Ukraine is using mobile tech to track protesters
— By Kirsten Korosec on January 22, 2014, 9:23 AM PST
They are using the same technology that stores are using to send targeted ads to your cell phone while you shop. Wake up people!
Former President Nixon maintained a political enemies list and attempted to use the IRS against them. With such simple to use powerful technology imagine what a president today could do to punish his enemies. There is a reason why the US constitution was written the way it was which remains highly relevant today.
The US has been doing stuff like this for years.
@ddcmall Nobody knows how to create an enemies list better than the democrats. In fact, to democrats, the enemies are all republicans, and all of those that don't vote democrat, including democrats who don't vote for democrats.
Technology has nothing to do with enemies lists. Technology just facilitates the targeting. Democrats are better at using the technology to target their enemies; but it's not really that democrats are better at the technology; it's that they're willing to use any weapons to go after their "enemies" than any other political group. It's the "whatever it takes" mentality, or "the ends justifies the means" mentality, or the "it's for the greater good" mentality.
@ddcmall We don't have to guess, as it's already happening before our eyes. At least in Nixon's day, those running the IRS told Nixon to take a hike. That's not the case with today's IRS, which appears more than willing to do the Administration's bidding.
@adornoe @ddcmall No one had tested presidential authority more aggressively than the George W. Bush administration. Barack Obama has been perfectly willing to seize the additional authority bestowed upon the office of president by his predecessor. Between George W. Bush and Barack Obama it should be clear to everyone that no individual or political party can claim the moral high ground in this argument. The way FISA courts and the Patriot Act are being used wipes out the most basic protections written into the US Constitution. As long as FISA and the Patriot Act exist they will continue to be abused simply because they both provide unlimited power without restraint and no one Democrat or Republican should be trusted to restrain themselves.
@copracrYou mean, like you do with MSNBC and CNN, and even CBS/NBC/ABC?
You couldn't be more wrong about me. I'm a thinker; and analyzer. I get informed, and I think, and I analyze, and then I make decisions. That's quite different from the liberals, who only "think" with their emotions or heart. It's good to have a heart, but it's much better to have a heart and a brain to think with.
@JohnMcGrew@ddcmall@adornoe I don't know about that. Bush took an economy that was in recession, and turned it completely around, to a growth pattern which had the economy growing as fast as 6-8% quarterly for the most part of his first 6 years, until the housing collapse occurred (which collapse was caused by democratic policies of the past). Obama took a recession and made it much worse. Thus, Obama is no Bush, not in any way imaginable.
Bush was caught in a time where a lot of things had to be redefined, especially when it comes to terrorism. Bush would have been completely happy to continue visiting grade-school classrooms to read to kids, but then, 9/11 happened, and laws were written to allow the government to keep tabs on possible terrorists. That's not the same as grabbing additional powers, and it was something that congress voted on, including the majority of democrats in congress at the time. The Patriot Act was something that Bush "merely" signed into law, and it's been in place since then. Obama had a chance to allow the law to expire, but he signed the paperwork to extend it.
There is no such thing as a president getting "bestowed" powers; that's just idiotic to believe that. Obama didn't have to use any of whatever perceived powers he thought were "made legal" under Bush. Obama even attacked Bush for the alleged allegations of abuse of power, but then, when Obama became president, he doubled down on the abuse of power, to the extend where Obama is now in clear violation of many of the laws of the land, including the constitution itself. In fact, Obama is in violation of the laws he himself helped to pass, including Obamacare.
The Patriot Act did not authorize the spying on Americans, and it was supposed to be used to track possible terrorist activity, which included tapping into communications of all suspected terror communications overseas, and communications between suspected terrorists overseas who communicated to anyone based in U.S. soil. Nowhere does the law say that collecting information about all Americans' communications was legal and authorized. Obama has extended the NSA's power to collect and analyze Americans' communications, and now, he's creating the perception that he's doing something about it, but it's all a sham.
The protections found in the U.S. constitution are still available, and it's up to the current president, and all future ones, to respect and enforce those laws. No excuses, and no pointing of fingers at previous presidents; it doesn't work that way. Either you respect the rights of the people, or you don't. Obama has never been someone that respected any of the rights granted to Americans under the constitution; in fact, he's actually spoken against the constitution, and would love to get rid of the whole document and rewrite the whole thing. You can be sure that none of his ideas would respect the rights which the current constitution contains. Obama is a communist, and as such, people don't have rights; only government has rights, and people are supposed to either obey or begone. Obama and democrats are for absolute power to the federal government, and to one president or "prime minister", and the current constitution just gets in their way.