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Congress Passes Gutted Beyond Recognition Anti-NSA Bill; Original Co-Sponsor Votes "No"

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Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

It’s shameful that the president of the United States, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the leaders of the country’s surveillance agencies refuse to accept consensus reforms that will keep our country safe while upholding the Constitution. And it mocks our system of government that they worked to gut key provisions of the Freedom Act behind closed doors.

 

- Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, original cosponsor of the USA Freedom Act

In what will come as no surprise to any of you, there are very few members of Congress I have even the slightest degree of respect for. However, Justin Amash is one of them.

Rep. Amash is 34 years old and was first elected to Congress in 2010. He has been on my radar screen for several years now as one of the few elected representatives who act more like statesmen than politicians. He has been on the right side of many civil liberties related issues, including his opposition to the NDAA’s provision that allows for the indefinite detention of American citizens without a trial. More recently, last summer he authored an anti-NSA amendment known as the “Amash Amendment,” which was defeated by establishment authoritarians in both political parties. I covered that story in my post: NSA Holds “Top Secret” Meeting to Stop Powerful Anti-Spying Amendment.

Being the fighter that he is, Amash regrouped and came back with an anti-NSA spying bill with some teeth to it: The USA Freedom Act. This bill concerned the establishment to such a degree that Senator Feinstein launched her own competing bill, which believe it or not, intended to codify the NSA’s unconstitutional practices into law.

In the end, what the status quo did was water down the once robust USA Freedom Act into oblivion. Don’t take my word for it, Justin Amash wrote the following on his Facebook page:

Today, I will vote no on ?#‎HR3361?, the ?#‎USAFREEDOMAct?.

 

I am an original cosponsor of the Freedom Act, and I was involved in its drafting. At its best, the Freedom Act would have reined in the government’s unconstitutional domestic spying programs, ended the indiscriminate collection of Americans’ private records, and made the secret FISA court function more like a real court—with real arguments and real adversaries.

 

I was and am proud of the work our group, led by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, did to promote this legislation, as originally drafted.

 

However, the revised bill that makes its way to the House floor this morning doesn’t look much like the Freedom Act.

 

This morning’s bill maintains and codifies a large-scale, unconstitutional domestic spying program. It claims to end “bulk collection” of Americans’ data only in a very technical sense: The bill prohibits the government from, for example, ordering a telephone company to turn over all its call records every day.

 

But the bill was so weakened in behind-the-scenes negotiations over the last week that the government still can order—without probable cause—a telephone company to turn over all call records for “area code 616″ or for “phone calls made east of the Mississippi.” The bill green-lights the government’s massive data collection activities that sweep up Americans’ records in violation of the Fourth Amendment.

 

The bill does include a few modest improvements to current law. The secret FISA court that approves government surveillance must publish its most significant opinions so that Americans can have some idea of what surveillance the government is doing. The bill authorizes (but does not require) the FISA court to appoint lawyers to argue for Americans’ privacy rights, whereas the court now only hears from one side before ruling.

 

But while the original version of the Freedom Act allowed Sec. 215 of the Patriot Act to expire in June 2015, this morning’s bill extends the life of that controversial section for more than two years, through 2017.

 

I thank Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte for pursuing surveillance reform. I respect Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner and Rep. John Conyers for their work on this issue.

 

It’s shameful that the president of the United States, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the leaders of the country’s surveillance agencies refuse to accept consensus reforms that will keep our country safe while upholding the Constitution. And it mocks our system of government that they worked to gut key provisions of the Freedom Act behind closed doors.

 

The American people demand that the Constitution be respected, that our rights and liberties be secured, and that the government stay out of our private lives. Fortunately, there is a growing group of representatives on both sides of the aisle who get it. In the 10 months since I proposed the Amash Amendment to end mass surveillance, we’ve made big gains.

We will succeed.

So it is this watered down, toothless bill that passed this morning. Just in case you still had any doubt what the cretins in Congress are all about. As Mark Twain famously stated:

“There is no distinctly American criminal class - except Congress.”

 

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Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:16 | 4785323 IridiumRebel
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They won't be happy until we all have RFID chips in us.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:19 | 4785339 madcows
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No, they certainly don't want to lose their slaves, do they?

