The NSA Data Mining = Future Crime Unit
Here is a great video I found on libertypenblog.blogspot.com. Jim Harper explains why the NSA storing your data is unconstitutional.
In the video he says, “We are at a fascinating historical juncture because it’s been 230 plus years since we saw a general warrant….it’s something the 4th amendment was passed to eliminate, it’s something the Revolutionary War was fought over because King George issued general warrants, allowing his troops to rummage through the houses of the colonists. Now we have a general warrant issued by a secret court, that allows the NSA to rummage, ultimately, the data that reflects communications of all Americas…..The Government has given itself power vis-a-vis individuals, while denying that they had collected information in violation of the constitution.”
Here is what the fourth amendment states, “…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.”
He talks about the disconnect between how the NSA has interpreted what congress passed, and how Congress understands what they’ve passed.
Senator Harry Reid has said this is nothing new, we’ve known about this for seven years.
May I remind the Senator from Nevada the oath he took when he was sworn into office.”I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”
The duty of his office is to defend the Constitution of the United States, against foreign and domestic enemies. If he knew about this for seven years and did nothing, wouldn’t he be considered a domestic enemy of the Constitution? Shouldn’t this be considered treason? Edward Snowden (read here), is being accused of treason by Senators and Congressmen, for shining light on the fact that Government bureaucrats are violating our Constitutional rights. Treason is in the eye of the beholder.
Liberty Pen has had some great articles this week concerning freedom in general, and the NSA in particular. Here are the articles I liked.
Obama Speaks With Foked Tounge On Surveilance, by Sheldon Richman, at reason.com.
Citizens And The State: The Problem Is Bigger Than You Think, by A. Barton Hinkle, at reason.com.
Freedom The Unfolding Revolution, by Jonah Goldberg, at nationalreview.com.