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The Patriot Act, the law used to justify mass government surveillance, is going to expire if it’s not reauthorized this week.

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 These 50 emergency vigils are the most effective step we can take right now to stop any senator from thinking that maybe it’s ok to renew the Patriot Act. Find a vigil near you. If you’ve never taken action on surveillance before: this is the one to take.

~Tiff Cheng

The Patriot Act, the law used to justify mass government surveillance, is going to expire if it’s not reauthorized this week.

If Congress fumbles for the next few days, the Patriot Act will not be renewed — and right now, the vote is close enough that a big push by people like you and me can tip the scales and ensure the Patriot Act expires, dealing a death blow to unconstitutional NSA programs.

We’re joining with half a dozen other organizations including Demand Progress, Restore the Fourth, CREDO, MoveOn.org, and Free Press Action Fund to host 50 “EMERGENCY vigils to Sunset the Patriot Act” across the country tomorrow night, calling on senators to vote against reauthorization.

Click here to find a Sunset the Patriot Act vigil near you (as well as find out how your senator is leaning).

Here are the details:

WHAT: Emergency “Sunset the Patriot Act” vigils against mass surveillance – happening in 50 cities across the U.S. WHEN: 7 pm local time, Thursday, May 21st (roughly an hour before sunset) WHERE: Find your local event here. If you don’t see one and want to set one up outside another of your senators’ offices, reply to this email and let us know! BRING: A cell phone, laptop, tablet, and candles with the protestsign.org already pre-loaded. Feel free to bring any other signage you want — the main message is “Sunset the Patriot Act”.

Click here to find a Sunset the Patriot Act vigil near you (as well as find out how your senator is leaning).

News reports show that the Senate is all confused so they’re going with the plan of ramming through the bills. That’s because we have filibuster threats from at least two senators — Rand Paul and Ron Wyden — a looming expiration date, and confusion about the best course of business. And, if we have voices from all over the country calling on them to end the Patriot Act, we can make them falter and split and fall all over themselves. This is the time when doing nothing actually helps us.

That’s why action right now is critical — according to our whip count, dozens of senators are still on the fence, and protests across the country the day before the vote can prevent them from throwing their support behind the Patriot Act. If we can prevent these last senators from siding with the NSA, the Patriot Act will expire.

After all these years of fighting against how the Patriot Act has torn up our freedoms without making us any safer, it all comes down to the next couple of days. This is our week to end the Patriot Act.

Click here to join a Sunset the Patriot Act vigil near you.

If you haven’t done anything yet to push back against government mass surveillance, please take action now. There are just 2 days left at our best and final chance at reforming surveillance for years to come.

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FISA secrets: The Court That Lays Golden Unconstitutional Eggs

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new-logo25Marti Oakley        © copyright 2014 All rights reserved

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Legal v Lawful:  Weasel word swapping at its finest

Weasel word swaps are those words and phrases that sound as if they mean a certain thing and, most of you have been conditioned to believe mean something specific, when in fact, they do not. The recent ruling by U.S. District Judge William Pauley III who took it upon himself to violate the Constitutional rights of every American citizen when he decided that the unwarranted and illegal  NSA spying on virtually everyone, was LEGAL (he did NOT say lawful).  The swapping of the word legal as opposed to lawful requires a closer look.

Definition of legalize:

To make legal or lawful; to confirm or validate what was before void or unlawful; to add the sanction and authority of law to that which before was without or against law.  

In other words, the NSA Spying without probable cause, without obtaining a warrant  is and was1441183_401318466665654_1752838926_n unconstitutional and therefore, unlawful.  Pauley, who knew exactly what he was doing, attempted to by-pass the Constitutional prohibitions against exactly this kind of unfettered and lawless activity by the government and its incorporated agencies to make an otherwise Constitutionally prohibited activity appear to be lawful.

Law Dictionary:

Definition of Legal:  Blacks Law Fifth Edition page 803, column 1, para: 9

Conforming to the law; according to the law; countenanced by the law; good and effectual in law. Not forbidden or discountenanced by law; good and effectual in law.

This contrasts with a ruling earlier this month by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon who ruled that the spying was in fact, unconstitutional and unlawful.

Here’s a clue:  More

Revolution In America’s near future?

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new-logo25Michael Webster

Syndicated Investigative Reporter

Website: http://www.lagunajournal.com

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“Those very same companies are being rewarded for failing, and being too big to fail yet the American citizen is expected to weather the storm and do all the suffering without any help from anyone, much less the too big to fail group.”

