Saturday, October 2, 2010


"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution

Seems pretty clear to me - how about you? If the government wants to get into my life and look at any of my stuff or inside my property it has to possess a warrant. That means it has to go before a judge, explain its reasons for needing to invade my privacy and get the judge's permission to do so. We don't need a degree in the law to understand this, do we?

Then why can't the government, and its employees, the ones that swore an oath to uphold the Constitution seem to be able to figure it out?

"For many living in a terror-spooked country, it might seem like a great government innovation: Use vans equipped with mobile X-ray units to scan vehicles at major sporting events, or even randomly, for bombs or contraband.

But news that the US is buying custom-made vans packed with something called backscatter X-ray capacity has riled privacy advocates and sparked internet worries about "feds radiating Americans."

...On Tuesday, a counterterror operation snarled truck traffic on I-20 near Atlanta, where Department of Homeland Security teams used mobile X-ray technology to check the contents of truck trailers. Authorities said the inspections weren't prompted by any specific threat.

The mobile X-ray technology works by bouncing narrow X-ray streams off an object like a car and then analyzing the scatter rate of the returning rays. Operators can then locate less-dense objects that could be bodies or bombs.

..."Regardless of where you fall on the spectrum of national security … you have to be realistic that this is another way in which the government is capturing information they may lose control over," says Mr. Lane. "I just have some real problems with the idea of even beginning a campaign of rolling surveillance of American citizens, which is what this essentially is."
Yahoo News

Now that it has established its "right" to deny people and companies the Fourth Amendment protections and due process when it comes to their vehicles, will using this equipment on houses be far behind? Will all of your private activities be open to public scrutiny? Does the Constitution have any meaning at all any longer?

If the Constitution has no meaning them what can we say of America? Does it even exist any longer, beyond being a place on a map? How does it differ from any other country now, except in degrees? Our natural law rights, the ones guaranteed protection in the once mighty Constitution are trampled with impunity. Our government is no longer representative, it has become despotic. It can monitor our homes, cars, emails and pretty much whatever else it pleases without due process. It has created a tax system that is used to destroy and control. The IRS considers you guilty unless you can prove your innocence and will do whatever it takes to force you to conform to its will. The government creates and spends money against the will of the people, enslaving future generations to debt they never asked for. The rich and powerful live under one set of laws while the rest of us live under another, destroying all respect for the legal system. "Too Big to Fails" can do whatever they want knowing the government will backstop them while millions that played by the rules these same organizations colluded with the government to create are losing their houses, jobs and hope.

We've turned a corner and entered the New World Order where the connected rule the masses. This is no different than life under communist rule or the feudal order of the Middle Ages. The great experiment in self government instituted on our shore 234 years ago has failed.

How? As Benjamin Franklin said:

“When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.”

That's really all there is to it. The people want the money and benefits so they vote for it. The politicians that control those same monies become the masters of the people and the powers that control the politicians control it all. We sold our souls and our freedom for the lie of governmental security.

We are afraid to stand on our own two feet and to accept the consequences of our decisions. We all want our government to accept a role it was never intended to have and in fact we were warned against. We view government as children view their parents, not as adults willing to stand on our own. We don't want a system of laws designed to protect our liberties - we want a mommy to take care of us when we get hurt. We act like children and now we'll be treated as such by a government that has assumed the parental position of power we've asked it to assume.

Be careful what you wish for, kids.


  1. Catawissa
    You should get a bumper sticker with a picture of a big fat hairy bum with the words
    “X-ray this, asshole!”
    I agree 100% about the government being a mommy and as you pointed out, we got what we ask for, problem is like all mommies, if you step out of line you get a good clip round the ear or worse. The UK is the surveillance capital of the world. It’s hard to find a lamp post that does not have a camera attached to it.
    Its getting like that Tom Cruse movie Minority Report, soon the thought police will be sending out their spiders.

  2. I would except my wife would never allow it and after all, regardless of the government, she is the real power in my life and I fear her wrath.

    You're right about the cameras; they're starting to go up over here, too. And you think Minority report is just a movie?