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He revealed massive, consistent, continuing violations of the US Constitution that began with the Patriot Act andthe onset of the Bush administration. Nobody, anywhere, has been immune from unreasonable searches andseizures of "their persons, houses, papers, and effects" in the form of computer data and telephone records by American spies. Obama may wish to disagree but the massive attempts to discredit Snowden's revelations onlyshow how close to the bone his truth cuts.Warrantless wiretaps have been issued, as the President and his lackeys have pointed out, but by a nameless,faceless claque of judges, without Congressional oversight. Obama signed a reauthorization of this spying thatincluded no additional oversight. So much for the ideals of America's supposedly liberal president.Snowden revealed this information to the American people and the world. It is information that is already knownto many. The Iranians know who invented STUXNET, which made their uranium enrichment centrifuges spin likeTibetan whirligigs. The Chinese have known for years who is flitting among their defense contracts. He did notreveal intelligence, he revealed the embarrassing fact that laws are being broken by the government and rightsignored, and he demolished a phony holier than thou sense of outrage that other countries are doing evil unto aninnocent and guileless American government.It turns out that some 62 percent of the American people think that what the government is doing is just fine, andthat they are being protected from terrorists intent on wreaking havoc. But look at what this kind of chicanery hasproduced so far. The government insists it has produced valuable intelligence. But the government in the pasthas been assiduous in triumphal announcements when "terrorists" are thwarted. It caught a couple of disgruntledPakistani ice cream sellers in Lodi, California, who were egged on by FBI informants into making some vagueplans to engage in some unformed scheme. There are malcontents lodged in jails in several places in the UnitedStates for doing nothing more than making a few beer-filled threats that were turned into terror stories with thehelp of paid informants aided and abetted by electronic surveillance laws.Some of the incidents that resulted in real threats were never detected. The Army psychiatrist who shot 16 of hiscomrades in Fort Hood, Texas was never detected. The man who attempted to bomb New Year celebrations inNew York's Times Square was undetected. The authorities appear to have ignored traditional Russian gumshoewarnings about the Boston Marathon bombers ? until this vast, amorphous, usually unmanageable cloud of datamanaged to allow the FBI to harass everybody who had ever made or had a phone call with the Tsarnaevbrothers. So far, we have had no arrests, but one questionable shooting in custody.y In the meantime, the woods are full of sullen high school dropouts protected by the Second Amendment, theone that allows Americans to carry arms and is so sacrosanct that no politician dares touch it. Spying on your own people is fine but we Americans dare not violate the Constitution by restricting the use of semi-automaticweapons that can take out an entire grade school class in seconds."A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed," the Second Amendment says. According to the Roberts Supreme Court's interpretation, that "well-regulated militia" appears to include SandyHook's Adam Lanza, who killed 20 schoolchildren and six staff; James Holmes, who shot dead 12 people andwounded 58 in a theater in Aurora, Colorado; Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, who killed 12 students and oneteacher, wounding 21 more in the Columbine murders in Littleton Colorado, and thousands of other murders. It isa staggering death toll -- 32,163 in 2010, making a mockery of the numbers from terror attack attempts. Somewell-regulated militia!The Bill of Rights came about because the founding fathers catalogued "a history of repeated injuries andusurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these States." They wishedto see that this would not happen again and thus enshrined some of the most basic freedoms known to the worldat that time.On the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the American people need to understand that theDeclaration has been spun on its principles. The citizenry are not safe in their homes from surreptitious prying,nor are they safe on the streets where the right to keep and bear arms puts them in random jeopardy. Snowdenacted in the best traditions of the American spirit.
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