new-logo25 Author, Chuck Frank

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, also known as ICANN, is a non-profit, public-benefit corporation formed in 1998, which has a limited, yet unique and critical role that coordinates the administration of the Internet’s logistical infrastructure layer and delivers “One Internet’ for the world.”

Besides creating three sets of unique identifiers, namely, Domain names, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, and Protocol parameters, their responsibilities do not stop there.  Though ICANN does not run the internet system directly, it plays a central, administrative role in concert with technical operation community actors, while ensuring the security, stability, resiliency, and integrity of this critical

To keep pace with the dynamic technologies and rapid innovation on the Internet, ICANN also facilitates the process of policy development that will enable technical changes which is a fundamental part of the organizations mission.



new-logo25Author, Chuck Frank

As a reference to this article, the initial part of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is used below.

 “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…”    

And now that we have covered the First Amendment as our template, it is time to move on to the next topic, and in case the people have not kept up with some of the latest changes since the Obama administration took over, censorship of texts and  speech are now part of the plan.  Fasten your safety belt.   

For the record, a huge amount of money has been used for the purpose of “programming” the masses by changing the definitions of what people consider to be “acceptable” words or speech and also what people consider to be “unacceptable”.  More and more, the trend of political correctness, AKA, a  government agenda. intends to shape the way that people think and also communicate with each other, day by day.    More

Important New Book on Orlando False Flag Edited by Kevin Barrett

1 Comment



I’m pleased to plug a new important book – Orlando False Flag: The Clash of Histories – available now on Amazon edited by my friend Kevin Barrett. It’s his third volume in a series of publications on false flags. First there was We Are Not Charlie Hebdo, then came Another False Flag? Bloody Tracks from Paris to San Bernardino. And now Kevin has once again assembled journalists and scholars to contribute chapters to his latest seminal work offering an alternative explanation far more in line with the truth than the government’s official false narrative. And I’m especially honored that Kevin asked me to contribute a chapter entitled “The Empire’s Post-9/11 Hegelian-Style Warfare Against Both the World and American Citizens.” Below are a few comments about Kevin and his work, an informative review, the Table of Contents and contributing authors’ bios. Finally, at the bottom of the page is a link to Amazon.

” Below are a few comments about Kevin and his work, an informative review, the Table of Contents and contributing authors’ bios. Finally, at the bottom of the page is a link to Amazon.

“Fierce debate” over Orlando False Flag:The Clash of Histories

(and its editor Kevin Barrett) 

“Mr. Barrett’s views . . . have outraged some Wisconsin legislators and generated a fierce debate about academic freedom.” – The New York Times

Barrett “never expected to find himself carrying the banner for one of the most controversial theories of our times.” – Chicago Tribune

“Kevin Barrett is to be applauded for Orlando False Flag, his latest instant anthology false flag exposé. It presents a variety of sometimes clashing views. As such it’s an example of much-needed radical informational democracy in print, devoted once again to the key challenge of our time: vast manipulative deception by the American Empire.” ­– Barrie Zwicker, author of Towers of Deception: The Media Cover-up of 9/11 

Kevin Barrett should be “in the Charles River, floating down towards the harbor.” Bill O’Reilly, Fox News commentator 

“Under these circumstances, the patriotic act is disbelief of the government narrative thereby rendering the actions of the Deep State dysfunctional.” – Cynthia McKinney, former six-term Congresswoman and Green Party Presidential Candidate 

“I consider Kevin Barrett the top analyst for false flags.”  – Robert David Steele, former CIA covert operations specialist and pioneer of the Open Source Intelligence (OS-INT) movement

5 Star Review written by Robert David Steele

Blows Apart the False Government Narrative on a False Flag Event Intended to Advance Gun Control & Keep the Fear Going… More

Sandy Hook Shooting Narrative To Be Front-and-Center at Dem Convention

1 Comment

Maybe we should allow victims of the illegal wars to sue military contractors for the deaths of more than a million. Or how about we sue medical schools that train doctors who mistreat their patients and cause harm and death? OR! How about we let victims of drunk drivers sue alcohol beverage manufacturers for contributing to the deaths of so many. This could be a real gold mine if we work it right! Yipppee!