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:25 | 4785362 synergize
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At least I know i'm voting for Amash next election

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:30 | 4785378 gh0atrider
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....because everyone really believes NSA/CIA/TSA/FBI, etc really care and follow what congress passes or says.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:35 | 4785397 flacon
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Freedom act?! Really? They have to pass an act with the title "Freedom"?! Come on now - this is so easy to see through. 

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:40 | 4785417 Looney
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...As Mark Twain famously stated

This Twain dude must be infestigated [sic]. He must be a terrisst and raciss ;-)

Looney

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:44 | 4785429 negative rates
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And New Yorkers, he said it in his book.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:12 | 4785533 whstlblwr
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Of course. "They hate us for our freedom"

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 15:02 | 4785785 edotabin
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So they pass the "Free from Freedom" act.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:13 | 4785536 NoDebt
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We've crossed the Rubicon.  I don't see many lining up to make the return trip.

Look on the bright side, though.  Progressives/liberals/statists are some of the stupidest motherfuckers I've ever had the sad misfortune to cross paths with (at least at lower levels).  All you have to do is spout a lot of phrases like "if we could just save one life" or "it's for the children" or "how can the greatest nation on earth allow xxxxx to continue" and you are IN.  The best part is when they start talking about how to fix it, you can rest assured the solution is always the same- get the government to FORCE people to do it.  You could set your watch by their opinions and ideas.

Am I saying you can LIE to them?  Absolutely!  They're the easiest people to trick I've ever met.  They're like CHILDREN.  You can tap dance around them all day long and they think you're on their side, even when you're mocking them.

 

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:45 | 4785689 James_Cole
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 Progressives/liberals/statists are some of the stupidest motherfuckers I've ever had the sad misfortune to cross paths with (at least at lower levels).  All you have to do is spout a lot of phrases like "if we could just save one life" or "it's for the children" or "how can the greatest nation on earth allow xxxxx to continue" and you are IN.

The 51 Republicans and 70 Democrats voted against the bill...

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 15:03 | 4785787 IndyPat
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So this means they have more dirt on the elephant team...for now. If team elephant "wins" next time, surely there'll be hell to pay.

It's like I've always said, whoever has their dirty dick pickers on the finished version of the blackmail machine stays in power for keeps.

Fuck all these guys.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:54 | 4785736 Confused
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No offense, but I'm failing to see the connection here. 

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 15:09 | 4785832 Anusocracy
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I hope you used the word 'statist' to include the conservatives.

Michigan has a republican governor, house, and senate, and they are pushing through a higher minimum wage and higher gas and sales taxes for road repair.

Who needs liberals anymore?

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 15:48 | 4786057 IndyPat
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Fucking awful if that's true.

In any case, my political party has no name.

Until we die, of course. Then we have a name.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 00:38 | 4787489 One of We
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You insult my children....

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:32 | 4785383 pods
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Hmmm, seems that the government will keep fucking you even when they are try to put in rules against fucking you?

Sounds like the land of the free and will of the people to me.  

How's that voting thing working out for y'all?

pods

 

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:05 | 4785509 madcows
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it's a frigging show so they can pretend to their voters that they protected them from the evil government.  It's all a bunch of crap and the mindless voters show up every election to put them back in.  Just look at how well the current repugnicans did in their primaries.  that'll tell you everything.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:37 | 4785404 813kml
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I'm just going to join the Amish, their NSA isn't very sophisticated.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:41 | 4785419 IridiumRebel
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Long monacles...

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:22 | 4785581 Greenskeeper_Carl
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He is like rand Paul to me. I really, REALLY want to believe in them, I just can't quite do it. Every time they do something I really like, they do something else to pander to the neocon/ traditional republicans. Amash did vote for Paul Ryan's joke of a budget that did nothing to really address our debt and tax issues. He hasn't made a believer out of me yet.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 16:00 | 4786109 viahj
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sorry, but this is the best that this "system" will produce for the American people.  not much at all, except tyranny.   

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 15:04 | 4785798 Blano
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You better, because IIRC he's one that the RINO establishment (especially & including the Grand Rapids crowd) has targeted for defeat.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 15:47 | 4786049 percolator
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Yeah, I'd imagine the Amway crooks can't be to happy with Mr. Amash as they prefer Fascists and usually they get what they want.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:29 | 4785368 Real Estate Geek
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The USA Freedom Act.  What a bunch of shit.

I see that Sensenbrenner has his hands all over this too.  IIRC, he's the scumbag who drafted the so-called "Patriot Act."  Thanks a bunch for re-electing him five or six times since then, you dumb fucking cheeseheads. 

