Senate Voting To Spy On You Turns Into Convoluted Mess – This Is Why Politicians Must Be Replaced!

Posted on August 2, 2012


Washington D.C. (The Gaslamp Post) – Special credit to my Bro, Monty.  We discussed this very issue today at great length.  Politicians never cease to amaze me.  No sooner did the Democratic party in the Senate throw a gun-control amendment into the Senate bill for Cyber Security (The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 – S.2105) which allows Homeland Security sole discretion as to who they can monitor without their knowledge, for whatever reason, the Republicans decided to play the same game.

How it is that the realm of gun-control could be on the same planet as cybersecurity is a conundrum in and of itself, but what came out of the Republican camp is even more interesting.  When one side throws in their little some-some, rest assured that the other will as well.

Can we say tit-for-tat?

Shortly after Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) filed his amendment to the Cybersecurity Act, which would prohibit the distribution and possession of what he calls, “high-capacity” magazines to Americans, another Senator proposed another amendment which would clamp down on abortion in Washington D.C.

The Senate Amendment, a.k.a. SA 2575:

SA 2575. Mr. LAUTENBERG (for himself, Mrs. BOXER, Mr. REED, Mr. MENENDEZ, Mrs. GILLIBRAND, Mr. SCHUMER, and Mrs. FEINSTEIN) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 3414, to enhance the security and resiliency of the cyber and communications infrastructure of the United States; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:
At the appropriate place, insert the following

(a) Definition.–Section 921(a) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting after paragraph (29) the following:

“(30) The term `large capacity ammunition feeding device’–

“(A) means a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device that has a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition; but

“(B) does not include an attached tubular device designed to accept, and capable of operating only with, .22 caliber rimfire ammunition.”.

(b) Prohibitions.–Section 922 of such title is amended by inserting after subsection (u) the following:

“(v)(1)(A)(i) Except as provided in clause (ii), it shall be unlawful for a person to transfer or possess a large capacity ammunition feeding device.

[Page: S5403]

“(ii) Clause (i) shall not apply to the possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device otherwise lawfully possessed within the United States on or before the date of the enactment of this subsection.

“(B) It shall be unlawful for any person to import or bring into the United States a large capacity ammunition feeding device.

“(2) Paragraph (1) shall not apply to–

“(A) a manufacture for, transfer to, or possession by the United States or a department or agency of the United States or a State or a department, agency, or political subdivision of a State, or a transfer to or possession by a law enforcement officer employed by such an entity for purposes of law enforcement (whether on or off duty);

“(B) a transfer to a licensee under title I of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 for purposes of establishing and maintaining an on-site physical protection system and security organization required by Federal law, or possession by an employee or contractor of such a licensee on-site for such purposes or off-site for purposes of licensee-authorized training or transportation of nuclear materials;

“(C) the possession, by an individual who is retired from service with a law enforcement agency and is not otherwise prohibited from receiving ammunition, of a large capacity ammunition feeding device transferred to the individual by the agency upon that retirement; or

“(D) a manufacture, transfer, or possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device by a licensed manufacturer or licensed importer for the purposes of testing or experimentation authorized by the Attorney General.”.

(c) Penalties.–Section 924(a) of such title is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(8) Whoever knowingly violates section 922(v) shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.”.

(d) Identification Markings.–Section 923(i) of such title is amended by adding at the end the following: “A large capacity ammunition feeding device manufactured after the date of the enactment of this sentence shall be identified by a serial number that clearly shows that the device was manufactured after such date of enactment, and such other identification as the Attorney General may by regulation prescribe.”.

Copying a measure brought up in the House of Representatives by Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) filed an amendment that would outlaw abortion (in the D.C. area only) after 20 weeks, except in cases where the mother’s life was threatened.

Without missing a step, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also filed an amendment to begin repealing Obamacare.

Finally after both sides began to see the futility of the argument, and reporters began having a field day with the matter, pointing fingers at who voted for or didn’t vote for what, someone finally tried to call for rationality.

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) asked his fellow Senators to stop introducing any “non-germane amendments to this bill.”

If you saw the movie, you’d get it…

Before anyone begins to think that old Joe is suddenly the sane one, let me stop you…

“We can get this bill done and protect our security,” Lieberman said Tuesday. “Nobody believes we’re going to repeal ObamaCare this week or we’re going to adopt gun control legislation.”He added that negotiators were fairly close to a deal on amendments but “not there yet.”

Protect our security?  How is spying on Americans going to make us more secure?  The act does not target threats from abroad, it targets US!  Was it not said by a Founding Father that “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety”?

Yes, yes it was.  Benjamin Franklin said that.

Buying into the feel-good message of the government keeping you safe may work for some people, kids…  But after finding out that the NSA is hiring hackers in order to better keep an eye on you, I have a hard time thinking we’re being protected.

We’re being TARGETED is more like it.  Think about that for a moment if you will.  Why would a government interested in upholding the law hire criminals to protect us?

How often do we see stories of the TSA hiring criminals and sex offenders to fondle your children, under the pretense of keeping you safe from boogeymen, that at times we all wonder, if they invented them?

Did we Americans forget what made us great?

Communist leader and Soviet Union founder Vladimir Lenin said that “one man with a gun can control one-hundred without one.”

That mentality is coming right out of communism, America.  Do you not see what is going on?  Forget the right, forget the left; they’re all in on it.

Another of our Founding Fathers asked a question that brought it all into perspective then, as it does today.  Founding Father Patrick Henry asked, “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

Regardless of your thoughts on abortion, healthcare, or gun-control, we must stop for a second and clear out the emotional issues and look at what the facts are.  This bill in the Senate is about losing MORE of OUR freedoms and handing it over to the government.

We’re basically telling them that we give them permission to grant us permission to have freedom when we all know how backwards that is.

Does anyone truly believe that our freedoms come from mortal men?  Who are they, whom WE grant the PRIVILEGE of legislating law of our land, to turn to us and tell us that WE may be guilty of something and therefore must be watched?

Who are they, who vie for our favor in order to obtain an elected office only to stab us in the back and forget who placed them there to begin with?

What does gun-control, abortion, and ObamaCare have to do with Cybersecurity?  Absolutely nothing America.  They’re screwing around and playing political theater.

This is what is wrong with Washington; they play games.

It’s time to clean house, America.  November is coming.

(h/t:  Armed Badger)