Transparency Through a Glass, Darkly
Townhall.com ^ | January 22, 2014 | Bob Barr
Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 10:55:26 AM by Kaslin
Last Friday, President Barack Obama delivered his long-awaited speech addressing recent revelations that the federal government, especially the National Security Agency (NSA), has been engaged in a massive program surveilling the communications of virtually every American who uses a cell phone or other internet-based device. Obama, who claims to head the most “transparent” presidency ever, spoke glowingly and eloquently how his Administration will move actively to rein in the domestic spying program and strike the proper balance with civil liberties; unfortunately, he did neither.
On cue, of course, the Washington Post — one of Obama’s most fervent enablers in the nation’s capital – promptly labeled the speech “productive,” and pleaded for patience as the President now undertook the “unsimple [sic] task of filling in the details.” The Post’s gobbledygook notwithstanding, given the lack of substance in the President’s long-winded, 45-minute speech, there is little reason Americans should trust or expect him to fill in the blanks later. In fact, his recent appointment of long-time friend and notorious Big Brother-advocate Cass Sunstein to the White House NSA-review panel, further belies the Commander in Chief’s commitment to “transparency.”
Americans largely have lost patience with this Administration’s pattern of obstructionism. According to a survey conducted immediately after Obama’s speech by the respected PEW/USA Today, a clear majority of Americans — 53 percent — still oppose the NSA’s daily collection of billions of phone calls, text messages and internet communications. The poll also suggested public opinion of the NSA remained unchanged after Obama’s speech, which was full of typical post-9/11 rhetoric, but woefully short on specifics.
At the Guardian, Glen Greenwald — the reporter who worked with Edward Snowden to shine the first light on the NSA’s extra-legal activity — called Obama’s reforms “little more than a PR attempt to mollify the public,” and concluded they would change nothing. “He drapes the banner of change over systematic status quo perpetuation,” wrote Greenwald.
The fundamental problem is not the “transparency” of the federal government’s spy programs, but their unconstitutionality. It cannot be put clearer than this: It is a violation of the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment for the federal government to surreptitiously and without warrant or reasonable suspicion, gather data on the private communications of law-abiding American citizens based on nothing more than the government’s assertion that such information might possibly help identify a suspected terrorist, or foil a possible plot at some point in the future.
The facts bear out the problem in the government’s shaky justification for the massive data-basing of communications information. Despite Obama’s repetitive, “the-sky-is-falling” rhetoric, a study of 225 terror cases since 9/11 shows the NSA’s unconstitutional surveillance program “has had no discernible impact on preventing acts of terrorism,” and that often the government’s terrorism claims are “overblown” and “misleading.”
Moreover, the manner in which the government has exploited and abused the powers granted it in the USA PATRIOT Act — such as vastly increasing the use of the so-called “business record” power to scoop up unlimited cell phone records — is illustrative of the magnitude of the manner in which the government has been violating the privacy rights of the citizenry. Read carefully, Obama’s words make clear he has no intention of reining in such abuses to any meaningful extent.
In fact, the President’s speech may actually make matters worse. He purports to limit the government’s massive surveillance efforts without really doing so; and thereby offers us a false sense of security — providing a shield behind which the agencies and government officials involved (such as Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who likely perjured himself in front of Congress while testifying about the NSA last year), can hide as Uncle Sam continues his march into the Surveillance State.
Why Do Our Military Installations Remain “Gun Free Zones?”
Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 10:31:34 AM by Kaslin
Less than a year since the last mass shooting, the nation finds itself grieving again. On Monday, we watched in horror as news developed about a shooting at the Navy Yard located in Washington, D.C.; a federal military installation home to more than 3,000 civilian and military employees a mere stone’s throw from the U.S. Capitol Building.
BARR: The U.N. comes after America’s guns
Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 12:32:01 AM by Whenifhow
The true scope of the anti-firearm crusade of the United Nations, which began more than a dozen years ago, finally is coming into clear focus, as the White House readies to sign the Arms Trade Treaty adopted with U.S. support this past April by the U.N. General Assembly. The reach of this long-term, carefully crafted agenda is truly breathtaking, going far beyond the publicly articulated goals of even the most radical of homegrown gun-control groups.
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The war on terror shifts its focus
extremists and re-aligned to target politically active, conservative and libertarian Americans.
Meet The New Terrorists: Conservative Americans tea party protest
The latest salvo comes in the form of an ABC Studios drama which demonizes a Texas militia group as dangerous right-wing extremists, lifting its story from last year’s arrest of Hutaree militia members in Michigan who despite being charged with planning to kill police officers were later acquitted.
Former Congressman labels ‘liberty lovers are terrorists’ study “frightening,” “bizarre,” “insidious”
Paul Joseph Watson
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
As we reported last week, a study produced by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland with the aid of $12 million dollars in DHS funding characterizes Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority,” and “reverent of individual liberty” as “extreme right-wing” terrorists.
