A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
We have known for some time that the government was listening to our phone calls, landlines and cell phones, and we have suspected they were doing the same thing to our e-mail and to our blogs. Now we KNOW.
“A privacy advocacy group has swayed Congress to hold a hearing next week into the Department of Homeland Security’s practice of monitoring social networks such as Twitter and Facebook, as well as media reports and organizations, including The Drudge Report.” (SOURCE)
How much longer will Americans allow our freedom to be eroded … taken away? How long are we going to allow the desecration of the US Constitution?
Since September 11th, 2001 we have been trading our freedom for security. It never works. The end result has always been that a people who trade freedom for security eventually wind up with neither.
“The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) recently obtained close to 300 pages of documents, as a result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, detailing the federal agency’s “intelligence gathering” practices on the web.
Among the documents were guidelines from DHS instructing outside contractors to monitor the web for media reports and comments that “reflect adversely” on the agency or the federal government.
As Reuters reported last month, in early 2010 contractors were asked to spend 24 hours monitoring news media coverage on popular websites, including Facebook, Twitter, Hulu, WikiLeaks, as well as news sites including the Huffington Post and The Drudge Report.
The documents obtained by EPIC indicate that following the exercise, a procurement official awarded an $11.3 million contract to General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems in order to carry out the monitoring on a “24/7/365 basis”.” (SOURCE)
What has happened to America’s guarantee that its citizens have “freedom of speech?” Has that guarantee been revoked? Indeed, it has.
Look. America has a government run amok. Like a giant vacuum cleaner, Washington is sucking our freedom up and leaving us vulnerable to a tyrannical central government with a socialist agenda.
The Bill of Rights, the leash our founders placed around the neck of government in America has been slipped and like a ravenous junkyard dog, that government is devouring the liberty and freedom of all Americans.
The Obama Regime has been the worst violator of the government restraints placed on them by the constitution since the Lincoln Administration.
The corruption within the current government is as bad, or worse, than that of the Grant Administration. Government -- and the power of government -- has grown exponentially under Obama’s leadership -- and he is asking for another term to complete the job.
Consider this: As we observe the degradation of American liberty under the Obama Regime’s first term, what do you think will happen when Obama is not restrained by an impending election? Can America survive as a free constitutional representative republic with a capitalist society? In my opinion, the answer is an emphatic, resounding NO! America cannot survive. At least a FREE America cannot survive.
America is facing the very real threat of becoming another socialist dung heap where all its citizens suffer “fairly” or, as the socialists and Marxists say, … equally.
Ginger McCall, the Director of EPIC is reported to have said: “The idea that the government is constantly peering over your shoulder and listening to what you are saying creates a very chilling effect to legitimate dissent.” (SOURCE)
I agree with Ms. McCall, except that I would take it a step farther. Not only does government eavesdropping chill freedom of speech … it THROTTLES it!
This whole mess is just another indication of how America has slipped into the Post Constitution era. The “fabled” US Constitution is a thing of the past. It is a myth born in the dim mists of yesteryear and is no longer applicable today.
Just as history records that Nero burned Rome, history must record that Obama presided over the destruction of America.
Look. A nation like America can only be successful if it has a God-fearing populace, not a people who celebrate infanticide and behavior that God has proclaimed an abomination. America is more like the latter than the former today. As a result, we have sold ourselves into slavery.
The distant bell we hear is tolling America’s death knell. The last best hope of mankind is breathing it’s last, felled by it’s own hand.
J. D. Longstreet