Apologists for the Obama Administration’s Big Brother electronic spying have spent much of the last year wagging their heads at concerns about privacy, saying that gosh, the age of privacy is just plain over, and we all need to accept that some of our private information will end up in government hands, because we need to be secure from terrorist evildoers who might be out there somewhere, planning evil things. Besides, they’ve said, the Big Brother spying systems are only collecting metadata. No cause for concern!
Today, these excuses have been smashed by the revelation that the British GCHQ teamed up with Barack Obama’s National Security Agency to infiltrate the Yahoo messaging system…
take and store millions of photographs of people who were not suspected of any crime, without a search warrant, and an estimated 3 to 11 percent of these photographs show people partially or fully naked.
That’s not metadata, folks!
Barack Obama promised that he would be transparent about NSA spying activities, but he never told us that he was having military spies take pictures of nude Americans using their webcams, and storing them on Pentagon computers for later use.
A President who won’t admit that he has been secretly helping the British snap pictures of unclothed Americans has no place in the White House. This sort of thing is not specifically mentioned in the Constitution, I know, but it’s just not at all in the spirit of 1776.
We can’t trust the Obama Administration, or any future President, with this kind of power.
The Patriot Act and the FISA Amendments Act need to be repealed, fully. Nothing short of that will protect us.
The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution of United States of America, part of our Bill of Rights, promises:
“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.”
There is no way in hell that our government, taking pictures of millions of people, naked, without suspecting them of a crime, without a search warrant, counts as a constitutionally-permissible search and seizure.
Barack Obama ought to get on television tonight, apologize, and resign.