Here is an issue that should be very important to every citizen…..whether to increase the governments ability to spy on its citizens or decrease it.
Just lately, the following information has come out:
Citizens’ U.S. Border Crossings Tracked, Data From Checkpoints To Be Kept for 15 Years
U.S. May Ease Police Spy Rules, More Federal Intelligence Changes Planned
Travelers’ Laptops May Be Detained At Border, No Suspicion Required Under DHS Policies
Whatever happened to Article 6 of the Bill of Rights?
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.
Our country survived over 225 years without stomping on our rights, the way the Bushies have done. Even after Pearl Harbor, we didn’t (even though we could have) go this far.
But because of 9/11, an attack that could have been avoided if we had a POTUS that was competent and had actually acted instead of playing golf, we cower like mice in fear of more acts.
Whatever happened to we will not let these people destroy our way of life? What a joke.
The Bushies have taken every opportunity (assisted by a pathetically scared Congress) to diminish our rights.
Today we are at a cross road. Do we elect someone who will preserve our rights as defined by the Constitution and Bill of Rights? Or do we elect someone who will continue to turn America into a Fascist state, similar to Nazi Germany?
Now while I understand that at this time both candidates will say whatever is prudent to get elected, there are ways of figuring out with a certain degree of accuracy what most likely would happen under either POTUS.
Of course, John McCain voted and continue to supports the Patriot Act. This Act is what enables the Bush/McCain people to get away with the actions referenced above.
The best predictor of future actions, is past actions.
Since John McCain has conveniently ignored this issue on his website, we can only go by how he voted in Congress…in other words his record. His actions clearly indicate that he supports these type of actions as he supports repeatedly the Patriot Act.
Now Senator Obama was not in Congress at the time of the Patriot Act so we can not use that against him. So how can we know what he would do?
Well first of all, from his website, we learn…
Soon after, he returned to Chicago to practice as a civil rights lawyer and teach constitutional law.
Also, on his website, he says he will….
Strengthen Civil Rights Enforcement
although it says nothing specifically about Domestic Spying.
However, his recent vote enabling the expanded powers of FISA do give reason for concern.
I wish someone would ask the candidates during one of their debates about this issue since it is not addressed on either of the Candidate’s website.
But in the end, we are left with our best guess. McCain’s past actions clearly show that he is NOT TO BE TRUSTED!
His quest for power is so transparent (as in the Saddleback forum) that it makes me sick to my stomach.
And although I understand there is no guarantee that Obama would reverse this garbage, I will make one last point.
Before entering Government, one man served as a civil right’s attorney and one man served as a warrior in the military. One man taught Constitutional Law and the other man voted for and continues to embrace, the Patriot Act, perhaps the biggest corrupter of our Constitutional Rights ever enacted.
So do we elect someone who will increase Domestic spying or decrease this crap? For me, the choice is clear. We don’t need 4 mores years of Bush/McCain policies or else we might not end up with any rights at all.
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