Something happened over the weekend you may have missed, which has many pondering what will happen next. It slipped right by and most folks didn’t even know it happened — chances are they were watching Stanford kick a last second field goal to defeat Notre Dame late Saturday night. The State of Oklahoma was engrossed in Bedlam 2015 — it’s just a game folks. Maybe they were dealing with power outages in the early winter storm that hit the Midwest. Or trying to decide if the Planned Parenthood shooting was “domestic terrorism.”
In any event, while you were doing something else, the NSA bulk metadata program expired at midnight ET Saturday evening.
As reported by The Guardian, “The language in the US Justice Department statement is far from inspiring, written in bland legalese, but it still represents an important victory for the whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The statement, dated 28 November 2015, says: “Final temporary reauthorization of the Section 215 bulk telephony metadata data program in the US expires.” What that means is that from Saturday, the National Security Agency will no longer directly hold information about the phone calls of millions of US citizens.
The USA Freedom Act, passed in the summer, allowed the NSA a 180-day transition period to sort out arrangements. That period expired on Saturday. It is modest change but it is at least a change, raising public awareness of the scale of government surveillance and opening the way for privacy campaigners to chip away in hopes of further reforms. The reform under the Freedom Act can be traced directly back to a document leaked by Snowden and reported in the Guardian in June 2013 by Glenn Greenwald.
The document was a top-secret court order showing the NSA was collecting the phone records of citizens both in the US and overseas in bulk and indiscriminately. The order was granted by a secret government body, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (Fisa) court. It contradicted a statement only months earlier by James Clapper director of national intelligence, to a Senate committee claiming there was no such collection of the records of US citizens.”
During my time in the U.S. Congress, I voted for the temporary extension of the Patriot Act in order to study the law in depth. When my concerns were not answered, I didn’t support the reauthorization. What concerns me now is where we go from here — not what has alredy happened.
Politicians rant about how terrible the expiration of Section 215 bulk telephone metadata program will be, but this is what leadership is all about. It’s time to come up with a solution.
Since we have an enemy operating globally and within the United States, how about using two of Saul Alinksy’s rules for his beloved progressive socialist radicals — surely President Obama and the left are acquainted with these maxims:
– RULE 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new. (Attack, attack, attack from all sides, never giving the reeling organization a chance to rest, regroup, recover and re-strategize.)
– RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)
It would of course require identifying the enemy and understanding its goals and objectives. Heck, even the hacktivist group Anonymous has joined in to do what our federal government has failed to do: fight ISIS on social media.
If our elected officials to could finally realize and admit we’re against militant Islamic terrorism and jihadism — or strategically Islamo-fascism – that’d be a vital start. If we had individuals who could get off their arses and read the Muslim Brotherhood’s strategic explanatory memorandum, or even read Erick Stakelbeck’s book The Brotherhood: America’s Next Great Enemy we could begin to comprehend exactly what we’re up against. After all, we’ve been given the enemy’s blueprint, written in 1991 by Mohammed Akhram and uncovered in an FBI raid in the basement of a home in Northern Virginia in 2004. What better than to have knowledge of the enemy’s plan? The sad realization is that we refuse to do anything at all as we’re paralyzed by political correctness.
First of all, the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) must be designated as an Islamic terrorist organization — doggone Egypt and the UAE has done so. Every organization listed in the MB Explanatory Memorandum should be shut down, or at a minimum, if you want to focus metadata collection, that’s where you start.
A prime example is the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR) who is an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest Islamic terrorist funding case in U.S. history, the Holy Land Foundation. So ask yourself, why is it that CAIR maintains an office right there on Capitol Hill? The pressure should be kept up on CAIR. It is a target that should be picked, frozen, and polarized…in other words isolated in no uncertain terms.
But instead we’ve allowed this subversive organization to come up with insidious terms such as “Islamophobia” to force self-censorhip and acquiescence. We have a mayor like New York City’s Bill de Blasio, who under some ill-conceived guise of “fairness” and “social justice” cancelled the surveillance program in New York City.
We know whom the radical Islamist clerics are operating in America. We know the vile messages they’re spewing, yet we refuse to take any action.
So when I hear politicians and others whining about how we’re opening ourselves up to terrorist attack because we’re not collecting bulk metadata of all Americans, my question is, have you read the MB Explanatory Memorandum? If not, then why? If you have, then what action are you going to take? If Anonymous can take action, then why has our government been so reticent in doing so?
I don’t want to hear any more excuses about ISIS not being “Islamic,” especially when these Islamic jihadists are holding up Korans as they conduct their savage, barbaric and despicable actions. It’s time we stop punishing the American people because we have elected officials who are terrified of focusing on the enemy.
This provision has expired. Get over it, and now get to the business of implementing Alinsky’s Rule number 12: bring down the institution — Islamic jihadism, which has little or nothing to do with personal struggle. It’s all about their centuries-long struggle against our liberties and freedoms. And if any of you need a little history lesson, I’m more than willing and available to provide it.