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by Tad Cronn
The walls have ears. That’s what the citizens used to say in the Soviet Union. And in Nazi Germany. And in Communist China. And in Cuba. And in Occupied France.
Now we can say it here, in the United States of America, the former land of the free.
The walls have ears. So do the TVs. So do the Xboxes. So do the cell phones. So do the computers. So do the lampposts on the corners.
This is not the America our veterans fought to preserve. This is not the country our Founding Fathers bequeathed us.
That long-feared morning where we wake up and our freedom is gone was a week or two ago, and some people still don’t get it.
We are living in a police state. Here. Now.
It’s been in the works for a long time. The leak to the media was just its coming out party.
“I have nothing to hide” is no defense. You have something to hide if “they” decide you do. Just ask contributors to Mitt Romney or any of the conservatives targeted by the IRS.
One of the greatest offenses against freedom cited by the Founding Fathers was when the British would enter a Colonial home or business without warrant or proper cause and seize property or arrest the inhabitants, often based on a tip from the British network of spies and informants.
This violation of justice, politically motivated spying on law-abiding citizens, is what led to the Fourth Amendment, the protection against unreasonable search and seizure.
What the federal government is doing now in gathering data on individuals without warrant or even suspicion of wrongdoing is light years beyond what the Founding Fathers found so outrageous.
Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who leaked the NSA story to the Guardian, said, “The NSA has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything. With this capability, the vast majority of human communications are automatically ingested without targeting. If I wanted to see your emails or your wife’s phone, all I have to do is use intercepts. I can get your emails, passwords, phone records, credit cards.”
President Obama said the other day that nobody is listening to your phone calls. That is technically correct, because there is not enough manpower to listen to or read the amount of information the government is gathering. That’s why they use computers that flag keywords and kick only certain communications up to a human being.
So nobody is listening, but every phone call is being monitored and will be listened to if you use the right code words. Even when Obama tells the truth, he lies.
Even the New York Times is fed up, publishing an editorial denouncing the Obama Administration: “The administration has now lost all credibility.”
The question is, will the average American wake up to the monster that has been unleashed in Washington?
“I don’t want to live in a society that does these sort of things,” Snowden said. “… I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under.”
This Administration, despite everything, still has plans to double down on its surveillance of Americans through use of spy drones and its data collection center in Utah.
If we want to regain our freedom, we need to be prepared to do something about it.
Read more: http://godfatherpolitics.com/11204/dawn-of-the-united-police-state-of-america/#ixzz2VwXfgJDL
Freedom Works President Matt Kibbe says the IRS scandal is twice as bad as Watergate because of the breathtaking extent the agency was used to target conservative organizations filing for tax-exempt status as well as their donors.
“Watergate was an example of abuse of power by a few very powerful people, including the chief executive and the specific targeting of a few specific enemies,” Kibbe told WND. “In this case, you have an institution-wide bias, a widely known understanding that the IRS was targeting people based on their politics and their political philosophy. It was known for several years and yet it continued and it continued, and so you have one of the most powerful agencies of the federal government, as policy, going after the citizens, the mom-and-pop community leaders. They weren’t powerful. They weren’t in a position to fight back. It was a widely known thing among tea partiers for years, and now the rest of America is finding out about it.”
Kibbe said the details emerging about this scandal suggest far more high-ranking officials were aware of the IRS policy toward conservative groups than the Obama administration is willing to admit.
“The story coming out of the White House and the trail back to the top of the executive branch continues to grow and the story continues to change, and we still don’t know who knew what,” Kibbe said. “The path of authority is quite clear here. The IRS is part of the Treasury Department. The head of the Treasury Department reports directly to the president of the United States. For the Obama White House or even the Treasury Department to claim that they knew nothing about that, either they’re grossly incompetent or they’re not being honest and that’s what we need to get to the bottom of.”
What may lead to a very different conclusion than Watergate is the lack of a paper trail. Kibbe said he would be surprised if there is an actual email or voicemail suggesting Obama was personally involved in developing this policy, but he said all anyone needs to see are Obama’s public statements on tea-party groups.
“I think this was broadcast right on the evening news when Obama questioned the right and the motives of tea partiers and conservative donors who were out there fighting for what they believed in,” said Kibbe, who noted that administration officials kept the story from going public before the 2012 elections. He believes Obama likely would have lost to Mitt Romney if the story had come to light before Election Day.
FreedomWorks received its tax-exempt status years before the dawn of the tea-party movement and played a critical role in coordinating promoting the tea party. The group has not been audited as part of the IRS scrutiny of conservatives. But Kibbe said FreedomWorks donors were targeted, and that aspect of the story might be an even bigger scandal.
