ABUSE OF POWER BY OUR GOVERNMENT. By Vinay Mathur. Introduction. Once someone has power, they tend to abuse it. Our government has abused power and are still abusing power this very day. There have been many accounts and evidence that have proven this.
ABUSE OF POWER BY OUR GOVERNMENT By Vinay Mathur
Introduction • Once someone has power, they tend to abuse it. • Our government has abused power and are still abusing power this very day. • There have been many accounts and evidence that have proven this. • We need to call out our government on these wrong doings and make sure the people remain the top priority in our nation.
Warrantless Wiretapping • New York Times reported that National Security Agency was tapping into telephone calls of innocent American. • National Security Agency’s program to do so supported by President Bush and other top notch government officials and they deemed it legal. • Taking data with a system, violation of privacy.
Kidnapping, Torture, and Detention • Government has illegally kidnapped, detained, and tortured many prisoners. • Government claims to have power to choose anyone they seem as a necessary threat and put them in their captivity. • Violation of human rights. • Flew prisoners to different countries to be abused and tortured.
Growing Surveillance Society • Country undergoing major expansion of data collection, mining, tracking, and storing of ordinary Americans. • Great assault on privacy of ordinary Americans. • FBI’s Investigative Data Warehouse has now enlarged to 560 million records.
Abuse of Patriot Act • Provisions of Patriot act set to expire in the ending of 2005. • Congress reauthorized the law without fixing its flawed provisions which make it irrelevant with the Constitution. • Judge of ACLU shot down the national security letter provision of Patriot Act because it violated the First Amendment and the separation of powers.
Secrecy of Government • One of the most secretive and nontransparent administrations have been the Bush administration. • The Freedom of Information Act has become weak. • Used as an excuse for not letting government investigators have security clearances they needed to investigate illegal wiretapping program.
No Fly Selectee Lists • Was established to keep track of people who are threats, and they are not allowed to travel. • Government has little reason for putting most of the names on the list, unable to clarify exactly why the name was put on the list. • Lists name approximately 30,000 to 50,000 people.
Political Spying • FBI and the Department of Defense, among other government agencies, have conducted their own spying on innocent law abiding citizens. • FBI consistently monitoring peaceful groups, such as quakers and people of the ethical treatment of animals.
Material Witness Abuse • Shortly after 9/11, government collected and gathered many people, mostly Muslims. • Abused a narrow federal technicality that allows the arresting and brief detention of a material witnesses, or those that have important information of a crime supposedly. • Government has apologized for wrongly detaining 13 people.