Protecting Americans and the Loss of Civil Liberties

Camille Wead

Camille Wead, editor of Law & History

What if I told you that in this day and age you have less rights as an American citizen than some of our country’s founding fathers, George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson? What is so sad about this question is the truth behind it. The government has been keeping record of your emails, as well as listening in on your personal phone calls. But with this invasion of privacy now public and discussed all over the Internet and news media one might ask, “Who cares?”

Remember the freedom discussed in last week’s blog post? Are we a communist or socialist country that could care less about the privacy of our own citizens or the privacy of our own selves? Does it matter more that your rights are violated so that the country can be safe? Are you a terrorist? Are you meaning harm on thousands of innocent Americans? Or better yet is your six-grade daughter going to be the next suicide bomber? Should your second grader’s iPad be looked into? Is their any hint of terrorism in your fourteen year old’s artistic brain? This week’s blog post discusses the education all Americans need as far as our rights and civil liberties go. For this feature story I interviewed Presidential Historian and political consultant Doug Wead, bringing us amazing insight into the topic of civil liberty loss.

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French 17th century leader, Cardinal Richelieu once said, “If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him.” Richelieu was making the point that if the government wants to target someone they can always find a legal reason to justify themselves. Wead says, “Only a few years ago a president had to have permission from a judge to listen in on your telephone conversations. Now, without a judge’s signature, and with permission from his own appointed judiciary review staff, he can kill you.”

Yes, the American Constitution and the Bill of Rights are being violated. According to history Wead comments, “The U.S. Constitution and the U.S. Bill of Rights are documents that emerged after hundreds and thousand of years. Many people suffered at the hands of government so our founding fathers wanted a government that served the people and didn’t abuse them.”

Where is America’s freedom now? To answer this question we have to take a look back at the information Wead gave us about the year 2013.

In March of 2013, Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, was asked, under oath, in a Congressional Hearing, whether the government was collecting data on Americans. Clapper answered “No Sir”. Only months later the story became public that the National Security Agency was collecting and storing massive amounts of private information on the American people.

Wead says, “It was soon learned that the U.S. government was listening in on the personal phone calls of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.” The revelation prompted members of the U.S. Senate to wonder if they, themselves, were targets of government snooping. Called before the U.S. Senate, CIA director, John Brennan was asked if the CIA was spying on senators. He flatly denied it. Wead answers, “This too was later shown to be false. A CIA inspector general’s report contradicted Brennan’s statements.”

dwcw1Most Americans are okay with the government reading their emails and listening in on their phone calls. They say, “I don’t have anything to hide”. Wead says, “This misses the point. Did Thomas Jefferson have something to hide? Did George Washington and John Adams have something to hide? Was the Bill of Rights and the Constitution written to protect a criminal class?”

Benjamin Franklin’s sage advice is even more relevant today than when he first said it, “If you give up your freedom for safety you don’t deserve either one.” Yes the threat of terrorism is great, but no greater than the threat of Great Britain, the world’s biggest super power, that threatened to destroy America at its birth.

Escape From The Boko Haram

 

Camille Wead

Camille Wead, editor of Law & History

You wake up, brush your teeth, take your shower, and go to work, not realizing that all of these simple freedoms are a luxury to certain people all over the world. We look back on the horrors of history, the holocaust, and slavery, and think how could someone do that? How could someone perform unspeakable acts on another human being? How could someone not do something to help? What if I told you that these horrifying acts are happening right now and there is something you can do about it? (See bottom page link) Throughout this feature story you will read an interview revealing one girl’s escape from the Boko Haram terrorist group. To protect her identity we will call her Abigail.

In a world where education for women is frowned upon and freedom of religion is unspeakable, you will find the unjust torture that is going on as we speak. Right now over 200 young kidnapped girls are being sold as brides to older Muslim men. Internet stories claim that some of these same girls are being sold for sexual favors at $12.50.

Abigail was a pastor’s daughter to a Christian church in Damboa. Two years ago she became on orphan when the Boko Haram shot and killed her father. After these unfortunate events Abigail says, “I was transferred to the school G.S.S. Chibok”. This is a girls boarding school in Nigeria where an act of terror, as news stations have reported, has occurred.

Abigail remembers the horrific day all too well, “I was at school on April 14, 2014. We had successfully done our exam by two o’clock. It was in the evening, around 8:30 pm, when we were at hostel.” Little did the girls know that about this time the Boko Haram came to Chibok in two groups. One group went to the town shooting people and burning houses, while the other group went to the school.

At the school they gathered all the students in one place asking them if they heard about the shootings and fires in the Chibok Town, as well as announcing that they were soldiers from the government sent to protect them. Abigail comments, “We obeyed them, because they were wearing soldier uniforms.”

After leading the girls out past the gates of their school the “soldiers” revealed who they were. They began shooting their guns in the air. The Boko Haram announced that anyone who did not enter the truck would be shot and killed right on the spot. There were five trucks full of students when the vehicles started moving. Once they were further away from the school, the terror of what had just occurred started sinking in. Abigail recounts, “I was crying and said in my heart, my Father was killed by the Boko Haram and now me too, it is better for me to die by the car than to die by the Boko Haram”.

Imagine the heat of being crowded in a truck. Either behind you or in front of you, there are moving trucks going about as fast as the highway speed limit. To jump or not to jump, that is the question. Abigail knew all too well that either way she would die. She could jump off the truck and be run over, jump off the truck and be shot in the process, or stay in the truck to await an unknown merciless fate.

Abigail says, “I jumped out from the truck.” To give you an idea of how dangerous this was, one escapee that jumped off the moving Boko Haram truck and broke both her legs in the process. Abigail however was wounded but able to walk all the way to a village called Kwada. “The people carried me to my Father’s home. This is how I escaped from the incident.”

Abigail and three other Chibok girls have safe refuge in America and attend a boarding school, Canyonville Christian Academy, where they are able to receive an education free from terrorism.

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Want to help? Want to be someone who does not sit by while a holocaust and slavery of our age is happening? You can help Abigail and other Chibok girls by donating to their education fund. (See http://www.canyonville.net)

Introduction

Camille Wead

Camille Wead, editor of Law & History

Hello WordPress bloggers! My name is Camille Wead, I am a reader and writer about all things law and history.

In Nigeria 276 Chibok girls were kidnapped from their boarding school by the Boko Haram terrorist group, In Paris Charlie Hebdo lost eight staff members in a terrorist attack just last week, the search for terror may even lead to our own cellphones as the government admits it is eaves dropping on millions of Americans. Throughout my journey on WordPress, you will read interviews from a Chibok surviver, to French citizens, from Historians, to Political consultants. You will hear stories that will make your heart sink, and your knowledge soar. Ever wonder how history & law filter through the current events of our time? All this and more as we journey together through the weekly occurances that have hit this world.