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Droning on and on and on.. Oscumbo really is crossing the line. Do your research on this folks.. he is dismantling the constitution before our eyes

iamnothere 2012/03/11 13:37:16
In 90 days ... beginning in June ... United States law enforcement will begin flying remote-controlled Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV's), or "drones," throughout America at altitudes under 400 feet.

So, while you are putting burgers on the grill ... while your kids are jumping on the trampoline ... while you are standing in the street talking to a neighbor ... while you are window shopping ... or sitting outside at a café, having lunch ... the eyes of the U.S. government will be upon you.

Small drones will begin flying in June, but all types of UAV's will be allowed into the skies by September 30, 2015 - courtesy of our privacy-killing President, Barack Obama.

He signed the "FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012" into law on February 14. It allows for a broad expansion of drones over the United States. In the name of "security?" Hardly!

The Obama administration is systematically dismantling your Fourth Amendment rights:

GPS tracking: Police have the ability to tap into your cell phone, smart phone, laptop and navigation device to track your every move, and they can do this without obtaining a warrant. Last year, the Justice Department argued that warrantless tracking is permitted because Americans enjoy no "reasonable expectation of privacy" in their-- or at least their cell phones' -- whereabouts.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS): The DHS recently released a series of terrorist-watch videos "See Something, Say Something" that effectively tell Americans to spy on each other. These video clips depict Americans as terror threats, and then advise citizens to report the behaviors of their fellow citizens.

Transportation and Security Administration (TSA): Agents at airports across the country have harassed, groped and terrorized innocent Americans - including small children and the elderly - as they attempt to board airplanes. It is not uncommon to hear passengers complain of strip searches and humiliation, all without due cause.

Social Media Spies: The Department of Homeland Security makes fake Twitter and Facebook profiles for the specific purpose of scanning these sites for "watch list" words. If you are tagged by DHS, they read your posts and dig into your account to find out who you are.

Court Decisions: The Supreme Court ruled on Kentucky v. King that law enforcement have the authority to stage a search and seizure of Americans' property without obtaining a warrant from a judge. And the Indiana State Supreme Court ruled in Barnes v. State of Indiana that police can enter a resident's private property at any time - without a warrant, without suspicion, without reason - and without knocking and announcing their presence!

Quietly, without comments from the mainstream media, without opposition from anyone in Congress, America is becoming Obama's police state.

Where will this dangerous pathway end? We cannot continue to allow the majority of our elected representatives to look the other way while the government tramples on our Fourth Amendment protections. The government's encroachment of our rights will continue as long as we fail to act!

RedState warns, "[The Fourth Amendment] is bound to come under more pressure the larger the regulatory state grows."

Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:
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.

THESE GOVERNMENT ACTIONS ARE PARTICULARLY DISTURBING BECAUSE, this is similar to what happened in Germany when Hitler enacted dictatorial powers after a series of "decrees" that eroded civil rights and constitutional democracy.

America will not be safer once these drones are airborne. UAV's operated by inexperienced law enforcement officers on the ground will be sharing airspace with passenger aircraft operated by professional pilots.

And it is estimated that by the year 2020, there could be 30,000 of these drones in the sky - operated by police, the military, and corporations.

They won't just carry cameras, mind-you...these drone can carry weapons, too, as well as equipment capable of intercepting electronic communications and cellphone calls.

We cannot continue to allow the government to rob us of our freedom and right to privacy. With drones set to take over the skies across America, the next victim of our new police state could very well be YOU!

Jennifer Lynch, staff attorney for the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF) says, "Drones give the government and other (UAV) operators a powerful new surveillance tool to gather extensive and intrusive data on Americans' movements and activities."

The New York Times reports they are easy to operate. A drone can be controlled by an iPhone, meaning anyone with a reasonable amount of technological savvy can get in on the "action" - think paparazzi, marketers, and others who want to profit off your activity.

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety," - Benjamin Franklin

Remember ... the Fourth Amendment was written to protect us from police excess and police mistakes. In this growing police state, officers BECOME THE LAW, and our Constitutional rights cease to exist.

How much longer will you remain silent and continue to be pushed around before you tell every member of Congress to stand up and protect your Fourth Amendment rights?
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  • woodstock 2012/03/11 15:24:56
    woodstock
    +9
    It is interesting that the the government of the United States has an all out assault on the people of the United States but gives a pass and a bow to those that want to conquer and kill us.

