscow on an Aeroflot flight but that is just a transition point to wherever he is going, presumably Iceland.  (The Guardian:  Edward Snowden leaves Hong Kong for Moscow: live updates)

Good luck, kid!  Fly free!

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