the 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.

Every American citizen needs to ask himself or herself this question — “Did Barack Obama really have probable cause to seize and search my phone records, and if so, what was it?”


    • The post office knows the information I choose to share with it. It doesn’t seize in secret information I choose not to share with it.

      • On the one hand, there seems to be a good bit of libertarian hysteria and hyperbole at work, while on the other, there is an awful lot of liberal complacency that “we are good guys and Obama is a good guy and he has a lot of respect for individual privacy, can be trusted because he is one of “us” and is not a right wing-nut like Bush, bla, bla, bla.” Meanwhile, the conservatives are sitting back thinking, damn, we never thought we would be out of power and Obama would be driving the tank we built. The immediate personal solution, if one actually feels threatened rather than just blowing and bitching, is to just stay off the internet, don’t use your phone or buy anything except at yard sales and thrift stores, in other words… Keep a clean nose. Watch the plain clothes. You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. It’s not as if this is going to kill American democracy. That never really existed anyway, and to the extent it did, got killed off by the power of the dollar a long time ago.

        • The problem is that it won’t stop here — it never does. I still don’t think it’s too late to reclaim the democracy., but I could be wrong about that.

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