Memory Hole

Recalling Principal Dawn Hochsprung’s ‘Censored’ Post-Massacre Remarks

Everytown For Gun Safety’s Erica Lafferty Smegielski and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a gun control rally in Hartford CT in April. Image Credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

The Sandy Hook active shooter event of December 14, 2012 will be on showboated at next week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Slated to speak is one Erica Lafferty Smegielski, “[t]he daughter of the elementary school principal who was slain in the Sandy Hook massacre,” the Connecticut Postreports.

Smegielski, the daughter of Dawn Hochsprung, will speak on Wednesday in Philadelphia as Democrats gather to nominate Hillary Clinton for president.

Readers may recall that Hochsprung gave a mysterious postmortem interview to the Newtown Bee minutes, presumably to associate editor Shannon Hicks, minutes after she was shot to death by Adam Lanza. As documented in theSandy Hook Massacre Timeline,

View original post 573 more words

Dear Senator Frankin……You need to rethink the expansion of the FBI powers

Leave a comment

new-logo25Marti Oakley


171-0620085940The FBI currently has more than 40,000 US citizens on its list of who they are afraid of. Think about that number for a minute. How realistic do you believe that number is? How likely do you believe it is that 40,000 US citizens are possibly preparing to become active terrorists at any given moment? And, with this list growing each day how possible do you believe it is that an actual terrorist could be identified in the mountain of useless information that is gathered each day? Now add in the 760,000 thousand international individuals also listed. Did your head just implode with the realization that this is not a realistic or manageable system? The FBI couldn’t identify a terrorist in this mess even if one were to stand on the street holding a sign in front of their offices.

The FBI conducted 23 million background checks for guns last year, the most ever, so expanded back ground checks is not really the issue. They obviously are already doing that. What the FBI and many politicians want is the right for the FBI to void due process (which they are also doing). In other words, you are guilty if they say so….no real evidence needed. 


In Oklahoma, the bombing of the Murrah building did not elicit calls for banning or limiting the use of fertilizer, supposedly the main component for the explosion, or for expanded back ground checks on those purchasing fertilizer. 168 people were killed.

When 9/11 happened…..why were there no calls to limit or ban box cutters for that matter. More than 3,000 people died.

These people, and many others in supposed “terrorist” attacks, were all murdered by terrorists and the governments response in each situation is to attack the natural rights and liberties of law abiding citizens, trashing our constitutional rights. Next comes a massive expansion of police state agencies whose focus appears to be on everyone, except the possible terrorists. More

Black Farmers protest USDA at the Supreme Court

Leave a comment



“Are Black Farmers in 2016 the New Dred Scott of 1857?”

Eddie Slaughter – 229-649-2243
Cory Lee – 615-308-7787
Gary R. Grant – 252-578-4729


Eddie Slaughter, president, American Agriculturalist Association

On Friday, July 8, 2016 at 9:00 am, farmers from the Southern Region and others who believe in justice and equality will descend on the U. S. Supreme Court to once again seek and demand justice through the courts and to bring to light and awareness of the unfairness of the settlement of the Pigford Class Action, and the continued discrimination by the USDA, “The Last Plantation”. The theme is “Are Black Farmers in 2016 the New Dred Scott of 1857?”.

The protest will be held on the First Street NE sidewalk directly in front of the Supreme Court. The complaint at the Supreme Court is regarding Eddie and Dorothy Wise, farmers from North Carolina, who were foreclosed on and evicted from their 106 acre farm on January 20, 2016 by 14 militarily armed Federal Marshals and several Nash County, North Carolina deputy sheriffs without ever being granted a hearing.

Farmers Eddie Wise is a retired Green Beret and his wife Dorothy Wise is a retired Grants’ Manager. The Wise’s situation is akin to the Dred Scott Decision of March 6, 1857 (http://www.ushistory.org/us/32a.asp) because Black farmers are still being denied full due process. This is one of the most important issues that should be brought before the United States Supreme Court.

