I sitting here, still fuming over the treasonous actions of our elected (alleged) representatives in Congress. It’s not that I didn’t know the handout was going to pass… I’m still allowed my feelings on the topic (which you’ve read already on this blog). But I wondered aloud to some friends what was going on out of sight. Since the twin travesties of the debate and the handout have occupied the minds of anyone awake enough to pay attention, someone needed to be thinking of what was going on around the back door, where Congress is truly dangerous.
It took about three seconds for me to come across a small bit of news from Blacklisted News , about a little bill signed into law earlier this week. Since it was only six hundred thirty four billion dollars, it didn’t make the news. This underreported legislation will allow the government to point international spy satellites within our very borders. The information can (will) be shared with civilian law enforcement agencies. The claim is that the information will be limited to “emergency response and scientific needs.”
Any moment now, some agency will develop a `scientific need’ to know where you’re headed and when you come home.
What privacy issues? Even the ACLU is surprised the bill passed. The Homeland Security Secretary must assure lawmakers that the programs comply with existing laws. Did we learn nothing from the AT&T spying debacle?
Actually we learned a lot. And from this wonderful piece of.. errr… legislation, we have proof positive that Congress does not give a SHIT for you. They spent the last week giving away trillions of your dollars and your civil rights. First to the Department of Homeland Security and now to their friends, the bankers.
I suppose I should be happy that a record number of Americans actually got off their McDonalds-augmented posteriors to walk all the way over to the phone to let their representatives know they were against this travesty. Of course they completely ignored this, but at least we tried, eh?
They should all be tried for treason. The people who didn’t voice their concerns should lose their right to vote (if they bothered in the first place).
Sometimes I think I need better medicine. I keep seeing these things so clearly…. the Reichstag Fire (9-11), the loss of rights for `safety’ (Patriot Act) and the continued spying and erosion of our remaining rights (Fatherland Security). Since there are so few people commenting on this, I figure I’m just hallucinating it all and maybe the meds will clear this all up for me so I can develop a bad Americans Idle habit and learn to drink well.