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:32 | 4785384 BeerMe
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Exactly.  It is unnecessary if we had courts that actually upheld the constitution.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:10 | 4785527 Tinky
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As the excellent Marcy Wheeler calls it: The Freedumber Act

Her blog is the very best for real insights into this, and other NSA outrages:

http://www.emptywheel.net/

 

 

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:19 | 4785343 Joebloinvestor
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I suggest you watch: " The President's Analyst".

Hillarious and scary.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:20 | 4785344 Kirk2NCC1701
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And YOU become the walking, talking crypto-currency, backed by the SDR, and enforced by the LEAs and IRS.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:21 | 4785350 IridiumRebel
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Absolutely. Welcome to the herd.... Or be culled.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:26 | 4785365 Kirk2NCC1701
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Aye... To be or not to be.  That is the question.

Whether 'tis nobler to have "intel inside", or to suffer the slings and arrow of outrageous (mis)fortune...

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:37 | 4785408 messymerry
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I've long said:  "Facebook is like a feedlot.  Two things happen at a feedlot:  The sick get weeded out and the rest get fattened up."  Looks like just exactly that is happening...   ;-D

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:35 | 4785396 messymerry
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I hear the buttocks are the location of choice.  ;-D

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:46 | 4785439 IridiumRebel
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Then the doctor won't mind when I projectile shit in his face.....oh wait, I will never be implanted. 

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:50 | 4785457 williambanzai7
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Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:37 | 4785640 Perfecthedge
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I applaud this image.  How true.  Sad and true.  Now, we have it in our hands to not let history repeat itself.  What would YOU have done back then in Nazi Germany 1933...?

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 15:12 | 4785835 IndyPat
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Non enim est aliquid

Edit: suggesting that we change Latin motto "many from one" to "something for nothing"...
Not entirely sure of my translation. Maybe the Roman solider can correct me like in Life of Brian.....

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 16:05 | 4786134 taoJones
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In what will come as no surprise to any of you, there are very few members of Congress I have even the slightest degree of respect for. However, Justin Amash is one of them.

I think the author meant to say "However, Justin Amash is NOT one of them"

 

 

 

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:18 | 4785327 RaceToTheBottom
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I really hate that FaceBook has become a method of communication like press releases.

 

It is somewhat ironic that one who is fighting the information freedom war uses one of the enemy as part of his fight...

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:21 | 4785348 Ignatius
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See 'Corporate History in the USA' for full explanation.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:05 | 4785507 Dadburnitpa
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What's facebook?

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:14 | 4785547 hot sauce technician
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I know. How can you expect to be taken seriously as a freedom advocate and partiipate in the Matrix's favorite circus?

And it's not like there aren't superior decentralized, open source alternatives that allow you complete freedom and privacy. But then again, the bankster behemoth has monopolized the PC market by forcing you to purchase Microsoft NSA Windows when you buy a machine. Notice, when you buy a machine, that you get charged an extra +$100 for Windows. I once asked a PC salesman if I can forego the pleasure of having windoze on my machine and buy it sans operating system, and he of course said no and really couldn't muster a coherent explanation as to why. I realized it's a futile battle. The manufacturers (dell, hp, acer etc.) are paid a nice royalty for each machine sold by M$oftNSA so of course they preinstall windoze on their machines. Users are coerced to use M$oftNSA's products and as they are mostly simpleminded folks when it comes to tech, they submit.

Try talking to people about using GNU/Linux. They look at you like you're some kind of being from Alpha Centauri. Even after you show them the beauty, ease of use, privacy, security etc. of GNU/Linux software they say "ahh, I'm used to windoze, leave me alone." or, even worse, "what do I care about <security/privacy/versaitility>?". People are idiots. These are the same poeple who also believe that fiat has intrinsic value.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 22:34 | 4787265 StychoKiller
Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:20 | 4785332 outamyeffinway
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But Brother Rat I said, "what about the weak the helpless and the small....."

 

He just sneered and said, "Fuck 'em all. Fuck 'em all."

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:19 | 4785333 Kreditanstalt
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"Our country" would be safer if ALL spying were completely outlawed, prosecuted and ended.

But Our Dear Leaders would never understand that...

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:35 | 4785398 pods
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"Our country" is safer when the government shuts down. (Our country can apply to pretty much the entire world.)

pods

 

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:18 | 4785334 y3maxx
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Manifest Destiny...How long will Canada last until the USSA gobbles up its neighbour to its North?

