Welcome to the Progressive Surveillance State:
As you're probably aware, the fraudulent progressive group ACORN, is conducting the U.S. Census. When I say they're conducting it, I mean they're out there going door-to door right now! Yes, that ACORN. The group with legions of voter fraud violations who also just had criminal charges filed against them in Nevada.
Ooohh, and the story gets much worse.
Eric Dondero at the Libertarian Republican (H/T Valerie at GOP For Liberty!) has discovered that the federal government has them out marking the GPS coordinates "within 40 ft of every front door" in America!
That's right, the government that declared conservatives, libertarians, constitutionalists, Ron Paul supporters, and pro-life advocates (among others) as terrorists, is now collecting the GPS coordinates of where you live.
If you challenge Census Bureau employees about the GPS marking of your private residence, you will be handed a preprinted explanation referring you to Sec. 223, Title 13, U.S. Code, Chapter 7, Subtitle 2, which explains the penalties for refusing to provide names and statistics of occupants when asked for by a census taker. This only applies when they are taking a census, (which will not be taken until next year), and the penalty for refusing to answer questions for a census is up to a $500 fine.
However, since the actual Census is not due to be taken until 2010, nobody is asking for any information today. They are only GPS marking your front door today, and Sec. 223, Title 13, U.S. Code, Chapter 7, Subtitle 2 provides the Fed NO authority to GPS paint your front door.
Best I can tell, the Fed has NO authority whatsoever, to paint the front door of every private residence in America. Still, that is exactly what they are doing. Now, the trillion dollar question is, why?
I don't know about you, but I'm gonna start building my tinfoil hat (seriously)! WTF is going on in this country? Eric gets it right when he says:
There is a foul odor resonating from the current regime in Washington DC and most Americans can smell it. Can most Americans gather the strength to do something about it?
Enhancing the concerns is the Obama administration's recent decision to put White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in an oversight role over the census, which will be used to determine a reapportionment of congressional seats and could be used to solidify a single political party's control over the nation, its budget, military and future.
But at American Daily Review, blogger Douglas Gibbs had more than a few doubts.
"GPS coordinates of your front door will make it easier for the government to monitor you," he said. "The U.S. Census Bureau is simply an excuse - a harmless looking means of obtaining the front door coordinates. The creation of GPS coordinates for front doors has nothing to do with the census, in all honesty, no matter how much the United States government tries to convince you that it does."
He recalled wondering why, just weeks ago, the Obama administration announced its oversight of the census, "literally taking control of the census away from the Commerce Department."
He put that together with Obama's longtime push for national service.
"Imagine, if you will, that there are a number of people in a neighborhood that could not find the addresses they are tasked with finding. They are not locals, maybe are unable to read a map, or perhaps do not have the time to pull out a map, and they need to find you with specific GPS coordinates. Their devices would lead them to your front door with these coordinates. Imagine a crisis is afoot, and martial law is put into place. U.S. troops need to round up particular folks," he wrote.
"Let's take this a step further. After all, with Barack Obama desiring to decrease the number of folks in the military, and with forces committed worldwide, we may not have sufficient military forces at home to deal with a rising national emergency. If the government decided to rely on foreign troops, perhaps United Nations personnel, most of which may not understand the street signs, much less know the lay of the land, they could use GPS devices to direct them to your front door," he wrote.
This is all way beyond Orwellian ...
For more information about how GPS coordinates could be used, the book "The Precision Revolution: GPS and the Future of Aerial Warfare" has been recommended.
In the mean time, as the Obama Administration busily collects your home coordinates, the Patriot Act goes and snags another victim.
Ashton Lundeby, a 16-year old North Carolina kid now sits in custody, while the government refuses to explain the charges against him. So much for the Patriot Act being strictly about protecting us from terrorist attacks.
More from WRAL:
Oxford, N.C. - Sixteen-year-old Ashton Lundeby's bedroom in his mother's Granville County home is nothing, if not patriotic. Images of American flags are everywhere - on the bed, on the floor, on the wall.
But according to the United States government, the tenth-grade home-schooler is being held on a criminal complaint that he made a bomb threat from his home on the night of Feb. 15.
Around 10 p.m. on March 5, Lundeby said, armed FBI agents along with three local law enforcement officers stormed her home looking for her son. They handcuffed him and presented her with a search warrant.
"I was terrified," Lundeby's mother said. "There were guns, and I don't allow guns around my children. I don't believe in guns."
"There were no bomb-making materials, not even a blasting cap, not even a wire," Lundeby said.
Ashton now sits in a juvenile facility in South Bend, Ind. His mother has had little access to him since his arrest. She has gone to her state representatives as well as attorneys, seeking assistance, but, she said, there is nothing she can do.
"We have no rights under the Patriot Act to even defend them, because the Patriot Act basically supersedes the Constitution," she said. "It wasn't intended to drag your barely 16-year-old, 120-pound son out in the middle of the night on a charge that we can't even defend."
"Never in my worst nightmare did I ever think that it would be my own government that I would have to protect my children from," Lundeby said. "This is the United States, and I feel like I live in a third world country now."
In addition to incompetences like this, government law enforcement agencies are extremely shy about apologizing for mistakes. (They almost never do so, unless by court order.) So Ashton Lundeby, no matter how strong the case for his innocence is, will likely be kept in jail for years as the government tries out new and more ridiculous charges against him, until they find one that sticks or they wear Ashton down so thoroughly that he confesses to crimes he did not commit (and probably did not occur).
I guess it's no longer "land of the free, home of the brave," but "land of tyranny, home of the enslaved."
We're in trouble folks. It's time to shake the sleep from your head and wake up!
P.S. - Don't forget, free speech is under attack too! If conservatives and libertarians (or whatever your stripe may be) aren't willing to come together on issues such as free speech, government surveillance, and run-away spending ... we might as well hoist the white flag, curl up in the fetal position, and start sucking our thumbs.
This is America ... what ever happened to FREEDOM?
Well, it seems that there is much less to this story than there seemed to be at first blush.
First of all, it’s quite apparent that the PATRIOT Act is not even involved in this case. Lundeby was arrested under a 70 year old law that makes it a Federal crime to use telecommunications equipment to make interstate bomb threats.
Second, it’s quite obvious that Lundeby is not the innocent 16 year-old that his mother made him out to be ...
Subsequent to publication of this essay, several developments occurred that changed key elements of the story.
First, the federal prosecutor in charge of the Ashton Lundeby case issued a press release denying that the USA PATRIOT act played any role in the investigation, arrest, and detention of Ashton Lundeby.
Secondly, Ashton’s mother Annette admitted that her son, under the screen name "Tyrone," had been involved in internet-facilitated pranks. "Tyrone" allegedly called in phony bomb threats to schools at the request of other teenagers who wanted an excuse to miss school – and then charging them for this illicit service.
While Annette Lundeby admits that Ashton made crank calls, she maintains that he was not involved in calling in phony bomb threats. She likewise continues to insist that someone in the group of on-line Gamers with whom Ashton carried out "pranks" stole his IP address and used his on-line identity while calling in the bogus bomb threats.
According to Annette Lundeby, her son’s court-appointed attorney and other officials refused to offer a straightforward answer when she asked if the PATRIOT act was involved. She also claims to have exculpatory evidence confirming that her son was set up by the same former on-line friend who turned him in to the authorities.