10 Reasons The U.S. Is No Longer The Land Of The Free

In case you had any doubts – This is not the America we grew up in Fifty years ago…


Below is today’s column in the Sunday Washington Post.  The column addresses how the continued rollbacks on civil liberties in the United States conflicts with the view of the country as the land of the free.  If we are going to adopt Chinese legal principles, we should at least have the integrity to adopt one Chinese proverb: “The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.”  We seem as a country to be in denial as to the implications of these laws and policies.  Whether we are viewed as a free country with authoritarian inclinations or an authoritarian nation with free aspirations (or some other hybrid definition), we are clearly not what we once were. [Update: in addition to the column below, a later column in the Washington Post explores more closely the loss of free speech rights in the West].

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Those Who Trade Liberty for Security Deserve Neither Liberty nor Security- B.Franklin

We are rapidly becoming an Orwellian Surveillance State, where the Government ignores the express fact that it was always intended to be a Limited Government with very specific enumerated rights; while all other rights are either delegated to the States (which should have been significantly limited after the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of Equal Protection) or expressly belong to “The People” (which SCOTUS has made clear means individuals).

The Government rides roughshod over the basic fundamental civil rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights (& further amendments) and the 4th Amendment’s clear and unambiguous requirements for having a Judge issue a Warrant or even having express “Reasonable Cause” before any search by Government or its Agents or Representatives may take place of an individual’s person, papers or property (or their modern technical equivalents).

Any error or ambiguity should always fall to the side of greater protections for Civil Liberties and not to the further erosion of those Liberties and the protections of our collective Rights as expressly protected by the Consumer (including the Penumbra) – even at the expense of the enforcement of laws or any individual criminal matter.

The Constitution & it’s Bill of Rights are the Supreme (highest) Law in the Land, and every Government official & member of the Military takes an Oath to Preserve, Defend and Protect the Constitution which includes the Rights gathered therein from “All Enemies, Foreign or Domestic“. Thus the very first duty of every member of both the Government & Military is to protect & defend the liberties and the civil rights guaranteed by the Constitution- period. It is not to uphold other laws first, nor to protect the physical safety of individuals – no, it is to first protect their freedom & liberty.

The circumvention of the requirements for warrants before searches, against unreasonable search or seizure, against self incrimination, Et Al violates this duty to first preserve, defend & protect the Constitution and the Rights guaranteed within it; thus they should simply not be permitted.

Yet, routinely now, the Government, its Agencies and Agents circumvent those requirements and use technology to illegally track & monitor people or to illegally search their papers and/or property (whether it’s using GPS or cell tower locations to track individuals, the use of meta-data to monitor a person’s communications and their associations, or the use of data collected & maintained by Internet Service Providers, Social Media sites or other Websites to intrude upon the privacy of their Customers & Users)Simply because they have a new capability to monitor and invade a person’s reasonable privacy utilizing new & poorly protected technological capabilities does not mean they should be permitted to use that new capability in an abuse of Government Power to circumvent the protections of a Person’s Civil Rights.We must become outraged and not permit this, or all of our Freedom(s), all of our Liberty, all of our Protected Civil Rights are doomed.

We will all increasingly become serfs and thralls to our own ever more totalitarian Government & the power hungry autocratic thugs who will increasingly be running it.

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