Freedom in America: Rest in Peace
The Real Agenda
June 21st, 2013
By Stephen Lendman
Political philosopher Montesquieu (1989 ‚Äď 1755) once said:
‚ÄúThere is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.‚ÄĚ
International, constitutional and US statute laws no longer matter. Obama declared them null and void. He does so by disregarding them.
He consigned them to the dustbin of history. They‚Äôve been heading there for years. Post-9/11, state terror accelerated.
Bush administration rogues enacted numerous police state laws. Previous articles discussed them. Constitutionality was ignored. Obama added his own. Doing so exceeded the worst of his predecessor‚Äôs policies.
Unconstitutional mass surveillance is official US policy. What Bush began, Obama accelerated. He did so straightaway as president.
Free societies don‚Äôt tolerate these practices. Obama authorized them secretly. He subverted constitutional law. He violated the public trust. He broke a key campaign pledge.
On January 8, 2008, he promised to end Bush/Cheney practices. Under an Obama administration, he said, they‚Äôll be no ‚Äúwiretaps without warrants.‚ÄĚ
Straightaway as president he authorized them. On Friday, he tried defending the indefensible. He fell short and then some. His comments belie his policies.
‚ÄúWhen I came into this office,‚ÄĚ he said, ‚ÄúI made two commitments that are more important than any commitment I made: number one to keep the American people safe, and number two to uphold the Constitution.‚ÄĚ
Americans have never been less safe. Freedom is more illusion than reality. Obama‚Äôs done more to subvert constitutional law than any previous president. He made freedom a four-letter word.
‚ÄúYou can‚Äôt have 100% security and also then have 100% privacy and zero inconvenience,‚ÄĚ he claimed.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre going to have to make some choices as a society. I think that on balance, we have established a process and a procedure that the American people should feel comfortable about.‚ÄĚ
Obama made all the wrong choices. He violated constitutional law doing so. America‚Äôs unsafe to live in. Police state priorities threaten everyone.
Obama claimed surveillance ‚Äúhelp(s) prevent terrorist attacks.‚ÄĚ He lied saying so. No terrorist threat whatever exists. It didn‚Äôt earlier. It doesn‚Äôt now.
Obama called what‚Äôs ongoing ‚Äúmodest encroachments on privacy.‚ÄĚ It‚Äôs sweeping, pervasive and lawless.
He urged Americans to trust him, Congress and federal courts. Why anyone would do so, they‚Äôll have to explain.
‚ÄúWhen it comes to telephone calls, nobody is listening to your telephone calls,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs not what this program is about. As was indicated, what the intelligence community is doing is looking at phone numbers and durations of calls.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThey are not looking at people‚Äôs names and they are not looking at content.‚ÄĚ Permission to do so, he claimed, requires ‚Äúgo(ing) back to a federal judge just like (for) a criminal investigation.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúWith respect to the Internet and emails, this does not apply to US citizens and it does not apply to people living in the United States.‚ÄĚ
False on all counts. Civil libertarians expressed outraged. John Simpson heads Consumer Watchdog‚Äôs Privacy Project. He calls what‚Äôs ongoing ‚Äúa completely unwarranted violation of our constitutional rights.‚ÄĚ
Obama authorized sweeping domestic spying. He did so unconstitutionally. He institutionalized it. It‚Äôs ongoing daily. It‚Äôs warrantless.
The 2012 FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act renewed warrantless spying for another five years. It violated constitutional protections doing so.
Phone calls, emails, and other communications may be monitored secretly without court authorization.
Probable cause isn‚Äôt needed. So-called ‚Äúforeign intelligence information‚ÄĚ sought means virtually anything. Vague language is all-embracing.
Hundreds of millions of Americans are targeted. Major telecom and Internet companies cooperate. They do so willingly.
All three branches of government are involved. They‚Äôre complicit in sweeping lawlessness. Congress is regularly briefly. Bipartisan leaders are fully on board. So are US courts.
The¬†Center for Constitutional Rights¬†(CCR) called what‚Äôs ongoing the most sweeping surveillance ever ordered. It‚Äôs challenging administration practices to stop them.
CCR v. Obama¬†is currently pending before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Initially it was filed against Bush, NSA director General Keith Alexander, and heads of other major US security agencies.
At issue is lawless, secretive, warrantless surveillance. CCR sought a cease and desist injunction. In January 2007, Bush administration officials claimed the program ended. They lied saying so.
In August 2007, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) became law. Included is a Protect America Act (PAA) amendment. It permits unrestricted warrantless data-mining.
It claims to restrict surveillance to foreign nationals ‚Äúreasonably believed to be outside the United States.‚ÄĚ
Not so! The law targets virtually everyone domestically. It does so if the Attorney General or Director of National Intelligence claims they pose a potential terrorist or national security threat. No corroborating evidence is needed.
CCR challenged PAA in court. It did so in January 2006. It called NSA surveillance illegal. It lacks judicial approval or statutory authorization.
It violates ‚ÄúFISA‚Äôs clear criminal prohibitions.‚ÄĚ It exceeds executive authority under the Constitution‚Äôs Article II. It breaches the First and Fourth Amendments. CCR wants data and other information collected under PAA destroyed.
On January 31, 2011, the US District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed CCR‚Äôs case. In April, CCR appealed. The Ninth Circuit initially scheduled oral arguments on June 1, 2012.
