On Wednesday evening, July 24th, the U.S. House of Representatives voted down an amendment that would have ended the NSA's wholesale collection without warrants of all U.S. electronic communications.
The amendment was introduced by GOP Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan. He explained the amendment this way....
"We're here today for a very simple reason: to defend the Fourth Amendment, to defend the privacy of each and every American," Amash said as he introduced his measure. Lawmakers' votes, he said, would answer one simple question, "Do we oppose the suspicionless collection of every American's phone records?"
The amendment failed under heavy lobbying by our Surveillance State overlords....but just barely....
The House voted 217-205 to defeat the amendment after intense last-minute lobbying from the White House and the NSA.
Democrats voted for the amendment by a 111-to-83 margin. Republicans, meanwhile, split 134 to 93 against it.
The Edward Snowden revelations which finally explained the details of what the Surveillance State overlords are actually doing, not what they say they are doing, made an impression on both Democrats and Republicans in the House.....nearly to the point where the legislative body nixed the NSA's power to warrantlessly (and unconstitutionally) hoover up and store in Utah.....all American communications.
The closeness of the House vote....the Reverend believes....helps to explain why, less than a week later, "U.S. officials" told the NY Times all about classified information concerning scary recent "chatter" amongst the "terrorists".....
The United States intercepted electronic communications this week among senior operatives of Al Qaeda, in which the terrorists discussed attacks against American interests in the Middle East and North Africa, American officials said Friday.
The Times writer included this "no shite Sherlock" sentence....
It is unusual for the United States to come across discussions among senior Qaeda operatives about operational planning — through informants, intercepted e-mails or eavesdropping on cellphone calls.
"unusual" is an understatement. Bin Laden used couriers for a reason. And on a side note......I thought we had already decimated "senior Qaeda operatives."
Whatever the case may be, "some analysts" suggest the new warnings are "a good way to divert attention" away from Snowden's revelations (not to mention a close House vote to gut the unconstitutional NSA program)......while at the same time "proving" how important it is for Surveillance State overlords to continue collecting every U.S. electronic communication.....every Google search, every Tweet, every Facebook entry, every cellphone call....every everything.....without probable cause, warrants or due process. Behold this Machiavellian explanation....
Some analysts and Congressional officials suggested Friday that emphasizing a terrorist threat now was a good way to divert attention from the uproar over the N.S.A.'s data-collection programs, and that if it showed the intercepts had uncovered a possible plot, even better.
I see this moment as Obama's "wag the dog" moment. Obama campaigned in 2008 openly critical of the numerous extra-legal Bush/Cheney actions, directives and policies. Today it is evident that Obama fully embraces every lawless Bush/Cheney action...with perhaps the exception of torture.....perhaps....and has added a few of his own. Today, Obama talks of "tradeoffs" between security and privacy. He might as well resume the goddamn-ridiculous color coded terror warnings started under the infantile leadership of the Bushies.
Maybe I'm too cynical.....even though I don't think that's even possible anymore....but I think connecting the dots on the chronology of the Snowden leaked NSA info.....Amash amendment to stop the NSA....and the "warning" about new jihadist "chatter"......seems unavoidably easy.
Big Brother has been acting in direct violation of the U.S. Constitution and the American people since 9-11. Members in good standing in the Big Brotherhood, rattled by Snowden's leaking of Brotherhood secrets and surprised by the too-close-for-comfort House vote on the Justin Amash amendment to stop the NSA hoovering program.....conveniently responded with new warnings about new scary threats which the NSA just happened to uncover while vacuuming up the world's electronic communications, including those of Americans.
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