Wednesday, July 9, 2008

McClatchey Newspapers Gets It Right, Again

As an addendum to my angry post of last night, I feel compelled to share more about WHY I, and so many other Americans, are in a state of shock and boiling anger over the FISA bill which will be voted into law today.

There is but one newspaper company that has had it right all along since the 9/11 scam and its McClatchey. They also have watched the elite trade away our rights for greater control and done so while a sleeping nation of ill informed and poorly educated "consumers" allows them to do it... believing incorrectly that they'll be "safer". (Hint: You cannot trade away your freedom to gain greater safety. History has taught us this time and again that the exact opposite is true.)

Pick up a copy of Naomi Klein's book "The Shock Doctrine" if you want to see how easy it is to fool people into thinking that giving up their rights will make them safer. If it weren't true, it would make for great comedy.

From Joseph Galloway of McClatchey Newspapers:

Early next week (TODAY) the U.S. Senate will vote on an extension of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, with a few small amendments intended to immunize telecommunications corporations that assisted our government in the warrantless and illegal wiretapping it has grown to love.

That such a gutting of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution even made it out of committee is yet another stain on the gutless and seemingly powerless Democratic majority in both houses of Congress.

That a majority on both sides of the aisle — not least of them the presumptive nominees for president of both political parties — intend to vote for such a violation of Americans' right to privacy and of the sanctity of their personal communications is a stunning surrender to those who want us to live in fear forever.

The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution reads: "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."

Then Galloway puts this bill and the congress and our shameful recent history into perfect historical context:

We have done incalculably more and greater damage to ourselves since September 11, 2001, than a thousand bin Ladens and ten thousand al Qaida recruits could ever have done to us.

Franklin D. Roosevelt famously declared that "we have nothing to fear but fear itself." Now it would seem that we have no one to fear but ourselves and our leaders.

The questions I pose are these:

How can even one senator on either side of the aisle in good conscience vote in favor of this law that does nothing to enhance our security and everything to diminish our rights as a free people?

How can both men who seek to become our next president cast such a vote when both should be standing shoulder-to-shoulder declaring that they would govern by our consent and with our approval, not by wielding the coercive and corrosive and corrupt powers that King George III and his latter-day namesake from Texas thought are theirs by divine right?

Unfortunately, I think I know the answers to his questions. (And, I think most truly informed Americans know the answer and wonder what has to happen to make it change; but don't dare speak that truth out loud for fear of their jobs and even their lives.) The congress has conveniently ignored the constitution long before 9/11 (to its own detriment) and will continue to do so. Why? Because there is a much greater power that runs this country than the voters... and they call the shots.

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