In the newest installment of U.S. liberty deprivation chronicles, we learn that the fearless Bush-bot police state goon, Department of Homeland (in)Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, is scoffing at our elected congressional leaders who want to protect the U.S. Constitution and our fundamental right to privacy. If you need a source, here it is.
The Bush administration said yesterday that it plans to start using the nation’s most advanced spy technology for domestic purposes soon, rebuffing challenges by House Democrats over the idea’s legal authority.
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said his department will activate his department’s new domestic satellite surveillance office in stages, starting as soon as possible with traditional scientific and homeland security activities — such as tracking hurricane damage, monitoring climate change and creating terrain maps.
Sophisticated overhead sensor data will be used for law enforcement once privacy and civil rights concerns are resolved, he said. The department has previously said the program will not intercept communications.
The DHS lied then, and the DHS is lying now. Internet and telephonic communications are routinely surveilled by our big brother in the sky, the NSA. They have a backdoor key into your Windows OS, they vacuum your private phone conversations and e-mails into their data-mining programs, and they scoff at your constitutionally protected right to privacy – all without a constitutionally required warrant. They wield an ax of information gathering power that you cannot fathom, but blithely assure you that there is no reason for concern.
“There is no basis to suggest that this process is in any way insufficient to protect the privacy and civil liberties of Americans,” Chertoff wrote to Reps. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) and Jane Harman (D-Calif.), chairmen of the House Homeland Security Committee and its intelligence subcommittee, respectively, in letters released yesterday.
“I think we’ve fully addressed anybody’s concerns,” Chertoff added in remarks last week to bloggers. “I think the way is now clear to stand it up and go warm on it.”
No Mikey, you haven’t addressed my concerns in the least. Your presumptive arrogance and unconstitutional Stasi-esque police state tactics instill great fear in my liberty-loving heart. You are a NAZI, you are a jack-booted thug, you are a little man with a high-ranking office, but in the end, you will be denied the ability to subvert the Law of the Land.
Democrats say Chertoff has not spelled out what federal laws govern the NAO, whose funding and size are classified (black budget ops). Congress barred Homeland Security from funding the office until its investigators could review the office’s operating procedures and safeguards. The department submitted answers on Thursday, but some lawmakers promptly said the response was inadequate.
“I have had a firsthand experience with the trust-me theory of law from this administration,” said Harman, citing the 2005 disclosure of the National Security Agency‘s domestic spying program, which included warrantless eavesdropping on calls and e-mails between people in the United States and overseas. “I won’t make the same mistake. . . . I want to see the legal underpinnings for the whole program.”
Thompson called DHS’s release Thursday of the office’s procedures and a civil liberties impact assessment “a good start.” But, he said, “We still don’t know whether the NAO will pass constitutional muster since no legal framework has been provided.”
DHS officials said the demands are unwarranted. “The legal framework that governs the National Applications Office . . . is reflected in the Constitution, the U.S. Code and all other U.S. laws,” said DHS spokeswoman Laura Keehner. She said its operations will be subject to “robust,” structured legal scrutiny by multiple agencies.
DHS spokesowman Laura Keehner is a hired hack and full of bullshit. Your tax dollars pay for her rent, her car note, her groceries, and her D-size battery clitoral sexual stimulation devices. She, like Uncle Mikey, ultimately answer to the little people. Hired executive agency hacks will wither away and be forgotten when they are no longer tolerable. Our goal as freedom lovers is to hasten their obsolescence.
Now it is 1984
Knock-knock at your front door
It’s the suede/denim secret police
They have come for your uncool niece
Come quietly to the camp
You’d look nice as a drawstring lamp
Don’t you worry, it’s only a shower
For your clothes here’s a pretty flower ~ Dead Kennedys “California Uber Alles”