Thursday, July 4, 2013
In the United States of America July Fourth is "Independence Day", supposedly a celebration of a greater liberty than was guaranteed under the Magna Carta. Now it seems we have even less. The guarantees of the right to Habeas Corpus and prohibitions against Ex Post Facto laws have been decimated. The Declaration of Independence states in part that we are endowed by our creator "...with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
There was great debate over whether or not to have a Bill of Rights, with the primary argument against it being that people would claim rights were limited to those listed. That concern was addressed by including the Ninth Amendment which stated: "The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people". Thus, the right of privacy was deemed to be implied by the Fourth Amendment - a right and an Amendment that has been shredded, trampled on, ignored, and viewed with disdain by those currently holding office at all levels of government in the United States of America, the States, their counties, municipalities, the Courts, and by all levels of "law enforcement". They have all violated their oaths of office, encouraged illegal searches, eavesdropping, surveillance, and suppression of the truth about their unpatriotic, unconstitutional and illegal authoritarian actions. The words "the people" were not referring to prosecutors or town attorneys - they were referring to the every day citizens who all too often are arrested and prosecuted for exercising their inalienable rights. Compounding this outrage is the fact that the allegedly "free" press is all too often bought, censored, and silenced.
THE FOURTH AMENDMENT:
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
This Fourth of July there is a movement to Restore the Fourth Amendment.
Restore the Fourth Campaign Organizes Protests Against Unconstitutional Surveillance
'Restore the Fourth': Reddit, Mozilla, thousands of people set for July 4 NSA spying protest - RT USA
Want to Fight Government Domestic Spying? Join a 'Restore the Fourth' Protest This Independence Day | Alternet
Thousands to Join 'Restore the Fourth' Anti-NSA-Rallies
Restore the Fourth protesters stage rallies against NSA surveillance | World News | guardian.co.uk
Police Harassment of Photographers Remains a Problem | American Civil Liberties Union
I know the subject of this post WAY is off topic for this blog, but it bothers me to see police roadblock checkpoints where the police are invading the privacy of every single motorist and to know the government is listening in on our phone calls and monitoring our internet activities.
The National Anthem asks: "Oh say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?" Apparently not.
Let's try to Restore the Fourth Amendment that our elected and appointed officials have failed to "protect, preserve and defend" in direct violation of their Oaths of Office, lying about it afterwards.
They should be impeached.