Enough is too much

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)

Most Americans don’t know their rights

Its a sad day when a story like this is true, that most of the 1000 Americans surveyed Did not know the freedoms guaranteed by just the FIRST amendment of the US Constitution.. Never mind even the rest of the first 10 Amendments, also known as the “Bill Of Rights”

I think it’s an even sadder day when a news story about it appears in a news section called “Oddly Enough”. This should not be considered “Odd”, it should be considered a catestrophic failure of many things from our educational system to Patriotism and Moral values. It indicates a level of ignorance and apathy that is mind numbing to consider.

What are your rights? ‘D’oh’ (Reuters) CHICAGO (Reuters) – Most Americans have an easier time naming members of the cartoon Simpson family than listing the five freedoms granted by the nation’s founders, a survey by a museum released on Wednesday said.

Here’s a hint: one of them is not the right to own and raise pets, an error committed by one in five respondents.

Half of 1,000 Americans randomly surveyed by the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum could name at least two of the five members of Fox Television’s Simpson family, the stars of the network’s long-running show.

But just 28 percent of respondents could name more than one of the five freedoms listed in the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment — about the same proportion that could name all five Simpson family members or could recall the three judges on Fox TV’s top-rated “American Idol.”

For the record, here’s the text of the First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

The rights guaranteed are:

  • Freedom of speech (The right to express your opinions and beliefs)
  • Freedom of religion (The right to exercise your own religious beliefs)
  • Freedom of the press (The right of the press to report the truth.  [libel and slander are not protected])
  • Freedom of assembly (The right of people to hold and attend meetings)
  • Freedom to petition for redress of grievances (The right to present your case and settle a matter in court.)

These rights are Constitutionally guaranteed to all Americans and cannot be revoked or infringed by any person or agency.

NSA spying, Iran with Nukes, Bird flu, and more

NYT sues Pentagon over domestic spying

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York Times sued the U.S. Defense Department on Monday demanding that it hand over documents about the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program.

All I can say here is A) I hope NYT wins, and B) I’ll be interested to read those documents, I hope NYT publishes them if they win. This really IS a case of “The people have a right to know”

Iran expanding uranium enrichment work: IAEA

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran is forging ahead with a nuclear fuel enrichment program in defiance of world pressure and stonewalling U.N.  probes spurred by fears it secretly wants atomic weapons, a U.N.  watchdog report said on Monday.

Iran with Nuclear weapons. Now that’s a thought that’ll spark bomb shelter sales all over Israel.

Bird flu hits poultry markets but officials hopeful

PARIS (Reuters) – France began vaccinating thousands of geese and ducks against avian flu on Monday and Niger became the second West African country to be hit by the virus, spreading among birds at unprecedented speed.

I don’t know what those officials are hopeful about. This avian flu has so far turned out to be one of the most virulent, deadly, fastest spreading varieties since the 1918 version.

So far, It’s spread from China, all over Asia, into the Middle-East, and now it’s showing up in Europe. It’s got a really high mortality rate and efforts to contain outbreaks have resulted in millions of birds having to be destroyed.

From what I’ve read on it and flu viruses in general it looks like it’s only a matter of time before it spreads to humans. Once it does, Today’s fast paced traveling culture is going to have it showing up all over the planet within weeks of the first human infection. Remember, When a person first contracts flu, they’re actually very contagious for anywhere from 1 to 7 days before they even develop symptoms.

Can any one say “Captain Trips”?

…I knew you could.

“Qaeda escapee” says will take fight to US soil

DUBAI (Reuters) – A Web site often used by militants posted a video tape on Monday in which a purported al Qaeda escapee from a U.S.  airbase in Afghanistan vowed to fight Americans in Iraq and the United States.

To the al Qaeda escapee who thinks he’s going to bring his fight here, I’m reminded of the scene at the end of Dirty Harry where he asks the punk if he feels lucky.

Well, DO YA, PUNK?

Just where is this website that militants are posting video tapes and threats? Not that I would EVER want to support them in any way, but still … sometimes it’s good to see something for yourself. Especially when it’s evidence of Evil.

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