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:20 | 4785345 Kreditanstalt
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What's the difference?   We all enjoy the same managerial-authoritarian government.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 15:20 | 4785898 IndyPat
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Right.

As soon as they untie themselves from Her Majesties' apron strings?

God save her, and all...

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 16:04 | 4786128 mvsjcl
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Hmmm. That's not what was meant. Instead, look at the monetary system. Ignore the faces on the bills. How do those "notes" come about? That will give you your clue.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:20 | 4786420 IndyPat
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Easy. Someone keys in a few extra zeros and the printing press fires right up.
I didn't need a clue for that.
ZH 101.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:19 | 4785335 Ignatius
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The Freedom Act  (see Bill of Rights)

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:19 | 4785336 Zymurguy
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As I've stated here many times in various different forms, our government/congress/etc. will not fix itself.

It needs an intervention.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:22 | 4785351 alien-IQ
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If by "intervention" you mean decapitation followed by lengthy prison sentences...then yes, I agree.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:34 | 4785395 Polymarkos
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Why imprison headless corpses?

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:38 | 4785412 813kml
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It's the principle of the matter.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 15:21 | 4785910 IndyPat
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Why not?

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:36 | 4785405 Major Major Major
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Why the need for lengthy prison sentences if they've lost their heads to dull machetes?

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 15:22 | 4785916 IndyPat
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Lest they rise again!

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:20 | 4785346 alien-IQ
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This must come as a shocking surprise to anyone that has just awoken from a 30 year long coma.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:20 | 4785349 seek
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Even if they passed it unaltered, they'd just break the law and do it anyway.

The corruption of this government is too deep to be corrected solely by ink on paper.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:26 | 4785367 Government need...
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The Republic needs a Nuremberg-style process to restore confidence.  I want Obama, Boehner, Holder, Lerner, et al to have a fair trail.  They deserve justice, and so do the faithful American citizens.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:34 | 4785392 Polymarkos
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Tirals and justice require men with guns to work. When we have fielded our own armies, and they have physially seized all those responsible, only then will we have a trial.

 

All poltiical power comes from the barrel of a gun. --Mao

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:50 | 4785459 litemine
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Did anyone hear that shell primers now have a shelf life?   Stockpiling bullets now (OLD STOCK) now makes more sense than ever.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:57 | 4785480 Government need...
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We came pretty close to bullets flying in Nevada, and that was for a sketchy rancher.  Enough Americans are boiling mad and prepared.  As the tyranny increases, it will go 'HOT' as inevitably as the Fukushima reactor melted down once the power to the backup generators failed.

Like the Magua character in Last of the Mohicans, my rage is building.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:28 | 4785580 agstacks
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And once it goes hot, the president will go on TV and explain to the sheeple that domestic terrirsts, who happen to also be racist, homophobic, extreme right-wingers, are attacking our country beacuse they cannot stand to see (insert minority group here, black, woman, trasngender,etc) in power.  The sheeple will rally around the cause and pass around ribbons to show their support for the good ole' USA.  They will encourage them to call in with tips on what neighbors nearby might be a potential threat.  You know, anyone that opposes the status quo. 

I can hear it now, right after Brian Williams covers the story, sheeple all over will cry out, "something needs to be done about these people!!"

They will cheer when the local police get on TV and say they have rounded up 500 potential threats to the country. 

"Hang those traitors!" will be yelled in unison from the angry crowds. 

Then they will escort you up to the deck and fasten your noose.  The crowd will cheer and high-five when you drop. 

 

 

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:43 | 4785668 Bay of Pigs
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That's pretty scary when you fully realize that is exactly how it might go down.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:56 | 4785750 mrmister
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That pretty much is what is going on already except for the hanging part. Anyone can call in with an anonymous tip against a neighbor and get cops to arrive based on nothing. Happens everyday across america. They dont even question the report source. They will eventually turn on eachother no doubt.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 15:25 | 4785934 IndyPat
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See: "Probable Cause"

Lulz.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 16:48 | 4786305 Government need...
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SWATTING is a favorite urban pastime for many.  I wonder if one can SWAT offices of the Federal government?!?

