You Have No Privacy Anywhere: Administration Pushes Forward With Domestic Spy Satellite Program

from the don't-mind-us... dept

While everyone's arguing over the legality of warrantless wiretaps, it looks like the administration and the Department of Homeland Security have moved on to even bigger fish: using spy satellites to spy more thoroughly throughout the US. For rather obvious reasons, this has many folks concerned. The government has shown a decided lack of ability to "stick to the rules" when it comes on domestic spying programs, and given what some of these spy satellites can do, it has people concerned about why the US is using such military hardware, normally reserved to spy on enemy countries, to spy on our own citizens. Somehow, DHS boss Michael Chertoff's response to his critics isn't particularly reassuring:
"There is no basis to suggest that this process is in any way insufficient to protect the privacy and civil liberties of Americans... I think we've fully addressed anybody's concerns. I think the way is now clear to stand it up and go warm on it."
To translate: "You should trust us, because we're trustworthy people who would never do anything wrong (please ignore all we've done wrong over the past few years). So, now that that's settled, let's get this baby rolling..."

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    Brandon Eubanks, 18 Apr 2008 @ 12:04am

    Americans need to stand up

    The American people actually having an impact on what its government does requires either a working representative democracy, a republic, or some hybrid of the two. Neither of which do we currently have. I don't think the American people understand that the people who are supposed to represent them(what a joke right) at the state or national level, the people who OK the laws that govern us. They don't even read or comprehend all of the laws they vote on. Most of them only know narrowly do for the bills which a committee they are on is covering. Keep in mind many of these bills are thousands upon thousands of pages of legalese. The American people pay no attention to their government, so why should we be surprised when it comes to dominate the people instead of the other way around. Even our system of law(not necessarily justice) has become so out of touch with reality, and out of hand with its intricacy that you need a lawyer to understand which laws of the state you fall under(and how they apply to you). What's sad is that the majority of the public is so ill informed and not participatory because they're just busy just living their lives. Others would just rather be blissfully oblivious as to what is going on. Fellow Americans I hate to tell you this but your rights are gone, they've already been stripped it's just a matter of taking them away. Section 802 of the Patriot Act (a) Domestic Terrorism Defined--Section 2331 of title 18, United States Code, is amended-- (1) in paragraph (1)(B)(iii), by striking "by assassination or kidnapping" and inserting "by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping"' (2) in paragraph (3), by striking "and"; (3) in paragraph (4), by striking the period at the end and inserting "; and"; and (4) by adding at the end the following: "(5) the term 'domestic terrorism' means activities that-- (A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State; (B) appear to be intended-- (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by imitmidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and (C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.". (b) Conforming Amendment--Section 3077(1) of title 18, United States Code, is amended to read as follows: "(1) 'act of terrorism' means an act of domestic or international terrorism as defined in section 2331;" meaning if you break a law that could be construed as being harmful to another person(speeding) you could be detained under the Patriot Act. Held without trial, and without charges indefinately. You could be extraordinary renditioned to a country where torture is acceptable. You could have your communications monitored without judicial overview. You could have your house broke into and gone through without warrant and without judicial oversight(Sneek and Peek). If they do decide to prosecute you, you will be prosecuted in a military court of law, not a jury of your peers. The constitution will not protect you at all because the Patriot Act which was approved by your REPRESENTATIVES is an end run around the constitution. If you go out to demonstrate against your government don't be surprised that are arrested and your constitutional rights don't seem to exist. After all you were attempting to or it at least appeared you were attempting to influence the policy of the government by intimidation or coercion. As for spy satellites spying on you they'd have to really really want to pay attention to you, its really just another weapon in their arsenal.

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