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- Cash For Congressional Votes!By Ron Branson
National JAIL4Judges Commander-In-Chief
Its official. Congress has now authorized Fourth Amendment violations of your right to privacy by voting by reception of cash bribes to allow NSA to continue delving into every minute piece of your personal privacy.
This means that the government can now, with Congressional authority, monitor your email letter to your mother, record all your telephone calls made to your wife or to your mistress, access records of all your purchases, know when you are having your period, the brand of prophylactics you use, where you buy your milk, all your personal and confidential conversations and business deals you make, your medical records, communications with make with your lawyer, etc., all with the praise of Congress.
This intrusion of your privacy is but merely basic training to get use to the idea that you have no reasonable expectation of personal privacy, and to further prep you for the near future when "...no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Rev. 13:17. I recently sent out an email stating that we are even now being prepped for making our purchases by means of facial recognition software. See http://gizmodo.com .
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Lawmakers Who Upheld NSA Phone Spying Received Double the Defense Industry Cash
The numbers tell the story — in votes and dollars. On Wednesday, the House voted 217 to 205 not to rein in the NSA’s phone-spying dragnet. It turns out that those 217 “no” voters received twice as much campaign financing from the defense and intelligence industry as the 205 “yes” voters.
That’s the upshot of a new analysis byMapLight, a Berkeley-based non-profit that performed the inquiry at WIRED’s request. The investigation shows that defense cash was a better predictor of a member’s vote on the Amash amendment than party affiliation. House members who voted to continue the massive phone-call-metadata spy program, on average, raked in 122 percent more money from defense contractors than those who voted to dismantle it.
Overall, political action committees and employees from defense and intelligence firms such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, United Technologies, Honeywell International, and others ponied up $12.97 million in donations for a two-year period ending December 31, 2012, according to the analysis, which MapLight performed with financing data from OpenSecrets. Lawmakers who voted to continue the NSA dragnet-surveillance program averaged $41,635 from the pot, whereas House members who voted to repeal authority averaged $18,765.
Of the top 10 money getters, only one House member — Rep. Jim Moran (D-Virginia) — voted to end the program. ...
“How can we trust legislators to vote in the public interest when they are dependent on industry campaign funding to get elected? Our broken money and politics system forces lawmakers into a conflict of interest between lawmakers’ voters and their donors,” said Daniel G. Newman, MapLight’s president and co-founder.
The Guardian newspaper disclosed the phone-metadata spying last month with documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. ....