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:26 | 4786435 Flagit
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I just had a conversation with someone about the Bundy Ranch. They were very concerned that roadblocks were being set up to check ID's of vehicles to confirm residency. I can't be exactly sure where their info come from but it was most assuredly from the television. This was accepted as "truth" and not to be questioned, since it came from a reliable source, TV.

I could not find a photo or video indicating that such roadblocks ever took place. Now, I'm not saying that it did or didn't happen, I'm saying i couldn't find pixelated proof. Regardless of my research, the TV is taken as fact by a certain percentage of the populous. 

 

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 16:41 | 4786280 Government need...
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You forget one simple truth: all men are not created equal in terms of their capabilities.  The tyrannist borg would react and attempt to lynch those 'domestic turrists' in the most public of squares, but who believes the government anymore?  Federal credibility is trading/trending just like the dollar, or Dee-troit municipal debt.

Spartacus put a number of superior Roman forces to the sword despite a loose organizational structure and very different objectives amongst the uprising's factions.

When it goes hot, the domestic and international repercussions will be impossible to predict.  To list a few gamechangers that could save your terrorist hide from the Fedcoat gallows:

(1)  There are state-sized US geographies that are discussing an independence scenario at the statehouse level; a well choreographed flash point could easily push one/more of these scenarios from contingency to reality.

(2) Nevada demonstrated there are hundreds of folks who are highly motivated to oppose Federal tyranny.  I'm talking about drop the plow, grab the weapons, drive hundreds of miles and put crosshairs on the nearest Fedcoat motivated.  If a very small group gets into difficulty, we have established a precedent that is as likely to accelerate and grow as it is slow and shrink.

(2)  Russia wants a piece of the US, and they would send weapons (wouldn't take the NBCs off the table in that smorgasbord), and possibly troops as surely as the winter winds blow faster than 5 km/hr across the plains of Siberia;

(3) China is an opportunist seeking natural resources and less polluted land (this concept has been previously referred to as lebensraum); if half the ZH posters are correct, they've been promised parts of the US already; so they'd be angry if they had to pay for it twice; they would support the highest bidder;

(4) Iran would happily send some advisors.

 

One might not feel so alone, helpless, or lost were they to oppose Federal tyranny by force of arms. 

 

"Fight and you may die. Run and you will live at least awhile. And dying in your bed many years from now,
would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance, to come back here as young men and tell
our enemies that they may take our lives but they will never take our freedom!"

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:08 | 4785521 seek
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I've mentioned the British handling of the Thugee here many times. I think a similar program with something akin to a King's evidence procedure resulting in immunity would go a long way. Anyone violating a simple understanding of the Constitution would be subject to it, and cooperating witnesses would give up working for the government for life but not face prosecution. It's the ultimate whistleblower program.

Imagine dropping something like this on the VA right now. Confess and you get to walk and work in the private sector, or don't confess and be identified by others and the inevitable paper trail. Things would be cleaned up very quickly or we'd have found a new way to keep all those prisons full once MJ is legalized.

Of course you'll never get cooperation at the top levels, which is the beauty of this. You're virtually guaranteed the ability to turn up evidence against the actual mechanics in TPTB and prosecute them, because they're either so committed to their goal or so detatched from reality they're quite literally unable to admit to wrongdoing, or even recognize they're doing wrong.

If David Stockman and Paul Craig Roberts can turn, so can a lot of others, especially when the alternative is prison.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:23 | 4785354 NO SOLICITING
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Just matters who has the most pointed sticks or rocks.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:25 | 4785360 Government need...
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I have no confidence in the Federal government.  They have failed.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:56 | 4785477 Dr. Engali
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Why stop at the federal level?

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:26 | 4785366 koaj
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if you still have any faith in government, Amash is the best in congress right now.

 

you know you're doing something right then both parties leadership groups hate you

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:28 | 4785372 Intelligence_In...
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Whatever it takes to take on Al-Qaeda.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:48 | 4785446 litemine
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I think you know something.....

Report for WaterBoarding Tomorrow Morning.  Do not tell anyone where you are going or when you will be back and bring your laptop and cell phone.  

Your Friendly Government Rep.  

 

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:30 | 4785379 messymerry
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I'm selling tar, feather, torch, and pitchfork futures, anybody in?  ;-D

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:37 | 4785407 mydogisprettier...
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Long anti-panic room supplies.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:39 | 4785415 messymerry
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...and lead nuggets.  ;-D

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:54 | 4785473 MagicHandPuppet
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Let's partner up.  I'm in the guillotine bidness!

