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Collect This!

Do I think the NSA is actively spying on every American? No, I don’t. What I do think can happen is this. A person is making reservations for a flight on their computer, and a few days later that persons kid is looking up stories on terrorist bombings from the same computer, ie.. IP address. Now you have “plane reservations” and “bombings” from the same IP address, which could be caught in an NSA filter, and the systems or people begin to drill down, looking a little closer…at nothing.

The government and politicians toss the word “security” around to get what they want just like ballot issues for education spending toss the word “children” around. Or how they use children, puppies and kittens to sell a product. Who can say “no” to our security. It’s just harmless data, if you aren’t doing anything wrong you don’t have anything to worry about. In that case I think everyone should just give out their email passwords to everyone they know, if you aren’t doing anything wrong, then what do you have to worry about, or hide?

It boils down to this very simple thing, the 4th amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“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”.

“Metadata” is being seized from and stored on ALL Americans. How does this not violate the 4th amendment? If we are going to be so cavalier with our rights at this level, in the name of security, then when will it reach the point where law enforcement can just pull you over for no reason and search your car? Or decide they are going to perform random household searches for nor reason. Or how about install cameras in every TV made so they can watch inside your house…sound like something that was in the book 1984?

Here are a few other bill of rights amendments being trampled upon.
1st – Campaign finance reform.
2nd – Cities banning the ownership of guns. When did a city ordinance trump the U.S. Constitution?
4th – You just read about it.
10th – Common Core. A federal takeover of education.

There are probably many others I’ve missed here, but you get the point.

Folks, if you believe it’s fine and dandy for them to collect and store your data, then you have fallen far from the tree of freedom the Founding Fathers planted.

Thanks for reading!

Sgt. Hug

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Green Marines

This is a tweet that was on the official Marine Corps twitter feed. “Happy #EarthDay! The Marine Corps’ been green since 1775. Ooh-rah!”.

The only part of that familiar to me is about the Corps being green since 1775. Though when I went to boot camp 28 years ago, being green was what Marines were called to break any racial lines. You weren’t white, black, Hispanic, Indian, etc… you were different shades of green. That kind of makes sense since the Marines come from all walks of life.

But now the Marines are tying being green in with the super liberal festive event called Earth Day. Trust me when I say a vast majority of Earth Day followers and participants hate the military and all it stands for…and the Marines are the epitome of military. So by sucking up to the liberal establishment the Corps makes itself look weak and pathetic.

What ever happened to the days when this was a slogan, “The U.S. Marines, When It Absolutely Positively Has To Be Destroyed Overnight”. Yes, now there’s a slogan for you, and by the way, I bought that shirt on base.

The Marines need to stay out of the nicey nice business, because the people they are trying to suck up to, don’t give a flying crap about them (except in a negative light). Those earth day folks will never enlist, and will actively prevent their friends and family from joining.

The Marines need to stick to one thing and one thing only, the thing they have excelled at since their birth at Tun Tavern, November 10, 1775…kicking the living crap out of anyone or anything that gets in the way of our country and our way of life. Now that deserves an Ooh Rah… not Earth Day!

Sgt. Hug

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