Before election day in 2008, Ron Paul held a press conference in DC, featuring the third party candidates for president; Ralph Nader Green, Chuck Baldwin Constitution and, in absentia, Bob Barr Libertarian.
Ron urged his supporters, as well as all who were frustrated and fed-up with the two-party monopoly to vote for anyone of the third party contenders, rather than the lesser of two evils.In this video, he recounts the story of what happened when the McCain campaign called asking for Ron’s endorsement. He said: “Well, I don’t like the idea of getting two or three million people angry at me”. The McCain people countered with the argument that he would do less harm than the others.
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During an interview on Alex Jones’ Nightly News, Pastor Chuck Baldwin concisely dissected Rand Paul’s endorsement of establishment candidate Mitt Romney and gauged its negative impact on the Ron Paul revolution.
Dr. Baldwin said attacks on our precious constitutional liberties and the implementation of an Orwellian high-tech surveillance state can be directly attributed to the foreign policy decisions of the global elite and their ruling political establishment.Ron Paul consistently opposed this foreign policy agenda on constitutional grounds.
Federal agency refused to comply with Freedom of Information Act requestPaul Joseph WatsonPrison Planet.comFriday, March 16, 2012Former Congressman Bob Barr’s Liberty Guard organization has filed a lawsuit against the TSA after the federal agency refused to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request that sought to discover whether or not the TSA temporarily amended its security policies for political reasons during the height of the national opt out day protest in late 2010.Watch an interview with Bob Barr from yesterday’s Alex Jones Show in which he discusses the lawsuit.The lawsuit seeks to discover if there was internal TSA discussion of individuals and websites that promoted the national opt out day, including prominent critics of the TSA like Matt Drudge and Alex Jones.Liberty Guard’s original FOIA request sought to obtain all internal TSA material that mentions the terms “Matt Drudge”, “Drudgereport.com”, “Alex Jones”, “PrisonPlanet.com”, “John Tyner”, “national opt-out day”, “Opt-Out Alliance” and “domestic extremists.”The lawsuit, to be heard in the Eastern District Court of Virginia, seeks to secure the release of 9 pages of material the TSA admits it has which include some or all of the terms listed above, but has refused to disclose.
“This lawsuit will help empower all those who travel by commercial air carrier, to be protected against arbitrary and privacy-invasive techniques employed by the federal government that are of questionable constitutional validity,” said Barr in a press release.
The controversy stems from the fact that the TSA responded to the widely publicized national opt out day, which took place on November 24, 2010, by suspending the use of its naked body scanners in airports across the country.As we documented at the time, body scanners at major airports like Newark International were roped off and sat idle for the day, preventing people from being able to join the protest by opting out.
A d v e r t i s e m e n tAt the nation’s busiest airport, Atlanta-Hartsfield, there was,”limited, if any, use of the controversial full-body scanners,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.Later reports confirmed that, the TSA had “backed down and resorted to using the old screening procedures — metal detectors and less-intrusive pat-downs.”
Libertarian former governor could siphon votes from Republican candidates in Nevada
Las Vegas Sun ^ | Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 | David McGrath Schwartz
Posted on Saturday, December 31, 2011 5:19:10 PM by presidio9
Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson didn’t get any traction as a Republican running for president. But with his decision last week to be the Libertarian Party candidate, he could be a deciding factor in swing states like Nevada.
Johnson told his supporters last week they should back Rep. Ron Paul for the GOP nomination. But if Paul is unsuccessful, Johnson asked Paul’s supporters to consider voting for him for president in the general election as a Libertarian, as opposed to supporting the prevailing GOP candidate.
And in Nevada, that could tip, if not further bolster, the state going to President Barack Obama.
Whether Obama is re-elected to a second term will depend on a handful of swing states, including Nevada.
Johnson could find a willing audience in Nevada, which has a libertarian history of being pro-small government but socially permissive.
If anyone believed the autocratic arrogance responsible for the infamous MIAC Report was on the wane, rest assured that a believer in absolute authority like Barack Obama will never give up his totalitarian dreams of dominating the American public. He’ll just resort to a change of tack.
For those who don’t remember the Regime’s initial assault on our Constitutional liberties, it was neatly housed in a report entitled “The Modern Militia Movement.”
Crafted in 2009 by the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC), it presumed to provide the American public with warning signs to help identify the traits and proclivities of the potential domestic terrorist.
Written by one of 58 national “fusion centers” developed under the Department of Homeland Security during the Bush Administration, the MIAC report profiled as potential terrorists: anyone who supported 3rd party candidates, like Ron Paul or Bob Barr; anti-abortion advocates; members of the Constitution Party or Campaign for Liberty; Libertarians and those displaying signs of militia involvement, such as ownership of a Gadsden (Don’t Tread On Me) flag!
But given the national outcry over that ham-handed effort, the White House decided it would be advisable to tone down the overtly fascist rhetoric.
So last month, thanks to Obama’s continuing concern for the well-being of his flock, the American people were given a new manual for spying on our neighbor: “Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States.”
