In case anyone forgot (seems some people have) here is, for your reference, the 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
NSA Affirms First Amendment
To everyone’s great relief, the NSA posted yesterday on their site that they are “A-okay” with the First Amendment.
What they said was:
Statement on planned Fourth of July demonstrations
3 July 2013
“The Fourth of July reminds us as Americans of the freedoms and rights all citizens of our country are guaranteed by our Constitution. Among those is freedom of speech, often exercised in protests of various kinds. NSA does not object to any lawful, peaceful protest. NSA and its employees work diligently and lawfully every day, around the clock, to protect the nation and its people.”
The link to their post is here http://www.nsa.gov/public_info/speeches_testimonies/3jul13_4th.shtml
Now, in case they have removed this ominous and stunning innocuous statement, here is a screenshot:
Since the NSA seems to have taken it upon themselves to
ignore interpret certain aspects of the US Constitution in certain ways, their post was very comforting to those of us who still care about the First Amendment.
Thank you, NSA, we all appreciate your always-kind benevolence, your firm, guiding hand and your reliable readiness to help explain to us what our constitution really means.
Awaiting NSA’s “Okay” on the Fourth Amendment
Now as to the Fourth Amendment, that one goes something like this:
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
Perhaps, NSA, you’d like to read that one sometime. Do you think that one is okay? Because, you know, some of us would really like to know if it’s still okay.
NSA Further Reading List
Oh, no thanks needed, NSA! – Seriously, the link-juice is on us!