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Archive for the ‘Privacy Rights’ Category

Obama’s Justice Department Tramples Email Privacy Rights

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 7, 2010

Through a combination of political correctness and the absence of an independent press the Obama Administration is marching down a path of trampling on individual rights.  One manifestation is the Administration’s desire to have access to emails without the need for going to the judicial system for search warrants.  Sounds like the Bush Administration?  You bet.  This group in Washington could teach Bush and Chaney a thing or two about trampling rights.

CNET has reported on an issue that should concern all Americans.  In a Colorado court Yahoo is fighting the government’s attempt to obtain user emails without the need for search warrants.  It has been joined by a coalition that includes Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Center for Democracy and Technology, the Progress and Freedom Foundation, the Computer and Communications Industry Association, and TRUSTe in its battle with the US Department of Justice.

In a brief filed in April the coalition stated that a search warrant signed by a judge should be required for the FBI or other police agency to read contents of Yahoo Mail messages.  Their position is that users who store emails on the Internet should have a reasonable expectation of privacy and are protected by the U.S. Constitution.

The Obama Administrating disagrees with Yahoo’s position.  They argue that federal law requires search warrants only for messages in “electronic storage” that are less than 181 days old.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Pegeen Rhyne in the government’s brief stated that Yahoo Mail doesn’t meet the definition, specifically that “Previously opened e-mail is not in ‘electronic storage.”  Had Bush and Chaney come up with the Obama Administration’s position on this issue the screams from the Left and press would have been ear-shattering.

This week President Obama expressed outrage at a new Arizona law that allows State law enforcement to insure that people stopped for reasonable cause were not in the country illegally.  Given Obama’s willingness to trample on the rights of all Americans through email spying his expressed outrage at the Arizona law is clearly political.  Obviously Progressives believe trampling on individual rights to further goals is justified.  Conversely, should illegals be sent back to their countries for begin illegal the pool of Left-leaning voters may shrink.

As for the press, is has been eerily quiet on the email privacy rights issue.  That is most likely related to the  profit motive, rather than politics.  They see the government’s attempt to stifle Internet freedom as a way to protect their own outdated business model.  Just follow the money.


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Thomas Jefferson: a Tea Partier or Liberal Elitist?

Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 13, 2010

Man is an eternal optimist.  For as many times as history has been our wonderful teacher, each generation continues to believe that they can buck reality with either logic or force of will.  Given the millenniums that have passed with history’s continued perseverance, you would think that we would head great source.

Posted below are the words of one of this country’s great mentors, Thomas Jefferson.  If you believe what you hear from the lame-stream media and their intelligencia friends on the Left, you would be forced to call Jefferson either a tea Partier or some Right-wing nut.  He was neither; just a patriot that was trying to create something without the corruption of old Europe.

We would do well to learn from our mentors, history and Thomas Jefferson.  We would do well to demand adherence to these teachings from any that want to serve us, the people, in our government.

Thoms Jefferson:

When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered..

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Government Tramples on Privacy Rights

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 16, 2009

As I wrote in this Blog previously, the “Cash for Clunkers” program makes no economic sense.  However, there seems to be a more insidious item at play here.  Those involved in the program go through the government’s website “cars.gov“.  In order to sign on to the site, they first must agree to allow the government full access togangsteranything on their PC and give up privacy rights to any of the information, even to foreign entities.  I strongly suggest that you not go to this website for curiosity given the intrusion by the government into your computer. Below is a link to a Utube presentation on this issue.  Watch it and you shake your head!

There is no good reason for such an invasion of privacy.  I’m beginning to see a theme by the Obama Administration; give the citizen’s a “bone” that they want and in return they’ll give up rights.

The Obama administration is making George W. Bush look like an amateur when it comes to the Constitution and trampling on privacy rights.


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