More news on the Security State fascism: U.S. Postal Service Logging All Mail for Law Enforcement
Mr. Pickering was targeted by a longtime surveillance system called mail covers, but that is only a forerunner of a vastly more expansive effort, the Mail Isolation Control and Tracking program, in which Postal Service computers photograph the exterior of every piece of paper mail that is processed in the United States — about 160 billion pieces last year. It is not known how long the government saves the images.
Together, the two programs show that snail mail is subject to the same kind of scrutiny that the National Security Agency has given to telephone calls and e-mail.
The mail covers program, used to monitor Mr. Pickering, is more than a century old but is still considered a powerful tool. At the request of law enforcement officials, postal workers record information from the outside of letters and parcels before they are delivered. (Actually opening the mail requires a warrant.) The information is sent to whatever law enforcement agency asked for it. Tens of thousands of pieces of mail each year undergo this scrutiny.
This should not be news to anyone, but it probably is. Banking has long done this same type of activity, digitizing all checks and archiving them indefinitely. All credit card purchased as also tracked and have been for a very long time.
There can be no legitimate reason for such activity in a “free society”, which then means that the agencies involved cannot be legitimate themselves – or we don’t live in a free society. This is probably too deep for most Americants to consider. The land of the slave is not to be questioned or understood.
The Obama Administration and indeed Obama himself, has proven to have the worst track record of human rights abuse in history. Astute readers are aware of human rights abuse on all levels now, including targeted assassinations, torture, rendition, overthrowing governments, drone attacks against civilians, spying on foreign nations, domestic spying on all Americans, and the vicious prosecution of whistleblowers of government crimes – to name just a few. Barak Obama is by all measurements and standards, a dictator, who refuses to obey the law or uphold the Constitution. The hope and change he delivered is here. I don’t much like it.
Government operates by instigating a climate of fear. Compliance and cooperation is achieved by intimidation and threat of punishment. Enforcement is logistically impossible without widespread fear. This is true whether it is a simple traffic law (speed limit) or a more serious “crime” such as reporting government wrongdoing. We all know that you can speed and get away with this – if you’re not seen. But people obey because of the fear they will be seen, and the fear that they will be punished.
Fear is the whip that gains cooperation and compliance. Examples must be made from those who cross the imaginary line. This is what the Snowdenstorm is all about, create a climate of fear and paranoia and control an entire country of willing slaves through the very simple act of intimidation.
Yes, Big Brother is watching you, in everything you do. From spy satellites that can take your photograph, record the license number on your car, or electronic eavesdropping on your Internet activity, phone calls, emails, everything you do is being tracked and has been for a long time. Smart card purchases, traffic lights, surveillance cameras, even the GPS and OnStar in your car – all of it is being tapped into to create a complete profile of who you are, what you do, where you go, what you believe and who you know. And what you say! Well golly be, why not start SAYING something of IMPORTANCE?
There is simply no case to be made whatsoever for legitimacy and justification of this surveillance activity, but this isn’t even deemed necessary by the watchers. And they don’t want to be monitored themselves. The hypocrisy of this should not be lost on anyone.
They’ve tried to insulate their activities as being “essential” and above review, but it’s all a load of putrid horseshit. It’s a violation of our rights, our privacy and the Constitution that is allegedly supposed to govern this country – indeed, as Paul Craig Roberts recently said, “be this country“. If we are not the Constitution, then we are something else altogether. I’ll give you a hint: Hitler’s was well-known as a dictator and a tyrant. History will show that Obama is worse. He doesn’t even have the justification of a authorized war to give “reason” to the crimes being committed.
Compliance is Achieved Through Fear
Be careful of the “compliance by fear” memes. There are quite a lot of them, you will find them EVERYWHERE, especially online, and especially from the fearful sheep, and they do nothing more then to create a cooperative, compliant population. Let me outline just a few:
Many have expressed concerns over the years about “food confiscation”. Like gun confiscation, this is a logistical impossibility. They do not have the manpower to do this or the desire. It would not be cost-effective and far too risky. It would not even be useful to them. They are not interested in confiscating food and redistributing (or taking it for themselves). If any food confiscation occurs, it will be a criminal act by your neighbors, or by gangs. This you can prepare for.
Much more likely is control of the food distribution centers. This would be warehouses, factories and large farming / ranching operations and trucking. This would be far easier to control and manage then attempting to enter into the homes of millions of (armed) Americans. Even supermarkets would be easy “targets” comparatively speaking.
Widespread gun confiscation also will not occur. This is greatly feared by millions of people – which is exactly why it won’t happen. Too many guns, too many gun owners, too many who simply will not give them up and far too few resources to actually try this. Gun owners massively outgun the number of troops and personnel (mercenaries) that would show up. This would trigger a civil war for sure if house-to-house raids took place. Guerrilla war would break out everywhere.
They will have to use a pretext, like the Boston bombing, to give “legitimacy” to any attempt at confiscation and keep it “local”, otherwise it would be quickly seen as what it really was. But they do not have the manpower to do this either except on a very small scale. And it must be done as politely as possible. If not, the backlash would be very, very bloody.
