The State vs. The People: FISA.

Will The State protect the Fourth Amendment rights of The People, or the ‘rights’ of The Corporations?

If you are wondering why “our representatives” in Congress are positively eager to immunize the TelCorps, here is your answer. The Government needs The Corporations in order to spy on you. If they don’t immunize them, The Corporations are threatening not to spy on you for The Government.

If Congress immunizes The Corporations…and the government itself…for spying on Americans, and legalizes The State and The Corporations “teaming up” (conspiring) to do so in the future, we officially enter a new era.

An era that officially puts the interests of Corporations above the interests of The People. A new era Corporate Government. An era that raises up Corporate Entities to the level of the Government. The era of The Corporate State.

This is a collusion that gives these Corporations an essential role in our “national security.” A collusion that makes The Corporations and The Government into partners for the purpose of spying on The People, the citizens of the United States. A collusion that makes The Government dependent on The Corporations. A collusion that gives power over YOU, an America citizen, not to your duly elected Government, but to a privately owned entity that has no interest in your rights, no interest but power and profit, and no accountability. They will however, have the power to blackmail the Government at any time by refusing to cooperate. They will use this power to their advantage….to get more power over your Government. To get more power over you. Even if you take any dark suspicions out of the picture, if the Telcoms are partners with the Government, how do you think Telcom legislation will go in the future? How do you think Net Neutrality will turn out? What will The Government decide to do with the vast apparatus of ALL of our communications at their disposal, to “fight the terrorists?”

If our representative democracy places representing The Corporations above representing the rights of The People, is this still a Government, of, by and for The People? If The Corporations and The Government follow this road and merge into one entity to pursue their own ends, power over your life and profit from your pocket….while having the ability to monitor every communication you make and every action you take on the street, (British use anti-terror cameras to spy on litterbugs) are we not living in the Big Brother State that we have been warned of? The worst part of all of this is the casual, mindless, incredibly unaware manner in which all of this is happening. Democracy is dying a slow death before our eyes, not with a bag but with a series of whimpers as we slide further and further down the slippery slope to fascism.

Please do what you can to support Dodd and Feingold….and…please Goddess, please Obama in filibustering this latest assault on the entire concept of America.

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  2. are already so merged, with privatization, swinging doors on jobs, corruption, special interests writing laws, etc… can you imagine how much more power they will accumulate if this bill passes. WOW, just boggles my mind that more are not opposing.

    great essay, bud, (and thanks for fp mine – what a nice surprise!)

  3. Don’t you understand Buddy that the government has been largely dissolved and privatized under Bush…this isn’t something that will happen… it…HAS happened.

    Lockheed Martin Runs the Social Security Administration…the federal government has largely been privatized. The Armed forces are largely privatized.

    The whole point of the Bush Administration…is to destroy the federal government and turn it over to private industry….federal dollars go to private industry then. The federal government no longer regulates much of private industry…it is private industry.

    Private industry IS the government now.

    We are not entering into a security state…We are in a security state that hasn’t made the announcement of it’s presence too loudly yet…it will…

    And because you are so CLEVER and SMART you are supporting Barak Obama who is going to vote PRO SECURITY everytime under the guise of “compromise”.

    You are what you do…not what you say…

    Obama votes for funding the war.

    OBama votes for the security state.

    Obama votes against impeachment and censure….

    Obama is a Pro capitalist right winger.

    The security state is set up and functioning…there will be a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT in the MSM…then you will become aware of it

    You guys react to the news long after it has occurred, long after it’s been established….

    Don’t you know Obama will vote for the security bill….That’s what HE SAID he would do.

  4.  .. to realize that this is not new.  Whatever rights we have we have to fight for ourselves.  Forget the ‘followers’ in Congress, the Supreme Court etc.

    See here

    • brobin on June 25, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    we’ve taken care of everything, the words you read, the songs you sing, the pictures that give pleasure to your eyes.  It’s one for all and all for one we work together, common son, never need to wonder how are why…..

    (H/T Neil Peart)

  5. We are seeing the natural evolution of Nixonianism.

    Watergate did nothing to America compared to the damage Nixon’s followers have done.

  6. …this choice by Congress is entirely about preserving the power, prestige and authority of the state, rather than protecting corporations.  That it benefits corporations is entirely ancillary.

  7. when you came back into US, did border patrol search your puter, if you were carrying a laptop i mean. they are doing that now under theory that if they can search a suitcase, they have right to ask you for your password, and search your laptop, even download a copy of your files. just curious if anyone has run into that yet.

    • robodd on June 25, 2008 at 9:24 pm
  8. Do you engage is risky behavior?  Do you own a “dangerous” breed of dog?  Did you buy a trampolene for your kids to have fun on?  Are you on any medications?

    Do you think any or all of the above might affect your credit rating, ability and or cost of insurance policies, medical insurance policies.  It is after all a digital data mined and stuck into the appropriate categorized databases which you have zero idea exist or if the information THEY have about YOU is even remotely correct.

    I am surprised that corporations which must rely on things like trade secrets or client confidentiality are not in vehement opposition to this.

    The internet already has one foot in the grave.  When they do get their way it will be a one-way only medium of corporate AOLish hell and mere private citizens will have to log on using their implanted 666 Mark of the Beast microchips.

    There are laser pointers though.  When pointed into the lense of an OrwellCam it saturates the CCD array and picture becomes a white out.

    And the phones, well do you really need them?

    When young people ask me about life now I advise them to distance themselves as much as possible from American institutions, they are the terrorists.

    • Edger on June 25, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Forget for the moment being “safer”.

    You’ll feel “safer”.

    Won’t you?

    That gun beside your head is there to protect you.

    Isn’t it?

  9. If our representative democracy places representing The Corporations above representing the rights of The People, is this still a Government, of, by and for The People?

    No.  It is an oligarchy…and we need to retake it.

    By now, Specter and Casey’s minions are probably getting tired of me…but I have their contact info bookmarked in Firefox and contacted them yet again today…heh.

  10. on FISA, assuming the article is correct:

    . . . .Comparing Democrats’ Votes (March 14th and June 20th votes):

    Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint gave PAC contributions averaging:

    $8,359 to each Democrat who changed their position to support immunity for Telcos (94 Dems)

    $4,987 to each Democrat who remained opposed to immunity for Telcos (116 Dems)

    88 percent of the Dems who changed to supporting immunity (83 Dems of the 94) received PAC contributions from Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint during the last three years (Jan. 2005-Mar. 2008). See below for list of these 94 Dems.

    All House Members (June 20th vote:)

    Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint gave PAC contributions averaging:

    $9,659 to each member of the House voting “YES” (105-Dem, 188-Rep)

    $4,810 to each member of the House voting “NO” (128-Dem, 1-Rep) . . . .

    How easy to buy them off, eh?

    Thank you for this essay, Buhdy.  The ramifications of the passage of this FISA bill are frightening, as has been pointed out here and probably, further reaching still.

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