By The Coach, Contributing Editor
Recently I received information that Congress passed a bill, before leaving on their 2014 Christmas recess, which gives federal law enforcement the legal authority to have unlimited access to every means of communication that American citizens conduct.
I immediately recognized that this appeared to be a violation of the fourth (4) amendment of the U. S. Constitution. How can Congress pass a law that circumvents the U. S. Constitution? I thought it took a two thirds, 2/3, majority vote of Congress to make a change to the U. S. Constitution.
Being a retired police officer of over forty (40) years, I always needed a warrant to use a wiretap or obtain other forms of communication from a person I was investigating.
So I read the article that I had received, “Congress Passes Bill Which Grants Unlimited Access to Communications of Every American” by Paul Joseph Watson. (See reference # 1 below)
That article really disturbed me. So I searched and found an additional article, “Congress Passes Bill Giving Police Unlimited Access to Citizens’ Private Communications” .The article was written by Jay Syrmopoulos on December 11, 2014. (See reference # 2 below)
After reading the second article, which basically said the same thing as the first, I had to read the passed bill for myself. I then found the bill, H.R. 4681: SEC. 309., PROCEDURES FOR THE RETENTION OF INCIDENTALLY ACQUIRED COMMUNICATIONS. (See reference # 3 below).
While researching the bill I came across the vote that was made by the Senate to pass this bill. The legislation passed with a House vote of 325-100. According to the above listed articles, it appears that they did not even read the bill.
If you want to see how your Senator voted on this bill, see reference # 4 below. Each state and each U. S. Senator is listed and how they voted on this bill. ALL of the Senators in the Louisiana delegation, as a conservative state that Louisiana is, voted for this bill. [Rourke: I was very happy to see most of the Representatives in my state of South Carolina did NOT vote for it – and my local rep Mick Mulvaney did not support it.]
I am NOT an attorney or practice law in any way but this does NOT sound right. It does not pass the smell test. It was then that I learned that this provision in this bill was placed there at the last minute and no Congress person appeared to have bothered to read the bill before they voted on it.
If I am reading this bill correctly, the federal law enforcement community, under this newly passed law, can now recover or intercept ANY and ALL communications, no matter the type, if they are sent over the internet, cell phone, land line telephone, stored in your computer or on a thumb drive or ANYWHERE else, without a warrant and use the information against you and to prosecute you and it is NOW all legal.
But what about the U. S. Constitution? I really do not know the answer to that.
There are also provisions in this bill for any intercepted communication to be kept for MORE than five (5) years.
How come we have not heard of this on ANY of the national news media?
ALL of our constitutional rights are being taken away from us. Yet we do nothing about it!
Our Founding Fathers wrote the U. S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and all of the other documents that we used to treasure. They fought for and gave their lives so we could have these freedoms. Yet we let them go without a second thought.
What is it going to take for us to stand up and say, enough is enough!
When are we going to tell our Senators and Representatives that we will not stand for these travesties of injustice against the American people?
When are we going to hold the people that we elect to office responsible for what they do in Washington?
It seems that once we elect these people, they go to Washington and do what they want and forget why we elected them!
If I am wrong, please let me know!
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- Congress Passes Bill Which Grants “Unlimited Access to Communications of Every American”
by Paul Joseph Watson | December 11, 2014
- Breaking: Congress Passes Bill Giving Police Unlimited Access to Citizens’ Private Communications
By Jay Syrmopoulos on December 11, 2014
- H.R. 4681: SEC. 309., PROCEDURES FOR THE RETENTION OF INCIDENTALLY ACQUIRED COMMUNICATIONS, the Bill.
- H.R. 4681: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 Senate Vote