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Satellite Spying Protection Bill Gets No Help From Democrats

There’s a big difference between Homeland Security and security in your home. When there’s a satellite high up in the sky watching to see what you do every time you step outside your home, you may not feel secure, but the Homeland, that great big nationalist dream, feels all cozy and safe just at the thought of it.

obama spy satelliteAt the beginning of this week, I advised that Americans keep track of the cosponsorship of a pair of bills in the House of Representatives: H.R 2703 and H.R. 2704. These two bills would defund and disintegrate the National Applications Office.

The National Applications Office coordinates the sharing of information gathered through satellites. In some instances, that’s not a big deal. Sharing information about the movement of hurricanes is useful, and clearly in compliance with the Constitution’s limitations of searches and seizures.

When military spy satellites originally deployed against foreign targets are turned to watch the movements of Americans within U.S. borders, however, that is an unreasonable search, and forbidden by the Fourth Amendment in the Bill of Rights. When such searches are performed without search warrants, they are doubly unconstitutional. Yet, that’s just the sort of satellite spying against Americans that the National Applications Office is coordinating. The information gathered from those spy operations is forwarded on to all sorts of government agencies, including state, and even local, law enforcement agencies.

That’s right – Sheriff Goober on down at the Podunk Police Station can now get military satellite images of what the people in his town are up to, without even trying to prove with a search warrant that there’s any reason to suspect anyone of a crime.

When U.S. Representative Jane Harman introduced H.R. 2703 and H.R. 2704, it was in order to put this kind of unconstitutional spying against Americans using satellite technology to an end. Representative Harman is one of the few members of Congress who receive classified intelligence briefings, and what she has been told about the spying activities of the National Applications Office has her deeply concerned.

Sadly, the rest of the Democratic Party doesn’t seem to give a damn. President Barack Obama has been pushing for increased funding for the satellite spying operations the National Applications Office deploys against Americans. And Democratic cosponsorships for H.R. 2703 and H.R. 2704? There’s only one – Representative Norman Dicks has cosponsored H.R. 2703, and hasn’t even bothered to cosponsor H.R. 2704.

That’s it. The rest of the Democrats in Congress (and the Republicans too) are happy to continue allowing the federal government to violate the 4th amendment, engaging in Big Brother spy operations in the sky. Is that what people thought the Democratic Party stood for? Continuing George W. Bush’s attacks against the Constitution?

8 comments to Satellite Spying Protection Bill Gets No Help From Democrats

  • Tom

    Once the country is completely broke (when the Chinese won’t support our debt anymore and want us to start paying them back) all this nonsense will come crashing to a halt. There won’t be any money for any of it. Our financial “geniuses” have practically guaranteed that we’ll default on the enormous debt we’ve racked up through stupidity, greed, recklessness and deregulation and that our once “almighty dollar” will become as worthless as scrip.

  • Amerika

    “Satellite Spying Protection Bill Gets No Help From Democrats”

    Kinda like NONE of the Republicans backing PORKULUS bill…which was right…pun meant..

  • Pat

    Excerpt from above Irregular Times article
    That’s right – Sheriff Goober on down at the Podunk Police Station can now get military satellite images of what the people in his town are up to, without even trying to prove with a search warrant that there’s any reason to suspect anyone of a crime.

    Listen… many are missing the boat here except Jane Harman.

    I agree that the us government is overstepping their boundaries when it comes to spying on Americans and invading our privacy. I myself have been tormented due to someone being on my phone to my knowledge since 2004 (6 years) making echoe tones and loud beep tones when talking to family and friends( they heard it too) intercepting my calls by disconnecting them randomly not allowing me to use my landline home phone making my speaker phone phone go on when the handset was in the cradle no one near the phone.They even did this to my daughter when she walked into her home with her husband my husband even witnessed our speaker phone go off and we heard a dial tone in the room dashes and underscores and numbers on my caller id and my daughters who lives out of state.

    For me the dashes would appear when I would take the phone off the hook and turn the spanish channel on the tv leaving the phone off the hook by the tv for whoever was on the other end to listen to. Also someone had called 911 making like someone called from my sisters phone number and no one from the home called this even happenned to my husbands mother. Someone also called me one night I star 69 it said my daughter called but she did not.It aslo did not register on her her cell phone as a outgoing call. you figure this out.

