More Good News on Freedom

Posted: June 6, 2013 in Privacy Rights

If you look at Drudge Report’s front page this morning it is very striking. Loaded with articles from all over about the “Obama Police State”. It isn’t actually accurate to ascribe all of this to Obama alone, as much of the “framework” for these intrusions of privacy stem from Acts that passed and were pushed by the Bush Administration, but Obama has certainly added additional flair and thrust to the encroachments on privacy.

Here is an article that struck me:

In a newly released video John W. Whitehead, president and spokesperson for the Rutherford Institute, discusses several “pressure points” that he believes are threatening the rights and freedoms of the American people.

“There are certain key pressure points that are hitting American citizens and affecting our rights, in fact, to the point where our rights are going to be devastated if we don’t take some kind of action,” Whitehead says.

Justice Department

Whitehead discusses the “secret” subpoena that allowed the Justice Department to collect the records of Associated Press writers and editors without the knowledge of the news organization.

“This is all part and parcel with the police state matrix in which we live where the government is conducting surveillance on us…and it’s all part of the electronic concentration camp in which we live.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VKPg9U7VkQw

 

FBI

Tim Clemente, a former FBI counterterrorism agent, recently disclosed in an interview with CNN that the federal government is keeping track of all digital communications that occur within the United States, Whitehead explains.

All conversations in America are being captured and there is a way to look at all past digital communications, Clemente said in the interview.

Whitehead says, “In other words we’re being watched.  There are two classes of people now, the watchers and the watched.”

NSA

Whitehead warns about Americans using the internet and claims that the National Security Agency has admitted to downloading 1.7 billion bits of information from the internet everyday.

“In other words, if you are on the internet in any way, or have electronic communications, you have a file,” warns Whitehead.

Google

Google has filed a patent for a “policy violation checker” that would monitor an individuals’ communications as they type, Whitehead explains.

The software will allow Google to alert the individual, the individual’s employer, or a government agent if they type any “problematic phrases.”

Whitehead rhetorically asks, “What’s a problematic phrase?”  “Let’s see, ‘I don’t like the government,’ ‘the government stinks,’ they’re violating my rights.'”

IRS

Whitehead warns that the IRS will use these “problematic phrases” to target individuals as they have done in the past with Tea Party organizations.

The IRS will come in and conduct a massive investigation, “to put the fear of the state in you,” says Whitehead.

Conclusion

“The reality is, we no longer live in a free society,” Whitehead says.  “The phantom promise of security has trapped a lot of Americans into giving their freedoms over.”

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