(PA-15) Candidate Jake Towne talks Surveillance and the Lancaster Safety Czar
As government surveillance, perpetual propaganda, and accusations of thought crime become increasingly pervasive, our society appears every day to be moving closer to the socialist ‘Big Brother’ totalitarianism which is depicted in George Orwell’s 1984. In a recent radio interview on The March of Liberty, Jake Towne, the 9/12 endorsed Congressional candidate for Pennsylvania’s 15th district, talked about how an unelected ‘Safety Czar’ was running a multimillion dollar system of hundreds of cameras in the central Pennsylvania town of Lancaster (read more at towneforcongress.com).
Lancaster is a small town of about 50,000 people. They have the country’s oldest farmer’s market, and many of the buildings are pretty, historic, colonial buildings. As I drove through town, sure enough the cameras were looming above each intersection. The march began at a baseball field with four cameras overlooking it, and proceeded through a residential area to Lancaster’s downtown with more homes, public buildings and many businesses. Personally, I felt pretty creeped out and found myself scanning the skies for the next camera. Can you imagine strangers with the ability to track your every move throughout a city?
There is a total of 165 cameras spanning the city right now, costing over $3 million to build. These cameras are pretty high-tech. They swivel towards motion and zoom in, and are all networked. Apparently there is masking technology so they are not able to zoom into private homes and businesses.
Ettaro and the Lancaster citizens there led by Renee Baumgartner related to me that Bosch began its relationship with the city by giving it free test cameras for use, but is now deriving revenue from the taxpayer, as well as the controversial private company, the Lancaster Community Safety Coalition, which monitors the video feed. You can read more about them here in “He’s Safety Czar, Not Big Brother.” An unelected ‘Safety Czar,’ that is.
While the Democrat administration rolls over on every significant legislative measure regarding surveillance, libertarians are calling out their hypocrisy for what is a clear violation of the 4th amendment.
The Justice Department has indicated that the Obama administration is in support of renewing a pair of controversial sections of the USA Patriot Act that expire later this year. The provisions that will expire in December include Section 206, that allows “roving” wiretaps so FBI agents can tap multiple phones or computers (with court authorization) that a specific person (target) may use.
Another expiring provision, Section 215, is the so-called “library provision,” which allows investigators to obtain business records with approval from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
And the final provision which was nicknamed the “Lone Wolf” authorization, allows intelligence gathering of people not suspected of being part of a foreign government or known terrorist organization.
The potential for abuse of power by the current administration was exhibited earlier this year when a report was released by Homeland Security (pdf) that attempted to justify spying on conservative groups.
More recently, the Massachusetts Senate passed a bill, S. 2028, Pandemic Response Bill (pdf), which eviscerated the 4th and 14th amendments by authorizing state officials to search, evacuate, relocate, quarantine, and vaccinate anyone suspected of being ill. It also allows the state to set price controls upon the declaration of an emergency by the governor.
The United States of America is devolving into medical fascism and Massachusetts is leading the way with the passage of a new bill, the “Pandemic Response Bill” 2028, reportedly just passed by the MA state Senate and now awaiting approval in the House. This bill suspends virtually all Constitutional rights of Massachusetts citizens and forces anyone “suspected” of being infected to submit to interrogations, “decontaminations” and vaccines.
It’s also sets fines up to $1,000 per day for anyone who refuses to submit to quarantines, vaccinations, decontamination efforts or to follow any other verbal order by virtually any state-licensed law enforcement or medical personnel. You can read the text yourself (pdf).
Here’s some of the language contained in the bill:
(Violation of 4th Amendment: Illegal search and seizure)
During either type of declared emergency, a local public health authority… may exercise authority… to require the owner or occupier of premises to permit entry into and investigation of the premises; to close, direct, and compel the evacuation of, or to decontaminate or cause to be
decontaminated any building or facility; to destroy any material; to restrict or prohibit assemblages of persons;
(Violation of 14th Amendment; illegal arrest without a warrant)
…an officer authorized to serve criminal process may arrest without a warrant any person whom the officer has probable cause to believe has violated an order given to effectuate the purposes of this subsection and shall use reasonable diligence to enforce such order.
(Government price controls)
The attorney general, in consultation with the office of consumer affairs and business regulation, and upon the declaration by the governor that a supply emergency exists, shall take appropriate action to ensure that no person shall sell a product or service that is at a price that unreasonably exceeds the price charged before the emergency.