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Looking for privacy

Those who think the First and Fourth Amendments are their absolute rights and guarantee of free speech and privacy are harboring a fools hope.

Oh, the government may or may not censor your writings and messages. The government will probably not tell you what you can or cannot discuss at a public meeting, But you may rest assured the federal government is spying and the spying will get worse.

Free speech is being killed by political correctness. For example it is now considered taboo to refer to aliens who have entered this country illegally as illegal aliens. The politically correct term, according to the federal government, is undocumented workers. (I prefer to call them undocumented Democrat voters.)

Islamic terrorists are now referred to, by the federal government, as enemy combatants. Major Nidal Malik Hasan, more properly known as the Fort Hood shooter, in spite of his loyalty to Islam and well documented ties to terrorists, was tried on charges of workplace violence instead of a terrorist attack.

The point is, as shown in the above two examples, free speech is being stifled – not banned, just stifled. I’ve met many individuals through the years who have strong political views but are now afraid to mention them on the Internet due to provisions contained in the Patriot Act that could label them as domestic terrorists. These same people are terrified of the new NSA (National Security Agency) spy center being built in Utah for the same reasons.

The new spy center, (Utah Data Center, Bluffdale, Utah) when complete in Sept., 2013, will be five times the size of the nation’s capital. The NSA claims it will not be used to spy on U.S. citizens. That’s a lie exposed by their own words. (see below)

utah data center

http://www.bing.com/images/results.aspx?q=nsa+data+center&form=MSNH14&sc=0-0&sp=-1&qs=n&sk=&pq=nsa+data+center#view=detail&id=8D06AF4

“…code-breaking is crucial (to the new spy center), because much of the data that the center will handle—financial information, stock transactions, business deals, foreign military and diplomatic secrets, legal documents, confidential personal communications—will be heavily encrypted. According to another top official also involved with the program, the NSA made an enormous breakthrough several years ago in its ability to cryptanalyze, or break, unfathomably complex encryption systems employed by not only governments around the world but also many average computer users in the US. The upshot, according to this official: ‘Everybody’s a target; everybody with communication is a target.’” http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/

“The data center is alleged to be able to process ‘all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Internet searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital ‘pocket litter’. In response to claims that the data center would be used to illegally monitor emails of U.S. citizens, a NSA spokesperson said, ‘Many unfounded allegations have been made about the planned activities of the Utah Data Center, … one of the biggest misconceptions about NSA is that we are unlawfully listening in on, or reading emails of, U.S. citizens. This is simply not the case.’”

However, in April 2009, officials at the United States Department of Justice acknowledged that the NSA had engaged in large-scale “over-collection” of domestic communications in excess of the federal intelligence court’s authority, but claimed that the acts were unintentional and had since been rectified.”

An article by Forbes estimates the storage capacity as between 3 and 12 exabytes in the near term, based on analysis of unclassified blueprints, but mentions Moore’s Law, meaning that advances in technology could be expected to increase the capacity by orders of magnitude in the coming years.

(The Utah facility) is designed to be a primary storage resource capable of storing data on the scale of yottabytes (1 yottabyte = 1 trillion terabytes, or 1 quadrillion gigabytes). http://www.ask.com/wiki/Utah_Data_Center

bit
byte
kilobyte (kB) = 1,024 bytes
megabyte (MB) = 1,024 kB
gigabyte (GB) = 1,024 MB
terabyte (TB) = 1,024 GB
petabyte (not pettabyte) (PB) = 1,024 TB
exabyte (EB or XB) = 1,024 PB
zettabyte (ZB) = 1,024 XB
yottabyte (YB) = 1,024ZB http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Pettabyte_exabyte_yottabyte_petabyte_terabyte_bit_byte_kilobyte_megabyte_gigabyte_please_order

We must never lose sight that one of the intents of the 1st Amendment is to guarantee the right and freedom of political dissent. How many Americans truly despise Barack Obama and how many voices are now silent for fear of ending up on the White House enemies list? All this in the name of Homeland Security.

My advice, guard carefully what you put on social networking sites such as Facebook; what you say in your private emails and other electronic communications. Trust only mouth to ear messaging and snail mail.

“If tyranny and oppression come to this land it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”
James Madison

“Withholding information is the essence of tyranny. Control of the flow of information is the tool of the dictatorship.”
―Bruce Coville

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” First Amendment to the Constitution

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and 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.” Fourth Amendment to the Constitution

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Simply: The Constitution

The U.S. Constitution is a very simple document. The problem is lawyers and politicians got hold of it and changed its once simple meaning to a crossword puzzle that requires other lawyers and politicians to decipher the riddles they have created. They did this through judicial rulings, legislation, mis-interpretation and more often than not, simply ignoring the Constitution and just going forward with their plans.