“That is probably the bigger scandal when we work our way down the food chain, that individuals are being targeted, and not just by the IRS but by various agencies of the federal government, for their political beliefs, for who they’ve decided to give money to,” Kibbe said. “It gets to our First Amendment rights, and I do think that we need to understand that the institutional difference today is that the most powerful institutions of he federal government now have the ability to go after citizens that they disagree with. And that’s the definition of tyranny.”
Kibbe said donors have not been intimidated by the IRS and news of the scandal. He believes forced government transparency is emboldening activists and the actions of the IRS only fuel the desire for smaller, more open government.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/06/tea-party-captain-irs-scandal-leads-to-obama/#kzHRGu1gSifJFqAD.99
‘After months of name calling, disparaging effigies and theatrics’
The effort to recall “America’s toughest sheriff,” Maricopa County, Arizona’s Joe Arpaio, fell short of the 355,000 voter signatures needed by yesterday afternoon.
Arpaio reacted to the outcome in a statement.
“After months of name calling, after the disparaging effigies and theatrics … this latest recall effort has failed,” the sheriff said. “This effort failed because the good people of Maricopa County, whom I’m honored to serve, rejected the wrongheaded idea of overturning an election.”
The recall campaign was launched by Respect Arizona and Citizens for a Better Arizona, which protested the sheriff’s aggressive approach to stopping illegal immigration, charging his office targets people on the basis of race, in violation of the Constitution.
Respect Arizona said it believes “our children deserve a sheriff that respects families, respects immigrants and respects Latinos.”
Randy Parraz, president of Citizens for Better Arizona, told the Los Angeles Times the two groups had nearly 300,000 signatures by the 5 p.m. deadline Thursday. He said the setback won’t slow down Arpaio’s critics, vowing “this fight is not over.”
In support of Arpaio, whose backers are as passionate as his enemies, a group called Citizens to Protect Fair Election Results was formed.
The group’s attorney Larry Klayman, founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, said “dangerous, subversive-like activities of Respect Arizona have the potential to launch this county and possibly the entire state in what can only be called an ‘Electoral Civil War’ that could cost the citizens of Arizona millions of taxpayer dollars.”
Klayman charged the allegations against Arpaio are “not only false on their face, but, in addition, also fraudulent since Respect Arizona obviously does not represent the majority of voters of Maricopa County, Arizona, who just re-elected Sheriff Arpaio a few months ago.”
Arpaio’s opponents contend he must be dismissed because his office has failed to adequately investigate more than 400 sex crimes cases and has cost the county $25 million in legal settlements over treatment in county jails.
In addition, in a complaint brought by Latinos, a federal judge ruled last Friday that Arpaio and his deputies unconstitutionally target people because of race.
The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow came in response to a class-action lawsuit brought by Hispanic drivers. At issue was whether police can target illegal immigrants without racially profiling innocent citizens and legal residents of Hispanic origin.
The ruling charges the agency stopped cars because they had dark-skinned people in them and arrested Latinos for suspected immigration violations without proper authority.
The sheriff strongly insists there has been no racial profiling, and he plans to appeal the decision.
Last summer, the Obama Justice Department closed a criminal probe into Arpaio and his deputies that also charged racial profiling of Latinos and unlawful arrest. The investigation began in 2008.
The Justice Department also sued Arizona for its law allowing state law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration laws.
As WND reported, Arpaio has charged Obama “is waging war on Arizona over illegal immigration.”
Arpaio’s supporters have argued the sheriff won re-election fairly and that recall organizers shouldn’t be allowed to contest the election because they didn’t like the outcome.
Arpaio has said his office addressed the problems with the sex-crimes investigations and has made changes to prevent a repeat.
In January, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled regarding state Senate Bill 1070 that Arizona has the right to ask whether suspects are in the U.S. legally but cannot punish anyone for it.
In response to the ruling, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s suspended “the 287(g) program,” which allowed the DHS to deputize local, county and state law enforcement officers to assist in the enforcement of federal immigration laws.
“Evidently Obama didn’t get everything they wanted from the Supreme Court, so they decided to retaliate against Arizona,” Arpaio said at the time.
“What the Obama administration wants is amnesty,” Arpaio said. “DHS has made it clear the goal is to allow people here illegally to hit the streets.”
Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse team of volunteer investigators continues to probe President Obama’s eligibility for office, focusing on the birth certificate made public by the White House. Arpaio and the posse have concluded the birth certificate is a fraud and are urging Congress to investigate.
