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Biden Administration Wants To Continue Spying On Americans In The US
If you had any misgivings about the totalitarian, unconstitutional nature of today’s neo-fascist Left in the United States this development should quell those misgivings.
A bipartisan bill moving through Congress would significantly limit the federal government’s ability to spy on Americans, bolstering the protections codified in the Bill of Rights; protections that have been all but ignored by our elected officials and the bureaucracy they administer.
Section 270 of the FISA statute allows the government to obtain the records of electronic communication service providers, such as phone companies and internet service providers, for foreign intelligence purposes. The provision allows the government to obtain the following information from electronic communication service providers:
The name and address of the subscriber or registered user of the service
The length of service and types of service used
The telephone or instrument number or other subscriber or service number or identity, including any temporarily assigned network address
The Neo-Fascists Bare Their Teeth
President Biden’s administration rushed to condemn the legislation as “unprecedented” and “detrimental” to national security.
Biden and his neo-fascist handlers want Congress to renew Section 270 of the FISA statute, a 9/11-era authority set to expire in December. However, a coalition of Republicans and Democrats want to gut Section 270’s power by requiring judicial warrants for most surveillance activities.
The bill would also require warrants to use phone-tracking technology or to buy personal data from private sector companies. Further, the proposed legislation would make it easier to sue the government for wrongful searches and/or surveillance, and to punish federal agents, agencies, departments, and commissions who abuse government databases of private information.
Almost every department, commission, and agency of the federal government and bureaucracy have abused the statute, violating the rights of hundreds of thousands if not millions of American citizens.
As Judge Andrew Napolitano wrote in a 2021 opinion piece:
“[Recently], the chief judge of the FISA court revealed that for 2019 the FBI reported just one instance of sharing, even though Department of Justice auditors found 91 instances. And that number is far lower than the true number of shares since – inexplicably – the DOJ counts all shares performed by one agent as one share, even though the agent may have accessed the data of more than one American.
“In August 2019, one FBI agent accessed the raw intelligence data of 16,000 Americans in order to find criminal evidence about seven of them. The FBI reported that as one share.
“Also last week, the USPS revealed that its postal inspectors have been monitoring social media at random, looking for troublemakers. Since social media is publicly posted, you and I can read it at will. But the Fourth Amendment requires that the government have "articulable suspicion" about the person whose social media is being surveilled before it begins its surveillance – even surveillance of publicly available materials.”
Acts like these are repeated so often and are so pervasive throughout the federal bureaucracy that they illustrate a blatant, purposeful, and willful disregard for our constitutional protections.
The Guaranteed Protections They Ignore
“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.”
“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.”
“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 defense.”
The Bill of Rights makes it unmistakably clear that the federal government is forbidden – unless there is just cause and only through due process – to spy on American citizens.
But, as noted by The Brennan Center for Justice:
“In 2015, Congress passed legislation that ended the National Security Agency’s (NSA) [bulk information collection] program and sought to prohibit [it] when the government is acting under FISA. But that law only applies to certain types of surveillance that target US persons or happen inside the United States. When the collection happens overseas or falls into one of FISA’s statutory gaps, it takes place under Executive Order 12333…
“...[M]ost foreign intelligence surveillance actually takes place under EO 12333, not FISA. That means it is subject to no statutory constraints whatsoever, and there is no judicial review or oversight. EO 12333 does place some limits on surveillance, but not shockingly, its rules are much more permissive than those Congress established in FISA. Bulk collection…is banned under FISA but permitted under EO 12333.
“The FISA/EO 12333 distinction might have made sense in 1978, when surveillance in the United States generally meant surveillance of US persons and surveillance abroad generally meant surveillance of foreign nationals. It makes zero sense today, when Americans’ communications and other personal data are as likely to be routed through or stored in Europe or Asia as the United States. Bulk collection under EO 12333 inevitably sweeps up dizzying amounts of Americans’ information.
“What stops the CIA from poring through the data looking for Americans’ information? Let’s be honest: nothing. The CIA’s internal rules from 2017 say the information sought must be ‘related to a duly authorized activity of the CIA,’ as determined by…the CIA. The FBI has similar rules limiting its searches of data obtained under FISA Section 702. Year after year, the FISA Court finds that FBI agents have violated these rules – and that’s when there’s a court actually watching them.
“The CIA’s rules also say that CIA officers should document their purpose in running searches for Americans’ information. But according to staff members of the Privacy & Civil Liberties Oversight Board, these rules, despite having been finalized five years ago and released with great fanfare, have not yet been “implemented.”
And So It Goes…
So, it appears that even though the federal government – including the Executive and Legislative Branches and the bureaucratic swamp that supports them – has been mandated by the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights to respect and honor the privacy of US citizens, yet they have routinely ignored those guaranteed protections through Executive Order and Legislation.
And now the Biden administration and its neo-fascist totalitarian handlers are openly thumbing their noses at the guaranteed privacy protections in the US Constitution and Bill of Rights in their opposition to privacy legislation that shouldn’t even be required to exist given the wording of the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments.
The bald-faced arrogance of the former Progressive Left – now the neofascist Left – knows no bounds. But then I suppose anyone still sitting in solitary confinement waiting persecution for their activities on January 6th, 2021 could have told us all about that…if their stormtrooper jailers allowed us access to them.
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