What is the Constitution?

The Constitution is, first and foremost, the guarantor or protector of the god-given or inalienable rights of the people. Secondly, the Constitution is designed to shackle the government and keep it within specific bounds. It was never intended to place restrictions on the people.

The Constitution  is a contract between the governed (the people) and the government the people have chosen that best represents their interests.

The Constitution is the supreme law of the land. No law, legislative act, executive order or treaty can supersede or over-rule the Constitution. If such actions take place it is the constitutional duty of citizens to resist. It is the civic and patriotic duty of all citizens to jealously guard the documents that guarantee our freedom and liberty against tyranny.

The Constitution is old but not dead as some would have us believe. The Founders of our Republic anticipated growth in America that might require changes in the Constitution. They provided a means to effect those changes through the process of amending. So why then have our leaders chosen to ignore this simple remedy and resort instead to treachery and deceit? Unfortunately politicians in general no longer consider the Constitution a guide to good governance but rather an obstacle to be gotten around.

Paul Begala, one of President Bill Clinton‘s advisors summed up the general attitude and convoluted anti-constitutional attitude of many of our so-called political elites when he boasted how the Clinton dictatorship was able to avoid Congress and the will of the people.  “Stroke of the pen. Law of the land. Kinda cool,” Begala said, when Clinton announced he would issue a series of executive orders to accomplish legislation he knew would never pass congressional muster. http://www.wnd.com/2012/10/stroke-of-the-pen-law-of-the-land-kinda-cool/#zZFLbYYggdwy3OKW.99

When a president uses Executive Orders to impose his own will on the country, without congressional approval, we have entered the dangerous beginning stages of a dictatorship.

So-called President Barack Obama, showed his disdain and even outright hatred of the Constitution, (a document he has taken an oath to support and defend) when he promised to “fundamentally change” America. In many cases he is using the Executive Order to impose his philosophy on our Republic

Obama gripes we Americans “suffer” under a Constitution that does not guarantee us economic rights. What Obama means is that the federal government must provide protection against individual economic failures such as low incomes, unemployment, poverty and lack of health care, among others. He calls the Constitution “a charter of negative liberties,” which “says what the states can’t do to you (and) what the Federal government can’t do to you, but doesn’t say what the Federal government or State government must do on your behalf.”

None of these are rights guaranteed by the Constitution. Our guaranteed Constitutional rights are at the end of this article.

In other words Obama is re-emphasizing his belief and support for the communist/socialist belief in a re-distribution of wealth “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”

From FORBES on-line

The best thing Obama, his health care debacle, his entourage of czars, the IRS and all other federal bureaucrats can do for America is shut up and butt out of our lives.

THE BILL OF RIGHTS

1. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

2. A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

3. No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

4. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and 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.

5. No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

6. In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

7. In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

8. Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

9. The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

10. The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

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JUSTICE FOR GEORGE

(NOTE FROM OLDTIMEYTMAN: I’M SORRY FOR NOT POST MORE FREQUESTLY. MY BEAUTIFUL, LOVING WIFE DIED AND THE GRIEVING HAS TAKEN MUCH  LONGER THAN I EXPECTED.

 

Supporters of Treyvon Martin are literally screaming for what in their minds passes for justice. In reality, justice was dispensed when Martin’s accused murderer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted of all charges by a jury.

Socialists, democrats and other “progressives,” are now leading an all-out charge to persuade the federal government to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against Zimmerman. What a crock of B.S. This is nothing less than a thinly veiled lynching, It is also a complete violation of the Constitution.

The 5th Amendment says clearly “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury…nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb…”

An accusation by anyone, even someone so elevated in public life as the Attorney General of the United States, is not an indictment by a duly-constituted grand jury. Some may argue that a civil rights violation is not a capital crime, but when the punishment could be life imprisonment or even death, it becomes a capital crime.

Although the federal government and certain rabble-rousing elements in our society claim Zimmerman’s so-called crime is a civil rights violation, let’s get real. They are furious the murder charge against Zimmerman was not proved. So they are taking a second bite at the apple by calling for a civil rights trial. In my opinion, since the alleged civil rights violation happened because of the death, any further prosecution of Zimmerman is nothing more than persecution. It’s also called double jeopardy and is expressly forbidden by the Constitution.

Most of the protesters against the verdict, say so-called stand-your-ground laws should be repealed because of the Zimmerman case. What most Americans, and especially the protesters, don’t tell you is that stand-your-ground was not used as a defense in the case. This was a straight self-defense matter. No-one is obligated to let someone beat him or her up without fighting back, even to the point of using deadly force.

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