The TSA gets shot at and everyone thinks they need guns. Citizens get shot at and everyone thinks they don’t need guns.
A Failed Presidency, A Product of the Times
After all that’s gone down this week, I’ve been thinking about how quickly the tide has changed on the perception of Obama and his administration.
He’s gone from a beloved president to a polarizing one over the first 5 years and then in about a months time he’s gone from polarizing to a completely tainted president. He’s not only loathed by the right, he’s seen as a failure by the left.
All in all, he’s probably going to go down as one of the worst presidents of all time. Once I came to this realization today, I had to pause and think about it and I realized that I find that almost unfair, believe it or not.
It’s not that I don’t think Obama has been a dreadful president, it’s that I think every single president has been just as abominable, Obama just got the short end of the stick.
Obama’s like the guy that just so happens to be holding the joint everyone was passing around right as the cops storm the party. Everyone was guilty but only one’s going to spend the night in the back of a police car.
You see, Obama’s policies are terrible, but they are just a continuation of George W Bush’s. And Bush’s policies were terrible but his wars and his financial policies were all based on congressional plans that were drawn up before Bush even considered running for office. And Clinton didn’t do anything that much more different than George H. W., who tried to be a carbon copy of his former boss, Reagan. The path spirals all the way back to the start of this empire, every president picking up where the prior left off and adding their own flavor of policies without going to far off course.
Sure, there are some that really add on the spice, FDR, Lincoln, Wilson, Nixon and Reagan come to mind, while others try their best to stay invisible. But none of them ever attempt to reset the country on the right course.
Obama just happened to be president at the point in time that the evolution of these policies has reached a tipping point and they are now full, grown up machines of evil and tyranny. Couple that with how transparent the world’s become with the internet, computers and hackers and how fast news travels and gets dissected and magnified with the 24/7 news cycle and no matter what Obama did, outside of fixing the country and maybe even that wouldn’t help, we were bound to eventually be disturbed and disgusted with his presidency.
I am 100% convinced of this at this point.
Had Obama and Reagan switched places in time, we’d love Obama and loath Reagan.
The reality is that Obama’s not the first to wiretap citizens illegally. Obama’s not the first to have such high unemployment numbers and a prolonged recession. Obama’s not the first to run guns and use the IRS to target citizens and to indefinitely detain people without due process. He’s not the first to declare war by circumventing congress. He’s not the first to drone other countries and kill civilians and he’s probably not the first to assassinate US citizens. He’s probably not even the first president to do all of these things combined.
He’s just the president who did it in 2013.
And 2013 is the age of information and world-wide awakening. People are informed and they aren’t willing to “live with it” anymore, whatever “it” might be.
i’m glad that, as it stands right now, history will frown upon Obama’s presidency. I’m just not glad that all other presidents don’t recieve the same scorn.
The more you think about it, the scarier this quote from Obama gets.
- Indefinite detention
- Suspension of Habeas Corpus
- Warrantless DNA seizure by cops
- Warrentless search and monitoring by FBI and DHS
- NSA collecting phone records on every single person
- AUMF granted by the PATRIOT Act
- Secret Presidential Kill Lists
- Assassination of US Citizens by Drones
- Government Whistle-blowers are prosecuted for treason
- IRS targeting citizens for political beliefs
- DOJ secretly spying on journalists
- Government funding enemy “terror” groups with our tax dollars
- Militarization of local police force
- TSA, ICE and DHS conducting illegal search and seizures
- Federal and state governments trying to control and even seize guns
- Federal and local governments limiting free speech
And that’s just what’s been exposed.
I am of the opinion that 100 years from now, if we are still free to study history, we will look back at Obama’s two terms and this quote will be the most profound, most studied quote and most ironic quote of his presidency.
With all the things that were going on at the time, most of it being reported in the news and talked about on the internet, for Obama to go up and make such a statement in public is very disturbing. His administration would later admit that most of these scandals where real yet they’ve also claimed to have no knowledge of them until the media exposed it.
To attribute Obama’s words and timing to simple coincidence would be near impossible at this point, given what we know.
CISPA, SOPA, AUMF, PATRIOT Act, PATRIOT Act 2, NDAA 2012, Executive orders to seize land, resources, communications, Executive Orders to assassinate US citizens, suspension of habeas corpus, drones in our skies, TSA, DHS, ICE, NSA, FBI, CIA, military tanks and personal armor used by local police, gun control legislation, Dept of HOMELAND Security buying billions of rounds of ammo, thousands of tanks, military grade guns, gov’t is out of control with increased taxation, decreased income, 17 trillion in debt, growing by billions a day, starting more wars without ending the priors, fighting an imaginary enemy that we started and funded and continue to fund today. Media outlets are being censored and paid off by gov’t officials, whistle-blowers of gov’t and corporate corruption are being jailed for treason.
