We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Probable Cause

A law that’s been on American books (and in the Constitution) forever is now biting the dust because of Presidents Bush and Obama. Breaking his campaign promises to enhance civil liberties in relation to national security the Obama administration is continuing the screwing over the American Constitution that Bush started.

“The Obama administration is seeking to make it easier for the FBI to compel companies to turn over records of an individual’s Internet activity without a court order if agents deem the information relevant to a terrorism or intelligence investigation.

The administration wants to add just four words — “electronic communication transactional records” — to a list of items that the law says the FBI may demand without a judge’s approval. Government lawyers say this category of information includes the addresses to which an Internet user sends e-mail; the times and dates e-mail was sent and received; and possibly a user’s browser history. It does not include, the lawyers hasten to point out, the “content” of e-mail or other Internet communication.”  From the Washington Post.

The use of National Security Letters is equivalent to the old ‘Writs of Assistance’ the British used against us here in America in pre-revolutionary times

From Wikipedia
“In practice, customs writs of assistance served as general search warrants that did not expire, allowing customs officials to search anywhere for smuggled goods without having to obtain a specific warrant. These writs became controversial when they were issued by courts in British America in the 1760s, especially the Province of Massachusetts Bay. Controversy over these general writs of assistance inspired the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which forbids general search warrants in the United States.

The NSL’s are the modern equivalent to general search warrants which are constitutionally forbidden.  Good luck on getting the administration to admit this. 😦   The American government just keeps pushing the envelope regarding how much the citizens will put up with. I think the general feeling among top officials is that they can get away with pretty much anything…if they mention terrorism.
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The FBI wants YOU

The FBI wants your data...all of it…fingerprints, iris prints, tattoos, scars, palm prints, facial shape, the way you walk, etc.

Kimberly Del Greco, the FBI’s Biometric Services section chief, said it is “important to protect the borders to keep the terrorists out, protect our citizens, our neighbors, our children so they can have good jobs, and have a safe country to live in.”
Full story is at CNN below:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/02/04/fbi.biometrics/

The ACLU’s Barry Steinhardt doesn’t believe it will stop there with criminals or terrorists. “This had started out being a program to track or identify criminals,” he said. “Now we’re talking about large swaths of the population — workers, volunteers in youth programs. Eventually, it’s going to be everybody.”

They seem to keep adding to the data they want from us. Does anyone out there think this is a bad thing?

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Chilling and Orwellian

Surfin’ the blogs today and ran across this one from Yvonne Lindsay’s Weblog and a chill ran up my spine.
I remember reading a few years ago about the possibility of this happening.

Ms.Lindsay’s Blog

Seems the Fed’s really are watching what you read and speak about. And if some slug in the basement of the NSA, CIA, FBI, etc. decides that you’re a little too far out there, they will step in and REALLY mess with your life.

Of course if you don’t have a believable story they can whisk you off somewhere and detain you as long as they want and not have to tell anyone where you are or even if they have you in custody.

It’s happened to American, born free, WASP’s, it can happen to you.