If you have ever studied the process surrounding the drafting of our constitution, you know that the biggest concern our founding fathers had was the amassing of too much power under one person or group. They understood that human beings are inherently flawed and when one had the ability to build a power network it would undoubtedly be abused. Hence the concept of the rule of law and the separation of powers among the three branches of our federal government. They were very clear in the Declaration of Independence that the government should derive its power from the governed (we the people), and further stated that if the government should become destructive to these ends, “…it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” The constitution is a limiting document, clearly indicating those powers afforded to each of the branches of the federal government, clearly stating that the federal government possessed ONLY those powers specifically granted within the constitution, and even included the Bill of Rights comprised of the first ten amendments to further clarify the rights and liberties of each citizen of these United States. What the heck happened and how did we get so far from where we began?
A couple of hundred years of growing apathy and laziness is what happened. Then we reached the point of a government so large and entrenched in every aspect of our lives that most feel they have no power or ability to stand up to the abuses that are now a part of our every day lives. We give more than half of the income we work for back to the government in the form of one tax or another, we have allowed the government to become so invasive that we cannot even replace a door on our home without their permission (need a permit and that permit will cost you more than the new door). From the little things to the big things, the government that was supposed to serve us now has us serving it and paying dearly for it. There has been a great deal of back and forth regarding the Patriot Act since 2001, how much liberty are we willing to give up for more safety. We have given up a lot and it does not appear we have gotten much in return. It appears that one thing we have gotten in return is a secret society of courts and an intelligence community that holds police powers. A pseudo-government that acts in secrecy, behind the shadows, with the power to violate our constitutional rights and liberties without our even being aware of it. The power and statutory secrecy afforded to the intelligence community and the FISA Court flies in the face of our constitution and everything that the patriots that gave us this great nation sacrificed their lives standing against.
I don’t care if you are pink, purple, liberal or conservative, this is wrong, it violates our constitution, it violates the rights of every American citizen. What happened to the right to face your accuser? What happened to 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? The FISA Court rarely denies a request, they are often referred to as a kangaroo court with a rubber stamp. It is time they released the applications for FISA warrants and let the people decide if probable cause existed. There certainly has been no evidence come to light to date that there existed probable cause for the warrant on Carter Page. To date, the evidence indicates that the famous, unverified, Steele dossier was the bulk of and main evidence used in the applications for FISA warrants against Page. Now let’s put this in perspective a bit. The dossier is nothing more than unverified hearsay multiple times removed. It basically amounts to the lady down the street told the guy on the corner who told your next-door neighbor that they overheard a portion of a phone call you made to another neighbor the day after a different neighbor’s house was broken into and therefore you must be guilty of burglary and now the local PD has issued a warrant for your arrest based upon that information. That is not probable cause, and not sufficient for the issuance of any type of warrant. This type of standard makes each and every one of us susceptible to arrest for no reason at any time.
Every single American, regardless of political affiliation, should be furious! Every American should be writing, emailing, calling their elected representatives and insisting that this secret society be abolished and that the constitution be followed to the letter. We did not get here overnight, and we won’t fix this overnight, but if not us, then who? If not this generation, which one? The United States of America is only getting further and further from its roots, government imposition into our lives is becoming accepted and overlooked. We must do something now, while there still exists a generation that knows the meaning of freedom and before the history of the sacrifices in the making of this great nation has been scrubbed into something unrecognizable. No more laziness, no more apathy, no more I’m only one person; think about this country, your children and your grandchildren, what kind of life do you want for them? Do you want to help preserve freedom and opportunity for them, or sit back and watch while this nation is turned into the very thing our ancestors died trying to escape? It is on you, it is on each and every one of us. What will history say about us?