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:02 | 4785493 Government need...
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I read your post and instantly pictured Harry Reid's long, thin neck.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:31 | 4785380 Polymarkos
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Who expected otherwise?

 

They won't give up their power until they are hanging dead at the end of a rope, rather like Hermann Goering.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:51 | 4785462 drendebe10
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and the dumb sheeple re-elected all the incumbents in Tuesday's election.... on and on....

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:56 | 4785391 ptoemmes
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There are some excellent posts at www.emptywheel.net chronicling in time the gutting of this bill.  It's referenced there as the USA FreeDumb(er) Act.

 

PS

Its not law yet.  There's still The Senate (deferred eyeroll).

 

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:36 | 4785401 kchrisc
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"It’s shameful that the president of the United States, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the leaders of the country’s surveillance agencies refuse to accept consensus reforms that will keep our country safe while upholding the Constitution."

Here' a proposal: Keep the American country safe by ridding it, us, of the DC US nation.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:41 | 4785421 Colonel Klink
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Here' a proposal: Keep the American country safe by ridding it, us, of the DC US Corporation.

FIFY

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:53 | 4785467 hot sauce technician
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That would involve dismantling the Union. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it should be noted.

As long as you want a 'United States', you're going to have to suck up the CIA/NSA/TBTF oligarchy. 

~My two Yuan

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:13 | 4785546 Government need...
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I no longer need that tyranny.  If they want it, they can come and take it.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:38 | 4785410 Spastica Rex
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Maybe once we're safe, our government can give us back our freedoms.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:54 | 4785463 Dr. Engali
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Rex you silly, silly man. Freedoms are dangerous. We're from the government and we are here to protect you,.... from yourself if necessary.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:38 | 4785411 buzzsaw99
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free snowden

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:40 | 4785416 Colonel Klink
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Common citizens have become the enemy of the State.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:21 | 4785574 Bastiat
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Yeah the billions of rounds of hollow point .40 ammo (for domestic use: illegal under the Geneva Convention) and universal domestic spying.  It's almost like they are expecting something.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 15:12 | 4785814 Colonel Klink
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For the proles to revolt against the very tyranny this country fought originally.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 16:53 | 4786326 Government need...
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So are we going to get the HD, video-game replay of the Fedcoats getting their heads ripped off?  SWEET!

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:26 | 4785591 agstacks
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When a system is so fragile and illusory, eventually just pointing out the illusion makes you an enemy of the state.  We are almost there.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:47 | 4785442 replaceme
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Anyone expect any different from this legislation? Can I sell you an extended warranty on your TV?

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:09 | 4785528 hangemhigh77
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The government is illegitimate.  Stop paying taxes....revolt.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 15:09 | 4785594 novictim
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The "GOVERNMENT" is the plow we citizens use to plant the seeds of fairness, meritocracy, justice, communal prosperity. 

The problem today is not the plow, it is who is driving that plow (Government).  

Getting rid of the plow will leave you at the hands of feudal oligarchs, it is that simple.  You can see this being the case all around the world.

If we are to have any chance at all then we must take our democracy back from those who have PURCHASED it.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 15:25 | 4785930 Anusocracy
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Government is the weapon that control freaks use to impose their belief systems on all others.

No government, no control, no oligarchs.

And especially, no world government.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 15:32 | 4785972 IndyPat
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Fuck your democracy! Filthy stooge.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 16:42 | 4786284 Crawdaddy
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The government is the plow and we are the mules pulling the plow? The hell with that noise.

Govts eventually turns into what we have now - the Global Homeowners Association. Directed by dickbeards who want to control everything.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:13 | 4785541 Son of Captain Nemo
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Might well add to the fun of this announcement.  As if Mr. Comey is willing to change it even though he makes the very stern warning known...

Keep looking the other way Amerika!  You're time of redemption is fast approaching!!!

http://www.newsforage.com/2014/05/fbi-chief-be-suspicious-of-government.html
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/05/defense-department-refuses-tell-senate-groups-war.html
Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:31 | 4785567 novictim
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Ok ZH.  Do you see the pattern here?  

You are getting the results of libertarian philosophy as expressed by the SCOTUS via Citizens United vs FEC.  Can you see that this is all to do with our current campaign finance system which allows for legalized corruption?  It is QUID PRO QUO in Washington.