A type of confiscation occurs now with “buy back programs” and voluntary compliance. New laws and legislation restricting firearms is also heavily employed.
Simply say “No” to all of it. At worst, they will come after YOU specifically and take your firearms away. This is of course, not only possible, but is actually happening all over the country. There are many pretexts used to “justify” this activity, things as simple as failing to pay child support or commenting online. Be smart and don’t give them a reason. They can still come after you, but they cannot come after everybody. Anything seen as “gun confiscation” will trigger war.
States and localities are passing laws for and against firearms ownership, either you are required to have one, or they claim you cannot. This is an example of compliance by fear – obey and do as we say or we will punish you.
America simply isn’t going to be giving up its guns. This will fly in the face of what the gun grabbers want and expect, but they’re seriously deluded souls. There are over 450 million firearms in this country, and hundreds of millions of gun owners. None of this will magically disappear without a massive fight. We’re going to continue our collapse with our guns – you can be sure of that.
The same principles of control apply here. Control the manufacture of guns, the sale of more guns and the ammunition supply. This is far safer and easier to do then to attempt to go house-to-house. Everyone should be aware that this is exactly what is going on, but it has had zero impact on the gun supply – in fact, it has only made it worse as over 65 million more firearms have been purchased since Obama took office. Clearly, we’re not having a gun shortage – just the opposite is occurring.
This another logistical impossibility on a widespread level. Nobody is going to go house-to-house and search your home for gold. They can and probably will outlaw gold and silver, and enact heavy fines on those who refuse to comply. This has already happened in this country before and they can easily do it again.
Like food, there are only a few places where such pressure and control would be much more effectively (and safely) applied. Gold dealers, banks could easily be subject to law and surveillance to ensure compliance. Anyone still holding gold after a law is passed or reenacted will be forced to use the black market.
I still think gold is a bad idea all around. The recent declines are evidence of what I’ve been saying for years – it’s manipulated, unnecessary and will not be the “refuge” everyone is being told. Keep it and hold it if you want to, just don’t fall for the hype and propaganda.
Everyone should be aware of the ongoing surveillance of all forms of communication. This isn’t news, it’s been around for a very long time, it’s just “in the news” is all. Dossiers on every American have long been kept. The advent of advance telecommunications equipment, database arrays and gigantic data warehouses just means more is being recorded. So what? Don’t let fear stop you. The truth is, there is nothing you can do about it except crawl into your shell and hide. But you’re not hiding. This is an illusion. So letting this “leak out” into the mainstream news now (over ten years too late) accomplishes compliance by fear. Shut up. Say nothing. Do nothing. Don’t speak out. Don’t speak up.
Screw that. It’s a trap. They cannot enforce what they cannot overwhelm or control by fear. Stop being afraid.
The few million government employees are not all on-board with this either. Those that are, are vastly outnumbered by hundreds of millions of Americans who if they shut up and comply – will have allowed their 1st Amendment rights to be forever destroyed (and I mean FOREVER). Just because we are in collapse doesn’t mean we will not need our 1st Amendment rights. We need this now more than ever. Now is the PERFECT time to speak up and speak out. Let’s these slimy snooping bastards know EXACTLY what you think of them. RAGE should be a part of the American dialogue now from coast to coast and offshore.
The 1st Amendment – USE IT or LOSE IT.
History is full of examples of “timing” – when at the right moment, the people stepped forward essentially saying, “We’ve had enough of this shit”. This has been happening all over the world, in Iceland, Greece, Egypt, Syria, Venezuela and many other countries. But not here. Americants have become somnolent zombies, incapable of action, incapable of outrage.
Some of these countries have been manipulated into civil war, but do not let this “be your fear”. This is not about war or starting a war or about anything other then saying, “No More”. Public pressure MUST occur – or they will do whatever the hell they want, including knocking your door down and executing you in the street. Now is the time to speak up against government intrusion – before this happens. We are at a CRITICAL point in history right now where we STILL have CHOICE. Don’t wait until you don’t have any choices left.
There are plenty of sites where you can obtain good information on private, secure communications. Use them if you think you need to. I’m not convinced that anything will work, including encryption. But they are not a substitute for standing up for your rights.
Most Americants will simply “go along to get along” and to obtain the benefits of being American, a dialogue which should rightly include murder, genocide, oppression, torture and punishment. Nobody should be surprised then when all this occurs here. And that is precisely what will happen because of our continued complicity.
Nobody questions “why” America can keep doing this and keep getting away with it, despite out government officials being found guilty of these crimes in courts all over the world. I’ll tell you the reason: Because the American people themselves allow it. It’s our country. It’s our government. It’s our (s)Elected “representatives” who are engaging our troops in these operations. It’s our sons and daughters who are DOING these horrible things. It’s our jobs. Millions of us earn our paychecks from Murder, Inc., and it’s all happening because WE continue to permit it, support it, engage in it and do next to nothing to STOP IT.
We could stop it – if we wanted to. But it’s pretty clear that we really don’t want to do this. And that is why the Fascists States of America continues to advance its agenda across the world and at home.