If you watched Fox News’ Hannity last night, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes, confirmed there was surveillance of Donald Trump and the Trump transition team, but it was all legal. When Nazi Germany engaged in genocide of millions of Jews, it was legal at the time. So, what is considered “legal” by governments is not always moral, ethical, lawful or humane. Moreover, FBI Director James Comey has refused to comment on whether or not an investigation will be done into the individuals responsible for illegally and feloniously leaking this information. Along with Comey, Obama has been caught red-handed using the intelligence community under the ruse of foreign surveillance to spy on president-elect Trump and his team.
If this can happen to an individual like Donald Trump, it can and does happen to everyone else. But, here is what everyone should take from this discovery.
When the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee states on national television that surveillance was conducted on the president-elect and that it was legal, the government has just declared the Fourth and Ninth Amendments of the Constitution for the united States of America is null and void by proclamation.
Even James Comey, FBI Director, came out and basically said, “Americans are being spied upon by government so just get used to it.” Granted, it is a paraphrase. But, the paraphrase is accurate.
By now, not one individual in the united States should need to have the Fourth and Ninth Amendments of the Constitution recited for him/her; however, it will be done once again to cement the gravity of these admissions.
The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution for the united States of America states, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable search 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.”
The Ninth Amendment states, “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
Many have argued whether or not American citizens have a “right to privacy” or an “expectation of privacy” since it was not specifically defined in the Constitution. However, the Ninth Amendment states any listing of certain rights is not to be taken as the only rights of the people. While one is in public, it is difficult to have total privacy but one does expect a certain modicum of privacy.
Now, if there was no “right to privacy” period, why would law enforcement need to obtain warrants to “listen” to the phone conversations of an individual? It comes down to the Fourth Amendment and the expectation of a “right to privacy” contained in the Ninth Amendment. If there was no “right to privacy,” why cannot a medical professional publish the contents of medical records of anyone online for the world to see? Why are HIV testing and results considered “confidential?” It’s called “privacy.”
Americans should be mad as hell that government has more or less repealed the Fourth and Ninth Amendments through proclamation and unconstitutional laws, such as the PATRIOT Act, without ever producing an amendment for ratification by the States. But, the reaction of many Americans is “if you aren’t doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about.” If these individuals actually believed that, they wouldn’t have any problem divulging the contents of their cell phone. Ask them to do so and see what happens — the reaction is, “it’s not anyone else’s business.” This suggests these individuals expect a right to privacy that should not be violated.
There are others who contend the government does obtain a warrant through a court to spy upon individuals. They are referencing the FISA court where only one side, the government’s, is presented, no outside oversight during proceedings occurs, and judges have not ever refused the government in violating the Fourth and Ninth Amendments. After the revelations regarding NSA data hoovering by Edward Snowden several years ago, it is apparent the government has tapped into every avenue over which communications travel sucking up everything and storing it at their facility in Bluffdale, Utah. Despite an alleged “specific” warrant, the NSA still collects and stores all the information gathered through their “taps” of communication lines on whatever it intercepts.
Last, but not least, are the individuals who declare these measures are required in order to keep Americans safe from terrorists. How many preemptive strikes has the government prevented since 9/11, when much of this structure was put in place? None. It is only after the fact, after an attack, that government declares they hoovered the information indicating the perpetrator’s intentions to continue to justify the violations of protected individual God-given unalienable rights.
And, don’t even let me get started on the Transportation Safety Administration and their molestation of airline passengers like all citizens are guilty and about to be fingerprinted instead of boarding a flight to another destination. Americans blindly followed along instead of standing against the violations by refusing to fly. But, no one can expect someone to ignore travel for work, suffer a little inconvenience or use an alternate travel method in order to preserve individual God-given unalienable rights. (sarcasm)
Benjamin Franklin, a very wise man, said, in so many words, that those who can give up essential liberty to obtain temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
The proof in the pudding is what happened to Michael Flynn. Because of the unconstitutional nature of the PATRIOT Act, the independent operations of the intelligence community outside the government with virtually no oversight, and the corrupt individuals in government who committed a felony by leaking the data collected on Flynn, he had to resign his post. Mind you, Flynn had not done anything out of the ordinary since previous administrations’ appointees engaged in the same actions. The differences are the current administration not being “cut” of the traditional “political cloth” and the data on previous administration appointees is kept from public light by a corrupt intelligence community. Simply put, Trump is not controllable as other presidents have been and Obama moles are keeping a tight lid on any information damaging to Obama, up to and including evidence of criminal activity.
If it can happen to Flynn, it can happen to anyone.
Americans should be mad as hell. They’re not. They make excuses and cite justification for willingly relinquishing their individual God-given unalienable rights, and the rights of others they have no authority to do so, stumbling blindly along as government infringes upon other individual rights. It’s more important to “keep up with the Kardashians” and cross dresser Bruce Jenner, follow some sports team, watch a ball game, keep tabs on Kaepernick, Twitter and Facebook than it is to stand up as a whole to retain that which God has bestowed upon man.
Comey doesn’t have to tell Americans to get used to the government spying on them; they already have. They expect it and succumb to ever more invasive means of violations. If the government ever begins to target citizens politically, the citizens might stand against this. Wait. The government already did that through the IRS while Obama was in the Oval Office. The sound of crickets overwhelms the individuals who did stand against this. Despite the fact cell phone microphones, any microphone plugged into a computer, computer and cell phone cameras can be used to “eavesdrop,” evidently the average American cares not that government agents and/or contractors can listen and possibly watch their most intimate moments.
Americans should be mad as hell. But, they heed not the words of Benjamin Franklin regarding liberty and safety. As I have often said, once the government gets a hold of something, it doesn’t let go. Once government has eradicated its duty to preserve and protect individual God-given unalienable rights, it never gives up its usurped authority. Again, to quote Benjamin Franklin, who said, “It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.” Applied to this scenario, it would have been easier to prevent the government from these violations that it will be to stop the government from engaging in those violations.
Americans should be mad as hell. The wolves (government) sat down with the lambs (the people) and voted on what to have for lunch – democracy; the well-armed lambs refused to contest the vote – liberty. I’ll leave you with several pieces of wisdom from Benjamin Franklin.
“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”
“Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as freedom – and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.”
“Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.”
“Even peace may be purchased at too high a price.”
“He who falls in love with himself will have no rivals.”
“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”
“The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice.”
“Half a truth is often a great lie.”
“Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.”
“As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.”
“If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.”