Freedom in America: Rest in Peace
The Real Agenda
June 21st, 2013
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By Stephen Lendman
Political philosopher Montesquieu (1989 â 1755) once said:
âThere is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.â
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. Theyâve 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 predecessorâs policies.
Unconstitutional mass surveillance is official US policy. What Bush began, Obama accelerated. He did so straightaway as president.
Free societies donât 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, theyâll be no âwiretaps without warrants.â
Straightaway as president he authorized them. On Friday, he tried defending the indefensible. He fell short and then some. His comments belie his policies.
âWhen I came into this office,â he said, âI 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.â
Americans have never been less safe. Freedom is more illusion than reality. Obamaâs done more to subvert constitutional law than any previous president. He made freedom a four-letter word.
âYou canât have 100% security and also then have 100% privacy and zero inconvenience,â he claimed.
âWeâre 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.â
Obama made all the wrong choices. He violated constitutional law doing so. Americaâs unsafe to live in. Police state priorities threaten everyone.
Obama claimed surveillance âhelp(s) prevent terrorist attacks.â He lied saying so. No terrorist threat whatever exists. It didnât earlier. It doesnât now.
Obama called whatâs ongoing âmodest encroachments on privacy.â Itâs sweeping, pervasive and lawless.
He urged Americans to trust him, Congress and federal courts. Why anyone would do so, theyâll have to explain.
âWhen it comes to telephone calls, nobody is listening to your telephone calls,â he said. âThatâs not what this program is about. As was indicated, what the intelligence community is doing is looking at phone numbers and durations of calls.â
âThey are not looking at peopleâs names and they are not looking at content.â Permission to do so, he claimed, requires âgo(ing) back to a federal judge just like (for) a criminal investigation.â
âWith 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.â
False on all counts. Civil libertarians expressed outraged. John Simpson heads Consumer Watchdogâs Privacy Project. He calls whatâs ongoing âa completely unwarranted violation of our constitutional rights.â
Obama authorized sweeping domestic spying. He did so unconstitutionally. He institutionalized it. Itâs ongoing daily. Itâs 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 isnât needed. So-called âforeign intelligence informationâ 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. Theyâre complicit in sweeping lawlessness. Congress is regularly briefly. Bipartisan leaders are fully on board. So are US courts.
TheÂ Center for Constitutional RightsÂ (CCR) called whatâs ongoing the most sweeping surveillance ever ordered. Itâs challenging administration practices to stop them.
CCR v. ObamaÂ 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 âreasonably believed to be outside the United States.â
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 âFISAâs clear criminal prohibitions.â It exceeds executive authority under the Constitutionâs 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 CCRâs 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 Actâs constitutionality.
The Ninth Circuit postponed arguments until the High Court ruled. On February 26, 2013, it dismissed ACLUâs case. It did so 5 â 4.
The Ninth Circuit requested supplemental CCR briefs by April 26, 2013. Previously it said it would reschedule oral arguments. On June 3, âthe panel indicated that it would submit the case for resolution without oral argument.â
Thereâs more. Obamaâs waging war on freedom globally. On June 7, LondonâsÂ GuardianÂ headlined âObama orders US to draw up overseas target list for cyber-attacks.â
He did so by secret presidential directive. It was issued last October. AÂ copyÂ was leaked to The Guardian.
It says Offensive Cyber Effects Operations (OCEO) âcan 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.â
Washington will âidentify potential targets of national importance where OCEO can offer a favorable balance of effectiveness and risk as compared with other instruments of national power.â
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. Americaâs by far the worst. Obamaâs 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:
âWhen militarist cyber rhetoric results in use of offensive cyber attack it is likely that those attacks will escalate into physical, kinetic uses of force.â
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.
âWe hack everyone everywhere,â the source said. âWe like to make a distinction between us and the others. But we are in almost every country in the world.â
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 doesnât wash. Documents The Guardian obtained refute his claims. US policy is do what we say, not what we do.
According to The Guardian, Obamaâs âmove to establish a potentially aggressive cyber warfare doctrine will heighten fears over the increasing militarization of the internet.â
On June 7,Â Gizmodo.co.ukÂ headlined âAnonymous Just Leaked a Trove of NSA Documents. Included are DOD plans for Internet control. Information on NSAâs 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. Itâs gotten directly from US provider servers. Doing so facilitates mass surveillance. Google denied involvement, saying:
It âcares deeply about the security of our usersâ data. We disclose user data to government in accordance with the law, and we review all such requests carefully.â
âFrom time to time, people allege that we have created a government âback doorâ into our systems, but Google does not have a back door for the government to access private user data.â
Previous articles discussed Googleâs involvement with Bilderberg. CEO Eric Schmidtâs a regular conference attendee. Heâs participating now in suburban London.
InfowarsÂ reporters Paul Joseph Watson and Jon Scobie said Google and Bilderberg are âmerging.â Schmidt thinks âprivacy is a relic of the past.â
He wants Google transformed into âthe ultimate Big Brother.â Conspiring with Bilderberg and NSA are key ways to do it. Company deniability doesnât wash. Google operations are very suspect.
CIA funding reportedly launched them. Allying with Bilderberg shows whatâs at stake. Bilderberg wants Internet control through âcyber resistance.â
It wants a ministry of truth established. It wants all public information controlled. Googleâs apparently on board to help. Obamaâs very much involved. Heâs waging full-scale war on freedom. It may not survive on his watch.
Stephen LendmanÂ lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
His new book is titled âBanker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity.â
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Contributed by Luis Miranda of The Real Agenda.
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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