It might as well be the USA PATRIOT Act served up in a piping hot Brie cheese smothered crock as the frogs have utilized the Rahm Emanuel maxim of never letting "a good crisis go to waste”. The French government – the descendant of the one that surrendered to the Nazis – used January’s assassination of several staff members of the sleazy anti-Muslim rag Charlie Hebdo as well as two cops to ram through a new total surveillance law that would do the Gestapo proud. Alexis de Tocqueville must be rolling over in his grave today as his home country is now serving as an inspiration on a corrupt and debauched American political class who long ago spat on democracy.
As reported by the Guardian in the story “France passes new surveillance law in wake of Charlie Hebdo attack”:
The French parliament has overwhelmingly approved sweeping new surveillance powers in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris in January that killed 17 people at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery in Paris.
The new bill, which allows intelligence agencies to tap phones and emails without seeking permission from a judge, sparked protests from rights groups who claimed it would legalise highly intrusive surveillance methods without guarantees for individual freedom and privacy.
Protesters for civil liberties groups launched a last-ditch campaign against the bill under the banner “24 hours before 1984” in reference to George Orwell’s dystopian novel about life under an all-knowing dictatorship. Groups including Amnesty International warned of “extremely large and intrusive powers” without judicial controls.
The new law will allow authorities to spy on the digital and mobile phone communications of anyone linked to a “terrorist” inquiry without prior authorisation from a judge. It forces internet service providers and phone companies to give up data upon request.
Intelligence services will have the right to place cameras and recording devices in private homes and install so-called keylogger devices that record every key stroke on a targeted computer in real time. The authorities will be able to keep recordings for a month and metadata for five years.
One of the most contentious elements of the bill is that it allows intelligence services to vacuum up metadata, which would then be subject to analysis for potentially suspicious behaviour. The metadata would be anonymous, but intelligence agents could follow up with a request to an independent panel for deeper surveillance that could yield the identity of users.
Another controversial element is the so-called “black boxes” – or complex algorithms – that internet providers will be forced to install to flag up a succession of suspect behavioural patterns online, such as keywords used, sites visited and contacts made
Surveillance agencies will also be able to bug suspects’ homes with microphones and cameras and add keyloggers to their computers to track every keystroke.
Times have really changed. Way back in 2001 it took the complete circumvention of all U.S. intelligence capabilities, the national air defense command and a lot of bad luck to allow 20 religious fanatic misfits to hijack airplanes and fly them into buildings to get such laws implemented. But with the ongoing, gradual conditioning of the American sheeple to kiss the whip and submit to the metastasizing police state the next iteration of the fascist surveillance society will take much less.
Look at the way that two losers who happened to run across ISIS propaganda on the internet that inspired them attacked an event staged by anti-Muslim provocateurs in Garland, TX over the weekend. A few more incidents like that and we will hear renewed cries for the rolling out of even more egregious attacks on civil liberties here in the Homeland.
Washington is listening and waiting for their opportunity to finally bring down the hammer on political dissent in America and are no doubt inspired to see how easily that the cheese eating surrender monkeys over in Paris just caved. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his lieutenants are right now putting the final touches on an effort to make the USA PATRIOT Act permanent. It will be one more capitulation to Emperor Barack Obama whose regime has now fully recovered from the exposure of the spying on millions of law-abiding Americans by his NSA Stasi.
Just imagine how much worse that it can get if there is an actual attack on domestic soil because sooner or later one of the nutjob self-styled jihadists won't be mentally ill and incompetent. The corrupt media is aiding and abetting ISIS by acting as it’s de facto public relations arm in sowing the seeds of fear and that is a very hot commodity in an election year while the authorities salivate over the stomping up and down of the big red, white and blue jackboot .