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.
At 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?