Wednesday, September 12, 2018

2 PARAGRAPHS 4 LIBERTY: #172 “Do We Care about Liberty?”

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     According to the Orange County Register, in May of this year
the Director of National Intelligence reported publicly that the National
Security Agency collected more than 350 million
American call records in the year 2017.   That means that our government has collected
records of the telephone numbers called and the time of day that phone calls
and text messages were made, but not the content.  But 
that is three times the number
collected just the year before in 2016!    In
addition, 129,080 non-Americans were targeted for “warrantless surveillance”
under section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Act in 2017, up from 106,469 the
year before and from 89,138 in the year 2013. 
Of course, no need to worry because the people affected are
non-Americans, right?  Well, no.  Actually, many American citizens can and are
also caught up in these warrantless activities, in direct violation of our
Fourth Amendment rights.
     Recently
there was a bi-partisan movement in Congress sponsored by Senators Rand Paul
(R-Kentucky) and Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) better to control these section 702
activities.  But their bill was voted
down, with many of our well known California members of Congress voting against
the proposed greater protections.  Of
course, it’s almost always politically popular for our elected representatives to
show they are “keeping us safe.”  But
where is the clamor for Liberty?  I am
confident that I know what our country’s Founders would say about this
situation, but what do you say?  Do you
care?  Will you join me in trying to do
something to protect our sacred Liberty?

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Judge Jim Gray (Ret.)



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2012 Libertarian candidate
for Vice President,

 along with Governor Gary Johnson as the candidate for
President 



Quote of the Week: “Cheer up, things could get worse.”  So he cheered up and, sure enough, things got
worse. 


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