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Spy on Me, Please!

(Letter to The Daily Star, Oneonta, N.Y.)

Spy on Me, Please!

The Daily Star says Alexander Treadwell, Republican Congressional candidate [in New York’s 20th Congressional District], is demanding retroactive immunity for telecommunication corporations now spying on Americans so that meddlesome citizen lawsuits won't reveal what laws the Bush Administration is breaking and which of us they're spying on. (Read original article at this link.)

Treadwell's got my vote! Stop Congress from telling terrorists what our government is doing!

If you have nothing to hide, why fear bureaucrats reading your personal emails, or phone employees listening to your conversations with your doctor, or political operatives checking your bank account?

I agree with Treadwell that companies should go scot-free if they spied on us "out of good faith and patriotism.'' Keep the "free" in free enterprise!

The leftwing Wall Street Journal just reported that Bush started spying on our lives before not after 9/11. So what? If he hadn't spied on us, post-9/11 America might look like Iraq. Our commander in chief doesn’t need Congress or the courts telling our royal leader how to protect us from bad guys.

During World War II our government never used warrantless searches and seizures against citizens. But isn't cave-dwelling bin Laden more dangerous than the combined armies of Germany, Japan and Italy? Anyway, did terrorists respect the 9/11 victims’ Fourth Amendment rights? Let's return to the good old days before the leftwing 1776 American Revolution.

Sharing everything we say, write and do with faceless strangers is a small price to pay to preserve our precious freedoms. I hereby offer Mr. Treadwell my house keys so he can check any time for terrorists with weapons of mass destruction hiding under my bed. I'll stay stark naked 24/7 for convenient strip searches.

If you aren't willing to do likewise, the next terrorist attack is your fault!

For sources and a new book of political satire, The Einstein Sisters, visit notinkansas.us.

Irving Wesley Hall
  Morris, N.Y.



Recommended Reading

“Shocking new revelation: Unchecked government powers get abused”
By Glenn Greenwald
March 6, 2008

One year ago, the Inspector General's Office — the independent audit arm of the DOJ — issued a lengthy report detailing that the FBI, for the years 2003-2005, had used "National Security Letters" (NSLs) to gather information on thousands of Americans in violation of the law. Pursuant to the Patriot Act, NSLs permit the FBI and other federal agencies to obtain all sorts of invasive information from telecoms, Internet and email providers, even health care providers and the like without any judicial warrants or any other oversight of any kind.


“NSA's Domestic Spying Grows:
As Agency Sweeps Up Data Terror Fight Blurs”

By Siobhan Gorman
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March 10, 2008

The effort also ties into data from an ad-hoc collection of so-called "black programs" whose existence is undisclosed, the current and former officials say. Many of the programs in various agencies began years before the 9/11 attacks but have since been given greater reach. Among them, current and former intelligence officials say, is a longstanding Treasury Department program to collect individual financial data including wire transfers and credit-card transactions.


“House Steers Its Own Path on Wiretaps”
By Eric Lichtblau
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March 11, 2008

In continued defiance of the White House, House Democratic leaders are readying a proposal that would reject giving legal protection to the phone companies that helped in the National Security Agency’s program of wiretapping without warrants after the Sept. 11 attacks, Congressional officials said Monday.


“Bush Issues Fresh Veto Threat Against
Terrorist Surveillance Bill House Voting on Thursday”

By Pamela Hess
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March 13, 2008

About 40 lawsuits have been filed against telecommunications companies by people and organizations alleging they violated wiretapping and privacy laws. The lawsuits have been combined and are pending before a single federal judge in California.


“Democrats Reject Telecom Immunity Ahead of Vote”
By Christopher Kuttruff and Simona Perry
T r u t h o u t Report
March 14, 2008

In a statement Wednesday, 19 Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee said, “We have concluded that the administration has not established a valid and credible case justifying the extraordinary action of Congress enacting blanket retroactive immunity as set forth in the Senate bill.”


“FBI Found to Misuse Security Letters;
2003-06 Audit Cites Probes of Citizens”

By Dan Eggen
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March 14, 2008

The FBI has increasingly used administrative orders to obtain the personal records of U.S. citizens rather than foreigners implicated in terrorism or counterintelligence investigations, and at least once it relied on such orders to obtain records that a special intelligence-gathering court had deemed protected by the First Amendment, according to two government audits released yesterday.

A report a year ago by the Justice Department’s inspector general disclosed that abuses involving national security letters had occurred from 2003 through 2005 and helped provoke the changes. But the report makes it clear that the abuses persisted in 2006 and disclosed that 60 percent of the nearly 50,000 security letters issued that year by the FBI targeted Americans.


Vote for McCain, Armageddon

(Letter the The Daily Star, Oneonta, N.Y.)

Believers in biblical prophecy lovingly support John McCain for president. The Bible says we’re living the Final Days. Revelation 9:16 reports that Satan’s 200-million-man army will soon battle the Forces of Good in the Valley of Magiddo because the Jews returned to Israel to worship the Antichrist (Revelation 13: 8,14).

McCain’s Satanic critics claim Bush’s Iraq war was a mistake because bin Laden isn’t there. However, Revelation 16:12 says the eastern hordes will march from Iraq’s Euphrates River. Liberal Democrats won’t find Afghanistan or Pakistan in Scripture! Bless God’s wise Bush!

Skeptics scoff at the enormity of 200 million enemy combatants. There are only 300 million Americans. They forget Bush’s miraculous assembling of the Forces of Darkness for Final Battle. Few terrorists dwelled in Iraq before the United States’ occupation. Now legions of suicide bombers volunteer among millions of destitute refugees and jobless workers. Idle hands are the devil’s workshop. Hallelujah! Bush fulfilled Scripture!

McCain will keep troops in Iraq 100 years and attack Iran. Such divine steadfastness guarantees the huge terrorist army of prophecy. Remember, without Armageddon there can be no Rapture, and we real Christians cannot go to heaven without the messy inconvenience of dying (Matthew 24:40-42).

McCain, an Old Testament kind of guy, sheds no tears for the millions of dead Vietnamese, Iraqi and Afghan civilians who posed no threat to America. Why? Few were Christians anyway. Revelation says nuclear war will bring eternal peace. Trust septuagenarian McCain to push the button. Why? Few years to lose and eternity to gain. Some complain that our grandchildren will have to pay the trillion-dollar debt to China for Hillary’s and Bush’s wars. With McCain as president — what grandchildren? Hallelujah!

Church choirs, learn the Beach Boys’ melody, “Bomb-Bomb-Bomb, Bomb-Bomb-Iran.”

Vote for McCain and Armageddon.

For more political satire, visit www.notinkansas.us.

Irving Wesley Hall
Morris, N.Y.,
May 24, 2008

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