Orwellian: Ron Paul Predicted Patriot Act Computer Surveillance in 1984
Mediaite.com shares a C-Span video of Texas representative Ron Paul warning about the coming dangers of computer surveillance remarkably akin to the Patriot Act that he has consistely spoken out about.
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#1 Jan 15, 2012
EXPECT MORE GOVERNMENT / POLICE CORRUPTION WITH NO-WARRANT SEARCHES
U.S. Government wants the power without a warrant, to introduce as evidence in criminal prosecutions and government civil trials, any phone call record, email or Internet activity. That would open the door for Police to take out of context, any innocenthastily written email, fax or phone call record to allege a crime or violation was committed to cause a persons arrest, fines and or civil asset forfeiture of their property. There are more than 350 laws and violations that can subject property to government asset forfeiture. Government civil asset forfeiture requires only a civil preponderance of evidence for police to forfeit property, little more than hearsay. It is not a requirement that Government charge the property owner with a crime or first get a conviction.
If the Justice Department has its way, any information the FBI derives from circumventing the Fourth Amendment, i.e.(no warrant searches) of Web Server Records; a Citizens Internet Activity, personal emails; and phone calls may be used by the FBI for (fishing expeditions; to issue subpoenas in hopes of finding evidence or to prosecute Citizens for any alleged crime or violation. Consider that neither Congress nor the courtsdetermined what Bush II NSA electronic surveillance, perhaps illegal could be used by police or introduced into court by government to prosecute Americans criminally or civilly. If U.S. Justice Department is permitted (No-Warrant) surveillance of all electronic communications, it is problematic state and local law enforcement agencies and private government contractors will want access to prior Bush II /NSA and other government illegally obtained electronic records not limited to Americans Internet activity; private emails, faxes and phone calls to secure evidence to arrest Americans, assess fines and or civilly forfeit their homes, businesses and other assets under Title 18USC and other laws. Of obvious concern, what happens to fair justice in America if police become dependent on Asset Forfeiture to help pay their salaries and budget operating costs?
The Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000(effectively eliminated) the five year statue of limitations for Government Civil Asset Forfeiture: the statute now runs five years (from the date) police allege they learned an asset became subject to forfeiture. It is foreseeable should (no warrant) government electronic surveillance be approved; police will relentlessly sift through Citizen and businesses(government retained Internet data), emails and phone communications to discover possible crimes or civil violations. A corrupt despot U.S. Government too easily can use no-warrant-(seized emails, Internet data and phone call information) to blackmail Americans, corporations and others in the same manner Hitler utilized his police state passed laws to extort support for the Nazi fascist government, including getting parliament to pass Hitlers 1933 Discriminatory Decrees that suspended the Constitutional Freedoms of German Citizens. A Nazi Government threat of Property Seizure Asset Forfeiture of an individual or corporations assets was usually sufficient to ensure Nazi support.
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