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  • Bevos ProudPr... 2012/03/14 12:24:40
    Bevos
    That's ok. Go back to sleep dear.
  • mustang... iamnothere 2012/03/11 18:45:09
    mustangluver
    +1
    Every dictator has drones..
  • Tasine Bevos 2012/03/11 14:51:37
    Tasine
    +8
    Yep, tyranny always seems to follow a pattern. Remove all freedoms, make opposition a criminal offense, destroy the economy, make people hurt so that government can enter as the "savior"..........sets up the perfect scenario for wannabe tyrants, and Obama is led by some of the best tyrants. I hope you will read this: http://spectator.org/archives...
  • Bevos Tasine 2012/03/12 13:51:17
    Bevos
    +2
    I read most of it, enough to know that David Axelrod is a dangerous influence on Obama, and will stop at nothing to push Obama to a Dictatorship. Thank you
  • Striker Bevos 2012/03/11 16:09:16
    Striker
    +3
    Few if any humans have EVER been truly free from Rulers. It's quite amusing
  • Tasine Striker 2012/03/12 14:17:40
    Tasine
    +2
    I don't know about amusing, Striker. I find it quite disgusting.
  • Striker Tasine 2012/03/12 14:37:49
    Striker
    +1
    That too,
    I figured putting the whole dictionary here would be a bit tedious, tho
  • Pete 2012/03/11 13:48:02
    Pete
    +2
    Why isn't Congress or Senator's doing anything about this? Why isn't anybody doing anything about this? Did every members of Congress agree on this?...........................

    Peace be with you
  • iamnothere Pete 2012/03/11 14:02:32
    iamnothere
    +5
    the senate being fully stocked with DEMOCRATS.. get real We need to get them out of there before we have nothing left
  • ProudPr... iamnothere 2012/03/11 14:47:31
    ProudProgressive
    +2
    There are 51 Democrats in the Senate. The bill received 75 votes in the Senate. All Democrats?
  • iamnothere ProudPr... 2012/03/11 15:39:19
    iamnothere
    +6
    to many sad sack republicans.. Rinos who also need to go away
  • ProudPr... iamnothere 2012/03/11 15:53:54
    ProudProgressive
    +2
    Mitch McConnell is a "Rino"?
    Roy Blunt is a "Rino"?
    James Inhofe is a "Rino"?
    John McCain is a "Rino"?
    Marco Rubio is a "Rino"?

    They all voted for the bill.
  • iamnothere ProudPr... 2012/03/11 17:25:02
    iamnothere
    +1
    if they voted for this crap.. yup.. removing freedom and ignoring the 4th amendment .. yes I would have to say so.. or they have a lot of SPLanin to do lucy
  • ProudPr... iamnothere 2012/03/11 20:12:03
    ProudProgressive
    +1
    The bill doesn't affect 4th Amendment rights. The bill doesn't remove freedom.
  • jimrthy... ProudPr... 2012/03/12 04:35:35
    jimrthy BN-0
    +1
    It takes away privacy. It is another step in the Orwellian "We need Big Government to watch over us to keep us safe from the big bad terrorist boogie-men who hate us for our freedom."

    This may not violate the letter of the 4th Amendment, but it most definitely violates the spirit.
  • Bevos ProudPr... 2012/03/12 13:55:45
    Bevos
    Just close the damn borders. The money spent on the drones would go a long way towards doing just that!!!
  • 9th of 9 ProudPr... 2012/03/11 18:50:30
    9th of 9
    YES with a capital YES!
  • Tasine iamnothere 2012/03/11 14:53:32
    Tasine
    +6
    Democrats, yes, but also Socialists and Communists. The Democrat Party no longer actually exists - it's socialist now
  • ☆ Queen... iamnothere 2012/03/11 14:55:04
  • Striker iamnothere 2012/03/11 16:16:59
    Striker
    +1
    Here's the real problem - you are Governed. Not with your signature and consent, but by the claim of your Rulers. It's like that BC, there is none. All politicians would be merely TypeA personalities who feel compelled to Rule. Party matters not.
  • ProudPr... Pete 2012/03/11 14:45:55
    ProudProgressive
    +3
    The bill was introduced by John Mica (R-FL) with 24 cosponsors from both parties
    The bill passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 248 - 169
    The bill passed the Senate by a bipartisan vote of 75 - 20
  • iamnothere ProudPr... 2012/03/11 15:39:49
    iamnothere
    +1
    as I said.. to many RINOs
  • Striker Pete 2012/03/11 16:12:08
    Striker
    +2
    Because most everyone has chosen to be GOVERNed, or so the Rulers claim, although there is little evidence and no signatures. That's why.
  • mustang... Pete 2012/03/11 18:46:37
    mustangluver
    +1
    Anyone for BO has some kind of motive..
  • 9th of 9 Pete 2012/03/11 18:49:42
    9th of 9
    +1
    This man didn't, and he is running for President. Ron Paul
  • ProudProgressive 2012/03/11 13:44:29
    ProudProgressive
    +2
    So you're opposed to national security now?
  • iamnothere ProudPr... 2012/03/11 14:06:19
    iamnothere
    +3
    So you dont understand unreasonable search and seizures The Fourth Amendment (Amendment IV) to the United States Constitution is the part of the Bill of Rights which guards against unreasonable searches and seizures, along with requiring any warrant to be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause. It was adopted as a response to the abuse of the writ of assistance, which is a type of general search warrant, in the American Revolution. Search and arrest should be limited in scope according to specific information supplied to the issuing court, usually by a law enforcement officer, who has sworn by it.

    typical that a progressive like yourself would desire to give up their rights to personal privacy. How many times to you have to surrender yourself to take it up the back side will you guys take before you understand that we still are no safer.. just a lot less free
  • ProudPr... iamnothere 2012/03/11 14:13:34
    ProudProgressive
    +1
    No one has a "reasonable expectation of privacy" when they are in a public place. Ever hear of a traffic camera? There is no invasion of privacy here.

    reasonable expectation privacy public hear traffic camera invasion privacy
  • iamnothere ProudPr... 2012/03/11 14:32:54
    iamnothere
    +3
    so you equate this with flying drones over your house.. bet you would love to have them come knock your front and back doors in and stick guns in your face also
  • ProudPr... iamnothere 2012/03/11 14:40:42
    ProudProgressive
    +1
    No. If they want to come into my house, where I DO have a reasonable expectation of privacy, then they are required to obtain a warrant based on probable cause. When I am out in public, I have no reasonable expectation of privacy and therefore I have no right to complain if a camera sees me in a public place.
  • iamnothere ProudPr... 2012/03/11 15:40:50
    iamnothere
    +2
    how often do we hear about government coming into the wrong house.. happening once is once to many
  • ProudPr... iamnothere 2012/03/11 15:54:42
    ProudProgressive
    +1
    I agree. But none of that has anything to do with surveillance drones.
  • Tasine iamnothere 2012/03/11 14:57:29
    Tasine
    +3
    I can't respond to the above poster, PP. We don't talk. However, wannabe tyrants don't seem to mind other wannabe tyrants showing their stuff. What he doesn't realize is that our government has become a greater enemy of our people than the terrorists are. We haven't had a terrorist attack for years, but our government attacks us every day they are in session. What we need to do is kick every blasted one of them out onto the street and have truckloads of rotten fruit and vegetables available for the public to throw at these knuckleheads who don't even understand what the Constitution is or what freedom is.
  • ProudPr... iamnothere 2012/03/11 15:55:35
    ProudProgressive
    PS - Please tell Tasine that I am willing to talk to anyone about anything. I have no one on this entire site blocked. She is welcome to converse with me any time she chooses.

    Thanks.
  • Striker iamnothere 2012/03/11 16:19:44
    Striker
    +2
    Would you PLEASE block PP so we might have a productive discussion? That to you and to all who claim to be "friends" of Liberty.
  • Bevos ProudPr... 2012/03/11 14:13:24
    Bevos
    +4
    Are you really that ignorant?
  • ProudPr... Bevos 2012/03/11 14:16:17
    ProudProgressive
    +1
    I'm not ignorant at all. I know the difference between genuine concerns and fearmongering. This is the latter.
  • iamnothere ProudPr... 2012/03/11 14:34:09
    iamnothere
    +4
    this is a huge infringement of the 4th amendment .. that you have no genuine concern is a fear that you do show your ignorance
  • ProudPr... iamnothere 2012/03/11 14:41:33
    ProudProgressive
    How is this an infringement of the Fourth Amendment? You have no right to privacy when you are in public. Privacy can't be invaded when there's no privacy to begin with.
  • iamnothere ProudPr... 2012/03/11 15:42:42
    iamnothere
    +3
    so now your back yard is public property.. you do have an odd view of private property.. when do you hope OWS folks will come camp in your living room?

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