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
“…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
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.”
“Withholding information is the essence of tyranny. Control of the flow of information is the tool of the dictatorship.”
“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