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The United States; are we a nation of laws?

ARTICLE 1 in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution.

Note: The following text is a transcription of the first of ten amendments to the Constitution in the original form. This first amendment was ratified December 15, 1791, and forms a part of what is known as the "Bill of Rights."

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

There being no law allowing abridging the freedom of speech or
of the press; Whistleblower, Edward Snowden and the press should
be free of any guilt for disclosure of nefarious activities of the
National Security Agency.

And they, the accused(s) need petition the Government for a redress
of grievances.

The words are clear. Do you agree?

The evidence overwhelming. Do you find it so?

What law has been broken? By whom?

  • May 28 2014: We can all petition the government for a redress of grievances. It's not hard to do. Likewise, NO PRESS OUTLET has been punished by the US government for publishing about Snowden, NONE AT ALL. The freedom of the press has not been abridged. Snowden is not in trouble for PUBLISHING. He's in trouble for how he got the information.

    Suppose I have a new way to make widgets. That new way is my property. That method is my property. If someone steals that new way, it's theft. It doesn't matter if he goes to a newspaper with it. The newspaper can't be shut down if they publish it, but the thief can still be punished for stealing it.

    HOWEVER, if the new way to make widgets turns out to actually break the law in some way, then the guy who took the method from me without my permission, although he "stole" in the sense of taking without my permission, acted in the interest of law and the public, and he would probably not be prosecuted for theft.

    NO FIRST AMENDMENT ISSUE AT ALL.

    It's really that simple. Why is it so hard to understand. If you want to say Snowden ought not be punished, the 1st Amendment is a pretty silly way to try. You should say that Snowden acted in the public interest in and in the interest of law, since the NSA was acting illegally.
    • May 28 2014: Bryan, Thank you. I feel so well chastised... Sorry.

      I herein proudly announce that Snowden acted in the public interest in and in the interest of law,
      since the NSA was acting illegally.

      The Congress, being responsible for Oversight of the activities of the NSA.

      I petition the Congress request the President to investigate and prosecute those responsible.
      • May 31 2014: Congress doesn't read TED. It's pretty silly to try to "petition" them here. Since Congress isn't your personal butt-monkey, you'll need to get a lot of people behind this petition--collect signatures.
        • Jun 1 2014: Bryan, what exactly is a personal butt-monkey?
          I don't have time to collect signatures.
          This is but a writing exercise for all of us, like yourself,
          who don't have a life.

          If you've noticed, no one but you and I give a damn,
          and I wonder about you.

          Looks like TED's going to close this down on June 10th.
          We will be left with Talks, and comments.
          I wish you well Bryan Maloney...
    • May 29 2014: The term(s) Real Estate, Rents, and Mortgage(s) need to be changed.
      Our societies are based on such. And the results are pitiful.

      There is another way. Who out there can tell what that way is?
      Not one in a hundred thousand, I would wager.
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    Jun 1 2014: We used to be...

    Now we are a nation of regulations.... and there is no redress of regulations in the constitution.
    Am I wrong? Look up the number of laws pass by the congress last year.... then look up the number of regulations imposed by Federal Agencies.... you will find as I did..... too many .... and no redress.
    • Jun 1 2014: Mike, I boils down to this.
      We have a "Representative Government".
      Like the adversarial Justice System, people don't quite get it.
      Until they find themselves totally screwed.

      No one reads anything anymore. They blog.
      The bad guys have nobody watching, and the ones who are
      cannot be identified as to the value of what they find.

      It is a field day for corruption.

      Going to the other end of society. Some people on welfare
      call the day they get their checks, Payday. Like they had
      a job. And others pay companies to write their checks for them
      to pay their bills.

      Ever noticed that the Police cannot and will not give legal information.
      The lawyers fixed everything. Like a funnel. Into the Court System.

      Check out how many Harvard Grads have a place in how many nation's
      key government positions. Hints. Goldman Sach's ex-ceo's, and others.
      Presidents. Treasury Secretaries. Fed heads. Lobbyiests.
      The list is awsome. What a mess.