Decisions in Washington are made by the highest bidder.   You and I have been outbid.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-04-17/princeton-study-confirms-us-oli...

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Feudalism is the norm and was the economic/political system for >2000 years depending on where you look.  Capitalist Democracy is the aberrancy. Feudal systems usually employ a police state network and the NSA system of dragnet surveillance is built to order.  

In many countries today, feudalism (warlords, petty bosses, oligarchs) never truly lost power and have remained the dominant force in the system.

Sure, "The West" was able to break the power of feudal lords for about 300-400 years with the advent philosophy of the Enlightenment combining with the resulting age of invention and industrialization. But when you HONESTLY follow the Capitalist model to its logical ends then you move from the Free Market, Capitalist, democratic meritocracy BACK towards feudalism.

Pulling some game-changing technology out of the box to reset us back on the course of a Capitalist Democracy seems very unlikely to happen.  And what ever that ends up being would need to be repeated and repeated and repeated.

Honestly, Democratic Socialism as seen in Sweden and Germany are the only meritocracy models that seems to be self perpetuating.  What do you think?

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:34 | 4785627 NO SOLICITING
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'murica.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:36 | 4785637 Bay of Pigs
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Libertarian philosophy? Capitalist Democracy? WTF? You are out of your mind.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 15:10 | 4785841 novictim
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Were those words too big for you?  

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 15:29 | 4785952 Anusocracy
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Why don't you give us your definitions of them?

I need a good laugh.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 15:46 | 4786047 Bay of Pigs
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+1 Exactly. What bullshit.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 15:36 | 4785998 IndyPat
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The US is not and was never intended to be a fucking democracy you socialist toady twat.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 16:26 | 4786212 Crawdaddy
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The big words scared and confused me so I picked up this big stick and smacked him across the ankles to make sure he wasn't an alien. After I did that, I was pretty sure he wasn't an alien. So I told him "Sorry dude, my bad. Thought you were an alien there for a minute."

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 16:58 | 4786334 Government need...
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The river of lobbyist money has co-opted the process of representative government.  The crooked politcal bidnessmen must be reminded that it is one person, one vote.  Thh only way to do that is to take up arms against the tyrant, so they may feel the force of one person, one gun.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:41 | 4785597 pupdog1
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Here is what the author, Rep. James Sensenbrenner, said yesterday in his e-mail alert called "Jim's weekly update," in its entirety.

To hear him tell it, he has saved the world for democracy, truth, justice, the American way, apple pie, mom, Wally and the Beav, the right to golf on company time, and Scooby snacks ...

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"A Victory for Privacy and National Security

It’s no secret that Congress has grown more divisive over the past decade, so it’s gratifying—even nostalgic—for me to see the USA FREEDOM Act, which I authored, pass through the House Judiciary Committee unanimously last Wednesday by a vote of 32-0. The House Intelligence Committee followed suit and approved my bill by voice vote the following day.

I remember the Judiciary Committee similarly coming together after the September 11 attacks, passing the USA PATRIOT Act with unanimous, bipartisan support.  Our actions in 2001 made the country safer, while also protecting the cherished civil liberties that distinguish us from our enemies. Over time, however, the government misapplied the law we passed.
 
After revelations of NSA overreach surfaced last summer, I knew Congress had to act to protect the civil liberties of innocent Americans. As a result, in October of last year, I introduced the USA FREEDOM Act with Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy. Since the bill’s introduction, I have worked with members of Congress in both chambers from across the political spectrum and incorporated reform ideas from privacy groups, legal experts, tech companies, allied governments and the American people.

The amended Freedom Act makes it crystal clear that Congress does not endorse bulk collection and ensures Americans’ civil liberties are protected, while maintaining the necessary tools to protect our national security. While there have been many speed bumps along the way, the path forward is clear. I eagerly await looking over the President’s shoulder as he signs the USA FREEDOM Act into law."

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 15:39 | 4786006 IndyPat
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Pig vomit

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:32 | 4785615 Atomizer
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The US house, senate and congress taught this suppressed communism behavior. At times, we can throw you a steak. Most often, table scrap’s and dog bones. This socialist piglet is going to get canned. Good luck in getting yourself rehired.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:39 | 4785652 Ban KKiller
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Remember when "safe" and "protect" had different definitions? Doubleplus Good! Liabilities = Assets. War is Peace. 

