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Government Surveillance of MLK Used to Try to Destroy Him: Who’s Next?

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Does anyone believe that the Karl Roves, J. Edgar Hoovers, Dick Cheneys, Chris Christies of the world won’t use surveillance against political enemies? and potential enemies? and opposing political donors? and “anti war” groups? and “protesters” of all sorts? anti pollution groups? and racial groups? and his cronies’ enemies? and on and on, right on down to YOU?  that NSA employees won’t spy on celebrities, girl friends, boy friends, etc, right on down to YOU?

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NSA: “EVERYONE !!”

Seems the NSA can, without a warrant, snoop on anyone within three degrees of someone that they may have some suspicion about.

…the rather startling news that came out of yesterday’s House Judiciary Committee on the NSA spying programs: NSA Director John Inglis revealed that the FISA Court permits the government to do three jumps from an initial number tied to a phone number reasonably believed to be tied to terrorism (or relevant to Iran, though that search criteria didn’t get mentioned at all in the parts of the hearing I watched).

Three degrees of separation!

Remember, some years ago, every single person in the US could be connected via six degrees — the old Kevin Bacon game. There’s some evidence that that number has become smaller — perhaps as small as 3 (I’ve seen more scientific numbers that say it is 4.5 or thereabouts).

In any case, if the US is using the excuse of terror to get three jumps deep into US person associations, then this program is even more intrusive then they’ve let on.

I imagine that would include everyone in our government, the Israeli government, the Palestinian authority, every head of state, every law enforcement officer, everyone who has ever been abroad, everyone who has ever interviewed a foreign person, everyone who knows anyone who knows anyone in:

Greenpeace,

the Quakers,

any demonstration of any kind,

anyone who has written a letter to an editor,

any person of color,

anyone who signed a petition, and

so on.

It’s basically EVERYONE. and what will they do with it? Wait til Karl Rove or one of the Cheneys gets back in power and you’ll see in short order. Or just some NSA guy who’s curious about who his ex girlfriend in dating. Or some NSA girl with a grudge against oh, well, ANYONE!

We have a constitution; that used to mean something.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

When basically the entire population is legally suspect, doesn’t that mean we’re doing something wrong?

 

video: Gary Oldman, in “The Professional.”

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Martin Luther King, Jr.: a couple of thoughts on the Second Amendment and on extramarital affairs.

Slave_Market-Atlanta_Georgia_1864 As we all know, Martin Luther King Jr. was the most prominent figure in the passive-resistance civil rights movement in the US. He was shot to death in retaliation by a Southern white man. His memory and accomplishments were immediately targeted by smear stories about his sex life.

I. Guns:
A recent piece by Thom Hartmann at The Smirking Chimp is as revealing/surprising/forehead-slapping as any OTL,S! has encountered in the hundreds of years this blog has been in existence. It is rewritten to some advantage here. In short, the present form of the second amendment (the “bear arms” amendment) is what it is because of a perceived need to preserve slavery.

The Second Amendment was Ratified to Preserve Slavery

The real reason the Second Amendment was ratified, and why it says “State” instead of “Country” (the Framers knew the difference – see the 10th Amendment), was to preserve the slave patrol militias in the southern states, which was necessary to get Virginia’s vote [ratifying the Constitution itself]. Founders Patrick Henry, George Mason, and James Madison were totally clear on that . . . and we all should be too.

In the beginning, there were the militias. In the South, they were also called the “slave patrols,” and they were regulated by the states.

In Georgia, for example, a generation before the American Revolution, laws were passed in 1755 and 1757 that required all plantation owners or their male white employees to be members of the Georgia Militia, and for those armed militia members to make monthly inspections of the quarters of all slaves in the state. The law defined which counties had which armed militias and even required armed militia members to keep a keen eye out for slaves who may be planning uprisings.

As Dr. Carl T. Bogus wrote for the University of California Law Review in 1998, “The Georgia statutes required patrols, under the direction of commissioned militia officers, to examine every plantation each month and authorized them to search ‘all Negro Houses for offensive Weapons and Ammunition’ and to apprehend and give twenty lashes to any slave found outside plantation grounds.”

It’s the answer to the question raised by the character played by Leonardo DiCaprio in Django Unchained when he asks, “Why don’t they just rise up and kill the whites?” If the movie were real, it would have been a purely rhetorical question, because every southerner of the era knew the simple answer: Well regulated militias kept the slaves in chains.


II. Extramarital affairs:

J. Edgar Hoover took it upon himself to obtain blackmail material, largely of a sexual nature, on anyone and everyone he wished, including presidents and Martin Luther King, Jr. Back in the 60’s this material was rather shocking, because no one bothered to point out/tried to ignore/hide the fact that extramarital affairs were quite common (not to endorse them) and that homosexuality was not only common but also normal. The JEH strategy became standard political strategy in the “anything goes”/fair game Karl Rove era, and led, bizarrely, to the impeachment of a sitting president. In fact, the very persons and political groups who have shouted the loudest about sex have turned out to have the most to hide. Yes, JEH, KR, et al, OTL,S! is lookin at you. It is long past time to reject the hypocrisy of Hoover and the politics of sex revelations. These are mortals, people.

OTL,S! salutes the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his accomplishments.

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FBI plots another fake terrorist attack, arrests some incompetent fool

without FBI entrapment: retarded man arrested for dumping manure

 

Here’s the best description yet of the FBI obsession with creating and then imprisoning looney people who would never had the slightest chance of bombing anything without the FBI.

I guess being the FBI means you never have to say you’re sorry for entrapment.

It’s good that they do this because the private prison industry is getting tired of paying legislators bribes to pass more laws to put more people in prison for victimless crimes. Meanwhile, ignoring all so called white collar crime, which only steals billions from citizens every year. Thank you, again, the fake Justice Department created by President George W. Bush.

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GOP cripples Federal Election Commission; bring on the ‘dirty tricks.”

karlrove_2Politicizing the Justice Department wasn’t enough. Crippling regulatory agencies like the FDA wasn’t enough. Now we learn that, in a holdover from the Karl Rove era, the Republican Party has declared our election laws null and void by roadblocking any investigations or enforcement by the Federal Election Commission.
From TPM:

the three Republicans on the commission — led by Tom DeLay’s former ethics lawyer — have voted as a block against enforcement, preventing the commission from carrying out its basic regulatory function. As the normally mild-mannered Washington Post editorial board wrote recently: “The three Republican appointees are turning the commission into The Little Agency That Wouldn’t: wouldn’t launch investigations, wouldn’t bring cases, wouldn’t even accept settlements that the staff had already negotiated.”

Craig Holman of Public Citizen told TPMmuckraker the commission is currently “defunct.”

FEC watchers say the commission’s three Republicans — Donald McGahn, Matthew Petersen, and Caroline Hunter, each nominated by President Bush — are acting out of philosophical opposition to the very idea of regulating campaign money. “It’s the Republican caucus that actually believes there shouldn’t be campaign-finance regulation,” said Holman. “It is ideologic….”

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