I can't speak for anyone else, but I am deeply ashamed of my government's intrusive and deplorable behavior in regards to spying on you and those people here. Funny thing really, but not funny at the time - I remember writing a letter to George Bush, realizing I'd be checked out just sending an email there for security reasons, respectfully asking him to obtain the consent of congress before he grabbed even more power to spy on us. I was shocked when both Democratically controlled houses of our congress gave it to him. I was floored, and that came on the heels of joining the ACLU and taking action on their website to close Guantanamo Bay among other related issues.
I remember how the Patriot Act was shot through congress, things being added into it at the last minute, and I remember when the Military Commissions Act was made law and the fights over that. I remember the fear.
I can't find it,
but I recall an article entitled something like "The Death of Liberty (or America)."
But I was scared and I know others were as well. The only thing that I could do was type on a key pad and publish, being afraid that when I crossed the border into Canada I'd be stopped, but I refused to be intimidated - however on a small scale of resistance it was and is.
I voted for Obama, mostly because he said he would end torture. And when he signed Executive Orders to undo some of (don't know how many) Bush's Executive Orders, I had hope. This, the American President that's done more for Native Americans than anyone.
Photos: Obama isolates dissent in Cushing, OklahomaThat was my moment of "his actions speak louder than words," and about a month before that was the National Defense Authorization Act
CUSHING, Okla. -- When the hometown folks of Cushing gathered to protest Obama's sudden coyote shift and promotion of the Keystone XL pipeline here, they were isolated in a park and surrounded by state troopers. While Obama campaigned for himself, and supported the environmental nightmare of the pipeline, the people of Cushing were kept away.
Section 1021 of the NDAA “includes the authority for the Armed Forces of the United States to detain covered persons (as defined in subsection (b)) pending disposition under the law of war.” Who exactly is a covered person? Subsection B has your answer: “(b) Covered Persons — A covered person under this section is any person as follows: (1) A person who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored those responsible for those attacks. (2) A person who was a part of or substantially supported Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the U.S. or its coalition partners.”I thought to myself, that's it. The Military Commissions Act has been law for too long, people are too desensitized and less and less people remember what it was like before 9-11, much less the Oklahoma City Bombing.
If you want to know where the outrage is coming from, all you have to do is refer to section 1022 subsection c: “(1) Detention under the law of war without trial until the end of the hostilities authorized by the Authorization for Use of Military Force.” This authorizes the federal government to hold, without charges, anyone designated an enemy combatant for an unlimited amount of time.
So here we are, all in this together as excuses are made by the predictable allies of servitude to a surveillance state. People who lack the ability or even the capability to admit fault and who sell out everyone's freedoms for "security" in an unsecure world.
So I apologize for what I have no power to correct, save to offer a small bit of hope.
I am sorry all the money is wasted on the NSA and isn't spent on healing the climate.
I am sorry all the money is wasted on the NSA and isn't spent on healing our economy, which affects you.
I am sorry all the money is wasted on the NSA and isn't spent on healing the international relationships that need to be good so we can prevent another war, or work together to stop the ones that are already under way.
So I can't truly apologize, for I don't have the power to make it right. But I do say that I am sorry to say I care, to say I am ashamed, and that I wish it never happened to begin with.