Feds Spy On Citizens Based on Religion, Politics

Posted: February 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

Hey, Big Sis – I SEE SOMETHING!
lookie here…. pay attention

To: Secretary Janet Napolitano
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, DC 20528

Citizen Line
Operator Number: 202-282-8000
Comment Line: 202-282-8495

Source for Department of Homeland Security Statement Below:

http://www.dhs.gov/ynews/releases/pr_1291648380371.shtm

Si ita est: wouldn’t this be considered ‘profiling’?
http://www.dailytech.com/FBI+Agent+Turned+ACLU+Counsel+Feds+Spy+On+Citizens+Based+on+Religion+Politics/article20854.htm

FBI Agent Turned ACLU Counsel:

Feds Spy On Citizens Based on Religion, Politics
Jason Mick (Blog) – February 8, 2011 10:01 AM

Mike German was fired by the FBI for exposing their sleezy cover up. He now works for the ACLU,  and is speaking out about how the government targets people based on their personal choice of religion and politics, with little oversight.
(Source: Network World)

Feds have NO respect for your privacy, or for the Constitution

The police are watching you.  If you’re the wrong religion, they’ll spy on your every move.  If you voice the wrong political opinions they’ll be watching you.  According to Mike German, a 16-year veteran with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations, this is happening right in the U.S.

Mr. German has become the FBI’s worst nightmare.

Fed up with the abuses of privacy he was seeing, he complain to higher authorities and was promptly fired by the FBI.  Recently he became the ACLU’s Policy Counsel on National Security, Immigration and Privacy [press release]. And he’s speaking up about what he witnessed.

States Mr. German in a recent interview with Network World:

The most disturbing thing we’ve uncovered is the scope of domestic intelligence activities taking place today. Domestic spying is now being done by a host of federal agencies (FBI, DOD, DHS, DNI) as well as state and local law enforcement and even private companies.

Too often this spying targets political activity and religious practices. We’ve documented intelligence activities targeting or obstructing First Amendment-protected activity in 33 states and DC.

He says that this 1984-Orwellian atmosphere could leave the U.S. a far different beast than the widely believed and accepted “Proud Beacon of Freedom for the World” that it once was.

He states, “The biggest threat is that the increase surveillance of political activity will create a chilling effect that will dissuade people from  even daring to exercise their rights, which will cause significant harm to any semblence of participatory democracy.”

He states that the “War on Terror” will continue to serve as an excuse for federal agencies to trample civil liberties.

He says that there are no clear-cut guidelines as to when you get put on a “watchlist” and are spied on by federal agents.  It’s impossible to find out if your on a list and equally impossible to dispute or ask to be removed from a list.

He also blasts TSA “enhanced pat-down” procedures and body scanners, calling them “unreasonable invasions of personal constitutional privacy that do not enhance security in any way.”

Given the Supreme Courts interpretation that privacy is a fundamental human right and thus Constitutionally protected by the Ninth Amendment, and given the First Amendments protections concerning freedom of speech and religion, Mr. German’s claims are alarming.

Are U.S. federal employees deliberately spying on citizens and violating their rights, without the slightest legal accusation?

It’d be easy to dismiss Mr. German’s claims as the words of a disgruntled employee. ……….. But consider Mr. German’s story of his departure from the agency:

I left the FBI when the DOJ Inspector General failed to investigate an FBI cover-up of a failed FBI counterterrorism investigation I reported, or protect me from official retaliation that resulted.

I reported the information to Sen. Grassley and resigned. Grassley put pressure on the IG, so that almost two years later,  the IG issued a report that showed the FBI has both falsified and backdated records about the case and deliberately retaliated against me for reporting it.

I joined the ACLU two years later because I knew from my counterterrorism work that protecting civil liberties and keeping law enforcement accountable is what keeps America safe from terrorism and other crime.

Mr. German was clearly vindicated in the case that led to his dismissal.  The fact that the FBI tried to cover up its own wrongdoing and then punished Mr. German certainly damages its credibility and offers support for Mr. German’s claims.

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N.B. No one is above the law {Nemo est supra leges} —
Fiction yields to truth {Fictio cedit veritati};

We can do nothing against truth {Nihil possumus contra veritatem; St. Albans, Doct. & Stu. Dial. 2, c. 6};

He who does not freely speak the truth is a betrayer of the truth {Qui non libere veritatem pronunciat proditor est veritatis};

The thing speaks for itself {Res ipsa loquitur};

A thing adjudged must be taken for truth {Res judicata pro veritate accipitur; Coke, Litt. 103; Dig. 50. 17. 207; 2 Kent, Comm. 120; 13 Mees. & W. Exch. 679};

Suppression of the truth is (equivalent to) the suggestion of what is false {Suppressio veri, suggestio falsi; 23 Barb. N.Y. 521, 525};
Truth, by whomsoever pronounced, is from God {Veritas, a quocunque dicitur, a Deo est};
A greater or superior force; an irresistible force {Vis major}; and the following concomitants ad infinitum:

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