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Congressman Ron Paul dismissed last night’s State of the Union political theater of making Republicans and Democrats sit together as part of a tenuous symbolic gesture in connection with the Tucson shootings as nothing more than “a bunch of fluff”.
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Barack Obama’s State of the Union address sure sounded good, didn’t it? There were lots of solemn promises, lots of stuff about America’s “bright future” and a line about how we are now facing this generation’s “Sputnik moment” that will surely make headlines all over the globe.
So The President thinks kids getting felt-up is funny? And the idiots in Congress clap.
Former Libertarian Presidential Candidate Bob Barr and the organization he heads,LibertyGuard.org, are determining whether or not to move forward with a lawsuit against TSA.
Infowars’ V for Victory campaign marks the defiance against Homeland Security’s takeover of society.
FOIA request investigates whether critics of TSA are being listed as domestic extremistsWatchdog Probes DHS Spying on Drudge 011210top2Paul Joseph WatsonPrison Planet.com Wednesday, December 1, 2010A Freedom of Information Act request filed by former Congressman Bob Barr seeks to discover whether the Department of Homeland Security has been keeping tabs on the Drudge Report and other prominent media outlets who have spearheaded a nationwide revolt against invasive TSA airport security measures.
The FOIA request, filed by Barr’s Liberty Guard organization PDF here , demands that the Transportation Security Administration, an agency of the DHS, turn over all information related to “Matt Drudge,” “drudgereport.com,” along with other media personalities and websites that have been at the center of the TSA controversy, including “Alex Jones, “John Tyner” and “prisonplanet.com”.
The request seeks to ascertain whether any of these names have been linked with the term “domestic extremist,” in reference to a reported TSA memo that was leaked last week  which, according to Doug Hagmann, “officially addresses those who are opposed to, or engaged in the disruption of the implementation of the enhanced airport screening procedures as ‘domestic extremists’.”
Numerous confirmed memos originating out of federal or state law enforcement agencies, such as the infamous MIAC report , have listed conservatives and libertarians as “domestic extremists” and even potential domestic terrorists for opposing big government and supporting Constitutionally-minded campaigns and causes.
Public wants a third party, but sees problems with bastardized Tea Party
Monday, Oct 25th, 2010
A whopping majority of 62% of the American people believe it will be a good thing for the country if almost all incumbents from both parties were removed in the upcoming midterm election.
That is the finding of a new national poll that also reveals over a third would like to see a new political party formed to remove the establishment.
Only 27% said they felt their representative in Congress was the best person for the office.
Furthermore, 43% of the American people do not believe that either party in Congress represents them or their country.
That number rises to a majority of 53% amongst Mainstream voters only.
The survey, conducted by Rasmussen , highlights just how utterly sick of the phony punch and judy political paradigm a plurality of the public has become.
When asked “Is it fair to say that neither party in Congress is the party of the American people?”, only 35% of respondents disagreed with a further 22% saying they are unsure.
When asked if they agreed with the statement “Republicans and Democrats are so much alike that an entirely new party is needed to represent the American people”, 38% responded in the affirmative.
The same amount also believe that there is a distinct possibility that a third party candidate will be elected to the White House within the next decade.
Rhodes sources a DHS document, entitled “Countering Violent Extremism Working Group,” that lists Richard Cohen as a member of the DHS created group. Cohen is president and CEO of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
In addition to Cohen, a number of law enforcement officials are members of the DHS group, including Austin Chief of Police Art Acevedo.SPLC, DHS, Community Officials Team Up to Attack Patriot Groups onepixel obamalights.jpg Download the document as a PDF. “What does the working group do? Make recommendations on training and how to use all of the local resources — police, social services, media, NGO’s, you name it – to fight ‘extremism.’
So, now no need to file a FOIA request to discover that SPLC is writing the reports naming constitutionalists as possible terrorists. Now it is in your face and the mask is off,” writes Rhodes.
The document encourages local “partners” and the feds to work together to share “threat-related information… and develop case studies that can be used by local authorities as a learning tool for law enforcement personnel” in order to prevent “ideologically-motivated violent crime radicalization, violent extremism, etc.,” in short the patriot movement.
In early April of 2009, a document produced by the Department of Homeland Security, “Rightwing Extremism:
Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” characterized patriot political groups that reject “federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or [reject] government authority entirely” as domestic terrorists.The DHS report followed similar reports issued by the Missouri Information Analysis Center and the Virginia Fusion Center.
The MIAC report specifically describes supporters of presidential candidates Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, and Bob Barr as “militia” influenced terrorists and instructs the Missouri police to be on the lookout for supporters displaying bumper stickers and other paraphernalia associated with the Constitutional, Campaign for Liberty, and Libertarian parties.
According to the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, the MIAC documents were heavily influenced by “faulty and politicized research issued by the Southern Poverty Law Center SPLC and Anti Defamation League ADL.”
In 2008, law enforcement officers from across Missouri gathered in the town of Arnold to hear from ADL experts on right-wing extremism.
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