While many people in this country think that Black farmers across the nation got justice during the Pigford Class Action (Pigford v. Glickman 1999), the opposite is the truth. Black farmers who have been discriminated against by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) formerly called Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) continue to be put out of farming, denied opportunities to make a living, and lose land that impacts the quality of life for them and the rural Black communities in which they live.

The time has long expired on the unremitting discrimination and breach of The Pigford Consent Decree. Black Farmers are continuously denied due process; in particular, a right to have a formal hearing on the merits of their case before the Administrative Law Judge of The USDA.

Congress has expressed its intent for the Agency to hold the formal hearing on the merits in the 2007 Pigford Remedy Act which was incorporated in the 2008 Food Energy and Conservation Act or “Farm Bill.” In addition, the USDA is denying all claims and hearings by Black Farmers, Women Farmers, Hispanic Farmers, and Native American Farmers. This denial of the formal hearing before the Administrative Law Judge allows 180 days for the Agency to correct its own mistakes is unlawful, unjust and contrary to Congressional Intent pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act and The Pigford Consent Decree.

If you are a supporter of justice and equality, support Black Farmers, seek healthy and safe food, join with the Black Farmers and Eddie and Dorothy Wise, other speakers from the American Agriculturalists Association, the North Carolina-based national Black Farmers & Agriculturalists Association (BFAA), The Cowtown Foundation, Lawrence Lucas, President Emeritus, USDA Coalition of Minority Employees, and others to bring this issue before the United States Supreme Court. These farmers are asking the question… “Are Black Farmers in 2016 the New Dred Scott of 1857?”


The 4th of July….A Celebration or A National Day of Mourning?


new-logo25Marti Oakley


10-1-2013-10-25-59-am_002It is the 4th of July, the day we are supposed to celebrate our hard won independence from England and yet, few are in a celebratory frame of mind. Oh there will be fireworks, cookouts, family get together’s…all the usual 4th of July activities. Politicians will make speeches using words that mean nothing to them, and flags will wave. But a pervasive sense of doom has settled on America, one that comes from the growing sense that we have lost what we value most. Our freedom. More

Senator McCain….You should resign!

1 Comment

new-logo25Marti Oakley


“An audit by the Office of the Inspector General (IG) at the Department of Justice in 2007 found that the FBI illegally used NSLs to collect information that was not permitted by the NSL statutes.”


1016328_420444734736266_378341861_n_004John McCain showed his true colors again today, and not one of them was red, white or blue. In one of the most revolting acts against American citizens, McCain submitted an amendment to the Patriot Act that would allow the FBI unfettered access to meta data, browser search histories, and other private information……without a warrant, and only with a suspicion based on nothing other than “they can”. Liken this to police now being able to kick in your door because they say they smell something. They most likely do….the stench of the police state.

The Patriot Act and its successor The Security Enhancement Act of 2003 were blatant attacks on the constitution and our natural rights and liberties guaranteed therein. Apparently, not content with those rights robbing pieces of legislation brought to you by those elected officials who seemed to forget who we are as a nation and where we come from. Of course, I have no doubt the Senator and all his anti-American buddies in the senate will be immune from this wholesale spying.

From an article at NewsVice.com

“[McCain’s amendment] isn’t a solution,” Guliani added. “It’s the opposite. It increases dangers for American liberties.”

This would strip out all the protections and buffers between [the government] and everyday citizens. It would allow the FBI to get this information with just a subpoena, under a shroud of secrecy. You may never know. These subpoenas are often accompanied by gag orders,” Guliani said. “Abuses stay hidden.”

“An audit by the Office of the Inspector General (IG) at the Department of Justice in 2007 found that the FBI illegally used NSLs to collect information that was not permitted by the NSL statutes.”

I think its time we stood up to these police state advocates. Of course if we do, there will most likely be another staged “mass shooting”. That ought to scare the beetlejuice out of you!

Its time that we, as a nation, stood up and demanded the resignation of any senator or representative who votes to violate and trash our rights. Americans did not attack us on 9/11 and the subsequent Sandy Hook and Boston Marathon fiascos have been outed as the hoaxes they were. The recent Orlando shooting looks to be another FBI staged terror op where people were actually sacrificed to make it appear legitimate. All of it to scare you, to terrify you, to make you voluntarily forfeit your rights.