On May 21, 2012, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a similar ACLU case. It challenged the 2008 FISA Amendments Act‚Äôs constitutionality.
The Ninth Circuit postponed arguments until the High Court ruled. On February 26, 2013, it dismissed ACLU‚Äôs case. It did so 5 ‚Äď 4.
The Ninth Circuit requested supplemental CCR briefs by April 26, 2013. Previously it said it would reschedule oral arguments. On June 3, ‚Äúthe panel indicated that it would submit the case for resolution without oral argument.‚ÄĚ
There‚Äôs more. Obama‚Äôs waging war on freedom globally. On June 7, London‚Äôs¬†Guardian¬†headlined ‚ÄúObama orders US to draw up overseas target list for cyber-attacks.‚ÄĚ
He did so by secret presidential directive. It was issued last October. A¬†copy¬†was leaked to The Guardian.
It says Offensive Cyber Effects Operations (OCEO) ‚Äúcan offer unique and unconventional capabilities to advance US national objectives around the world with little or no warning to the adversary or target and with potential effects ranging from subtle to severely damaging.‚ÄĚ
Washington will ‚Äúidentify potential targets of national importance where OCEO can offer a favorable balance of effectiveness and risk as compared with other instruments of national power.‚ÄĚ
It suggests operating domestically the same way. Perhaps human rights organizations, anti-war activists, social justice advocates, independent journalists, alternative media web sites, and other individuals and organizations challenging lawless government practices will be targeted.
Everyone is vulnerable. Police states operate that way. America‚Äôs by far the worst. Obama‚Äôs waging war on freedom. It may not survive on his watch.
Unrestricted surveillance, other police state laws, and global cyber attacks constitute full-scale war to destroy it.
According to Professor Sean Lawson:
‚ÄúWhen militarist cyber rhetoric results in use of offensive cyber attack it is likely that those attacks will escalate into physical, kinetic uses of force.‚ÄĚ
Cyberwar is official US policy. An unnamed intelligence source told The Guardian that cyber attacks are commonplace. Foreign computer systems are hacked. Doing so seeks information wanted.
‚ÄúWe hack everyone everywhere,‚ÄĚ the source said. ‚ÄúWe like to make a distinction between us and the others. But we are in almost every country in the world.‚ÄĚ
Obama bears full responsibility. He signed numerous police state laws on his watch. He authorized lawless surveillance and cyberwar. He did so unconstitutionally. Claiming otherwise doesn‚Äôt wash. Documents The Guardian obtained refute his claims. US policy is do what we say, not what we do.
According to The Guardian, Obama‚Äôs ‚Äúmove to establish a potentially aggressive cyber warfare doctrine will heighten fears over the increasing militarization of the internet.‚ÄĚ
On June 7,¬†Gizmodo.co.uk¬†headlined ‚ÄúAnonymous Just Leaked a Trove of NSA Documents. Included are DOD plans for Internet control. Information on NSA‚Äôs Prism program were released.
A link provided (http://thedocs.hostzi.com/) fails to gain access. Perhaps Anonymous was hacked.
Information the Guardian posted relates to nine or more major online companies cooperating with lawless NSA spying. Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, Apple, YouTube and others are involved.
Prism gives NSA access to search histories, emails, file transfers and live chats. It‚Äôs gotten directly from US provider servers. Doing so facilitates mass surveillance. Google denied involvement, saying:
It ‚Äúcares deeply about the security of our users‚Äô data. We disclose user data to government in accordance with the law, and we review all such requests carefully.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúFrom time to time, people allege that we have created a government ‚Äėback door‚Äô into our systems, but Google does not have a back door for the government to access private user data.‚ÄĚ
Previous articles discussed Google‚Äôs involvement with Bilderberg. CEO Eric Schmidt‚Äôs a regular conference attendee. He‚Äôs participating now in suburban London.
Infowars¬†reporters Paul Joseph Watson and Jon Scobie said Google and Bilderberg are ‚Äúmerging.‚ÄĚ Schmidt thinks ‚Äúprivacy is a relic of the past.‚ÄĚ
He wants Google transformed into ‚Äúthe ultimate Big Brother.‚ÄĚ Conspiring with Bilderberg and NSA are key ways to do it. Company deniability doesn‚Äôt wash. Google operations are very suspect.
CIA funding reportedly launched them. Allying with Bilderberg shows what‚Äôs at stake. Bilderberg wants Internet control through ‚Äúcyber resistance.‚ÄĚ
It wants a ministry of truth established. It wants all public information controlled. Google‚Äôs apparently on board to help. Obama‚Äôs very much involved. He‚Äôs waging full-scale war on freedom. It may not survive on his watch.
Stephen Lendman¬†lives in Chicago. He can be reached at email@example.com.
His new book is titled ‚ÄúBanker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity.‚ÄĚ
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Luis R. Miranda is the Founder and Editor of The Real Agenda. His 16 years of experience in Journalism include television, radio, print and Internet news. Luis obtained his Journalism degree from Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, where he graduated in Mass Media Communication in 1998. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcasting from Montclair State University in New Jersey. Among his most distinguished interviews are: Costa Rican President Jose Maria Figueres and James Hansen from NASA Space Goddard Institute.
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