After reading through various articles regarding the NSA’s wiretapping programs coming under scrutiny, I happened across quite a few statistics that shock, scare, and piss me off. The Pew Research Center asked Americans varying questions regarding the NSA’s spying programs. Back in 2006, it seems, Republicans were all for the spying while Democrats still opposed spying. Now, however, it shows that although Republicans still tend to appreciate the spying programs, they are against it while Democrats are for spying.
According to the Pew Research Center, 56% of Americans found it acceptable for the NSA to get secret court orders to track calls of Americans for “terrorism” related investigations. On its face, that doesn’t seem like such a bad idea – after all, they’re only tapping calls of terrorists, right? I mean, they have to get a court order to tap the phone call, right? Wrong.
FISA courts were initially designed to curtail warrantless wiretapping, but George Bush put an end to that when he signed a Presidential order that allowed illegal eavesdropping on Americans in 2002. Then, in 2008, the Barack Obama signed into law the FISA Amendments Act, which allowed for totally warrantless wiretapping – more of that “hope and change” malarkey.
So 56% of the American people currently believe it’s okay for the government to tap our phones, even though it clearly violates this little gem from our Constitution:
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects,[a] against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath . . . “
I mean, who needs the Constitution anyways, right? All it does is allow terrorists to run around like mad men, blowing up Americans on a daily basis. Oh, wait, what? That didn’t happen before they were wire-tapping? Ah well – that’s just as well, because we got ’em right where we want ’em now — they won’t be makin’ phone calls in THIS country without B.O. listening in, making sure they aren’t someone that knew somebody that was friends with the pizza delivery guy that accepted tips from one of those ISIS characters. Those ISIS guys — all they gotta’ do is look at ya’ and y’all be converted into one of ‘dem Muslim whatsitmajiggers.
The point here is that Americans no longer care about their freedom. Edward Snowden essentially gave up his life to bring truth to the American people and they quickly showed him they weren’t worth the toilet paper he wipes his ass with, let alone his life. It’s so sad knowing that I live in a country where people allow their own irrational fear dictate their lives. They can’t seem to understand that once you lose freedom, it’s gone. Not only that, but they don’t quite understand how less safe we are when the government spends all of its time sifting through EVERYONE’S data instead of focusing on actual leads. Not to mention that terrorists aren’t running rampant in this country, because nearly all the terror plots that were foiled over the last ten years have been mostly plots set up, pushed, and pseudo-executed by our own government. And while the FBI is executing phishing expeditions for ‘gullible’ people they can ‘lure’ into doing something stupid, we have Fort Hoods happening – twice – or mass shootings in movie theatres, or mass shootings in Alabama. And don’t get me started on how many citizens are killed by police every year.
With a country sliding further and further down the Nazi-hole, it’s no wonder police are killing us in record numbers. Citizens of this nation seem to think everyone is an enemy – if they didn’t, I can’t imagine why they would be okay with warrantlessly wiretapping everyone for any reason at any time. So that leads me to one conclusion – the American people value their “safety” over their freedom, which means they do not care about their freedom.
When I come across an individual like this, I have a very hard time not smacking them in the face and saying “look, you just got bitch slapped and the government did nothing to stop me.” I’m being sarcastic of course, but the point is valid – police and the FBI cannot save you from everything. There’s no point in assuming they can. There is no reason for us to give them blanket access to our personal lives, because when we do that, they will find some misunderstood comment and they will start jailing people for said comment.
With Jade Helm on the horizon, Martial Law being so easy to declare, and law enforcement officials that despise us, it’s time for us to start correcting our neighbors openly and with disdain. We need to start calling these scaredy-cats what they are – enemies of this nation. If they are willing to give up yours and my freedom for the ‘feeling’ of being safe, then they are not our friends – they are, quite literally, enemies of this nation. The United States of America was built on dissent. It was built on the need to be free from total rule. It was built on the understanding that people should have the power and any government that represents the people should only derive its power from the people. If we have 56% of the country telling our government they can spy on us with no reason, then that means 56% of the population either needs to be corrected or removed.