Call your senators! http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Don’t let “Traitor” McCain get away with this!

‘We the Prisoners’: The Demise of the Fourth Amendment

Leave a comment

speak truth

By John W. Whitehead

June 28, 2016

“Our carceral state banishes American citizens to a gray wasteland far beyond the promises and protections the government grants its other citizens… When the doors finally close and one finds oneself facing banishment to the carceral state—the years, the walls, the rules, the guards, the inmates—reactions vary. Some experience an intense sickening feeling. Others, a strong desire to sleep. Visions of suicide. A deep shame. A rage directed toward guards and other inmates. Utter disbelief. The incarcerated attempt to hold on to family and old social ties through phone calls and visitations. At first, friends and family do their best to keep up. But phone calls to prison are expensive, and many prisons are located far from one’s hometown… As the visits and phone calls diminish, the incarcerated begins to adjust to the fact that he or she is, indeed, a prisoner. New social ties are cultivated. New rules must be understood.”—Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic

In a carceral state—a.k.a. a prison state or a police state—there is no Fourth Amendment to protect you from the overreaches, abuses, searches and probing eyes of government overlords.

In a carceral state, there is no difference between the treatment meted out to a law-abiding citizen and a convicted felon: both are equally suspect and treated as criminals, without any of the special rights and privileges reserved for the governing elite.

In a carceral state, there are only two kinds of people: the prisoners and the prison guards.

With every new law enacted by federal and state legislatures, every new ruling handed down by government courts, and every new military weapon, invasive tactic and egregious protocol employed by government agents, “we the people”—the prisoners of the American police state—are being pushed that much further into a corner, our backs against the prison wall.

This concept of a carceral state in which we possess no rights except for that which the government grants on an as-needed basis is the only way I can begin to comprehend, let alone articulate, the irrational, surreal, topsy-turvy, through-the-looking-glass state of affairs that is being imposed upon us in America today.

As I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, we who pretend we are free are no different from those who spend their lives behind bars.

Indeed, we are experiencing much the same phenomenon that journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates ascribes to those who are banished to a “gray wasteland far beyond the promises and protections the government grants its other citizens” : a sickening feeling, a desire to sleep, hopelessness, shame, rage, disbelief, clinginess to the past and that which is familiar, and then eventually resignation and acceptance of our new “normal.”

All that we are experiencing—the sense of dread at what is coming down the pike, the desperation, the apathy about government corruption, the deeply divided partisanship, the carnivalesque political spectacles, the public displays of violence, the nostalgia for the past—are part of the dying refrain of an America that is fading fast.

No longer must the government obey the law.

Likewise, “we the people” are no longer shielded by the rule of law.

While the First Amendment—which gives us a voice—is being muzzled, the Fourth Amendment—which protects us from being bullied, badgered, beaten, broken and spied on by government agents—is being disemboweled. More

Dear Senator Manchin……What’s killing us is people like you who need to be removed from office

1 Comment

new-logo25Marti Oakley


**Note: IF congress allows due process protections to be stripped from those on these massive FBI lists, the premise for that will be quickly adopted by other federal agencies, even those with no interest in guns sales. There is no way this will be limited to the purchasing of guns. The recent event in Orlando was the stage show meant to shock the public into forfeiting their constitutional rights.


10155281_461153860682070_1662322543_nSenator Joe Manchin (D) appears not to understand the rights contained in the Constitution. Apparently, the right to due process, the constitutional protection against the very things he advocates, is a thorn in Senator Manchin’s hide. As he himself admits, due process is the firewall that prevents agencies such as the FBI, from adding individuals to lists of suspects….no evidence, no crime….they just decided you belonged on one of their lists.

Manchin goes on to say on on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the right to due process, guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution, had made it difficult to pass gun-control legislation denying those on the FBI’s terror watch list the ability to purchase a firearm. I would assume that with the massive non-stop surveillance that is carried on daily this would be virtually impossible to purchase a gun without the FBI, NSA, CIA and assorted other spy agencies knowing about it immediately. All that spying, all that data collection, the mountains of stolen information about everyone in the country……and the FBI couldn’t stop this man from purchasing guns?

