I'm sure that this posting will raise a few eyebrows.
At approximately 1am on April 7, I published this posting:
Are we free here in the United States of America? I think not. Personally I believe that we are being tyrannized by our civil service, and that not only are our elected officials tolerating this, but so are we the American people.
There are many people who look to the “Patriot” Act, as a gross violation of out constitutional rights, I will agree that there are some completelyInappropriate actions taken under this act. One such is that agents of the Office of Homeland Security can go into a bookstore and/or library, and require employees to disclose the titles of materials that anyone who used the establishment has borrowed, rented, and/or purchased by simply showing identification. An agent can require this for a period dating back as far as 10 years. After requiring this information, an agent can prohibit the establishment from notifying the person being investigated for up to 20 years. Since when does this country need a “Thought Police” to prevent anyone from reading the “Wrong” books? Does anyone else remember when one of the “Good” things about being an American was “You can read any books that you want here without being punished?”
This did not begin with 9/11! In 1991, the FBI (as part of an Interpol investigation) arrested a man suspected of distributing child pornography. The FBI obtained a warrant to search his hard drive, and (surprise) found that the files were encrypted with an encryption key. Instead of asking the NSA to have some of their cryptographers determine the decryption key (and share credit). The FBI spent two years lobbying congress to outlaw data encryption, and convinced the State Department to require any encryption above a certain level (but not enough to protect against industrial espionage) to submit a backdoor key to the State Department for security reasons. Since that time The United States has been second banana to the CIS in software.
When I was considering free clipart for comic creation software, the place I thought to look for was Russian Cyberspace. Does that suggest that even after electing a former KGB agent for a second presidency, the Russians are more free than we are?
It seems to me that this country has degenerated from a land that places a priority on civil liberties, to a totalitarian regime where citizens are tyrannized by our civil service.
The current attitude is that “If you’re not doing anything wrong, then you have nothing to worry about.” Is that the society that our forefathers fought for in 1776? Is that the government that our founding fathers wrote down in the Bill of Rights in 1787?
Am I suggesting the violent overthrow of our government as in The Turner Diaries, absolutely not!!!
We live in an elected democracy, and there are alternatives.
☞ Write your congressperson and say that if he doesn’t repeal the patriot act, you will vote for someone who will.
☞ When Candidates are announced in 2015, write each one, and tell them that if they don’t promise to eliminate the Office of Homeland Security, on the grounds that this office has shown nothing but contempt for the bill of rights since its inception. That you will vote for someone who will.
☞ While many consider the Libertarian Party to be a political joke, offering to endorse any candidate who promises to repeal the Patriot Act, and/or disband the Office of Homeland Security might result in some of them getting elected into Congress.
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