There’s a few things to talk about this time. First up, The NSA Spying beast is still around. Four senators have proposed a bill that’s supposed to provide oversight for the President’s domestic spying program.

One of the things I’ve got against this is the fact that it’s bypassing the need to get a warrant. I realize that in todays world where stuff happens so fast, warrants are a genuine PITA for a lot of situations. I realize that potential and actual terrorists need a certain amount of investigation. But doing so in a way that bypasses or evades the constitutional requirement for a warrant is a bad precedent. It starts us on the way down the slippery slope that so many peoples have ridden to their own destruction.

When in doubt, if that’s even possible in such a clear constitutional issue, err on the side of staying within constitutional boundaries. Let wiretaps not be permitted without a warrant. Those boudaries are there for very good reasons.

GOP senators propose NSA spying bill

Measure would codify, oversee no-warrant surveillance program
Wednesday, March 8, 2006; Posted: 3:34 a.m. EST (08:34 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Four Senate Republicans have proposed a bill to provide what one called “very rigorous oversight” of President Bush’s controversial no-warrant domestic surveillance program while also giving it the force of law.

Sens. Mike DeWine of Ohio, Olympia Snowe of Maine, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, all members of the Intelligence Committee, introduced the bill late Tuesday afternoon in an effort to address criticism of the program and reach a compromise.

In a recent Lastdays Watch article, “Down The Rabbit Hole” I mentioned the case of Amal Graafstra, who had RFID chips implanted for convienience, operating locks, controlling access to his home, car, computer, bank accounts Etc. I noticed in this article that he says “It can’t be used to track my movements or to keep tabs on me. It only has a range of a couple feet.

I would like to point out that while the reader devices that he is using may only have a range of a couple of feet, but the chip will reflect ANY signal that it can detect on the right frequency. All that would be needed is for “Readers” to use stronger signals and then that traitorous chip would dutifully respond, enabling anyone with one implanted to be easily tracked.

As always, My recommendation is NEVER allow anyone to implant such a device in you. See Revelation 13 and beyond for the reason why.

Couple Implants Microchips Into Hands Chip Allows Access to Car, Doors and Computer

March 8, 2006 – Amal Graafstra waves his hand in front of a locked door, and it opens. His girlfriend, Jennifer Tomblin, places her hand inches from her computer, and she is instantly signed on.

There are no supernatural forces at work in the couple’s home in Vancouver, British Columbia, just the latest technology. Graafstra and Tomblin are among about 30 people in the world who have voluntarily implanted microchips into their hands.

“I did it because I don’t want to carry anything around,” Graafstra said. “I really did this for convenience.”

At Graafstra’s request, a surgeon friend implanted a chip in each of his hands in March 2005.

Tomblin, a 23-year-old marketing student, thought the chip was odd at first, but over time she became sold on its usefulness. Her chips were implanted in December.

“Because the procedure didn’t hurt, it was really no big deal,” Tomblin said. “It’s not interacting with my body in any way, and the chip can only be used for what I want to use it for. It can’t be used to track my movements or to keep tabs on me. It only has a range of a couple feet.”

Iran sure seems to have a high opinion of itself these days. They’re also showing a clearly underdeveloped level of self preservation. Their threats against the U.S. are sending them down a road that’s already been traveled by Saddam Hussein and Bin Ladin and others. They would do well to learn the lessons of history and cool their jets real fast.

Simply put, The United States doesn’t react very well to threats. We tend toward rendering any threat harmless.

Iran Threatens U.S. Over Nuclear Program
Iran Threatens U.S.  With ‘Pain’ if Tough U.N. Measures Are Imposed Against It for Its Nuclear Program

The Associated Press

VIENNA, Austria – Iran threatened the United States with “harm and pain” Wednesday if the U.S. tries to use the U.N. Security Council which has the power to impose sanctions as a lever to punish Tehran for its suspect nuclear program.

Washington warned that Tehran has enough nuclear material for up to 10 atomic bombs.

Hours after the Iranian and U.S. exchange, the some members of the Security Council took up the issue for the first time, with the five permanent nations holding consultations in New York.

I recently saw this little gem in a .sig on UseNet and just had to pass it on.

“The more corrupt the State, the more numerous are it’s laws”
-Tacitus (an ancient Roman historian)

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