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Sunday, November 28, 2010

What Next From The Department Of Homeland Security?

(Hat tip to Bob Mack for the graphic and the link below)

Look at how the Department of Homeland Security is overreaching its original parameters:
The Department of Homeland Security’s ICE has launched a major crackdown on websites enabling copyright infringement or selling counterfeits of trademarked goods. In just the past few days ICE has seized at least 12 domains, TorrentFreak reports.

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...[T]he sites were seized before the site’s owner heard any charges or had the chance to submit any counter evidence in court. The owners of the sites had their property seized without being allowed to defend themselves.

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In the aftermath of 9-11, when the creation of DHS was being debated, would your opinion have been swayed if you knew that, within just a few years, the proposed agency would be seizing websites peddling fake purses? Did you imagine that the proposed agency would soon demand to take naked photographs of randomly-selected U.S. citizens? Or, insist on its authority to physically grope children?

Now, ask yourself this: What will the Agency be doing 10 years from now? Or, 20? In a little more than half a decade, DHS has morphed from protecting us from terrorists to protecting us from fake merchandise. Who is going to protect us from DHS?
Immediately following 9/11, I cheered the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security. Most Americans felt the same way.

But just think of the department's powers now in the hands of an administration which is ever trying to grab more power.

5 comments:

  1. I remember Obama talking about the "National Security Force" during his campaign, and he is indeed implementing it incrementally, without congressional permission or oversight. Exactly what left wing think tanks and George Soros have urged him to do. Go around congress.

    Let's see, so copyright infringement is now a threat to national security that requires Homeland Security to seize domains without any due process of law. If you fly from Denver to Detroit with your family, you are a threat to national security and your three year old child must be patted down. But we must be sensitive and not offend the sensibilities of Muslims, from whose ranks have come 99% of those responsible for terrorism... I mean "man caused disasters" according to Janet Napolitano. Yet we hear excuse after excuse and reason after reason why the government can not or should enforce security on the southern border. Why aren't these people undergoing full body scans and pat downs? And we continue to invite Somalis and other third world refugees to settle in this country without a second glance.

    The average American citizen is receiving closer security scrutiny than are illegal immigrants of cultures that traditionally harbor resentment towards the West. The world has turned upside down. It's only a matter of time before the feds try to seize the Internet and shut down news pages and blogs like this as a "security threat." Senator Rockefeller has already dropped the not so subtle hints. And the New York Times and their ilk will mock you and call you a "loon" for pointing out the obvious.

    I'm suggesting a look at this article by Star Parker
    http://townhall.com/columnists/StarParker/2010/11/29/our_leadership_in_washington_is_the_problem,_not_body_scanners
    Today, 9:31:51 AM
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  2. Alligator,
    The average American citizen is receiving closer security scrutiny than are illegal immigrants of cultures that traditionally harbor resentment towards the West. The world has turned upside down.

    I strongly agree!

    I refer to this mess as "inversionism."

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  3. Inversionism. I like that. It's a very apt description of the lunacy of our times.

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  4. Why don't they just start taking peoples homes, savings, cars etc.

    Oh wait, that'll be too risky, jumping that far ahead. Baby steps for now, a website here, a grope there, a feel somewhere else.

    Slowly but surely they will hang us out to dry, er sorry, protect us from various bogeymen.

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  5. MK,
    Well, it looks as if the TSA is expanding those searches:

    Terrorizing innocent travelers at airports is simply not enough for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The agency recently tested a new program known as VIPER (Visual Intermodal Protection and Response) which involved placing Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials at Greyhound bus stations in Tampa to pat down and grope ground travelers. The agency even brought in local police with sniff dogs to allegedly help improve overall security....

    More at the above link.

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