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:43 | 4785672 One of We
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Spare Amash and Walter Jones.  Guillotines for the lesser scoundrels. Send Feinstein, Reed, Boehner, Pelosi, Mcain, Grahm, and their like over to Ukraine to be burned to medium rare by Svoboda and then sent to Syria to be eaten by the  muzzie chapter of the CIA.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 15:40 | 4786014 IndyPat
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Buckwheats for all of them....

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:56 | 4785746 I Drink Your Mi...
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Isn't it ironic that the Land of the Free has to pass a Freedom Act?

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:57 | 4785749 zipit
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Real life "House of Cards," except it's the entire population being pushed in front of the train instead of Frank's mouthpiece/sperm receptacle.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:59 | 4785764 RealityCheque
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It's truly fascinating to watch America disappear up its own ass.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 15:22 | 4785914 novictim
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I don't know what you mean but I like it!  Nice metaphor.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 15:09 | 4785811 Duc888
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So NSA won't "spy" on US citizens, big deal.  They can hire private industry to do that and be completely legal, setting up their freinds for a nice gubmint contract.

 

So NSA won't sift through the information from the private entity that will now be doing the spying on US citizens, big deal. They'll just hire a private company to do that and it will be completely legal while setting up their friends for a nice fat multi-Billion dollar Gubmint contract..

 

See how easy that is?

 

But hey, at least all the shit bag politicians got to put on a shit show for us and make us think they're actually lookin' out for us.

 

 

 

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 15:20 | 4785899 novictim
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So, what are you going to do about it, Duc?  Anything?  Nothing?

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 15:30 | 4785960 silentboom
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True, it's the enormous government and it's printing presses that enables all this intervention.  That's what needs to stop but there are too many hands under the spigot including some of us here.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 16:11 | 4786154 Crawdaddy
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...too many hands under the spigot

Good line SB.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 15:44 | 4786025 IndyPat
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Or just use Israeli Datacenter contractors to do it, like they have done from day one.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 15:17 | 4785878 novictim
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Would it be inaccurate to say that one result of a libertarian philosophy is the acceptance of the use of money (in unlimited quantities) to buy political influence in our current political system?

Is that "unfair"?

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 15:27 | 4785949 silentboom
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I'm not sure where you're seeing any libertarian philosphies in our current system but if there were it would be fair and not a problem.  If a businessman wants to get into politics he will have to pay millions for the name recognition and platform to speak that an incumbent already has.  How else could someone unseat an incumbent (which rarely happens despite money because of regualtions, backroom deals, party roadblocks, etc).

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 15:24 | 4785927 Atomizer
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Becoming a facefuck on-line lemming has consequences.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 16:12 | 4786159 garcam123
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There must be a way this entire government can be charged and arrested for treason.  Americans should find a way to stop this before they completely destroy the world!

 

Maybe a white house petition would force Obama to arrest the congress and they could all report to one of the many Prison/Industrial run prisons there in Virgina, no make that in Georgia.  The inmates love honky ass, I hear.  It would be good for all of our representatives to help comfort the poor!

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:51 | 4786530 disgruntled hou...
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I gave you an up vote but in reality people are still far too comfortable to take things seriously.  We have a ways to fall before we reach a critical mass to get government right.  In the meantime vote with your dollars.  I also think it would be an interesting social experiment if we could get 300 people to harass Congressional members daily.  I contact the Federal Reserve Board of Governors everyday and let them know what I am reading.  My contention is if they think they are being watched by us lowly people they may change.  Maybe not but I close my communication with the Federal Reserve asking them when self preservation will set in. Remind them it will be their names in the history books as the people at the helm when the U.S. lost its status as the world's reserve currency.  You know someone is bound to crack- get some divisions going- screw with them like they screw with us.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:40 | 4786492 disgruntled hou...
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You have no Congressional representation- stop paying taxes.  Starve the beast- they can't put us all in jail.  Wait- yeah they can.  The only real vote that matters is the one you make with your dollars.  Remove your money from the banks- go with a credit union and pay cash every where.  Stop buying Apple phones, using google and yahoo and by all means get off facebook.  Until you stop supporting the big money players of the oligarchy they will bleed you dry and then throw you in a FEMA camp for a re-education program if you complain.  Stop shopping at all chain stores.  Stop eating crap food.  Support local businesses and independent stores.  Decentralize- stop buying or behaving the way all the cool kids do.  March to the beat of your own drum and resist, refuse, amd renounce the status quo.

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