or conspiracy junkies have been trying to warn folk. Our site, some may say somewhat misguidedly, has tried to target a more specific segment of the population, i.e. "Bikers"/motorcyclists". This as a result from suffering from some sort of delusion that "bikers" are an "Independent" and "Freedom Loving" people.
After all, isn't that what all the marketing campaigns say? Hell "Screw it, Lets Ride!" We ain't got the time to worry about what the "suits" are doing (discounting of course that there are probably now more "suits" riding than ever before).
Well worry no more, the F.B.I. gonna do it to you, whoops I mean for you. From the New York Times (Hit the link if you want to read the whole story):
WASHINGTON — A Justice Department plan would loosen restrictions on the Federal Bureau of Investigation to allow agents to open a national security or criminal investigation against someone without any clear basis for suspicion, Democratic lawmakers briefed on the details said Wednesday.
The senators said the new guidelines would allow the F.B.I. to open an investigation of an American, conduct surveillance, pry into private records and take other investigative steps “without any basis for suspicion.” The plan “might permit an innocent American to be subjected to such intrusive surveillance based in part on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, or on protected First Amendment activities,” the letter said. It was signed by Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.
As the end of the Bush administration nears, the White House has been seeking to formalize in law and regulation some of the aggressive counterterrorism steps it has already taken in practice since the Sept. 11 attacks.
Congress overhauled the federal wiretapping law in July, for instance, and President Bush issued an executive order this month ratifying new roles for intelligence agencies. Other pending changes would also authorize greater sharing of intelligence information with the local police, a major push in the last seven years.
In 2002, John Ashcroft, then the attorney general, allowed F.B.I. agents to visit public sites like mosques or monitor Web sites in the course of national security investigations. The next year, Mr. Bush issued guidelines allowing officials to use ethnicity or race in “narrow” circumstances to detect a terrorist threat.
The Democratic senators said the draft plan appeared to allow the F.B.I. to go even further in collecting information on Americans connected to “foreign intelligence” without any factual predicate. They also said there appeared to be few constraints on how the information would be shared with other agencies.
Michael German, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union and a former F.B.I. agent, said the plan appeared to open the door still further to the use of data-mining profiles in tracking terrorism.
“This seems to be based on the idea that the government can take a bunch of data and create a profile that can be used to identify future bad guys,” he said. “But that has not been demonstrated to be true anywhere else.”
The Justice Department said Wednesday that in light of requests from members of Congress for more information, Mr. Mukasey would agree not to sign the new guidelines before a Sept. 17 Congressional hearing.
Keep in mind the number of elected officials that rolled over and approved not holding the telecommunications industry accountable for and rights violations occurring while "helping" the government. Then ask yourself, "Can this actually happen"? You bet your sweet Freedom loving ass!
The sky is not "falling" on America people. It has already "Fallen". But since nobody was listening nobody cared and America as our forefathers envisioned it, no longer exists?Add to Technorati Favorites