Posts Tagged ‘Warrantless’

California Democrat nailed for trying to reduce charges against Israeli spies

April 20, 2009

The National Security Agency is about to release an entire uterus-worth of period blood all over California Democratic Representative Jane Harman’s face.   NSA officials wiretapped Harman and discovered that she was planning to lobby the Justice Department for reduced sentences for two American Israeli Public Affairs Committee officials that are currently being held for espionage.  In exchange for helping AIPAC, Israeli agents offered to lobby then Majority leader Nancy Pelosi to appoint Harman chair of the House Intelligence Committee.

I cannot confirm or deny that Harman also broke the trade embargo with Cuba.

I cannot confirm or deny that Harman also broke the trade embargo with Cuba.

All this shit went down in 2006 after the Democrats seized control of the House of Representatives.   What’s really bizarre in this story is that Harman realized that she may have been wiretapped during the phone call.  Like anyone that has just left a paper bag of dog crap on their neighbor’s doorstep, Harman quickly ran for the proverbial bushes saying:

This conversation doesn’t exist.

And then hanging up the phone.

I suppose this lays to rest the speculation that the New York Times released last week when they said that an undisclosed member of Congress had been warrant-lessly (new word?) wiretapped by the NSA.

Being a deeply cynical asshole, I immediately thought that Bush had wiretapped a congressperson for completely political reasons.  But right now, the report seems pretty legit.  However, this whole thing could end up like the Eliot Spitzer scandal.  The one motherfucker that could have blew the whistle on the shady side of Wall Street just so happens to be involved in a prostitution sting before he can pursue further banking regulations.

Spitzer broke the law, no doubt about it.  But I would bank on the fact that Washington and your local capital is so dense with corruption that the only people who really get “caught” are the ones that are about to lay the hammer on a large business or a political opponent.

Harman is ready for the damage control, releasing a statement immediately:

I never engaged in any such activity. Those who are peddling these false accusations should be ashamed of themselves.

I’m guessing the NSA has some pretty convincing evidence.  Ironically, Harman voted for FISA.  Karma is a bitch.  Expect this ALL DAY on Fox News tomorrow along with veiled allegations waged at Pelosi.

RWP Rating: Real Fucking Weird

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Every editor of every major newspaper should be fired today

April 8, 2009

Except for the San Francisco Chronicle.  It is indefensible that the media in this country completely ignore the Big Brother shaped dent that was delivered to our Fourth Amendment yesterday.

The following news sources have run stories about the warrantless wiretapping story so far:

  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • The Register (UK)
  • The Atlantic
  • Bay Area Indymedia
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • BuzzFlash
  • Washington Post (Blog section, web-only)
  • Raw Story
  • Dslreports
  • Alternet
  • SecuObs
  • Lew Rockwell
  • Think Progress
  • Salon

The media should be RAGING about this story.  Instead, CNN currently has a goddamn Somali pirates story on their front page.  FoxNation is whining about Obama not going to fucking church since he became President and The Huffington Post is riffing about Farrah Fawcett’s cancer.  What the fuck are you people thinking?

The American public have had it so good for so long that they don’t realize that the Obama Administration is chipping away at our Constitution.  Hell, I voted for Obama in November and I am infuriated.  This is not what he was elected to do.

Fuck you, Obama.  Fuck you, Media.  Both of you need to do your fucking jobs.

RWP Rating: Bizarre

Obama expands Bush warrant-less wiretapping defense

April 8, 2009

This was not a story I wanted to write.   It is a story that should disgust every single American that is paying attention.  Our Constitution, systematically, is being chipped away right before our eyes.  New laws that are clearly against everything our forefathers stood for are going unchallenged by our courts and by our judges.  I thought the Obama Administration was going to be different.

Freedom is compliance.

Freedom is compliance.

This is a story that Barack Obama does not want you to see.  In secret, the Obama Justice Department has quietly expanded the warrant-less wiretapping that began during the Bush Administration.  Honestly, I can hardly write this story.  I am so incredibly disappointed.

The ACLU demanded that phone companies release information that they gathered under warrant-less wiretapping program using the Freedom of Information Act.  However, the case was delayed until Obama took office because his campaign rhetoric led many to believe that this practice would be stopped.  Stupid us.

The request was rejected because a government that is supposed to be of, by, and for the people, doesn’t want us to know which laws were broken during the surveillance.  But they didn’t stop there.   The Obama Justice Department created, out of thin fucking air, a new reason why this request was rejected.  The old law said that phone companies like AT&T would not be held accountable for listening to conversations.  Now, the Obama Justice Department is saying that government officials will retain the same immunity.  The government can now monitor your emails, your phone conversations, and your internet browsing habits with complete immunity.

At this point, I’d like to direct your attention to the Fourth Amendment of the United States 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.

Obama is not only protecting his Administration from violating the Constitution, he is protecting all of the Bush Administration as well.  We are losing our liberties.  The personal conversations of American citizens, hell, even calls home from soldiers in Iraq were listened in on by the Government.   Neither of these worthless parties are standing up for the rights of Americans.  What are we letting ourselves turn into?

RWP Rating: Real Fucking Weird

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