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The Magician’s Con: Renewing FISA and the NDAA Under Cover of the Fiscal Cliff Debates

The Magician’s Con: Renewing FISA and the NDAA Under Cover of the Fiscal Cliff Debates | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The Magician’s Con: Renewing FISA and the NDAA Under Cover of the Fiscal Cliff Debates, Rights and liberties are little more than exceptions to the rule, open to interpretation by government officials who can throw them out based upon...

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Excerpt:"What characterizes American government today is not so much dysfunctional politics as it is ruthlessly contrived governance carried out behind the entertaining, distracting and disingenuous curtain of political theater. And what political theater it is, diabolically Shakespearean at times, full of sound and fury, yet in the end, signifying nothing." 

 

This article is great! This focuses on the way we seem to be played and distracted from key decisions and deals we need to focus on the most or at least as much by a constant stream of hotspot topics that gets everyone screaming at each other or defending one of the same old hot topics. All of this is too much like the classic old western movie skit where the playwright creates a distraction which is often a fight in the street while that leaves the ones not noticed free to rob the bank or do some other deed unnoticed. The audience always gets to know both actions but in our real cases we are not the audience but the one's distracted. We could look around and notice in these times of modern communication just like those in the movie could have but the guy writing the play stages it so they would not. While we watch the movie we want to say turn around and see what’s going on! Sadly in real life those that are telling us “turn around and look” are quickly branded as people we shouldn’t listen to or should be not trust.

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Coffee Party USA's curator insight, January 14, 2013 11:52 PM

While the invasive powers bestowed upon the federal government by FISA and the NDAA should be cause for alarm, they have become part of the unchallenged post-9/11 paradigm that disguises itself as representative government today. This matter-of-fact, all-in-a-day’s work erosion of our freedoms is no less appalling than the routine, relatively uncontested renewal of legislation, passed without debate or question year after year, which flies in the face of every fundamental principle of individual liberty on which this nation was founded. Such is the political playbook being used to chart the nation’s course these days.


President Obama’s decision to sign the NDAA, quietly and without much fanfare, while the fiscal cliff debate took front stage is a perfect example of political theater at its finest. The NDAA establishes a colossal $633 billion budget for the military at a time when the nation is drowning in debt, the deficit is skyrocketing, our military empire is overextended, and America is allegedly ratcheting down its presence in the Middle East....


...Indeed, the fact that Americans are utterly dependent on a small group of judges, themselves part of the ruling elite in America, to safeguard their fundamental freedoms shows just how far we’ve fallen as a society and culture. When the rights and liberties which we once took for granted are little more than exceptions to the rule, open to interpretation by government officials who can throw them out based upon expediency, we have entered a new paradigm in America, and it doesn’t bode well for the future of democracy.

Charles Lang's comment, January 15, 2013 12:02 PM
Very nicely put Monica. These important issues in our country today are like junk food. Before you know it, you're out of shape and too fat to move.
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Iraq retakes Mosul airport against Islamic State

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Iraq's special forces joined a major assault that started earlier this week to drive the Islamic State from Iraq's second-largest city.
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Former House speaker predicts 'Obamacare' won't be repealed

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As House speaker, John Boehner promised numerous times to repeal and replace Obamacare in full.
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Health, Pharmaceuticals, and Safety Net Programs - ALEC Exposed

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Who is writing the GOP health care plan?
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Rename the GOP "ALEC" and face the fact ALEC runs them anyway so why not call a spade a "Spade". ... maybe they just don't want you to notice ALEC is run by people none of us vote for except by paying them with nearly all of every pay check.... Yes we pay these corporations for our phones, medical care, energy, house payment, car payment, food we buy, entertainment, heat and air, all loans unless it's from your own Relative....These companies must be overcharging us because they have managed to hoard much of our wealth into their owners pockets and have enough left over to buy up 29 states governments and several thousand of our mostly GOP law makers starting at the state level, moving them to the national level and now ALEC is reaching down to reach and corrupt officials at the city level. Get to know ALEC.
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The Movement Resisting Donald Trump Has A Name: The (Local) Democratic Party

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While outside groups are getting the attention, local Democratic parties nationwide are seeing a surge of interest.
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CNN - Breaking News, U.S., World, Weather, Entertainment & Video News

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Find the latest breaking news and information on the top stories, weather, business, entertainment, politics, and more. For in-depth coverage, CNN provides special reports, video, audio, photo galleries, and interactive guides.
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Texas blocked from defunding Planned Parenthood

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Texas authorities who accused Planned Parenthood of selling fetal body parts cannot withhold Medicaid money from the medical provider, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
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National Security Council spokesman quits CIA, writes scathing editorial in Washington Post

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Edward Price worked loyally for Bush and Obama, but Trump has been too troubling
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National Security Council spokesman quits CIA, writes scathing editorial in Washington Post

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Edward Price worked loyally for Bush and Obama, but Trump has been too troubling
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A connected heart just helped convict a man of arson

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After The Gold Rush

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Marie Brenner reports how, despite the split and the crumbling of Donald's empire, the reign of New York's self-created imperial couple isn’t over.
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Secret Tape Reveals Trump Hyping Presidency To Club Members

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The recording from a Trump golf club has more showbiz than substance.
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Trump returns to campaign mode, rallying supporters, attacking foes, promising a greater America

Trump returns to campaign mode, rallying supporters, attacking foes, promising a greater America | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
President Trump returned Saturday to campaign mode -- holding a rally in a Florida airport hangar in which he again railed against the “dishonest media” and repeated his promises to build a “beautiful” border wall, replace “disastrous” ObamaCare and other familiar lines that rallied him to an unexpected White House win.
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Homeland Security chief: No use of military for deportations

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U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said all deportations will comply with human rights requirements and the U.S. legal system
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Under fire, GOP congressman calls for Trump tax returns

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Rep. Matt Gaetz surprised a roomful of angry protesters Thursday night when he called for President Donald Trump to release his tax returns.
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George Clooney slams President Trump, Steve Bannon

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The actor also praised Meryl Streep’s speech during the Golden Globes.
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Montenegro: Russia involved in attempted coup

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Montenegro's chief special prosecutor has told a local TV station authorities believe Russian security services were behind a plot to kill the country's then-prime minister and overthrow the government last October.
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Rare view of tunnels under border wall - CNN Video

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CNN's Ed Lavandera gets a rare look at tunnels underneath the wall along the US-Mexico border.
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White House confirms adviser reassigned after disagreeing with Trump

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A senior National Security Council adviser was reassigned to his old job at the National Defense University, a White House spokeswoman confirmed Sunday, after he criticized the Trump administration's Latin American policies.
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Ernst runs into the anti-Trump resistance in rural Iowa

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A rising star in the Senate Republican ranks ran into a mess in her home state Tuesday.
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National Security Council spokesman quits CIA, writes scathing editorial in Washington Post

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Edward Price worked loyally for Bush and Obama, but Trump has been too troubling
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National Security Council spokesman quits CIA, writes scathing editorial in Washington Post

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Trump's trade policies wouldn't recognize today's 'American worker'

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OPINION | Protectionist policies help some, but hurt so many more.
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Swedes wonder what Trump 'has been smoking' after cryptic #SwedenIncident comment

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The president appeared to reference a non-existent security incident in Sweden during his Saturday rally in Florida.
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Bernie Sanders coming to Miss. for march against Nissan

March to raise awareness in ongoing efforts to unionize at Canton plant.
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