The GOP promised transparency in all of it’s actions and that all committee hearings would be posted online on the House web site and available to all. Well as has become the norm the promise of the GOP is not being delivered.
On 1/25/2011 the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Home land security, held a hearing on Internet record retention. Using the subterfuge of Child pornograpy the GOP sought to expand the police state within the United States of America. Representative Sensenbrenner (R Wi) as chairman was stated “I believe in carrots and stick” i.e. either the Internet community acquiesce to the violation of the constitutional rights of those who utilize there services or Congress/The GOP will compel them to violate the constitutional rights of those who utilize there services.
The GOP has taken the position that there is no Constitutional Right to Privacy and even should there be a Right to privacy should one contract with a third party for the provision of services that right is surrendered. The fourth Amendment states “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
As it pertains to a right of privacy the words “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects,” is of the utmost importance for without a right of right of privacy security cannot exist. The fact that you or I must secure items from a third party does not negate the right of personal security and would undermine the very nature of commerce. If it were known that the content of every conversation, every purchase, every website visited, or transaction an individual engages in be that transaction necessary or voluntary is now preserved for the police state to examine for what ever reason desired is nothing more than a complete repudiation of the fourth amendment.
What makes this even more disgusting is the vehicle that the GOP seeks to utilize for this wholesale expansion of the police state. The Chosen vehicle is “Child Porn” just as the previous administration choose the vehicle of “National Security” to create secret courts and secret laws. After all who could be against the protection of children? The GOP have showen that once they have gained access for one purpose they can an will expand that access to their own political needs of the time i.e. the preservation of privilege and the destruction of the Republic.
So back to the point the GOP promised transparency and that all hearings would be posted online but for some reason this online posting does not include the full record and by this I mean the full record to include written statements submitted by members, witnesses and the answer to questions that were not answered in testimony.
I contacted Representative Sensenbrenner’s office requesting clarification of his position and a link to the full transcripts of the hearing along with revised and extended remarks where upon I was given the GOP two step. A Member of Representative Sensenbrenner’s staff who would only identify himself as John stated that the personnel staff of the Representative were not responsible for his positions or knowledge of his positions as they related to his activities as subcommittee chairman. I then asked if the Representative had a separate staff for his committee activities. This would be important as the question would have arisen as to why the public was paying for two or more separate staffs. I was informed by “John” that the Representative had only one staff. This tells Me one of two things, The Representative does not want to answer questions as they relate to his position on the expansion of a police state and the elimination/reduction of fundamental rights or that his staff is incompetent while I believe the former, the latter is also unacceptable. I could and will submit a third alternative and that is the GOP detest the Constitution and will do anything to undermine the very document the purport to defend.
This effort to expand the retention of Internet activity of everyone in America under the guise of “Protecting Children” is nothing more than an attempt to circumvent the Fourth Amendment and will soon be used for other purposes, to include silencing people like you and Me.