January 18, 2006
American Civil Liberties Were Actually Violated By Liberals
Lee P. Butler
Just ask yourself one question.
Before you give a knee-jerk reactionary answer, pause for a moment and give yourself
time to clear your mind of all political affiliations, ideologies, or subjective rationale so all that is left in your cognitive
reasoning is just a clean slate humanistic thought process.
Now ask yourself, do you really believe that there has
ever been a government with the capacity to monitor its populace in one form or another, that hasn’t in some manner
used that ability under the auspices of protecting its citizens from some harm?
Even in America with it’s checks-and-balances,
it’s constitutional protections, it’s belief in the power of states’ rights or the daily exercise of freedom
by the American citizenry, that ability has never truly been removed from the existential relevancy of our lives.
haughty, intellectually self-aggrandizing liberal elitists want to make believe that prior to the tragedy of September 11,
2001 there was no way the American government, or anybody else for that matter, could invade the privacy of American citizens.
according to them, during the Nixon administration.
Well, actually they meant without a court ordered warrant, outside
the Nixon administration.
Check that, for better clarification, they mean to say, as long as a warrant is obtained
within a certain amount of time AFTER the invasion of privacy has taken place.
Wait, hold on a minute, maybe they need
to be a little more specific here. This activity is only allowable in situations where the American citizen is in contact
with a determined foreign terrorist interest, which would necessitate the involvement of the FISA court after the transgression
has taken place.
And even if the court rules after-the-fact that a justification for a warrant was not provided, notification
to the person whose civil liberties were violated can be withheld for an indeterminable amount of time.
we’re clear on that, right?
But, you see, according to these liberal elitists none of this, with exception to
the Nixon administration, has ever happened before President Bush forced Congress to overwhelmingly pass the dreaded Patriot
Act and is now destroying the country with his newfound dictatorial power.
All right, all right, let’s be somewhat
clearer on this subject too. Every provision in the Patriot Act, with very little exception, were laws that already existed
but were being implemented in other areas of law enforcement, such as fighting Mafia activity and dealing with the drug trade.
the Patriot Act did was gather those laws together in one bunch and direct their attention towards the War on Terror, specifically
dealing with terrorist activity inside this country. Even the hated and much publicized ‘library book reading list invasion
of privacy’ law has been in existence for many years and has been used in numerous cases, but was only noticed by the
elitist media once it became part of the Patriot Act.
Suddenly it became a mantra for liberals and their media brethren
that the imperialistic Bush administration needs to be in your business.
Then came the report that the President had
authorized the National Security Agency to perform surveillance on suspected terrorists who may be in contact with people
inside this country. What’s worse, he did so without the issuance of warrants to intercept these foreign calls from
suspects involved in terrorist activities where immediate Intel could prevent an attack against Americans.
admitted to doing it!
How dare he have the temerity to admit to utilizing authority at his disposal by the Constitution
in an attempt to protect American citizens from another terrorist attack on our soil by infringing the civil rights of terrorists
and intercept their phone calls.
Sorry, phone calls between terrorists and American citizens. This may not be ‘politically
correct’, but if an American citizen is cavorting with terrorists, that American has jeopardized his rights as an American
citizen, become a terrorist and is only of concern to the government in that capacity.
What’s wrong with this
whole issue isn’t that American’s don’t have a better grasp of the importance of this activity especially
in the post-9-11 world, because based on polls, Americans of all stripes overwhelmingly support what the President is doing.
It’s the hypocrisy espoused by the Left that smells like a septic sewage system.
During the Nineties, Clinton
promoted a bill, “to conduct warrantless searches in highly violent public housing projects,” which would have
specifically targeted surveillance without court-ordered warrants on mostly African-American families.
no New York Times stories then. There was no political outrage from liberals then. So, liberal hypocrisy clearly shows that
spying on American citizens by them was acceptable to liberals and their media brethren, its only when President Bush spies
on terrorists that they have a problem.
Now that we are in a War on Terror where terrorists have already adroitly displayed
their disdain for America and killed thousands in an attack that those same elitists also assert should have been prevented,
and the President is doing all he can to prevent another attack, they slam him with being imperialistic.
As with so
many issues and their supposed pertinence to liberals, the President is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.
Plus, these liberals mendaciously charge those they oppose with taking part in an illegal activity that those they support
actually did take part in, in the past, but they turn a blind eye to that because it doesn’t mesh with their political
Remember, as was reported by the television show ‘60 Minutes’, the Clinton administration
actually spied on Americans with a ‘domestic spy operation’ called Echelon where the program collected, “virtually
every electronic conversation around the world” as it processed, “everything from data transfers to cell phones
to portable phones to baby monitors to ATM’s”.
The Bush administration’s policy is to limit their
program to only intercepts of international phone calls of suspected terrorists into and out of this country.
Which administration do you think truly committed an illegal infringement of your civil liberties
and was acting ‘imperialistic’?