Is NSA An Affront To The Constitution And Our Republic?

The big lie is that the National Security Agency (NSA) could have prevented 9/11 hence the need for its expanded powers. This agency in some form has been in the spying business since 1949 and it didn't prevent that nor were they identifiers for the recent Boston Marathon bombers whom even the Russians had warned a security threat. They did however do a good job of scanning for the bombers once the deed was done.

Welcome to the world of "Big Brother" -- an expansive invasive government body prying into one's personal space and stifling a sense of security as near as your handiest cell phone, iPad or iPhone and helped along by citizen complicity through face book, twitter and other on-line data sharing. In George Orwell's' book 1984 telescreens have everyone under surveillance and to further keep them in line the phrase, "Big Brother Is Watching You" is indoctrinated into their very being.

In 1949 the predecessor of NSA, the Armed Forces Security Agency was established as a cryptologic (decipherer of communications) intelligence body. Congress and the public have been blindsided by the extent of the national internal spying and operations of such a group and wrongly assumed that only foreign enemies of the state were the object of its scrutiny. As is often stated on "Mission Impossible" in the event of capture or exposure NSA didn't exist or was cloaked with terms of No Such Animal or No Such Acts because No Such Authorization from federal authorities was revealed.

The spying on US citizens and targeting of us with drones or wholesale collecting of our information without legal cause by any US agency is a clear abridgment of the law.   In unchecked hands a totalitarian state of a few high powered folks at the top could rule if this is allowed unabated.

The activities of NSA surreptitiously being exposed clearly are a violation of the 4th amendment to the US Constitution which reads:

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 sized.

 Solutions to this aren't complex.

  • NSA Directors cannot be allowed to be simply Presidential Appointments without approval of the US Congress (both houses).
  • NSA and its activities must be scrutinized and overseen by members of Congress (both Houses).
  • The Patriot Act must be reviewed for renewal every five years not ten or more as is the current policy.
  • Release and breaches of NSA materials secured without authorization of the US Congress shall put violators at risk for trials in special judicial courts for treason.
  • Stop the sharing of personal medical information through electronic surveillance under Obamacare.

 Such actions are a start to restoring the Citizen's Bill of Rights to the US Constitution and our Democratic Republic. In this 'sweet land of liberty', we must be prepared to stand for the principles of freedom, liberty and democracy under the US Constitution taking whatever steps are required to secure these for ourselves and others as desired. We must understand that we will stand up for citizens and stand by our friends protecting our people wherever they are located in service to this nation; but, we must also allow them their constitutional freedoms without interference. Congress must also understand that its members must do a better job in protecting our freedoms or be sent home.

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8 thoughts on “Is NSA An Affront To The Constitution And Our Republic?

  1. Their only function is to keep Obama's secret police supplied with what ever info he needs to build his dictaorship

  2. DanielAllison says:

    I guess I failed my high school history class. I have believed for a number of years that Hitler lost World War II. Now I find that we lost the war. The Nazi Party is alive and well. They just changed their name to NSA.

  3. Obviously the war on terror and the growth and proliferation of computer technology have vastly complicated the mission of the National Security Agency. What Americans have heard and seen written about are allegations that the agency is collecting data that goes way beyond the scope of the purposeful targeting of the phone calls of possible terror suspects. We have seen no proof, but given the fact that this kind of information is classified, it would be totally illogical that we should actually see proof or evidence. For all of the furor and cynicism expressed by the public regarding the allegations, where is the proof that this is actually occurring? Where are the congressional representatives who are in the know concerning this? Unless there are provable detrimental consequences from it or cases of damage or injury that have provably resulted from it, Americans should care that the "size of the haystack" is proportionate to their expressions of their freedom of speech. They control that by the mere exercise of it. The "needle" is equal to the abuse of that freedom of speech by terrorists. Picture NSA trying to find that needle in a haystack, the size of which Americans themselves control. When the next terror attack occurs, just remember that. If you don't use it, they won't abuse it.
    The days of easily interceptible two-way, over-the-air, radiotelephone communications are over.

    • Sharon Lynn says:

      Where's the proof"??? Listen to their soundbites, talking points, lies. PROOF IS THE EASY PART! There are hoards of victims of this abuse EVERYWHERE. The FBI told political opponents, (even McCain), that they were being spied on for info. OF COURSE "it was the CHINESE!!!!

    • DanielAllison says:

      Is Chinese code for NSA?

  4. The Fourth Amendment is no longer enough to protect us.

    It needs clarification, and a further "enumeration" of Constitutional restrictions upon the government from intruding on the privacy of Americans.

    Hence, my proposal for a "Privacy Amendment":
    "Citizens protected by this Constitution possess an inalienable right to privacy in their persons, business, and homes, and while they are in public.

    It shall be a violation of this Constitution for the United States or for the several States to violate or invade the individual privacy of citizens by use of physical, mechanical, or electronic means or devices on land, on water, below ground, or from the air.

    This protection shall extend to all lawful acts or communications by an individual citizen or between two or more citizens, including content that is spoken, written, or electronically transmitted. It shall extend to citizens regardless of their location, whether in private or in public.

    The only exceptions will be as governed by the Fourth Amendment of this Constitution."

    Pretty radical, eh?

  5. jackbenimble333 says:

    The suggestions here are a good start but not good enough. For example, the secret FISA court is not compatible with our ideals and it is clear that they have approved some of the worst NSA abuses in contravention of our Bill of Rights. So long as their decisions are cloaked in secrecy in perpetuity, this abuse will continue. Every single warrant and decision made by this court should be declassified and made available to the public after 5 years.