Beyond Orwells Worst Nightmare says the headline and it truly is.
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“In his recent speech on NSA reforms, President Obama cited as precedent Paul Revere and the Sons of Liberty, who patrolled the streets at night, reporting back any signs that the British were preparing raids against Americas early Patriots. This was a weak effort to find historical support for the NSA spying program. After all, Paul Revere and his associates were patrolling the streets, not sorting through peoples private communications.”
In order to get better contextual references, The Emperor Obama should have considered how the American revolutionaries had reacted to searches conducted by the British before the revolution. The British used general warrants, which authorized blanket searches without any individual suspicion or clear identification of what the colonial authorities were snooping for.
In a petition to King George III in 1774, The American Colonial Congress protested against British officers unlimited power of search and seizure. The petition complained that the power had been abused to break open and enter houses, without the authority of any civil magistrate.
When leaders of the Revolution later drafted the Bill Of Rights, the Fourth Amendment was a prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures, they were attempting to ensure that our country would not become a police state.
Obama is citing the Founding Fathers of the American nation as justification for his administration’s behaving like the people they were rebelling against.
I’m not siding with the American insurrectionists however. If they had just toughed it out and helped us bring the plundering Hanoverians to heel or even restore The Plantagenet dynasty (OK, they were wankers but they had a great name) the instead of the Jug Eared Jihadist America now has as it’s leaders, they could have had a loveable little old lady and her tree hugging, half wit son who is good for a laugh if nothing else.