Making the Argument about Principle

I’m not into blogs.  I have this one, but I’m not yet thrilled about it.  But it does, occasionally, get interesting.  Take today.

Listening to Glenn Beck radio this morning, the first hour proved to be very interesting.  With deference to Mr. Beck, he makes a very good case that the principles involved with FISA courts should be considered much more readily than the nonsense we saw in the news this weekend about who wiretapped whom and when.

There should be no wiretaps without a public court issuing a warrant based on identifiable probable cause.  FISA  courts can issue secret warrants on people, anyone, based on a hunch and not on probable cause.  This makes it a clandestine arm of whomever is in power at the time.  Our founders not only envisioned this, they prohibited it.

Amendment IV of our Constitution states:

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.

The press gave former presidents a pass when they used the FISA courts used the Patriot Act to listen in on the phones of journalists, foreign leaders, and yes, you and me, if they wanted to do so.  They only needed a suspicion, not probable cause, to establish a wiretap to listen in on any of us.

I think this was allowed because “our guy” was in power.  The Patriot Act was passed under George W. Bush.  It was used to tap the phone of a journalist during the tenure of Barak Obama.  Do I think there may have been more incidents violating the Fourth Amendment during these two presidencies?  Yes, I think there probably were. But because the records of the FISA courts are kept secret, we can neither prove, nor disprove my suspicions.

Let’s shine the light on what the real problem is.  We have let officials use the secret power of the FISA courts for far too long now. But how to reign them in?  I think one way is the National Liberty Alliance.

Common law was the law structure in use when the Constitution was written.  Our country’s founders never envisioned it otherwise.  The Constitution is built so that we, regular public people, can use it to control our government.  We have just forgotten how to do that.  I think we need to educate ourselves on that responsibility now.  Read, learn, take the short Constitution course at the National Liberty Alliance.  You can finish it in one weekend. We can then put the discussion back onto principles instead of this bickering the media, and the players, constantly impose in the middle of our stage.

Let’s put the argument squarely where it belongs, on principle, not who said or did what to whom. The principle we (the people, me included) have allowed to be violated is contained in the fourth amendment. “We the People” have the power to bring justice back to America.  Learn how, now, while we still can.

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