posted on Mar, 22 2005 @ 03:59 AM
Once again, incredibly late to the party, but Sofi manages to post on the subjects that I wanted to discuss when I joined ATS. Maybe one day I'll
have enough confidence to beat Sofi to the punch, but anyway. I noticed that, while the Patriot Act (is this some kind of misnomer... like Operation
Iraqi Freedom [previously named Operation Infinite Justice [Ha!]]?)
Check it out:
"...SEC. 217. INTERCEPTION OF COMPUTER TRESPASSER COMMUNICATIONS.
Chapter 119 of title 18, United States Code, is amended--
(1) in section 2510--
(A) in paragraph (18), by striking `and' at the end;
(B) in paragraph (19), by striking the period and inserting a semicolon; and
(C) by inserting after paragraph (19) the following:
`(20) `protected computer' has the meaning set forth in section 1030; and
`(21) `computer trespasser'--
`(A) means a person who accesses a protected computer without authorization and thus has no reasonable expectation of privacy in any communication
transmitted to, through, or from the protected computer; and
`(B) does not include a person known by the owner or operator of the protected computer to have an existing contractual relationship with the owner or
operator of the protected computer for access to all or part of the protected computer.'; and
(2) in section 2511(2), by inserting at the end the following:
`(i) It shall not be unlawful under this chapter for a person acting under color of law to intercept the wire or electronic communications of a
computer trespasser transmitted to, through, or from the protected computer, if--
`(I) the owner or operator of the protected computer authorizes the interception of the computer trespasser's communications on the protected
`(II) the person acting under color of law is lawfully engaged in an investigation;
`(III) the person acting under color of law has reasonable grounds to believe that the contents of the computer trespasser's communications will be
relevant to the investigation; and
`(IV) such interception does not acquire communications other than those transmitted to or from the computer trespasser.'.
SEC. 218. FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION.
Sections 104(a)(7)(B) and section 303(a)(7)(B) (50 U.S.C. 1804(a)(7)(B) and 1823(a)(7)(B)) of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 are
each amended by striking `the purpose' and inserting `a significant purpose'.
SEC. 219. SINGLE-JURISDICTION SEARCH WARRANTS FOR TERRORISM.
Rule 41(a) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure is amended by inserting after `executed' the following: `and (3) in an investigation of
domestic terrorism or international terrorism (as defined in section 2331 of title 18, United States Code), by a Federal magistrate judge in any
district in which activities related to the terrorism may have occurred, for a search of property or for a person within or outside the district'.
SEC. 220. NATIONWIDE SERVICE OF SEARCH WARRANTS FOR ELECTRONIC EVIDENCE.
(a) IN GENERAL- Chapter 121 of title 18, United States Code, is amended--
(1) in section 2703, by striking `under the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure' every place it appears and inserting `using the procedures described
in the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure by a court with jurisdiction over the offense under investigation'; and
(2) in section 2711--
(A) in paragraph (1), by striking `and';
(B) in paragraph (2), by striking the period and inserting `; and'; and
(C) by inserting at the end the following:
`(3) the term `court of competent jurisdiction' has the meaning assigned by section 3127, and includes any Federal court within that definition,
without geographic limitation.'.
(b) CONFORMING AMENDMENT- Section 2703(d) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by striking `described in section 3127(2)(A)'. ..."
Yeah, niether the Senate and Congress read it either. Just about as patriotic as Mein Kampf. Just so you know, hours before it was passed, John
Ashcroft had just finished revising it basically taking out the few protections that had been left in it. Congress thought they were voting on the
other version... sounds like a terrible scandal, but it went virtually un-noticed.
I can't blame congress, reading this thing is only humanly possible with an adavanced degree in law, and hours and hours in the library. I dare
anyone to read this law in its entirety and send me a point by point summary. The act is 342 pages long and refers to hundreds of other passages in
other laws written over the past 150 years or so. I wouldn't be surprised if it reamends some segregation law that I'm breaking by living in
Also, a fun fact. USA PARTRIOT Act stands for "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct
Terrorism Act of 2001" Man, do they feed the letters into a computer or something to find out how to make it a viable acronym?
I can give you some points in the act that most of us would disagree with. The fourth amendment. What ammendment? "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, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be
seized." I hate it when we're given a right by the government (who, in a democracy, theoretically us the citizens) only to have it taken away by as
soon as it becomes a nuisance. The fourth amendment was what made it so that, if any government agency wishes to search your house, vehicle, or
property, they had to get your permission or a warrant from a judge (this also worked wonders to battle planted evidence). Did you like the fourth
amendment? Too bad, you don't have it anymore.
I'd be doing Jefferson a disservice (not that I owe that old loon any favors) if I didn't say something to the effect of: when you allow your rulers
to snoop into your private life and violate your space, the very idea of living in a free society is out the window. Michael Moore, you can be an
idiot sometimes, but you were right to fight the man in this instance... even with your lack of finesse.
Did you know that the FBI is now REQUIRED to collect ALL library records dating back to 1989 (where possible) and all records since? Did you know that
there's a GAG ORDER so that agents can't talk to anyone about their findings under the pain of prosecution?
I'm left with two possibilities why this feeble, spiteful, conniving, dullard is still our president.
