Monday, August 5, 2013

Wasn't Warrantless Spying Only Approved to Stop Imminent Terrorist Attacks?

Why does the IRS and DEA have the same access to your private info as the NSA?

Eric Blair
Activist Post

Remember the good old days when the PATRIOT Act and warrantless spying were just used to stop imminent Al Qaeda attacks overseas?

After 9/11, the Bush government said "trust us, we'll only use these powers on Al Qaeda". Yet, the concern for abuse was still so large it forced a sunset clause into the PATRIOT Act. Even the ultra-hawks agreed that suspending privacy rights should only be temporary to get through a crisis.

Twelve years later, under a Constitutional law professor for a president, the permanence of the terror "crisis" is almost entirely fabricated and every single American is being spied on by multiple federal agencies, even for petty crimes.

Besides the NSA, FBI, CIA, and DHS, who one might expect to "need" warrantless capabilities to fight "terror", the same spying powers now reside with the IRS and the DEA.

The IRS has warrantless access to emails and likely most if not all our finances, all authorized under the PATRIOT Act. Even foreign banks force Americans to sign a waiver allowing the U.S. government to snoop on or seize the account, only if they're suspected of terrorism under the PATRIOT Act of course. Since the program has been revealed, the IRS said they won't do it anymore and will respect the 4th Amendment. Sure.

Today, Reuters reports that the DEA has also been given the same warrantless access to our private information to fight the war on drugs. Legal experts said that the DEA spying program "sounds more troubling than recent disclosures that the National Security Agency has been collecting domestic phone records."

From Reuters:
A secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans. 
Although these cases rarely involve national security issues, documents reviewed by Reuters show that law enforcement agents have been directed to conceal how such investigations truly begin - not only from defense lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges. 
The undated documents show that federal agents are trained to "recreate" the investigative trail to effectively cover up where the information originated, a practice that some experts say violates a defendant's Constitutional right to a fair trial. If defendants don't know how an investigation began, they cannot know to ask to review potential sources of exculpatory evidence - information that could reveal entrapment, mistakes or biased witnesses.

"I have never heard of anything like this at all," said Nancy Gertner, a Harvard Law School professor who served as a federal judge from 1994 to 2011. Gertner and other legal experts said the program sounds more troubling than recent disclosures that the National Security Agency has been collecting domestic phone records. The NSA effort is geared toward stopping terrorists; the DEA program targets common criminals, primarily drug dealers. (my emphasis)
So financial and drug crimes are now rooted out through guilty-until-proven-otherwise spying tactics that violate everything the Fourth Amendment stands for.

Meanwhile, the military-surveillance-industrial complex is getting fat off the taxpayers who are paying for their own enslavement. NSA whistleblower Snowden's former employer, Carlyle Group-owned Booz Hamilton, and countless other private companies are gobbling up rich contracts to spy for these agencies. Local police forces are given huge grants to buy military-grade equipment. Domestic spy drones have not only been accepted, but will soon be armed. Then there's the TSA performing physical abuse and buying up body scanners. Not to forget the FDA and USDA spying on and performing armed raids of family farms.

The military-industrial complex is most definitely thriving with the American people as their enemy.

Although we are slowing becoming privy to how broad these programs are, they're already deeply entrenched in society. A lot of money is being made.

So, yes, the days of some temporary tyranny to fight the alleged 9/11 terrorists can be thought of fondly compared to today's full-frontal assault on privacy. Reversing it now becomes less likely with each passing day unless enough people stand up and say "no more."

Will they? Will we? You tell me.

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Mark McCandlish said...

The NSA, NRO, CIA, FBI and other government intelligence agencies have been recording all forms of communication world-wide since at least the early 1980's and probably since the mid-seventies based on a recently released statement by a member of the Senate in 1975, Sen. Frank Church who disclosed this capability and his concern that it would be turned on the American people. (Thank you, Jimmy Carter!)
All without a warrant.

If any "plot" is discovered, or a suspect in an act of terrorism surfaces, this database can serve as a means of tracking EVERY phone call the suspect made or received and those of every contact he had, to ultimately build an information tree that shows every source of support, whether it be financial, logistical, spiritual or political. Everything. The question is, to make any of it stand up in a court of law, how does the government go back and RETROACTIVELY get a warrant BEFORE they had probable cause to select the pieces of that database used in putting together the investigation? This indicates to me a much deeper threat to our sovereignty, privacy and civil rights in every respect: It appears the government, under the guise of the Patriot Act, FISA and the NDAA has made itself immune from its own Constitutional guidelines and restrictions. And that, my friends is the beginning of tyranny.

Anonymous said...

As in insider trading and gold theft, if it is done for the British royal family, it is not considered a crime. Queen lizard's freemasons have chosen the Dem/Rep party run off contests for three winners straight. All sex offenders. They also pick the Georgetown spawn as judges. HMS, warrantless spying.

Anonymous said...

Our leaders are pathetic.
One note: I have to point out that Obama was NEVER a constitutional law professor. To continue calling him that invests his image with more authority and respect than he deserves. He was at best an instructor. Everyone who teaches at a college is not a professor. That title is reserved for those who have been accepted and anointed by their colleagues, and it always involves research and publication.

mrbrucewayne said...

Not when you put the militant connected muslim brotherhood right on the security team so that they can let our enemies know what we are planning at all times./

This is why Israel does not want to reveal it's plans to us

Anonymous said...

We need to decriminalize all drugs ASAP. This will greatly diminish need and excuse to spy on us. I'm happy with the progress in some states for marijuana legalization, except it needs to move faster across the country state by state and to the Federal level. Yes, there will still be the war on terror but a big chunk of their reason to spy will be eliminated. I do not do drugs but I don't like them prying to find out if I do.

The other thing that needs to be eliminated is the IRS. This is going to be more difficult. Although I hate the idea of a national sales tax, if that's the only way to eliminate the personal income tax, I would grudgingly accept it.

Anonymous said...

Fear is a very profitable business. It has erected entire departments like the TSA and the DHS! Those departments have enriched countless dual Israelis like Chertoff who today sells Rapiscan machines. It has made the gun industry profitable, the emergency food supply people have seen a nice bump, law enforcement has cool new toys, and soon all of your information that the NSA spied on you to get will be sold to mass marketing firms! You say the economy is bad? Not for these people. And who makes the most?? Wall Street and the Federal Reserve bank. Very profitable indeed. Why would they stop? Keeping you in a constant state of FEAR where you watch your counter-terrorism TV shows like "21" or your zombie apocolypse shows like "The walking Dead." You are eating up the fear and making people very wealthy and powerful by letting the Wizard of Oz manipulate your emotions from behind his curtain. I think to some extent we are all guilty of this. For example, I know people who never thought about owning a gun have all the sudden not only bought a gun and ammunition, they didn't bother to register the gun! For obvious reasons. No one trusts the government! But it would be a very big mistake to fear the government...don't ever let them think we are afraid of them.


one word reason and one reason only: NEW WORLD ORDER....NOW IS the TIME TO FIGHT!

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