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The recent pattern of federal government abuse is very troubling, undermines citizens’ trust in their government and we, the American people, deserve an explanation from this government as to why this administration and others including Congress used its vast powers to commit these unconstitutional acts.

Congress wrote and passed the Patriot Act and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and 8907_416984598415613_2032451742_nwas signed into law by Presidents Bush and Obama respectively. According to U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, who is a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee which has been investigating IRS-related issues said “The lack of preparedness in rescuing Americans under attack, and the administration’s misdirection to investigators seeking the truth about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi is disgraceful. The Department of Justice’s broad phone-tapping of reporters is chilling and the slew of improprieties conducted by the IRS in targeting the president’s political opponents leading up to his re-election is outrageous.” In the last few years the laundry list of violations of Americans rights by the Government is lengthy and unacceptable by most Americans recent polls show… …. More

79 Senators vote to trash the Constitution: The “War of Terror” on the US grows

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Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved

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Had the intent of the Patriot Act actually been to fight terrorism, the federal government would have had to turn its efforts inward and waged “war” on itself.  

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If you haven’t received the memo yet, let me update you on your status as it pertains to the Constitution and your civil liberties; you have neither.  Today, 79 Senators who snickered as they swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States, voted to render you guilty in advance, with no chance of proving your innocence.  The unlawful data mining and collection, the compilation of dossiers on virtually every person in the US, the unwarranted wire-tapping, the rifling through personal records of all kinds for no other reason than to collect information to be used at a later date if the government decides to prosecute you for whatever reasons, was extended.   More

Homeward Bound: the planned use of water as a weapon

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 Janet C. Phelan (c)copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved

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“the planned use of water as a weapon, authorized under Section 817 of the U.S. Patriot Act. Section 817, The Expansion of the Biological Weapons Statute, is authorizing the use of toxins (poisons) and delivery systems (which is weapons terminology) apparently against citizens of the United States of America. It is the contention of this reporter that 817 is an “umbrella” statute, authorizing a number of poison projects, including, but not limited to, the water weapon.”

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Driving up to the pumps, I have a distinct experience of entering  “No Man’s Land.” Gas is up over three bucks in Oregon and shows no sign of ever coming down. It strikes me that this feels like an affront, a virtual assault —that the price of gas is actually attacking my ever-diminishing financial reserves, and laying waste that green stuff which constitutes my nest egg. 

A confluence of forces are amassing at this point in time, which are keeping folks home much more than in past years. One is the price of gas. Another is the plunge of the dollar, world-wide. My intended trip to Jerusalem and points beyond will be deferred to a later date, for this reason alone. 

Other economic realities buttress the decision to stick around home plate. Job insecurity coupled with the spectre of possible home foreclosure amp up the sense of financial anxiety. The net effect of these  conditions  is that Americans are more home-bound. Like so many other Americans, I look anxiously to the political horizon to see a sign of change but see only a changing of the guard as our collective economic future marches towards a dark terminus.   More

10th AMENDMENT: DID PRESIDENT OBAMA THREATEN 14 GOVERNORS WITH ARREST?

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“The information contained in this report has not been verified by LibertyNews, but it is submitted for your information and was published in the EUTimes.Net
Obama, in fearing a revolution against him by the States, this report continues, has moved swiftly against them, including nationalizing nearly all National Guard Forces in Governor Pawlenty’s Minnesota in what is being described as their State’s largest call up of troops since World War II. Other reports coming from the United States are stating that Obama has also nationalized the National Guard forces in Georgia, Alabama, Kansas, and perhaps Texas too.”

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A chilling report from the Foreign Military Intelligence Directorate (GRU) prepared for Prime Minister Putin warns today that United States President Barack Obama has had served on 14 US Governors National Security Letters (NSLs) warning that if their actions in attempting to form what are called State Defense Forces are not halted they will face “immediate” arrest for the crime of treason. More

SWEEPING NEW POWERS B.C. GOVERNMENT THREATEN PRIVACY

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Canadian Correspondent: Sandra Finley sabest1@sasktel.net

SWEEPING NEW POWERS B.C. GOVERNMENT THREATEN PRIVACY

We all need to help people in B.C. stop the legislation.   Please send this far and wide.
Sweeping New Powers Would Threaten Privacy: Watchdog

BC Government wants to amend law to allow much more collection and sharing of personal data.

By Andrew MacLeod, 25 Mar 2010, TheTyee.ca

Public bodies would collect, share your personal information without consent.

The British Columbia government wants sweeping new powers to collect and share citizens’ private information and store it outside of Canada. Officials argue the powers would help them better serve the public, but a privacy advocate says British Columbians should be worried about the government’s plans. More

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