The big question: Why didn't NSA spying stop the Boston bombing?Submitted by Sue4theBillofrights on Thu, 06/27/2013 - 19:06
This is how it all comes back to the American Revolution: James Otis.
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The big question: Why didn't NSA spying stop the Boston bombing?
The Obama administration and the NSA have gone into full spin mode trumpeting its victories in the plots that didn't happen while conveniently ignoring the one that did.
Not only did the "don't worry if you've done nothing wrong" Big Brother government not stop the Boston Marathon suspects, it knew who they were. It knew where they lived (190 Norfolk Street, Cambridge.) If they didn't know, they could have asked me, and I'd have looked it up for them in public court records from Tamerlan's 2009 domestic violence charge.
We have seen seen this before. Prior to the American Revolution, a man named James Otis Jr., one of the Founding Fathers, took on one of the King's most hated prerogatives, that of searching through a man's home, letters, or personal effects for any reason, or no reason at all. The British General Warrant was the exact equivalent of the unfettered license now claimed by the NSA and the Executive Branch to listen in on conversations presumed private, and otherwise read one's communications and track one's activities.
Otis thundered in his speeches that "a man's house is his castle," and that giving government bureaucrats this power without the oversight of the courts amounted to "tyranny, " for then every man with this power "may be a tyrant...a tyrant in a legal manner." Otis argued that every such man would be "accountable to no person for his doings," and would "reign secure in his petty tyranny, and spread terror and desolation around him."
Otis railed that this power would be abused by the underlings of higher-ranking bureaucrats, putting us at the mercy of "menial servants."
"What is this but to have the curse of Canaan with a witness on us: to be the servants of servants, the most despicable of God's creation?" - Otis raged.
Otis predicted that this power, run rampant, would have little to do with legitimate law enforcement, just as the Boston Marathon and the implementation of NSA spying seven months before 9/11 bear out. Moreover, though it would still be years before the first shots of the American Revolution were fired, it was after Otis' fiery "a man's house is his castle" speech, in February 1761, that john Adams wrote: "the child independence was then and there born."... Read more: http://digitaljournal.com/article/353215