Don’t Worry, It’s All About National Security

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The government, and specifically the Obama administration is trying as hard as it can to keep us safe. That must be why they need to read our e-mails and listen to our phone conversations; national security. It is probably also why the TEA Party was so scrutinized by the IRS, because of national security; after all the DHS had already labeled TEA Party groups possible terrorist threats. But luckily under the National Defense Authorization Act national security is strengthened so that the government doesn’t need to bother with silly little things like proof or evidence or Constitutional rights in order to indefinitely detain an American suspected of terrorism. And why not trust a President who tells us the things he does are for national security, when he has such a stellar record of protecting American diplomats around the world?

But alas, the world is not yet 100% safe, so Obama has taken yet another step to enhance our national security. It is all about national security, nothing else, no ulterior motives, no sketchy behind the scenes reasons… right? I just can’t help but get so sarcastic sometimes, because it gets old just reporting incident after incident of our federal government centralizing and growing power in the name of national security. And where is all the change that was promised after George Bush; stripping rights in the name of national security was a key aspect of the Patriot Act. So at best Obama is just like Bush, but it seems he is probably worse, since he is also attempting stop Americans from being able to defend themselves. You might think that if national security was such a threat the government would be issuing 30 round magazines, not banning them.

You know why I don’t feel secure nationally? It is because I see local, state, and federal authorities violating the rights of Americans on a daily basis. We see every single amendment in the Bill of Rights being violated (even the 3rd Amendment!) but our government wants us to be afraid of foreign enemies? It was not a mistake that the oath that these politicians swear is to uphold and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Never-the-less, Obama has as much flexibility as he wants, having been re-elected, and therefore issued an executive order recently, you guessed it, in the name of national security. Here’s what the Executive Order is about, according to The Examiner.

RT has reported that in a secretly unannounced move, President Barack Obama signed an executive order giving the Department of Homeland Security the ability to shut down all of the United States’ communications systems upon his request. Barack Obama laid out a statement he titled “Assignment of National Security Emergency Preparedness Communications Function”. No doubt a very confusing title. The reasoning behind his issuing of this executive order, is that he feels the government may one day need to access all of our telephones, computers, cable communications, etc., in the name of national security.

And this was signed about a year ago, at which point I posted about it, however more mainstream sources seem to be just picking it up. So when we are in dire time with our national security threatened, who will save us? The Department of Homeland Security of course! The ones with enough hollow points to make the Shutszstaffel jealous. The Department that labeled TEA party groups and pro-lifers possible terrorist threats. The DHS which surrounded and intimidated peaceful TEA Party members demonstrating against the IRS targeting of their political groups. The Department which is so concerned about Homeland Security that they set up random checkpoints on U.S. highways; so dedicated to their jobs that they are willing to violate our Fourth Amendment in the name of national security. They will be in charge when the communications go down–not by accident, by our government pulling the plug on our ability to e-mail, call, text, use a GPS, or even log onto the internet to find out what is happening. But that is the point, isn’t it?

Rebels sending Tweets didn’t work out so well for a few Dictators that were recently deposed.  I think the American government has learned from that, and realized that in order to maintain control over the population, they must not have the ability to communicate with each other. This is quite obviously creating a tactical advantage for our government, over its own civilians. But if it is all in the name of national security, wouldn’t we be much more secure being able to communicate with our neighbors, families, friends and loved ones? How secure do you feel when you can’t call the police for help (or your buddies for backup)? Do you think the inability to get an ambulance makes our nation secure? All this in the name of perfect communications between the DHS and other government entities. So somehow we as civilians are safer when we are unable to communicate, but the very thing that will make us safe is the monopoly of the government to communicate?

Tell us, Obama, why this national security directive is needed:

Such communications must be possible under all circumstances to ensure national security, effectively manage emergencies and improve national security…

Red Flags people, these are things which should raise red flags in our heads. If it was all about what they say it is about, national security, than many of the steps they are taking do not jibe. Unless the government considers us a national security threat, then our ability to communicate during that emergency would indeed make us safer, according to the logic of the Executive Order itself. It is only under the context of mass civilian uprising that the government would not want us communicating with each other. First they came for the TEA Party, but I said nothing, because I wasn’t a TEA Partier…

10 thoughts on “Don’t Worry, It’s All About National Security

  1. You make some interesting points, but I don’t think it’s as dire as you make it out. The U.S. government has been invoking “national security” for incursions into Americans’ privacy for a long, long time. It’s just gotten much worse since 9/11 (particularly at the airport). But seems to me, most Americans don’t mind sharing certain personal information. Otherwise how do you explain the popularity of Facebook (and other forms of social media), which hands over its members’ profiles to Big Business? America still has one of the free-est societies in the world. As far as targeting of the Tea Party by the IRS, what do you expect when an organization becomes militant about not wanting to pay taxes?? Nobody likes paying taxes, and I’m not defending the IRS, but seems to me the Tea Baggers asked for it. And perhaps you missed the recent news that liberal organizations have also been targeted.

    Obama wants to “stop Americans from being able to defend themselves”? Are you serious? Don’t answer that. I think I see why this blog exists.

  2. The fact that national security has been invoked as a reason for rights violations for a long time is no excuse. And I would think that since liberals were also targeted, it might concern you a bit more that whoever wields power at the time can use it against his political enemies. The “Tea Baggers” were applying for non-profit status (like Media Matters has), not becoming “militant about not wanting to pay taxes”. And by encouraging legislation that would have no effect on reducing crime (because last time it didn’t), but would infringe on the rights of Americans, that makes everyone less able to defend themselves (yes, sometimes people need more than 10 rounds at a time to defend themselves). This blog exists to educate people about the expansion of federal power to the detriment of state power and in violation of the Constitution which ensures individuals’ basic rights in the Bill of Rights.

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