Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others.

As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor; let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the charter of his own, and his children's liberty.

Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap; let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and Let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues, and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars.

While ever a state of feeling, such as this, shall universally, or even, very generally prevail throughout the nation, vain will be every effort, and fruitless every attempt, to subvert our national freedom.

- Abraham Lincoln, January 27, 1838
  Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Dear NSA... time to stop spying on ordinary Americans

Dear NSA:

I am writing to request that you return to looking for terrorists, and stop watching the American people - people who you know damn well are not terrorists and are not 'public enemies', and who have no connection with terrorists.

Bush and Cheney are out. Please cease spying on us. I do not believe that you want to spy on us ordinary Americans... I believe this order came down from Bush, or more likely Cheney. Now that they are out, perhaps you can return to the business of looking for actual terrorists and actually keeping our nation safe, rather than 'watched.' This is not Stazi East Germany.

Thank you.

P.S. This sounds so much like Nixon's famous 'enemies list.'

The data you have been collecting... were you directed to watch everyone that Cheney didn't like or trust? Why on earth would spying on the media be related to hunting terrorists? The fact is -- its not.

Nixon hated the media. Cheney hated the media. That doesn't make them 'dangerous,' or a threat to national security.

Who else were you directed to spy on... our congressmen and senators? Because that would explain a lot of the erratic behavior we've been seeing out of the Democratic congress over the last eight years.

Also, where is this famous database? We've heard it was outsourced... to whom?

Democracy is not open to outsourcing. Neither is our privacy as American citizens. (Dear God things went to hell while Bush and Cheney were in power.)

You are Americans too - our fellow Americans. I don't believe you bear us any ill will. Please make this right. It is our Constitution that ultimately keeps us safe in a democracy. What you do to keep us physically safe means little if we lose our freedom in the process. Our ancestors died for freedom - not safety.

Fourth Amendment to the Constitution

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.

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