Yea, nothing sinister going on at all. Love your government. Ignore the naysayers. There is no tyranny. We are all free. WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.
The watertown event is a failure of the FBI, TSA, DHS and the rest of the ABCs yet we’re going get more pleas of funding for them.
Does a Constitution-free zone really exist in America? via Yahoo! News
Is there really a government law that disallows the Fourth Amendment for 200 million Americans? Some people say it’s true, but the reasoning behind a 100-mile “Constitution-free” zone argument is confusing at best.
The American Civil Liberties Union has been saying since 2010 that a regulation allowing customs and immigration agents to search electronic devices at America’s borders without cause is wrong. Two years prior to that, the ACLU also warned of a 100-mile-wide U.S. border called the “Constitution-free zone” where such searches could occur.
Last Friday, the Department of Homeland Security issued a two-page review of its policy on searching laptops, cell phones, and other devices at border checks, to clarify the policy that the ACLU had questioned in 2010.
The DHS said that customs and immigration agents can “exercise long-standing constitutional and statutory authority permitting suspicionless and warrantless searches of merchandise at the border and its functional equivalent.”
The ACLU also asked for the details behind the decision to be released.
To be sure, the ACLU has played a valuable role in the debate since 2008 and has obtained many government files about electronic-device searches after filing Freedom of Information Act requests.
But the confusion seems to be centered on the idea of a 100-mile extended border for the United States, and how nearly 200 million Americans could have their laptops, cell phones, and iPads searched at any moment.
In a lawsuit filed in 2010, the ACLU argued that “we are not saying that the government can never search or seize electronic devices at the border, but only that border agents should have some suspicion that the search will turn up evidence of wrongdoing before looking through all the private information that people have stored in their devices.”
The 100-mile-wide border zone is from that earlier missive from the ACLU in 2008, which claimed the electronics-search zone applied to any person who lived within 100 miles of a land or sea border—which happens to be two-thirds of the American population. At the time, the ACLU labeled the area asthe “Constitution-free zone.”
Since then, bloggers and writers have continued to make the connection between this 100-mile wide border and the lack of constitutional rights for searches of laptops and cell phones.
Legally, the 100-mile-wide region is called the “extended border” of the U.S., as defined by Title 8 of the Federal Code of Regulations. There is also something called the “functional equivalent” border, which is the area around international airports in the interior region of the U.S.
The DHS ruling from last Friday said its “warrantless searches” applied to the U.S. “border and its functional equivalent,” with no mention of the extended 100-mile border.
Two analysis papers from the Congressional Research Service from 2009 offer some legal insight into what tactics agents can follow within the 100-mile-wide extended border, and why the distinction between the extended border and the other two borders is important.
Searches within the 100-mile extended border zone, and outside of the immediate border-stop location, must meet three criteria: a person must have recently crossed a border; an agent should know that the object of a search hasn’t changed; and that “reasonable suspicion” of a criminal activity must exist, says the CRS. (The service had done the legal analyses to prepare Congress members for legislation.)
“Although a search at the border’s functional equivalent and an extended border search require similar elements, the extended border search entails a potentially greater intrusion on a legitimate expectation of privacy. Thus, an extended border search always requires a showing of ‘reasonable suspicion’ of criminal activity, while a search at the functional equivalent of the border may not require any degree of suspicion whatsoever,” the CRS says.
The fact that agents need to show “reasonable suspicion” outside direct border stops and airports puts their actions closer to the scope of the Fourth Amendment, says the CRS.
“The Fourth Amendment mandates that a search or seizure conducted by a government agent must be ‘reasonable.’ As a general rule, courts have construed Fourth Amendment reasonableness as requiring probable cause and a judicially granted warrant. Nonetheless, the Supreme Court has recognized several exceptions to these requirements, one of which is the border search exception.”
The argument about a Constitution-free zone may better apply to direct border stops and airports, where agents don’t need to explain why they are searching a computer or cell phone. So, there could still be a “Constitution-free zone,” based on the outcome of legal appeals. It would just be much smaller than that 100-mile band around the U.S..
The CRS says the Supreme Court has yet to consider a case involving the degree of suspicion needed to search laptops at the border without a warrant or reasonable suspicion.
And in an evolving world where people keep much of their private lives stored on computers and cell phones, the issue should only grow in importance in coming years.
Not the greatest article in the world, but it’s on Yahoo! which is a pretty big deal and a really good sign that at least some of the MSM is starting to report the reality of how far we’ve fallen.
via Yahoo! News