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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Government Surveillance of Innocent Citizens; A Local Victory on Fourth Amendment

Did you know that every email you've ever sent or received is stored in government computers? The National Security Agency records them all, using devices called "Naris." NSA has a big complex in San Antonio, one in San Francisco and one on the East Coast to collect all emails. I'm sure they do the same for text messages. If the government ever decides to target you - like it did Gen. Petreaus for not falling on his sword over the Libyan fiasco - they can retrieve all your emails, text messages and so on and crucify you. How do you like the idea of Obama having that kind of power? 'Everyone in US under virtual surveillance' - NSA whistleblower The FBI records the emails of nearly all US citizens, including members of congress, according to NSA whistleblower William Binney. In an interview with RT, he warned that the government can use this information against anyone. Binney, one of the best mathematicians and code breakers in the history of the National Security Agency, resigned in 2001. He claimed he no longer wanted to be associated with alleged violations of the Constitution, such as how the FBI engages in widespread and pervasive surveillance through powerful devices called 'Naris.' This year, Binney received the Callaway award, an annual prize that recognizes those who champion constitutional rights and American values at great risk to their personal or professional lives. On a brighter note, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals reversed the conviction of a Kerrville woman for possession of methamphetamine, holding that the deputies violated her Fourth Amendment right to be free of unreasonable search and seizure. Patrick O'Fiel was her trial lawyer, and Pat MaGuire, both court appointed, did the appeal. Anyone who thinks that court appointed lawyers won't fight for their clients should read the article in today's Kerrville Daily Times. Great work, gentlemen.


  1. Did they file a motion to throw out the evidence based upon an illegal search in pretrial? If so, how did this slip past the judge? It seems this should have been a relatively clear ruling in this case. What was the theory set forth by the prosecution regarding the legality of the search?

  2. Yes, indeed, great work O'feel. Don't you just love it when meth addicts, drug dealers and criminals go free? I know all defense lawyers do. Your chickens are coming home to roost, so you best feather your nests.

  3. When Obama comes for your guns you may be glad the courts will still enforce the 4th Amendment.

    1. More irrational, right-wing radical imaginations from the card carrying members of the tea baggers. Get a clue - intelligent voters want rational discourse. This very thinking and the tea bagger oarty is what cost Romney the election. I have heard this drivel for more than 30 years. Clueless......

  4. The tough talking right wingers will not use their guns. When the going gets tough, they will bow down and fold like cheap accordions, for fear a losing capital. So will the socialists. The only people who are truly committed are those which occupy a space far to the left of socialism.

    Obama has and is fully supporting a deregulated Wall Street and a do-anything Federal Reserve. The far left sees him as just another Larry Summers.

    Little of the freshly printed money goes to social programs. Much of it goes to pay off derivative bets to unknown sources. This is the source of our financial woes, and this is the feed stock of future discontent. All of the River Hills set is losing their retirement savings to inflation, due to paying off the biggest welfare recipients, Wall Street. The money is printed by Capitalists, not socialists or communists. QE infinity?

    Now the fixed income group is moving into poverty. Watch them change stripes, but will they be welcome on the far left?

  5. Think guns are going to help?