      I'm so regulated that I eat three, meals with carbs, protein, and salad.
      I take 4 pills each dawning, a fasting blood test each morning, a shot
      before each meal, a blood test before exercise, and 15 minutes afterwards,
      A final shot before bed. Plus I get to attend a 2hour monthly diabetic class
      and get a checkup afterwards.

      I planned to starve myself to death, but my kids have placed 42 meals in my
      freezer. Carefully prepared to meet my diabetic needs.

      I have a scale for weight, a mirror to check my footsies, and a mechanical lady
      who calls each morning to collect my blood pressure, weight, and blood test data.
      All transmitted electronically.

      Ahhh, the quality of life. I worry more now. What if she doesn't call?
      Are my readings too high? Or too low? How can I sneak in an order of fries?
      I miss salt, Ice Cream, and friendly women who ...

      Yup, Mike, you said it. We used to be...
    • Jun 1 2014: Mike, I just discovered a unique site.

      The "Big Brother Awards.de"
      It is self explanatory. They have been giving it out for years.

      I plan to make up one of my own and send it to the
      San Luis Obispo, California -- MTA bus company.
      They have just finished installing both Video and Audio surveillance.
      Inside each bus are camera(s) and audio recorder(s).
      They have nice black and white signs (bumper sticker sized) that
      explain in large print "VIDEO SURVEILLANCE" and underneath
      in small print "Audio Surveillance".

      Our Children will soon forget that this is a new innovation, and
      accept their loss of privacy without murmur.

      What a pity. I've not read of any Driver or passenger having a problem
      with anti-social behavior, or muggings, or the like. So as a preventative
      measure, there isn't much to substantiate such action. Maybe the DHS
      has invoked some regulation with the power to replace the constitution.
      I wouldn't be surprised.
  • Jun 7 2014: Something to think about when you are Voting.

    Internet snooping by the NSA is commonplace.
    “Backdoors” have been created since the 1990’s, when the NSA openly lobbied
    for these types of “Backdoor” surveillances to be added to both public and private
    communications systems. Congress said “No”.

    Apparently this is a classic case of not taking “No” for an answer, because the
    NSA did it anyway (without ending up in prison), and at the nations expense.
    Knowing those backdoors exist is what makes Hackers truly salivate.

    The NSA, by weakening security, has caused the internet to become less safe
    for everyone’s personal or financial information, exposing to Hackers our entire
    eCommerce network.

    The NSA had no idea of what problems it would in the future cause for the rest of us.
    Because the NSA has created these “Backdoors” without any approval or guidelines,
    the internet has become a second coming gold rush for hackers and thieves.

    NSA “Backdoors” guarantees a high level of distrust of the US government, by most
    Americans and almost anyone else in the world. Citizens of foreign countries know
    now that their suspicions of the NSA spying and surveillances are well founded, and
    that embedded flaws exist in US computer systems that they have already purchased.
    Everyone knows that the NSA “Backdoors” are bad for business, economy, and everyone.

    Americans are tired of being blamed by other foreign nations, for the lack of integrity
    in their elected leaders. Unfortunately, President Obama, does not care.
  • Jun 4 2014: “Law is mind without reason”- Aristotle
    "Man’s law is not just, it is just law"- Keith W Henline

    Don't confuse law with justice, they are not the same, in fact they are IMHO inversely proportional to each other.
  • May 31 2014: I just discovered a unique site.
    The "Big Brother Awards.de"

    It is self explanatory. They have been giving it out for years.
    I plan to make up one of my own and send it to the
    San Luis Obispo, California MTA bus company.
    They have just finished installing both Video and Audio surveillance.
    Inside each bus are camera(s) and audio recorder(s).
    They have nice black and white signs (bumper sticker sized) that
    expain in large print "VIDEO SURVEILLANCE" and underneath
    in small print "Audio Surveillance". Our Children will soon forget
    that this is a new innovation, and accept their loss of privacy without
    murmur.

    What a pity. I've not read of any Driver or passenger having a problem
    with anti-social behavior, or muggings, or the like. So as a preventative
    measure, there isn't much to substantiate such action. Maybe the DHS
    has invoked some regulation with the power to replace the constitution.