Your Rights and Freedoms Denied by the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Protection Division
The Joint Base Lewis-McChord Protection Division is conducting an intensive and invasive intelligence-gathering operation against you. They are illegally collecting information about your personal life, political and religious beliefs, and even reading your private comments with friends and family on Facebook and Twitter. Now is the time to speak up and make it stop.
Justice Louis Brandeis defined privacy, the "right to be let alone", as "the most comprehensive of rights, and the right most valued by civilized men." But this most valued right is being trampled into the dirt, destroyed by men who care neither for the rule of law, nor for moral values, nor for the simple human dignity of their fellow man.
In the name of "suspicious activity reporting" your private life is being monitored, and anything that appears the least bit out of the ordinary, suspicious, or questionable results in the private moments of your life being scrutinized by military antiterrorism officers assigned to the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Protection Division. The details of your life, your political ideology, your religious beliefs, and your comments to friends and family on social media are being entered into secret databases run by these immoral men.
The Joint Base Lewis-McChord Protection Division is led by Thomas R. Rudd, the same man accused of violating the civil rights of hundreds of Americans by illegally collecting information about them from 2007 - 2010 (1). "The Army admits in their report that... Rudd... broke regulations and committed major violations of Posse Comitatus. Rudd and those under his command in the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Protection Division treated local political activists as enemy combatants and conducted intensive and invasive intelligence-gathering about them... they used everything in their arsenal, including reporting on their personal lives, political and religious beliefs, and even getting a few labeled as domestic terrorists (2).
In the words of Daniel Vessels, the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Protection Division's Deputy Chief, "nothing is too trivial to report". Take a photograph where they think you shouldn't, ask a question about something that they deem you have no right to know, or make a comment on Facebook or Twitter that they find "questionable" and for the rest of your life your name sits in a military terrorism database (3).
But you cry, I am no terrorist! I have done nothing wrong! I have committed no crimes! I am not a Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine. What right does the military at Joint Base Lewis-McChord have to gather information about me?
The answer, of course, is that they have no right to invade our privacy, infringe on our personal liberty, or deny us our civil rights. They have no right to do these things, and they admit that such conduct violates the law and their own regulations, but they continue to do as the please because we have not stood up and cried with a loud and firm voice STOP, ENOUGH, WE WILL NO LONG TOLERATE YOUR ABUSES AND YOUR CRIMES!
Today, the 5th of August 2015 COL. Daniel S. Morgan assumed command of the Garrison at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Tell this new commander that we will not tolerate the crimes allowed by his predecessor. You can fill out an on-line comment card to express your concerns to COL. Morgan, here: https://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=card&s=957&sp=121425&dep=*DoD
You do not need to leave your name, but may provide a telephone number or e-mail address for a reply if you choose.
Be civil, be polite, but stand firm in your demand that the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Protection Division be closed down. As long as the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Protection Division is allowed to operate, Thomas Rudd, Daniel Vessels, and their ilk will continue to violate your rights and freedoms.
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