Question: How can a man be employed by a security company that protects federal buildings among other things, and still be employed by that company if he is suspected of possible terrorism? More

4th OF July Celebrations Cancelled Indefinitely


missABy Miss American

The first question I want to ask the president and all the members of congress is, why did you hate the way America was? The saying goes ‘love it or leave it’. Why are you still living here?   Why did you tell us you wanted to serve and represent your fellow citizens, then turn your back on us and our country? We did not plan or carry out the attacks on America on Sept. 11, 2001, but you have treated us like we did.”


Traditionally, the New Years holiday is marked by the hope of a fresh start, turning over a new leaf, and high hopes of a better year ahead. We make resolutions to right the wrongs in our life and promise ourselves we’ll be a better person to all the people we know, and treat ourselves better as well. But just as we were saying a private prayer that we could indeed achieve our goals, our president, the man that the entire world placed the deepest of faith, trust, and hope in, delivered a crushing, sickening, blow to our gut. He chose to ring in the New Year with a razor sharp dagger to the American heart, by signing legislation called the National Defense Authorization Act. The NDAA. The most UNAmerican, cold blooded, and brutal piece of legislation ever to cross a president’s desk. The fact that he would choose the holiday season to betray the oath he made to America and her citizens, screamed louder than words. With his signature he revealed a shocking lack of basic decency, and displayed the true feelings he has towards the country he leads. As a real American, I have some questions I would like answered.


2nd Amendment….all that stands between you and the one world government


new-logo25Marti Oakley


“The 2nd Amendment is all that has kept this increasingly tyrannical government from turning on us with full force. Its far easier to establish a one world dictatorship when the country you are trying to overtake has no means to fight back. There will continue to be mass shootings until we forfeit our 2nd Amendment…….then just as suddenly as they appeared, the mass shootings will stop. Except…..those committed by the government.”


1016328_420444734736266_378341861_n_004With the American public increasingly distrustful of government on all levels, the “war for your rights” is in full swing. The recent event in Orlando is the new catalyst for pushing for gun control, and those weak-kneed individuals who still believe government exists to protect them and keep them safe are whining and crying all over the net, in local newspapers and of course, mainstream media.

While MSM in particular attempts to paint those who resist the attempts to undermine the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms, as “right wing extremists” and, “religious bible thumping fanatics”, I can assure you nothing could be further from the truth. I live in a heavily Democratic area and I know of no one…NOT ONE PERSON…who will not defend this right, and who would not fight to keep it. The intentional efforts to separate and divide the public so that we fight one another rather than focus on the real threat to safety in our communities, runs none stop. More

The twelve final candidates for the ‘KARL MARX AWARD”


The twelve final candidates for the ‘KARL MARX AWARD,’ also known as the Dirty Dozen, have been identified, with the award winner to be announced at the New York Oath Keepers annual awards dinner in Albany on June 11th

Oath Keepers from New York are holding their Second Annual Awards Dinner in Albany, NY on June 11th. Coming to this event will be fellow Oath Keepers from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Montana as well as activist representatives from over twenty Constitutional and Liberty organizations.

The Oath Keepers is a non-partisan association of currently serving, retired and veteran military, reserves, National Guard, Police and Peace Officers, and Fire Fighters who, at one or more times in their life, have taken an oath to support and defend the U.S. Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic. Their oath is to the Constitution, not to any elected office holder or other politician. The Oath Keepers is an organization consisting of tens of thousands of active duty and retired military, police and fire personnel, who have at one or more times in their lives taken an Oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. These Oaths do not expire and they take them with the utmost seriousness. Whether or not their fellow citizens have sworn a similar Oath, many of them are in agreement on these points, and understand just how important this issue is to New York Oath Keepers, as well as to hundreds of thousands of other New Yorkers.

The New York Oath Keepers will be giving three constitutional awards to three very deserving recipients at their first annual awards dinner to be held at the Marriott Hotel, on Wolf Road, in Albany on June 11th, but it is the KARL MARX AWARD that is getting the most attention, because the recipient will not be named until the night of the dinner.

