Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, Republican of Wisconsin, was the original author of the Patriot Act.
He now says that the NSA is vastly over-reaching the power the Patriot Act was intended to confer and that it needs to be reined in.
Feinstein and the House and Senate Intelligence Committees are “cheerleaders” for the NSA.
He has sponsored a bill called USA Freedom Act that really reins in the NSA. While preserving their ability to catch terrorists, it bans metadata collection and other domestic snooping on ordinary Americans.
Armed police teams serving in every government agency, ready to carry out a forceful raid whenever they’re ordered to? Our government has quietly armed itself to the teeth and individual agencies are carrying out their own agendas through fear, intimidation, and the threat of violence.
We’re dangerously close to living in a de facto police state. In August 2013, a team of armed Environmental Protection Agency officers descended on the tiny town of Chicken, Alaska. In full body armor, the agents claimed to be responding to a possible violation of the Clean Water Act. Officers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the NOAA also joined in the raid.
Also in August, federal agents from the Department of Homeland Security conducted a pre-dawn raid at the home of an investigative journalist. Their target? Documents she’d received legally through the Freedom of Information Act. The victim of this invasive raid believes she was targeted because she has raised some troubling questions about DHS in her writings.
Don’t even get me started on the raids of businesses carrying raw milk. Government agencies at both the state and federal level treat raw milk purveyors worse than drug dealers.
These agencies have been allowed to arm up, and it’s clear that they’re letting the power go to their heads.
Forty federal agencies employ teams of armed officers with arrest authority. It makes sense for the DEA and the FBI, but does the Fish and Wildlife Service really need more than 250 full-time armed officers? The National Institutes of Health also employ armed officers. Why? Your guess is as good as mine.
The Library of Congress… the Food and Drug Administration… the Internal Revenue Service… they all have their own armed officers.
If you count the offices of inspector general, the number of armed federal agencies is actually 73.
The growing trend of armed officers employed by every federal agency is disturbing. It’s a sign of the shifting mindset of our government – from an entity that serves the people to one that wants to control them.
sources—dick morris, lee bellinger