Monday, March 17, 2008

US Intelligence's Satellite Predation Now Threatens Civilization

The following has been excerpted from an article published on Sunday, February 11, 2007 by the San Francisco Chronicle. While the author does not specifically mention the NSA, he is certainly referring to the domestic attack on American freedoms -- or as he puts it the "power grab" that the Bush Administration is guilty of since the attacks on 9-11-2001. In reality, the attacks on 9-11 were orchestrated by the shadow government in this country with the Bush Administration's endorsement, as part of this ultimate grab for power.

"Power corrupts and ultimate power corrupts ultimately."

Privacy or Protection?
Loss of privacy threatens civilization
by Bob Barr

While probably more often remembered for his prescient warning that America must beware the too-powerful "military-industrial complex," former five-star general and president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, also possessed a deep understanding of the folly of over-reliance on government power to deliver security to a populace.

In 1949, three years before his election to the presidency and while serving as president of Columbia University, Eisenhower dryly remarked that if security were the ultimate goal of Americans, then "prison ... [where] they'll have enough to eat, a bed and a roof over their heads," should be their abode of choice. While not as memorable as Patrick Henry's "give me liberty or give me death" speech in 1775 that helped spark a revolution in freedom that echoed through the ages, Eisenhower, too, clearly understood that complete security -- if it ever might be secured -- could only be attained at the cost of freedom itself.

Why is this so important? Is it simply because we don't want the government to learn our bank account balance ... or our medical history ... or our travel patterns ...or whatever? Yes, but not really. It is vitally important that we rectify this frightening erosion of our constitutional underpinning because, as philosopher Ayn Rand correctly concluded in her 1943 novel, "The Fountainhead," privacy is the very foundation of freedom. "Civilization," she said, is the "progress toward a society of privacy." It is after all, "the process of setting man free from men."

Our Founding Fathers understood that. The Bill of Rights and the Fourth Amendment protects it. This administration disdains it. And the American people truly must re-establish it, if our very notion of a society based on freedom is to survive.

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