In April, a suspicious package addressed to Arpaio contained a bomb that was powerful enough to maim or even kill him, his office said.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/05/do-sheriff-joes-enemies-have-enough-signatures-to-oust-him/#dpuBvL4JPUVehErA.99
A top Republican lawmaker blasted President Obama after he held an Oval Office meeting this week with illegal immigrants, despite having ignored recent requests for a sit-down from the union representing immigration officers.
“The fact that the president and the vice president are hosting illegal immigrants in the White House while constricting citizen tours and refusing to meet with immigration officers says it all,” Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said in a statement to FoxNews.com Friday. “The White House will not even grant ICE officers a low-level White House meeting but invites illegal immigrants into the Oval Office.”
Obama and Vice President Biden met Tuesday with eight advocates of immigration legislation, which is making its way through Congress. Three of the participants were listed in the White House readout as having “deferred action” — a term that means they were granted a reprieve, likely via the administration directive last year that allowed some illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to avoid deportation and seek work authorization.
Some Republicans are open to ultimately granting permanent legal status to these and other undocumented immigrants. But Sessions, and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., both complained that the president is at the same time snubbing the law enforcement officials tasked with enforcing U.S. border policies.
Sessions and Goodlatte sent a letter to Obama Thursday asking why the White House had not responded to repeated requests to meet with representatives from the National ICE Council, the union that represents more than 7,000 customs enforcement officers.
According to the letter, the ICE union has been trying to snag a meeting at the White House for three months to discuss the immigration overhaul, to no avail.
“To be effective any immigration reform bill must heed the warnings from our federal immigration agents,” the lawmakers wrote. “Unfortunately, far from being included in the process, ICE officers have been shut out and have even had their day-to-day operations handcuffed by DHS officials to the point of being unable to carry out their sworn duties.”
The White House refutes the claims, though, and says it has made itself available to multiple immigration enforcement officers over the past few months — if not the ICE union specifically.
On May 14, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Director of National Drug Control Policy R. Gil Kerlikowske were among administration officials who sat down with law enforcement officers from across the country. During the meeting, Napolitano and Kerlikowske pushed for broad immigration reform and touted the White House’s investments in personnel and technology targeted to keep the borders safe.
The meeting came three months after another Washington gathering with Napolitano and White House Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Munoz. In that meeting, Munoz outlined the principles at the heart of Obama’s immigration proposal which included cracking down on employers who hire undocumented workers and creating a pathway to citizenship.
But Chris Crane, president of the ICE union, has made clear dating back to February that he wants his group to be as involved with immigration legislation as other business and advocacy groups have been.
Obama may have other reasons for avoiding a meeting — members of the union have filed suit against Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, claiming they’re being prevented from doing their jobs.
The union has started to actively lobby against the current Senate bill, citing concerns that current gaps in enforcement will only be perpetuated. They were joined this week by the National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council, which represents 12,000 federal immigration officers at the USCIS.
On Tuesday, a Senate committee passed the so-called Gang of Eight immigration bill. The legislation would still have to be approved by the full Senate.
On the House side, Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor warned Thursday that they would not rubber-stamp the legislation.
“The House remains committed to fixing our broken immigration system, but we will not simply take up and accept the bill that is emerging in the Senate if it passes,” Boehner and Cantor said in a joint statement.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/05/25/top-gop-lawmakers-say-obama-is-icing-out-immigration-union-in-border-talks/#ixzz2UaS3MmED
Muslims living in America should not be bound by U.S. law, according to a leader of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, who delivered the controversial message to a crowd at a Muslim rally in Austin, Texas.
“If we are practicing Muslims, we are above the law of the land,” said Mustafa Carroll, executive director of the Dallas-Fort Worth CAIR branch.
The rally in Austin was part of a nationwide effort to hold “Muslim Capitol Day” events.
According to the event website, Muslims from around Texas went to the capitol to “promote civic and political activism throughout the wider Muslim community.”
The organizers said one major issue discussed “was the recent House and Senate bill proposals involving the implementation of ‘anti-Shariah’ legislation, where the First Amendment rights and freedoms of Muslims would ultimately be hindered.”
Critics argue Shariah prohibits other faiths from free exercise of religion when enforced, giving freedom only to Muslims.
Carroll’s statement was similar to a statement allegedly made by CAIR co-founder and former chairman Omar M. Ahmad. He was paraphrased by a reporter saying, “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant” and the Quran “should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”
Carroll began joking about the widespread concern about Shariah, the religious code that governs Muslim civil and political life.
“We tried to downplay Shariah, because we didn’t want to give the other side any excitement for being here,” he said.