    I live in northern Va. and in a mayberry town where the sheriffs do not have much crime to fight and I believe are more than likely moonlighting spying on the public for entertainment with their toys.Do not forget all are one local cops,state and federal police fbi cia military etc are ALL ONE no more divisions here . Lord knows that is all who lives in my community outside the DC area.

    So anyone can use this technology for personal gain and no one is policing them. Can this info be sold? Sure it can… Who are the enemies???The enemies can be me and you who are innocent people. My ex son in law has insight as to what is being said in my home and has friends in the police department where I live and friends and family that work in Government and so I wonder who is doing this to me?

    A phone when on hook can be used for eaves dropping (aka slave device) am not sure if these are obsolete now that we have have satellites. Just look at what is happeneing to innocent people spying on their cellphones knowing every thing they say and their where abouts.These are being used by ex spouses and spoused a long with government.
    People make me upset who are not willing to speak up for their freedom that our fore fathers worked so hard for and ensured with the us constitution. Its a wonder I am not in the nut house living in this god forsaken place day and age. : 0 ( I do not take this infringement lightly.

    • Robin Shine

      It is imperative I talk to you or someone. My life is being ruined by some entity. Both computer and phone, mail as well. Not sure how we will communicate but perhaps one glitch will occur and you will get through. All my communications are being monitored. I am a business reporter and don’t know why this is happening. I spent two years in D.C. covering the regulators, public and capital markets, etc. Now I cannot get a job washing dogs. It has been five years (prior to recession) and I relate to the phone jamming. Callers now cannot get through. Please keep trying to contact me, should you receive this. I know not how to call or write you.
      Robin (not real name)
      310-625-9874 or 310-392-0015

  • Pat

    That’s right – Sheriff Goober on down at the Podunk Police Station can now get military satellite images of what the people in his town are up to, without even trying to prove with a search warrant that there’s any reason to suspect anyone of a crime.

    Listen… many are missing the boat here except Jane Harman. I agree that the us government is overstepping their boundaries when it comes to spying on Americans and invading our privacy. I myself have been tormented due to someone being on my phone to my knowledge since 2004 (6 years) making echoe tones and loud beep tones when talking to family and friends( they heard it too) intercepting my calls by disconnecting them randomly not allowing me to use my phone making my speaker phone phone go on when the handset was in the cradle no one near the phone.They even did this to my daughter when she walked into her home with her husband. My husband even witnessed our speaker phone go on. We heard a dial tone in the room.

    Also, dashes, underscores and numbers were on my caller id and my daughters also (hers 1 time) who lives out of state. Foe me, this would happen to me when I would take the phone off the hook and turn the spanish channel on the tv leaving the phone off the hook by the tv for whoever was on the other end to listen to.

    In addition, someone had called 911 making like someone called from my sisters phone number and no one from the home called this even happenned to my husbands mother. Someone also called me one night I star 69 it said my daughter called but she did not.It aslo did not register on her her cell phone as a outgoing call. you figure this out. My I live in northern Va. and in a mayberry town where the sheriffs do not have much crime to fight and I believe are more than likely moonlighting spying on the public for entertainment with their toys.Do not forget all are one local cops,state and federal police fbi cia military etc are ALL ONE no more divisions here . Lord knows that is all who lives in my community outside the DC area.

    So anyone can use this technology for personal gain and no one is policing them. Can this info be sold? Sure it can… Who are the enemies???The enemies can be me and you who are innocent people. My ex son in law seemingly repeats what is being said in my home. He has insight as to what is being said in my home in addition to having friends in the local police department where I live. He also has friends and family that work in Government and so I wonder who is doing this to me and my family? Your phone when on hook can be used for eaves dropping (aka slave device) am not sure if these are obsolete now that we have have satellites. Just look at what is happening to innocent people spying on their cellphones knowing every thing they say and their where abouts.These are being used by ex spouses and spoused a long with government.

    People make me upset who are not willing to speak up for their freedom that our fore fathers worked so hard for and ensured with the us constitution. Its a wonder I am not in the nut house living in this god forsaken place day and age. : 0 ( I do not take this infringement lightly.

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