Shitfuck is a very strange individual. On the one hand, he often talks at length about how he wants to spread freedom around the world. But on the other hand, he was taking away our freedom here in America. I do not know what Shitfuck thinks "freedom" is, but I do know it is not what he thinks it is. The Vizzini of Presidents. The most obvious and egregious abuse of power and suppression of American freedoms was Shitfuck's secret illegal wiretaps on American citizen's telephones.|
It is not illegal for the government to tap your phone and listen to your phone calls, although it is a tremendous invasion of privacy that should be regulated carefully and conducted sparingly. Wiretaps are illegal, however, when they are done without a search warrant. There is no exception to this, there is no way around this, and anyone who tells you there is is wrong. Wiretaps are classified as a "search and seizure" of your property. Search and seizure is strictly regulated in the U.S. Constitution by the Fourth Amendment:
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
Some like to parse various semantics, and there are rules regarding consent and other common law provisions allowing various types of searches, but the bottom line is: if the government is tapping your phone without a warrant, someone in the government is committing a crime. One thing that I always found interesting about Shitfuck and his friends in the Republican Party was how much they indulged in the type of semantic, "it depends on what the meaning of is, is" arguments such as they spoke out so forcefully against when President Clinton indulged in them. Simply put, only a Constitutional Amendment can deprive you of your Fourth Amendment rights or any other of the personal protections afforded by the Bill of Rights.
Despite the strong protection provided by the Constitution, Congress has enacted laws that may contradict the 4th Amendment. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA) allowed the government to perform warrantless wiretaps of suspicious foreign communications. It included the ability for the government to seek a warrant from a secret court even after the actual wiretap was committed. I hold my protections under the Bill of Rights very dear, and do not believe even this limited exception to the 4th Amendment is Constitutional. So I was absolutely incensed to learn that, starting in March 2002, Shitfuck and his cronies had abused FISA, tapping phones and searching phone records of millions of Americans without a warrant. To justify this abuse of power, Shitfuck and his Justice Department claimed special powers for the President which are not enumerated by the Constitution and, therefore, do not exist. The entire operation is highly classified and Shitfuck's only public regret for his blatant stomping on our freedoms was to say he wished the media had not revealed he had been doing it. What a fucking asshole.
I know many are frothing at the mouth reading this, asking why I would put America at danger by requiring a warrant. To these I say: fuck you. Go move to Russia and tell Vladimir Putin he can search your ass day and night. I am not a terrorist, I love my country and refuse all illegal searches. Again: if the government has reason to believe someone's phone should be tapped, then ask for a warrant. The secret FISA court approved nearly all requests for warrants, even those requested after the wiretap occurred. It is not an unreasonable thing to require in exchange for violating people's privacy (evidence shows that NSA employees involved in the wiretap listened to phone sex conversations and other personal matters as part of this illegal activity). Additionally, any evidence obtained by illegal searches is not admissible in a court of law. So a prosecutor could be trying to put a known terrorist in prison, and the case could be thrown out because evidence was obtained by an illegal wiretap. It remains to be seen how many evildoers will be set free because of tainted evidence obtained by Shitfuck's illegal program, but even one would be too many. The 4th Amendment protects us from tyranny. If you like tyranny then you are certainly welcome to waive your Constitutional rights. As for myself, I will stick with my boy Christopher Gadsden and say, "Don't Tread On Me."
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