He dismissed critics who express concern about Shariah, calling them “anti-foreign.”
“When you even say the word Shariah, people get nervous. We are not advocating for Shariah. We are not trying to make Shariah the law of the land,” he said.
Carroll claimed Muslims only want the “right to practice our faith.”
But he also said, “If you understand Shariah, the foundation of our faith … how we treat our neighbor, how we treat our parents … how we participate in society, all of that is part of Shariah.”
Carroll is on record defending Hamas, classified by the U.S. as a terrorist group.
“I think you can only blame Hamas for so long. It takes two to tango. And I think, you know, that what we’ve heard for a number of years is this terrorist, terrorist, terrorist, terrorist, Hamas, Hamas, Hamas, was not just Hamas,” he’s said.
At CAIR’s Dallas banquet in 2007, Carroll denied the Quran is the source of terrorism.
“Look at the true cause of the terrorism. It’s not somebody is reading a book, reading a Quran, and then go out and say, ‘Well, the Quran told me to blow this up. I’m gonna blow it up.’ The cause, the root cause of terrorism is oppression. The root cause of terrorism is oppression.”
Rev. Ronnie C. Lister, a social justice activist from the Houston area, spoke at Muslim Capitol Day.
“This country belongs to you. This state house is your state house. The police department is your police department,” he told the crowd. “This land is your land. … God is on your side … this is your house. [It] does not belong to the Republicans. It does not belong to the Democrats. It does not belong to just Americans. It belongs to all of us!
“We are looking for the day when a Muslim will become president of the United States; you heard it from me,” Lister said.
Islamic expert Frank Gaffney, founder of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C., told WND that Carroll’s declaration of Islamic supremacy was consistent with Muslim teaching.
“When you hear one of their speakers say, we are above the law of the land – take it to the bank. That is what they really believe,” he said. “That is what all Muslims believe. That is what Shariah teaches. To the extent that Muslims adhere to Shariah, they are obliged to try and impose it on the rest of us.”
“The organized spread of Shariah is what Gaffney calls “civilization jihad.”
Gaffney, assistant secretary of defense for international security policy in the Reagan administration, noted CAIR was founded in 1993 to serve as a fundraising and political arm for Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/03/we-are-above-the-law-of-the-land/#4ti2y8gJBWUxhPsu.99
Gov. Nathan Deal yesterday signed S.B. 160 – a tough expansion of Georgia’s H.B. 87, the Arizona-style law cracking down on illegal aliens, which passed in 2011.
The La Raza lobby was left stunned and upset, believing Deal would bend to the prevailing GOP pressure for immigration appeasement in Washington, and veto it. They were sadly mistaken.
Passed in the final hours of the General Assembly’s 40-day session – and despite fierce lobbying against it by ethnic intimidation groups, big business interests, and the ACLU – Senate Bill 160 was created to “fix” problems in licensing delays related to the old bill, but was later amended to add the following strong anti-illegal provisions, all now law:
Bans illegal aliens from getting state driver’s licenses.
Blocks illegal aliens from getting state, grants, public housing and retirement benefits.
Prevents people from using foreign passports to obtain public benefits, unless those passports include records indicating they are in the country legally.
Mandatory participation in E-Verify for contractors doing business with city, county and state government agencies.
SB 160 will take effect July 1.
About 1,500 illegals and supporters marched through downtown Atlanta on April 10 in support of the ‘Gang of 8′ amnesty plan, and to demand that Deal veto SB 160. Two days earlier, SWA posted a request to bombard to Governor’s office with calls, to our 22,000 Georgia members. Georgia’s citizens won the day, and the sour grapes were in abundant harvest yesterday:
Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO), said
“It is a shame that Governor Deal continues to stoke anti-immigrant sentiment through signing SB160….The law will make Georgia more hostile toward foreigners and less competitive in the global marketplace. When the national GOP is moving toward immigration reform, Gov. Deal takes a huge step backward.”
Boo hoo! Martin Lopez, an illegal alien “immigrant rights activist” from Atlanta, was among those who demonstrated outside the state Capitol this month. He said many illegals have been using their foreign passports as a form of identification to get public benefits because the state’s 2011 law prohibits officials from accepting matricula consular cards when people apply. He said he doesn’t know “what they can do now”.
They can go back to their country, Mr. Lopez.
“I don’t really know the outcome — it is going to be big,” said Lopez. Yes it is. And other states should follow suit. With GOP cowardice in the face of Obama’s lawlessness, Arizona-style state actions are the principal weapons which remain against illegal aliens. And yesterday, Georgia made all Americans who respect the rule of law very proud.
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