Big Brother Bush is always watching

Privacy is under assault in America and the government is leading the charge.

Like personal liberties that disappeared under the despotic Presidency of George W. Bush, privacy is becoming an extinct species as the government seeks to monitor all financial transactions, travel and communications of Americans.

Now the Bush Administration wants to “redefine” privacy to fit its assault on the personal freedoms and civil liberties of American citizens.

By the time Bush is finished, the preamble to that historic document that once defined this nation will have to be changed to say that Americans are entitled to “a monitored life, a government-mandated notion of happiness and the terror of pursuit.”

Reports The Associated Press:

Privacy no longer can mean anonymity, says Donald Kerr, a deputy director of national intelligence. Instead, it should mean that government and businesses properly safeguards people’s private communications and financial information.

Kerr’s comments come as Congress is taking a second look at the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act.

Lawmakers hastily changed the 1978 law last summer to allow the government to eavesdrop inside the United States without court permission, so long as one end of the conversation was reasonably believed to be located outside the U.S.

The original law required a court order for any surveillance conducted on U.S. soil, to protect Americans’ privacy. The White House argued that the law was obstructing intelligence gathering.

The most contentious issue in the new legislation is whether to shield telecommunications companies from civil lawsuits for allegedly giving the government access to people’s private e-mails and phone calls without a court order between 2001 and 2007.

Some lawmakers, including members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, appear reluctant to grant immunity. Suits might be the only way to determine how far the government has burrowed into people’s privacy without court permission.

The committee is expected to decide this week whether its version of the bill will protect telecommunications companies.

The central witness in a California lawsuit against AT&T says the government is vacuuming up billions of e-mails and phone calls as they pass through an AT&T switching station in San Francisco.

Mark Klein, a retired AT&T technician, helped connect a device in 2003 that he says diverted and copied onto a government supercomputer every call, e-mail, and Internet site access on AT&T lines.


  1. Notanothermonday

    The answer is not whether to vote or not or whether to hope for a decent, honest candidate to run for office….but to ‘do’ something.

    First, I think that becoming aware of what is going on around you is vital. The government’s doublespeak and re-defining words makes it so much easier for citizens to commit a crime (and not even know it). Make enough changes to the rules of law, make change again and again, and eventually everyone is guilty of something!

    Our loss of freedom is just another ‘re-definition’ away.

  2. Donnat

    We need a revolution. Guns, barricades, orphans, the whole bit. Instead of shrugging our shoulders and saying there’s no difference in parties, we should be working to make sure both parties become and remain honest.

    I never thought I’d live to see the day politicians would be so open about their perfidity, but when you have a public too apathetic to put down the remote and take back their country, it’s not so risky.

  3. Nogood

    And we continue to sit “under the apple tree” with our finger stuck up our butts.

    We put the Democrats in control of Congress last year and what did they do? They climbed into bed with Bush’s crime family.

    There is not a soul on the horizon that gives me some glimmer of hope. I do not plan to step into another voting booth. I am an old man and have voted since turning 21, but in the past few years I have been a witness to the destruction of this country and the freedom that it once proclaimed. I am through with the political process, it is infected with “aids” and there is no cure.

  4. Sandra Price

    I share your fears Nogood. I believe it is the older Americans who can see the changes brought about by a terrible President and a weak Congress. However I am not quite dead yet!

    My plan is throw out all the Congress and start fresh with unknowns. The only Candidate standing on libery and freedoms is Ron Paul. We have been through a terrible influence with Bush/Clinton/Bush bringing in their solution under a neoconservative form of American Empire planning. With this plan, goes our individual rights and there is little we can do to stop this assault.

    It will take a major revolution to throw the bastards out of office and start with a fresh group of bastards. We need to keep on all voters to consider their freedoms before their freebies.

  5. keith

    Nogood, I certainly share your frustration.

    However, it is critically important to remember that electing not to vote IS, itself, a vote! And by doing so, you are simply letting someone else decide the outcome of the election for you.

    Like many others here, I, too, firmly believe the reason we are witnessing the destruction of the many freedoms we once enjoyed in this country is because we, the people, have collectively LET it all happen.

    As Sandy has said, we need to throw ALL the bastards out of office and start fresh. And if enough people get angry enough, I firmly believe that CAN happen because there is still a way that we, the people, can still MAKE it happen.

    For, try as they might to suppress so-called “third-party” candidates from running, the “Republicrats” have yet to figure out a way to keep the space for write-in candidates off our ballots.

    If enough of us begin voting for “none of the above” in enough elections, then eventually, the “Republicrat” bastards won’t continue to be elected and we can (finally!) break the absolute lock they now have on our electoral system in this country.

