In a very strange presser to sell O'care last week, the president told us that no one is listening to conversations of everyday Americans after we discovered that 100,000,000 citizen's domestic VZ phone records were collected for no apparent reason. The hypocrite told us it's for our own good since it helps stop terrorists like the Boston brothers and the shoe bomber...oops, they didn't stop either one. Citizens, not government, were instrumental in finding them or stopping their actions.
He must not know of the GSA telecommunications contract called Networx that replaced the former FTS2001 contract wherein many agencies specifically requested telecom companies to build a cage at their POPs to house a government owned and managed data collector box between the East and West as it's called, that would have sole access by the government agency. This is why all the internet companies are saying that they "don't give direct access to the government". Yet it is on the WhiteHouse.gov site that actually speaks of the national security concerns:
[snip]...including National Security System (NSS) requirements, by including use of Networx as an option in performing cost-benefit analysis (CBA).
Just do a search on Networx to get into the weeds of the government telecom contract that will be debated again this year for a renewal in 2020. A quote of interest from this article from 7/23/12 titled, "Assessing Networx at midlife: Are we there yet?", is quite telling giving the recent revelations:
In 2007, John Johnson, who was GSA’s assistant commissioner of Integrated Technology Services at the time, said, “While FTS 2001 focused on pennies per minute [for long-distance calls], Networx will focus on securing vast amounts of information around the world.”
Indeed in a weird twist of irony, on May 6, 2013, the president gave the commencement speech at Ohio State and told the graduates that they should have no worries about big government and "you should reject these voices" that some warn that "tyranny is always lurking around the corner". I couldn't agree more on the latter. And then all hell broke lose with all the scandals that exemplified the exact tyranny he spoke of just a month ago:
Unfortunately, you've grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems; some of these same voices also doing their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave and creative and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.
We have never been a people who place all of our faith in government to solve our problems; we shouldn't want to. But we don’t think the government is the source of all our problems, either. Because we understand that this democracy is ours. And as citizens, we understand that it’s not about what America can do for us; it’s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but absolutely necessary work of self-government.
In the same speech, he must have had a premonition or guilt of things to come: "Now, if we’re being honest with ourselves, as you've studied and worked and served to become good citizens, the fact is that all too often the institutions that give structure to our society have, at times, betrayed your trust.”
To the point of my title, if this secret program of tracking our caller id is meant to keep us safe, why is granting a pathway towards citizenship of 11 million unknown people wise? If the government believes it's necessary to track innocent USA citizens, why on this green earth would it be OK to grant a pathway to citizenship without first knowing who they are and why they are here? I find this anomaly very disturbing and hope others do too based upon all the recent examples of government abuse.
Step one on any immigration reform must be an honest answer to who and why someone is lurking in our country; then the border security and then reform laws. Give illegals a 90 day coming out party, determine if they should stay or go, give them a "you can stay for now" id card, and then we can seriously consider an immigration bill. If they don't declare being present in the 90 days and are subsequently caught, deport them immediately, no questions asked (or endless court proceedings).
The current immigration bill will put a proverbial nail in the coffin of our country and I stated the reasons here a few months ago when I begged Senator Rubio to walk away from it before it was too late.
On a side note, I wish the president would explain why he wants to keep the NSA spy programs after he unilaterally declared the war on terror is over on May 23rd. If it's over, why gather and retain call records of innocent Americans? A conundrum indeed that we deserve an answer to from this president.
Seemingly, our government has the means to eavesdrop and will do so if it's a political enemy. Sadly, illegal immigrants are not a threat to this statist government, yet We the People are in the crosshairs of an overt post-Constitutional government that I called the Black Hole since it sucks up all the individual good and then some! I'll never support any type of amnesty, yet believe it will happen. For our country's sake, can we at least identify them first, before granting amnesty? Hello NSA, Congress....Can you hear me now?