I know I left a few rights around here, somewhere. Can you check under the couch for me?
Americans have lost a lot of their basic civil rights over the past four months. A lot. And the establishment media is failing to tell us what’s going on.
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, or NDAA, signed into law by Hope/Change enthusiast Barack Obama on December 31, 2011, potentially ends right to due process and habeas corpus for US citizens. You can now be detained by military forces and imprisoned, without trial or charges, for as long as the government deems necessary.
The Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011, or Trespass Bill, signed into law by Barack Obama on March 9, 2012, “potentially makes peaceable protest anywhere in the U.S. a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.” Nice. More specifically, peaceful protest within proximity to those protected by the Secret Service, including presidential candidates and the President, may be a federal felony now. So much for that First Amendment, huh? (Source.)
The Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011, or H.R. 1981, is the brainchild of SOPA author Rep. Lamar Smith. The bill, according to VentureBeat and others, “would alter U.S. code Chapter 18 section 2703 ‘Required Disclosure of Customer Communications or Records’ so that all Internet service providers would need to store your IP address for at least 12 months, along with any highly sensitive personal information such as credit card data.” Keep in mind, this would be used on ALL Americans who use the Internet, including you and I. Just in case, you know, we are harming children. Police state surveillance: it’s all for the kids!
Quite creepily, Canada’s equally privacy-destroying bill (which faced widespread scorn from Canadian citizens), was called the “Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act.” A prominent digital critic described the bill like so: “Now, every single Canadian citizen is walking around with an electronic prisoner’s bracelet.”
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, has been called quite similar to SOPA — apparently a Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) homepage petition, Reddit blackout, and Wikipedia blackout weren’t enough to send a message to Congress that Americans aren’t OK with massive Big Brother intrusion into the free, global Internet.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation claims ”[CISPA] would let companies spy on users and share private information with the federal government and other companies with near-total immunity from civil and criminal liability. It effectively creates a ‘cybersecurity’ exemption to all existing laws.” Again: nice. Great work, Congressional fascists. Don’t worry about that whole Bill of Rights thing.
The National Defense Resources Preparedness Executive Order, or NDRP, was released by Barack Obama’s administration on March 16, 2012 — it received very little broadcast media attention. According to a columnist at The Washington Times, “It states that, in case of a war or national emergency, the federal government has the authority to take over almost every aspect of American society. Food, livestock, farming equipment, manufacturing, industry, energy, transportation, hospitals, health care facilities, water resources, defense and construction…
In short, the order gives Mr. Obama the ability to impose martial law. He now possesses the potential powers of a dictator. The order is a direct assault on individual liberties, private property rights and the rule of law. It is blatantly unconstitutional.”