R.I.P. United States of America, July 4, 1776-July 9, 2008.
News: Wired, New York Times/AP, CNN.
Welcome to 1984. King Duh’bya gets his darkest wish fulfilled in bringing his country- and possibly world-wide security-surveillance grid to reality. Congress has passed a “bill” (HR6304) that hands the regime expanded spying powers without the fear of legal reprisals. This railroading comes three weeks after the House sold out to the telcos. Wired’s Ryan Singel:
The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives quickly passed a bill Friday that will expand the government’s ability to install blanket wiretaps inside the United States. It will also put an end to the lawsuits filed against the nation’s telecoms for helping the government spy on Americans without getting the necessary court orders.
The neo-con fist-fucking of America is now complete… and they were helped by the Democrats… INCLUDING BARACK OBAMA.
In a preceeding post by Singel, the reason given for the democrat’s sudden cave-in was “to avoid being labeled soft on terrorism in the fall campaigns,” but one has to wonder what the real reason for the sell-out was. After all, some of these traitors are up for re-election and do need “campaign funds.” Even Barack Obama supports selling American’s privacy for “security.” Change we can believe in. Oh yeah.
Although the “bill” still passed, there was some strong resistance from those who knew better than to help build the United Police-States of AmeriKKKa: AT&T whistleblower Mark Klein said the “bill” “Creates ‘Infrastructure for a Police State.” Senators Christopher Dodd, Russ Feingold, Patrick Leahy, and Jeff Bingaman introduced ammendments that would have stripped the immunity out of the “bill,” or at least delay it until an investigation into exactly what the domestic invasion-of-privacy program was really doing.
In case you don’t believe the government-telcomm complex isn’t already too powerful, consider the following: Duh’bya was determined to get his surveillance grid set up only weeks after stealing the White House. When Quest refused, they were ostracized and vilified by the government. Then Duh’bya allowed 9/11 to happen to justify the spying. Recently, a report about the “bill” from The Seminal submitted to Digg had over 500 digs, yet was kept off the front page. TechCrunch noticed this. Telecomm money is suspected.
The timing of this bullshit bill could not be any worse as Sweden’s Parliament passes its own domestic spying bill. From Sveriges Radio International 19-Jun-2008:
The Swedish Parliament passed the controversial bill to permit the National Defense Radio Establishment to monitor all SMS, e-mail, and other data traffic crossing Swedish borders Wednesday evening with 143 in favor and 138 opposed, and 1 abstention.
Only one of the center-right coalition government MP’s voted against the plans, and another abstained. Liberal MP Camilla Lindberg said that in most issues she agreed with her party, but at some times you have to draw the line. Other potential government rebels were either not in parliament, or voted in favor of a new deal, made Wednesday, which set up even more checks and balances on the surveillance system.
But protesters claim that the deal is purely cosmetic, and nothing has really changed. Organizations such as Journalist unions, newspaper publishers associations, the Swedish bar council, Police authorities, the Swedish Security Service and above all, countless political blogs have all been negative to the new law. It will now come into effect next year.
Note: If the link does not work, click here to access the English-language site and use their search engine for “surveillance bill.”
Final words… that, hopefully, won’t be final words. About the only good thing that be said about this traitorous telco spying bullshit is that America will have a regime change in a few months, hopefully in Ralph Nader’s favor, and this “bill” will head straight to the shredder before it becomes an enforceable “law.”
Just in case I should suddenly fall of the face of the Earth, there’s a University of Washington report showing arrests of bloggers exposing political corruption is on the rise worldwide. Well, IF I do get arrested, at least I will have one final word about king Duh’bya’s spying shit: The Supreme Court upheld America’s right to bear arms. No ammount of legislation will EVER give NSAT&T or your dumb ass enough immunity from the politics of a bullet.
Click this thumbnail to see this “motivational poster.”
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by Mr. Roboto.