The New York Oath Keepers have been designated by the New York State Intelligence Center as a “right wing extremist group” simply for standing up for the constitutional rights of their fellow citizens. The Oath Keepers believe that many of our federal and state politicians are really “Oath Breakers” who are true believers in the big socialist government model where they can control every facet of the people’s lives. As true believers of Marx, Hitler, Mussolini and Mao, these ‘Oath Breaking’ politicians must first take the people’s guns so there can be no resistance as they implement their Marxist agenda.

Because many of the highest ranking progressive socialist politicians at both the federal level and the New York State level appear to be in complete agreement with the principles exposed by Karl Marx, the Oath Keepers of New York decided to return the favor and created the ‘KARL MARX AWARD’ in order to designate one of these individuals as a “left wing extremist” who by his or her actions has done more to destroy the unalienable rights of the people, divide the country or a state by class and race, to destroy the constitutional limits on government as outlined in the U.S. Constitution, while at the same time implementing many of tenets of the ‘Communist Manifesto,’ as written by Karl Marx and Frederich Engels, into our Republic.


Although there are thousands of Marxists and Communists to choose from, the New York Oath Keepers has reduced the field of possible award recipients down to twelve, also called “THE DIRTY DOZEN.” The candidates are (in random order):

George ‘Darth Vader’ Soros – Billionaire Marxist and Nazi collaborator

Andrew Cuomo – Governor of New York – originator of the NY SAFE Act

Mark Potok – Southern Poverty Law Center

Jerry Brown – Socialist Governor of California – a Sanctuary State for Illegal Aliens

Barack Obama – President of the United States (LAST YEAR’S WINNER)

Bill deBlasio – New York City’s First Anti-Police Mayor

Hillary Clinton – former US Senator and Secretary of State

Luis Gutierrez – U.S. Representative – Marxist/Socialist Immigration Puppet

Chuck Schumer – U.S. Senator from New York – leader of anti-Second Amendment movement in Congress

Bernie Sanders – U.S. Senator from Vermont and an avowed Socialist

Michael Moore – Filmmaker, activist

Michael Bloomberg – Billionaire and former Mayor of NYC

Oath Keepers want to remind all Law Enforcement officers throughout the country that they are the last peaceful line of defense for their fellow Americans against the growing socialist tyranny by Marxist and Socialist politicians at the federal and state level. The police are also reminded that if they are ever in the streets of our cities or in the countryside facing their fellow American citizens who are simply exercising their God-given and constitutionally guaranteed rights to demand their Freedom and Liberty, the Oath Keepers ask the police officers to remember and honor their oath!


If you want more information about the New York Oath Keepers 2016 Annual Awards Dinner or to purchase a ticket to this important event before they are gone, CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK:


For the Republic – If we can keep it,

John W. Wallace
President – NY Oath Keepers
Chatham, ny 12037


1 Comment

new-logo25Author,Chuck Frank


Gutenberg Press1The Recreated Johann Gutenberg Press International Printing Museum, Carson, California

The printing revolution, was without a doubt, the main catalyst behind the Renaissance of Europe along with the Age of Enlightenment. Apart from the early periods of painstaking handwritten papers and scrolls, the invention of the Gutenberg printing press catapulted a new era of mass communications into orbit, which began in the 1440’s. Johann Gutenberg’s primary objective was a printing press that would mass produce the Holy Bible. Yet, this remarkable invention also brought a mountain of additional old and new knowledge to the ends of the earth which had never been read by most people in the history of the world.

The relatively unrestricted circulation of information and also any revolutionary and philosophical ideas, began to cross borders and oceans and opened the eyes of millions who had for centuries been either living in the dark ages or had been subjects to rogue political and religious orders that lorded their authority over the masses for centuries on end, but for the sake their own power, control and money. And for those who were either lords, kings or priests, the new “information age” of newspapers and books threatened not only the elite’s comfort zone, but their own authority which they exercised upon the people. Thus, Kings, Emperors, and the Church of Rome, sought ways to deal with the increasing literacy rate that was now muddying the waters of secular, political and religious doctrinal beliefs. As a consequence, and which may be of great interest to many today is this. These royal elite’s then devised a culture of censorship which in effect guarded their agendas and was very similar to what our own mainstream media is presently doing today, whether it be in America or any other country in the modern world.

