Letter: Neither the GOP nor Dems are willing to stand up for us

2013-07-31T09:00:00Z Letter: Neither the GOP nor Dems are willing to stand up for us Corvallis Gazette Times
July 31, 2013 9:00 am

The evolution of the surveillance state since 9/11 has been a marvel to witness in this country. What our government once proclaimed its dire mission to combat in order to protect the rights of the people has literally become a mission to “protect” us, whether or not our rights and principles are maintained. 

The recent roll call for HR 2397 on July 24, presented by Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., would have limited spending on phone surveillance to court orders from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court against those who are the subject of an investigation, essentially defunding the NSA’s controversial “spy” programs that have recently been brought back into the light.

Many who might perceive Republicans as bastions and protectors of civil liberties should be confused that in the Republican-controlled House, 134 of them voted against this resolution to only 83 such votes by Democrats.

Not only did more Republicans vote against the amendment, but only 94 voted for it, whereas 111 Democrats voted to end such surveillance.

It seems that each side is but a mirror of the other when it comes to the ever-increasing surveillance state.

It was my understanding that regardless of party, office or seat, the oath to uphold the Constitution took precedent over sideshows that impress upon the public that our representatives are complicit in the compromise and support of an agenda that continues to supplant and replace our founding principles with authoritarian rule.

At what point do these elected officials assume the consequences of their refusal to honor their oaths of office in placing the people’s inherent and constitutional rights above the illusion that the government can grant them as privileges and rescind them by the unconstitutional, convoluted legislation they write?

Justin D. Klinkebiel, Corvallis

Copyright 2015 Corvallis Gazette Times. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

(4) Comments

  1. TaxMaverick
    Report Abuse
    TaxMaverick - August 01, 2013 9:21 am
    For anyone who hasn’t seen it, look up the video on YouTube of the BBC announcing “Tower 7 has collapsed” like 20 minutes before it collapses, with Tower 7 still standing solid in the background.
  2. Lo and Behold
    Report Abuse
    Lo and Behold - July 31, 2013 10:23 pm
    Both 9/11 and the Anthrax Attacks were massive frauds.

    WTC 7 -- the THIRD skyscraper to fall on 9/11 -- came down at 5:20 in the afternoon of 9/11 at absolute free fall acceleration for 2.25 seconds (admitted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology -- NIST -- in their 2008 Final Report on Bldg 7). NIST says in their final report on WTC 7 "this was the first known collapse of a tall building primarily due to office fires." Absolute free fall means that the supporting structure went from a typical 300% support to 0% (same acceleration as dropping a bowling ball in free air). Fire-proofed steel-framed buildings don't instantaneously go from over-built to zero support. To date there are 1,960 courageous architects and engineers who have signed a petition to open a new investigation and this petition can be seen at 'ae911truth.org'.

    The anthrax that was mailed in the weeks following 9/11 came from US defense labs and was eventually blamed on a 'lone nut' Bruce Ivins (who apparently committed suicide and then was charged a week after his death). Both McClatchy News and Glenn Greenwald have done extensive reporting on the absurdities of the FBI's conclusions. Congress tried to amend legislation to continue an investigation, but was threatened with a Presidential veto if included.

    People don't want to believe that such massive frauds are possible. I certainly didn't want to believe it, but the contrary evidence is very strong if one is willing to look.

    Our democratic Republic is in great peril with these anti-Constitutional, surveillance-state measures being rammed through based on 'the big lie'.
  3. TaxMaverick
    Report Abuse
    TaxMaverick - July 31, 2013 9:01 pm
    No consequence for them. The consequence is on you.

    Whistleblower Snowden posted comments like yours on the internet -- and made campaign contributions to Ron Paul.

    In response, the government is now screening employees for these “red flags.”

    You’re blacklisted from some/all government jobs now.

    Anyone defending you is blacklisted as well.
  4. curious one
    Report Abuse
    curious one - July 31, 2013 2:40 pm
    Problem is, we really are a "nation of sheep". After 9/11, people bought the dumb idea of the little pins (made in China no less), and that you weren't supposed to say anything "against your government", and mostly to be afraid, very afraid.

    What happened to us then was nothing more than happens to people in other countries, some of it caused by us (uh, how many died in VN?). But we figured this should never happen to US. So, we bought the whole lie, Patriot Act and all. Do we really think our representatives are any different? Remember, they are representing us.
Add Comment
You must Login to comment.

Click here to get an account it's free and quick