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“The Song Remains The Same, However The Stakes Are higher”

December 26, 2011

Oh well, I see that nothing is going to change going into the New Year except, we will have more of our rights taken from us. This is because the majority of the people could care less that this administration has picked-up where the two administration before left off. Slowly and methodically removing the Bill of Rights.

As always, the public will sit back and wait to see what those who speak out about these injustices can do. However the sad part of it is, when those people are removed the public never knows and it will even be more likely that they never find out thanks to, “National Defense Authorization Act 2012”.

The Bill of Rights is the name given to the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution. Below are the six that we are likely to lose first. Although under Ronald Reagan, The Fourth Amendment was basically done away with when it comes to traffic stops.

1st Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

2nd Amendment: 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.

4th Amendment: 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.

5th Amendment: No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

8th Amendment : Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

9th Amendment: The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

These amendments are under heavy attack and most of the people will stand-off to the side or under their bed, while they are removed from existence.

The People we have elected to represent us and our well-being just passed a bill that could see us detained just for speaking our mind about what we are feeling. The bill is awaiting Obama’s signature, something he has said he will do.

There is another bill in the House, Stop Online Privacy Act, (also known as S.O.P.A.) that will change how we use and what we put on the internet. Its “Evil Twin” in the Senate is The Protect IP Act. These bills continue to weaken the pillar of a document that was the ground work for this country. The feelings of some in the legislator can be summed up by a famous line from George W. Bush when he was confronted on The Patriot Act and The Constitution. “Stop throwing the Constitution in my face,” Bush screamed back. “It’s just a goddamned piece of paper!”

How will SOPA affect you? If you stop using the internet it won’t. However, that is not going to happen so…

One of the best and easiest to read breakdowns on how it will affect us that I have found is over at C/Net Below I will give you Shot excerpts if you find them interesting you can go to C/Netand read them.

Much of the Internet industry and a large percentage of Internet users. Here’s the most current list (PDF) of opponents.
On November 15, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Zynga, eBay, Mozilla, Yahoo, AOL, and Linked In wrote a letter to key members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, saying SOPA poses “a serious risk to our industry’s continued track record of innovation and job creation, as well as to our nation’s cybersecurity.” Yahoo has reportedly quit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over the organization’s enthusiastic support for SOPA

In this day and age, if you can control the internet you can control what is being put out there to the masses. A total Government control, would be disastrous.

As bad as it was the earlier, “Protect IP Act” had a few more (Less Loud Supporters).

Protect IP targeted only domain name system providers, financial companies, and ad networks–not companies that provide Internet connectivity.
Because SOPA is broader, even some companies who liked, or at least weren’t vocally opposed to, the Senate bill aren’t exactly delighted with the House version.
“Verizon continues to look at SOPA, and while it’s fair to say that we have concerns about the legislation, we are working with congressional staff to address those concerns,” a representative told us.
Tim McKone, AT&T’s executive vice president of federal relations, said that “we have been supportive of the general framework” of the Senate bill. But when it comes to SOPA, all AT&T would say is that it is “working constructively with Chairman Smith and others toward a similar end in the House.”

With the aggressive changes between the Protect IP and SOPA did the Obama administration push for the strict advances towards the users, aka The Citizens? They did in the “National Defense Authorization Act” in fact they were going to veto it unless they could arrest citizens.

Well as always I will be watching closely, as will “Big Brother”.

ABA

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