Historically, one example of the early examples of censorship occurred in the early period during the reign of the German Emperor Charles V (1500–1558) At that time, censorship was primarily driven by the Protestant Reformation which gave rise to a flood of pamphlets and contentious and argumentative texts which raised tensions among the population of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. The primary aim of censorship which followed saw resolutions passed by various Imperial entities in order to suppress these publications.

A Pandora’s Box: Cellphone & Land-Line Intrusion

Leave a comment

new-logo25Chuck Frank

So, do we now have “special cases” to where the protection of the people and their rights should be taken for granted? It is quite obvious that Washington D.C. isn’t concerned one bit about any of this.”


Martin Cooper, an employee with Motorola, invented the cellphone on April 3, 1973. Though the first land line telephone had been around since 1876, cellphones and especially smart cellphones have opened up a Pandora’s Box when it comes to personal privacy and especially so since 9/11.

Historically, government intrusion of communications has actually been ongoing ever since the invention of the telegraph In 1877. Yes,it’s true. That was when the “Wichita Lineman” was still on the line and the Western Union company was King. And it may surprise many that in that same year government, in a special case, was demanding that the Western Union betray the confidence and the privacy of its patrons and surrender coded information.

However, the court ultimately sided in favor of the telegraph company, concluding that these open-ended demands for telegrams “would lead to consequences that can be contemplated only with horror, and such a process is not to be tolerated among a free people.” (Bloombergview.com) Thus, was the beginning of a cat and mouse game and a 4th amendment tug-a-war between government and “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, and effects, against unreasonable searches…and persons or things to be seized.”

In the proper context, when considering electronic surveillance, “things to be seized” today would amount to Internet spying and an extraction of text or a verbal cellphone message from one person to another and then placing it in a national data bank.

Now then, in the case with Apple Computer, the company was very explicit by saying that surrendering an encrypted code compromises the privacy of millions of persons using Apple cellphones, and it also becomes a serious 4th amendment issue, and even more so when one considers the implications that would result from cracking corporate codes that are meant to protect every users cellphone worldwide.

People want to have the confidence that their communication with others is not being compromised by an Orwellian State bent on absolute power and control such as what takes place in totalitarian regimes such as China. Being secure with one’s effects used to be the standard, but today, government and NSA believes that they no longer need to observe an unalienable right that originated in the Bill of Rights.

So, do we now have “special cases” to where the protection of the people and their rights should be taken for granted? It is quite obvious that Washington D.C. isn’t concerned one bit about any of this.

A change in the people’s privacy rights along with major intrusion began on 9/11 when the Bush administration went into high gear and contracted major telephone companies such as AT&T and paid them money to track and then store conversations which were either foreign or domestic and without warrants. There was no resistance from any major telephone company except one, and that was Quest Communications. At that time, Joseph Nacchio who was the CEO said, absolutely no, to NSA spying and that Quest Communications would not wiretap anyone unless a warrant was issued by a judge.

Nacchio was legally correct in his stance, however the government didn’t see it that way and it wasn’t very long after the standoff that Nacchio ended up in prison for over 4 years on “insider trading” charges brought on by the government. A frame up?  Perhaps this sent a message to other CEO’s that are not willing to cooperate with the feds? Did Congress rush to pass a new law that would protect persons such as Nacchio for refusing to tap someones telephone lines unless warrants were issued? If they did, please, someone out there correct me.

And that’s a long story short.

Now then, considering America’s unique roots and being the only nation in the world that has a Bill of Rights which is meant to protect the people from their own government, a San Francisco based organization called the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), is busy pursuing a legal remedy in the courts that will hopefully protect the people from illegal wiretaps or wireless intrusion when there is no warrant. They are on a major mission to give America a far less intrusive country.

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small of a degree of it.”
Jefferson, letter (1791)

Older Entries

%d bloggers like this: