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This is What Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Thinks About Your Privacy Rights…
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spoke yesterday at the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s (NVTC) Titans breakfast gathering in McLean, Virginia. He discussed the fact that prior to a Supreme Court decision in 1967, there were no constitutional prohibitions on wiretaps because conversations were not explicitly granted privacy protection under the Fourth Amendment. He goes on to imply that he thinks it was better before such privacy rights existed. According to the AP:
Scalia said that before the court’s 1967 opinion on wiretapping, the high court held the view that there were no constitutional prohibitions on wiretaps because conversations were not explicitly granted privacy protection under the Fourth Amendment, which protects against Americans against unreasonable search and seizure of “their persons, houses, papers, and effects.”
But he said then the Warren court stepped in and found that “there’s a generalized right of privacy that comes from penumbras and emanations, blah blah blah, garbage.”
Blah, blah, blah garbage is how a Supreme Court Justice describes privacy protections. Protections that may have prevented FBI surveillance against Martin Luther King Jr., John Lennon and countless other activists. Remember that: All My Heroes Have FBI Files.
With Justices like this…
*Photo from the AP story.
By: Lance Devon
Government is also spying on your prescription drug use
(NaturalNews) Government bureaucracies use data mining techniques to keep track of almost anything nowadays. Government micromanagement of people’s lives has become the norm. Control freaks in positions of power want to know everything about everybody, usually in order to “keep people safe” or to learn about population trends or to “save lives.” Recent developments reveal that states will be implementing data mining techniques into state education common core standards to track children’s behavior. If recording children’s emotions wasn’t enough, states are now using data mining techniques to record each person’s prescription drug use.
State legislatures across the United States are joining in on implementing databases called Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, which are designed to stop prescription drug abuse and keep people from buying prescription drugs from street dealers.
Privacy stripped again as US citizens become naked punching bags
The mission statement of these programs sounds great, but these costly programs are taking personal medical information from one’s own doctor and handing it over to the hands of a select few government officials. As the right to be secure in one’s own person and papers against unreasonable searches is forfeited, government officials can now snoop around in people’s prescription drug use records legally.
These programs are being implemented across the U.S., costing states up to $1.5 million to start up and up to $1 million a year to maintain. These surveillance programs are primarily an online data mining system that keeps record of people’s prescription drug use.
Can databases like these be used for the greater good, or will the surveillance create a new drug war, where innocents are caught up in the cross hairs of government raids? Anyone with a prescription drug record could essentially be blamed or targeted by false leads or corrupt targeting.
The loss of the Fourth Amendment is the root of the problem here.
In what I would call the debate between a real Libertarian and a part time libertarian, the video says the rest.
Judge Napolitano vs John Stossel Over Severity
Posted by Donald Mathieu
From my perspective John Stossel supports freedom and liberty from a personal perspective based on his own emotions, not on principle. Violations to the fourth amendment, or other amendments, no matter the Constitution, seem to be acceptable to Stossel unless he is personally inconvenienced. No intelligent debate here but always happy to hear Judge Napolitano, who consistently appears as a clean mountain stream surrounded by toxic lakes and rivers.
As always, your thoughts and input are welcome below.
Judge Napolitano Discusses Latest Edward Snowden Revelations
Posted by MichaelSavage4Prez Jun 13, 2013
By Bill Walker
4 Ways the Fourth Amendment’s Already Being Pummeled in a Non-Top Secret Way(Reason.com
The Fourth Amendment didn’t become dead letter overnight. The NSA’s unprecedented access to Americans’ personal data may have been top secret, but the Fourth Amendment’s been getting pummeled for years out in the open. Here are four other ways Americans’ rights to security in their persons, houses, papers, and effects have been eroded.
To read more go to : http://reason.com
By Judy Morris
Secret court won’t object to release of opinion on illegal surveillance
In a rare public ruling by the nation’s most secretive judicial body, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled Wednesday that it did not object to the release of a classified 86-page opinion concluding that some of the U.S. government’s surveillance activities were unconstitutional.
The ruling, signed by the court’s chief judge, Reggie Walton, rejected the Justice Department’s arguments that the secret national security court’s rules prevented disclosure of the opinion. Instead, the court found that because the document was in the possession of the Justice Department, it was subject to release under the Freedom of Information Act.
Privacy advocates who brought the case said Wednesday that the ruling could pave the way for at least the partial release of landmark — but still classified — court rulings that some government surveillance activities violated the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution barring “unreasonable searches and seizures.”
The release of the opinion, they say, may prove central in the current controversy over the scope of National Security Agency surveillance programs.
Read the rest at NBC News, here.
By Ali Papademetriou
Rand Paul Pushing Lawsuit Against NSA for Spying on Americans
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, son of former liberty loving Congressman Ron Paul has already made a public statement regarding the National Security Agency (NSA) spying on millions of Americans’ phone records and emails and now he’s going as far as requesting citizens join him in a lawsuit against the agency.
On Sunday the Kentucky Senator told “Fox News Sunday” that he would be seeking the help of those angered over their Fourth Amendment being violated to follow his lead in a class-action lawsuit. “I’m going to be asking all the Internet providers and all of the phone companies: Ask your customers to join in a class-action lawsuit,” explained Paul.
He went on to detail, “If we get 10 million Americans saying we don’t want our phone records looked at, then maybe someone will wake up and something will change in Washington.”
Second NSA PRISM Spy Leak Shows Govt, Tech Companies Are Lying to You
A second leaked slide from the NSA’s top secret PRISM operation details how the NSA actually goes straight to the servers of top tech companies like Skype and Google in order to compile your personal chats and information — exactly what the U.S. Director of National Intelligence and major corporations said wasn’t happening in statements made yesterday.
Quite frankly, it looks like The Guardian has absolutely side swiped the Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, Facebook, Skype, Google, and a host of others who denied that the NSA PRISM program was directly tied into the tech company servers. More specifically, there was heavy denial in regards to how the NSA spy program actually worked, which is actually now detailed on the second slide. A slide that, at the time of writing this, has not even hit the front of Drudge or other sources. Here is the slide from the top secret PRISM project, which utilizes the top tech companies in order to watch and hold every letter you type through their services:
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Posted by Judy Morris
Ron Paul & Rand Paul on NSA, Rand Paul to Reintroduce 4th Amendment Preservation
In response to Wednesday’s news of the United States National Security Agency spying on millions of Americans through phone records from Verizon, liberty advocate and former Congressman Ron Paul gave a few comments.
According to Ron Paul News, Paul explained, “I wish I could say I was shocked at the reports the NSA is secretly spying on the private phone calls of millions of Verizon customers. However, this is a predictable result of a government that continues to erode our liberties while promising some glimmering hope of security.” After all, domestic spying by the government has been going on since President Nixon’s era.
“The Fourth Amendment is clear; it says we should be secure in our persons, houses, papers and effects, and that all warrants must have probable cause,” Ron Paul reminded readers. “I opposed and continue to oppose the Patriot Act because I believe it throws the Fourth Amendment right out the window. It is certainly not patriotic to support warrantless wiretaps, blanket ‘metadata’ collection, and spying on innocent American citizens,” he reiterated. Supporters are familiar with Dr. Paul’s opposition to the Patriot Act and any violation of the Fourth Amendment.
He concluded, “Unfortunately, what is worse than the reports, is knowing that politicians of both parties will continue to defend this practice as necessary to supposedly keep us ‘safe’. We do not have to sacrifice our liberties for security. At times like this, the question must be asked, ‘if we are willing to change our way of life and our very definition of freedom while tolerating the invasive searches at our airports and now of our phone calls, have the terrorists already won?’”
Ron is not the only Paul to speak out against the NSA spying scandal. His son, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul also feels the same way.
Read the rest at Spread Liberty News, here.
The Electronic Concentration Camp: Video from The Rutherford Institute
NOW PLAYING: In conjunction with the upcoming release of his new book, A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, John W. Whitehead sits down to discuss several “pressure points” that are threatening the Bill of Rights and undermining our essential freedoms.
In part four of this special series, Whitehead examines the collusion between corporations and government officials in erecting a system of mass surveillance aimed at all Americans.
More | Source The Rutherford Institute – Pressure Points: The Electronic Concentration Camp