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The Problem With The Spitzer Case

by @ 9:58 am on March 16, 2008. Filed under In The News, Individual Liberty, Legal, Privacy

Former Georgia Congressman, and former Republican, Bob Barr points out why all of us should be concerned about the manner in which Elliot Spitzer was caught:

As the Spitzer story has unfolded, it appears that because he transferred his own monies in his own bank accounts for his own purposes, but in a manner that raised suspicions of bank employees and might have run afoul of the complex web of reporting requirements that now overlay and enwrap all banks and financial transactions, his personal money transfers were reported to the IRS, and his phone conversations then surreptitiously monitored by government agents.

One day you’re simply transferring some funds from one account to another, or wiring some money to someone overseas; the next day, you’re being investigated and your calls monitored.

Welcome to the surveillance state.

Further thoughts along the same lines at The Liberty Papers.

H/T: Jason Pye

One Response to “The Problem With The Spitzer Case”

  1. J. Tyler Ballance says:

    Surveillance State?

    It is far worse than that. They are not just professional voyeurs, federal agents now intervene in myriad public and private enterprises. They hound private citizens who have been deemed “dissidents” and have even fabricate cases to get some of those labeled as dissidents jailed.

    Those abuses at Abu Garhib were just a symptom of a system filled with creepy people who are out of control and directing their efforts against all of us, in one form or another. The problem is that those inside of these agencies no longer see the citizens as the people who they are sworn to protect, but instead see the citizens as potential enemies. Like the line from Police Chief in the movie, Blade Runner, “If you’re not a cop, you’re just little people.”

    An example: Matt Hale was just a harmless White separatist, whose “church” could not attract more than a few hundred followers, nationally. Even so, Michael Chertoff directed a team to infiltrate Hale’s group, and then fabricated a case against Hale. The Press bought the story that Hale was plotting against a federal judge, but when you hear the testimony, all of the threatening language is made by the informant, who used the name Tony Evola. (Get it? Evola, like the Ebola virus; that sort of humorous twist is often used by our secret police when creating informant names).

    In other Third World countries (the USA is soon becoming one) the tools used to suppress dissent are crude: beatings, shootings and the taking of hostages. Here in the good old USA, our secret police torture our citizens with water boarding and use other psychological techniques to torment any of us seen a potential threats. If you speak too loudly against our corporate controlled government and begin to get a following, our secret police (DHS and the rest) will employ a false charge against you or a family member to get you locked away for twenty years or more. The typical methods are to employ charges of tax evasion, or another trumped-up felony. The secret police especially like to employ charges that are explicitly about sex crimes, or imply a sex crime. For some reason, they really like peeking through our bedroom keyholes.

    It was a terrible blow to our police agencies when homosexual behavior lost its value to them as a criminal charge, since they had used that as a tool for many years to extort silence from dissidents. Now, political enemies like Democrat mouthpiece, Elliot Spitzer, are handled by parading his use of whores out into public view. I did not like Spitzer’s politics, but I don’t see where his use of a sex worker had any impact on his job performance, aside from the fact that it left him open to extortion by the federal “watcher class.”

    We, the People, can regain control of our government and reign-in the agencies who are using warrantless spying against our citizens, along with other covert domestic operations.

    First, we need to take away the stigma of consensual sex between adults. In countries where the sex trade is regulated and legal, the incidence of disease is lower and violence against the sex workers is almost nil. It will confound the “watcher class” in our federal agencies when they squeal like pigs, that so and so is having sex, only to hear the official reply to be, “Yea, so what?”

    Second, we must throw every elected official out who does not steadfastly support limiting our government to within its Constitutional boundaries. Most importantly, we must elect a new generation of leaders who are not merely supporting the status quo, but who are fervent in their quest to ENHANCE our Liberty.

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