1. The people didn't know what the patriot act was and figured that since it's called "The US Patriot Act" that it had something to do with
fighting terrorists or giving freedom, not taking it or
2. It is natural for people for people to be afraid of freedom at some primal level... like agoraphobia (at least I THINK that's the one where people
are afraid of wide open spaces).
I mean, to know what this law is, and to still vote for Bush over Kerry is an incredible notion. Ok, so Kerry was a "flip-flopper". He was charged
with changing his opinion on things depending on what the public wanted. Heaven forbid that one of our leaders actually works in the interest of
the people! Maybe he wasn't quite the hero he told us he was in Vietnam? I don't care. I wasn't born yet. Are we forgetting what Bush did
during Vietnam? (And just so you know, a forged military memo that has true information but has diliberate mistakes is highly questionable... YOU KNOW
what I'm talking about ;-/ )
I have a friend in Texas (and a big Bush supporter). She a really smart girl, much smarter than I (like that's saying much) and I told her about what
the patriot act was all about before the 2004 election. She said "I've heard about that law, but I don't think that's what it does. It's to help
us find terrorists". Heaven help us, yes! It's to help us find terrorists. At a huge cost! Why not just make us a militant country that's always
under Martial Law (oh... wait) that way no one can get hurt... ever!
The bin Ladens have had business relations with the Bush family on and off for over 26 years now. Actually, I think it's the entire royal Saudi
family... In the five days following 9-11, the only planes that were flying were the ones picking up and shipping out the bin Laden family to and from
secret locations. In the days after 9-11, the FBI ran some searches on gun purchases by suspected terrorists. Two of them showed up in the database
with recent purchases. When Ashcroft heard about this, he immediately shut down the search saying that these background check weren't meant to be
used in this manner... the searches are only for law-abiding gun crazy Americans... this is the same guy who took a red marker to the Fourth
Amendment! At least I still have my Second Amendment... I should really go out and get a gun while I still can.
Have any of you seen the footage of George W. in that classroom in Florida when the secret service ran up to him and told him the first tower got hit?
I did... it was disturbing. He kinda just sat there... for seven minutes until someone told him to get up and be the president.
Oh, here's a list of my favorite lies.
1. Iraq has nuclear weapons.
I've read the "intelligence" on this. It's not very intelligent. Joseph Wilson went on the mission with the CIA to Niger in 2002. He came back and
told the president himself that the information was bad.
2. I raq has chemical and biological weapons.
They did... we've found about one half of 1% of these weapons that were promised to us. Did you know that they had these few weapons because we gave
them to Sadaam? Oh, but that was back when he was our friend and letting us run some oil companies in Iraq... such is the American way.
3. Iraq has ties to al Queda.
This is weird. al Queda hated Sadaam more than they hate America...
4. We went to war with a coalition...
Of AUSTRALIA! Amazing! How many Australians have died in Iraq under combat situations? Really? None? (New Zealand refused to join the coalition and
were promptly shut out of trade talks.
Azerbaijan. Who? They have oil.
Bulgaria! How could we lose?
Columbia! I thought we were still at war with them?
Czech Republic... enjoying their new position in NATO by now.
Denmark- I got really stoned in Denmark once.
El Salvador! Who was the last El Salvadorian to be taken hostage in Iraq? I bet it was that guy who faked the golden ticket in Willy Wonka.
Eritrea- That's not a country, that's a bad scrabble hand.
Estonia- Nazis to save the day!
Etheopia- We'll make a human shield out of staving children! Brilliant!
Georgia- I've been to Atlanta but somehow I don't think this is the same place.
Hungary... I have nothing to say to you Hungary other than: You should be ashamed of yourself!
Japan- I bet most of THEM don't know that... shhh.
South Korea- Ok, but they owed us one anyway.
Latvia- More Nazis!
Macedonia- Again, not a geography whizz, but I'll take your word for it.
Netherlands- I got REALLY high here... twice!
Nicaragua- I just LOVE central America... the countries are SO small and cute!
Philippines- Yeah, but I heard that it was to help them recruit more al Qaeda members)
Poland- You're all going to hell. I heard the pope say the war was wrong with my very own good ear.
Palau- I, uh... hang on. Ok, I found you... Ok, guys pull out a globe and a magnifying glass. These guys are a group of North Pacific Islands with a
combined population of less than 20,000.
And then, we have the support of some great countries who never sent anyone to fight in Iraq (due to lack of military), last but not least Iceland,
Costa Rica, the Marshall and Solomon Islands and Micronesia!
It's no wonder we won.
Are you really afraid of terrorists? Why did SOMEONE forget to catch bin Laden... we got all tied up with this UNRELATED Iraq thingy and now we just
try to catch all the terrorists at the airport.
You guys were talking statistics earlier in this thread. Are we at the top 3% now? How about this we, the US, 5% of the worlds population use 25% of
the world's energy. My computer's been on for two days... it's my fault.
Let's see, what haven't I covered? Hell, I'll do it later, I need to go to bed.
PS- Oh yeah. If any of you demand sources, I'll gladly post them. I just can't do it right now because I think I've just developed a severe case of
carpal tunnle syndrome.
[edit on 22-3-2005 by ServoHahn]