Wednesday, April 02nd, 2008 | Author:

“The military is allowed to demand financial and credit records in certain instances but does not have the authority to get e-mail and phone records or lists of websites that people have visited. That is the kind of information that the FBI can get by using a national security letter.” So said ACLU lawyer Melissa Goodman in an AP story in USAToday. So if the military can’t get it directly, they’ll get the good ole boys at the FBI to get it for them – and they can get anything. Just ask Bush.

Back in 1976, someone tried to put limits on the FBI after incredible abuses were revealed. “She’s exaggerating,” you say. Well, how ’bout this, from a Senate Select Committee?

“For 15 years, from 1956 to 1971, the FBI ran COINTELPRO (Counterintelligence Programs) to actively subvert groups and people that the FBI considered threats to national security or to the established political and social order. Over 2,300 separate operations were carried out to incite street warfare between violent groups, to wreck marriages, to get people fired, to smear innocent people by portraying them as government informants, to sic the IRS on people, and to cripple or destroy left-wing, black, communist, or other organizations.”

In May 2002, Ashcroft announced that the restrictions on this type of activity were being abolished, “to free the field agents—the brave men and women on the front lines—from the bureaucratic, organizational, and operational restrictions and structures that hindered them from doing their jobs effectively.” Effectively, he put the FBI above the law.

“Well, what’s wrong with that? you say. “We don’t want these fringe groups taking over our country.” What’s wrong, folks, is that the “fringe groups” being targeted these days are religious groups. You may not care about the Muslims, but what about the Christians? Shall we spy on them and arrest them for proclaiming their faith?

Even if you’re not that big on Islam or Christianity, sooner or later you’ll fall into one of the categories the FBI targets, but by then it will be too late. Once the government grabs some new power, they are loathe to give it back. We might do well to take heed to the words of Voltaire: “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”

And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! And she has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird. “For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality.” And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, that you may not participate in her sins and that you may not receive of her plagues; for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.”
Revelation 18:2-5

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