    But the longest journey always begins with the first few steps.

    By NOT voting, you are simply casting your vote …albeit by proxy…for a continuation of more of the same. Which is PRECISELY what the “Republicrat” bastards want us all to keep doing.

    It has often been said that we don’t get the government we deserve; we get the government we allow. If you want to perpetuate the problem, then, by all means stay home on Election Day.

    But if you want to be part of the solution…. then you need to get out and VOTE…even if you end up casting your vote for “none of the above”!

  6. neveringham

    Voting? Lots of good that has done for us in the past two presidential elections. I write my reps, I get a response too, it’s the same letter that doesn’t really say anything over and over again. I’m tired of the elected representatives of this country representing the industries at the expense of the American people and my Democrats who are more concerned about what this administration might say, that following through with what they said they would do if we gave them our vote. Did republicans start running as democrats? I’m fed up with this ongoing assault on our constitution being led by Cheney and his legal aid. When did journalism become government controlled media? Why have we become such a complacent society? Where is the movement and why isn’t it sweeping the country? I am ready to start this revolution, I am one. They say Rome fell in a day, we the people of the United States of America are sitting on the sideline waiting, watching, as our country falls. It will take much more than writing Congress, and it will need to happen before Rudy or Hillary (one in the same) take office. Granted I wasn’t alive when vietnam was happening, but in thirty years-this is how we now “deal” with a government that does not listen to what we, the heartbeat of this country want? There is so much more to this than has met your eyes…. GOD HELP US!!!!

  7. CheckerboardStrangler

    I might choose to vote thrice, once at the polls, once with my wallet, and, should those fail, from the ROOFTOPS.

  8. DejaVuAllOver

    I’m just constantly praying there will be a good independent candidate. It will be a cold day in you-know-where before I vote for Clinton. She’s almost as rotten as Bush, if you judge her on her VOTING record. If it’s a choice between Clinton and Guilliani, I’m staying home, too. I’ll let fate decide which sex Satan is.

    Dennis Kucinich, WE need you. The filthy Democrats don’t.

  9. keith

    Then, by all means, Deja Vu, WRITE HIM IN! Tell the “Republicrats” (and Mr. Kucinich) that you don’t like EITHER of the mainstream political party’s corrupt choices! It’s the only real way YOUR voice (and your apparent disgust) will really be heard.

    That is, by simply voting for SOMEONE ELSE other than the crooks the two mainstream parties have dished up, you can (and will) send a POWERFUL message that, if expressed by enough of us, can no longer continue to be ignored.

    As I’ve said, the “Rebublicrats” have now brainwashed most of us into thinking we have no other choice at election time but to vote for one or the other of their ever-more corrupt candidates.

    But, there’s a growing number of citizens (like you and me) who are totally fed up with BOTH mainstream political parties because far too many of their candidates are hopelessly corrupt, morally bankrupt and more than worthy of jail time.

    But all the while we continue to vote for the “lesser of two evils” come election time (or we elect not to vote at all), we’re just going to keep on exchanging one form of political corruption for another.

    Fortunately, the Republicrat’s “stack the ballot” game only works so long as we, the people, continue to buy into it.

    Thankfully, we still have choices at the ballot box come general election time in the only “poll” that really matters…OUR VOTE!

  10. Stratocaster

    This amounts not only to an invasion of privacy but corporate espinage. How easy will this make it for the corporations in control, Halliburton and AT&T for example, to spy on other businesse’s propritary information. One person is not going to change things. One group of people is not going to change things. It is going to take a majority of the people working together to put these bastards in jail where they belong. Are there the enough people left that haven’t sold out? The fat asses that make up this country won’t push themseves away from the table long enough to do anything about it. Just let the price of pizza go up, and there will be chaos in the streets. As
    Atilla the Hun once said, “Fat cattle are no match for hungry wolves”.

  11. Stratocaster

    “If you do not get involved, you will get the government you deserve”. George Herbert Walker Bush

  12. DejaVuAllOver

    Forgive me, Stratocaster, but your post reminds me a my favorite musician joke. I know, it’s COMPLETELY irrelevant but hey….. we all need a laugh, especially these days.

    Q.) How do you get a guitar player off your front porch?

    A.) Tell him he’s gotta pay for the pizza!

    And yeah, I know I’ll end up voting, no matter what. But I’m REALLY praying the Dems nominate a decent person, i.e. not Hillary, because, like it or not, a LOT of voters are going to go with the major party candidates. The odds are severely stacked against an independent, even with today’s voter outrage factor…..

  13. Stratocaster

    DejaVuAllOver, that is kind of like, how do you get a guitar player to stop playing? Put a sheet of music in front of him.