Sending Ben Franklin to Guantanamo

The government has decided to change the definition of privacy.

The American people should only expect government and business to “safeguard” their communications, while having complete access to them.

This means that pesky Constitution and Bill of Rights can finally be burned and the Archives converted into something useful, like an OpCenter for the Global War on Individual Rights.

Read the story for yourselves: Kerr testimony here:…

Democratic candidates who want my vote must immediately disavow and oppose this usurpation of the Constitution. No ifs ands buts or qualifiers for Al Qaeda. That means you, Hillary, and Edwards, and Obama, and anybody else.

Stop this frontal assault on the Constitution or be labeled for what you are: unindicted co-conspirators in the usurpation.

Kerr said:

Privacy no longer can mean anonymity, says Donald Kerr, a deputy director of national intelligence. Instead, it should mean that government and businesses properly safeguards people’s private communications and financial information.

Screw yourself, buddy.

Amendment 4 – Search and Seizure. Ratified 12/15/1791:

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.

Ben Franklin wrote under pseudonym. Today the government would insist that his identity be known. I imagine in a world where you can accidentally hang yourself in custody and no one bats an eye, well…

And what about government officials? Shouldn’t all their letters, phone calls, and emails be open to public inspection? I mean, the NSA records everything electronic, and the paper letters are typed on computers, right? How hard would it be to outlaw moveable type and IBM antique manual typewriters and install spyware as part of Windows and Apple and OpenSource Linux etc. Because if they don’t agree to do it can’t we just do what we did to Qwest when they refused to cooperate?

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  1. There should be a switch that is safeguarded like a nuclear football. If and only if a grave and present danger to life and public safety on a massive scale is present, then the President can authorize on a temporary emergency basis (subject to Supreme Court review in 96 hours) the surveillance of all communication for the express purpose of neutralizing the specific threat. Like a warrant, you know.

    What they want is open everything, all the time.

  2. Restoring Constitution law (and prosecuting people who would subvert it) should be our biggest concern–after stopping the war.

  3. They proved that once they took the majority.

  4. but in case the linked information is of use to you, I did a diary on how the Patriot Act(s) work in tandem with Presidential Declaration of National Emergency (yet in place), to create a permanent state of emergency:

    the Patriot Act is redundant legislation in most respects.  Presidents, as you may read below, already can and have done a lot of “unconstitutional” things when a national emergency is in effect.  The Patriot Act is throwing us into a state of permanent emergency, whereby we can never revert to the Normal Constitution:

    The great danger is that in an age of permanent emergency–the age we live in, the age we are likely to go on living in–the Crisis Constitution will simply swallow up the Normal Constitution, depriving us at all times of the very rights the original Constitution was created to protect at all times.

    Imperative to see your diary for all, should be FP’ed.

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