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Now in what used to be the USA: Freaking Presidential Alerts beep frenetically even with volume off phone and phone in sleep mode and emergency alerts shut off. How scary is that! Americans can’t shut off Trump. You can shut off emergency warnings, including pending tornado strike, chemical leaks or approaching forest fire, but not shut off Trump!
Americans of a certain age know how patently UNAMERICAN this is. The most basic American right is the right to be let alone, as pointed out by Supreme Court Justice Brandeis in 1890, citing Judge Cooley. That’s why Americans like private homes and not to be stuffed in apartments like both Democrat (Elizabeth Warren) and Republican (Ben Carson) politicians apparently desire, as seen in their recent and still ongoing attempts to overrule and undermine single family home zoning laws.
Excerpt from lawsuit against this nuisance. The entire lawsuit is further below. It also proves the importance of having a Supreme Court Judge who isn’t in Trump’s pocket.
This is the old “Emergency Broadcasting System” test: http://youtu.be/wdpLWML_tDU
The new Presidential Alert system from which one cannot opt out, except possibly by turning the phone off or on airplane mode, is a nuisance and violation of privacy and the RIGHT TO BE LET ALONE. THE PRESIDENTIAL ALERT SYSTEM IS PATENTLY UNAMERICAN.
It’s also potentially a safety hazard since you can’t dial out/be on the phone while it’s beeping. If you have to turn the phone totally off at night to avoid it that could be a safety hazard in an emergency. It proves the importance of having a fixed land line phone with a volume off switch.
Most thinking people know how UNAMERICAN this Presidential Alert system it and where it’s going, if nothing’s done about Trump. It appears a no-brainer that Americans will soon be beeped out of bed by his tweets at all hours of the night, as well as the day. It is so much a no-brainer that someone filed suit about it. You can almost certainly expect it to start next year, by the latest, if Republicans re-take control of Congress and if Mueller doesn’t hurry up already.
If it were called National Alert, Emergency Alert or National Emergency Alert it would be more acceptable, but it’s called Presidential Alert! You can’t get more authoritarian fascist than that.
And, Presidential Alert is the only thing really visible for those needing glasses. Without glasses no one knows how to stop it and you hit the damn thing and it beeps again and again. Noontime tornado siren tests are one thing. This is another.
There could be some good sense in overriding people’s opt out and sleep mode on phones to warn them that a tornado’s going to hit in 10 minutes, or a nearby chemical leak or forest fire. But, Americans have the right to opt out of that.
And, there’s nothing Trump could tell anyone that can’t wait. Most of what he says can wait forever. Since most Americans lack a bunker, there’s no real benefit in being awakened even if there’s a war, or a falling asteroid. Let us die in peace.
“THAT the individual shall have full protection in person and in property is a principle as old as the common law; but it has been found necessary from time to time to define anew the exact nature and extent of such protection. Political, social, and economic changes entail the recognition of new rights, and the common law, in its eternal youth, grows to meet the new demands of society. Thus, in very early times, the law gave a remedy only for physical interference with life and property, for trespasses vi et armis… Later, there came a recognition of man’s spiritual nature, of his feelings and his intellect. Gradually the scope of these legal rights broadened ; and now the right to life has come to mean the right to enjoy life, — the right to be let alone ; the right to liberty secures the exercise of extensive civil privileges… Much later there came a qualified protection of the individual against offensive noises and odors, against dust and smoke, and excessive vibration. The law of nuisance was developed. So regard for human emotions soon extended the scope of personal immunity beyond the body of the individual… Recent inventions and business methods call attention to the next step which must be taken for the protection of the person, and for securing to the individual what Judge Cooley calls the right “to be let alone” … numerous mechanical devices threaten to make good the prediction that “what is whispered in the closet shall be proclaimed from the house-tops…” Excerpted from: Harvard Law Review, Vol. IV December 15, 1890, No. 5, “THE RIGHT TO PRIVACY“, by Samuel D. Warren, and Louis D. Brandeis. http://faculty.uml.edu/sgallagher/Brandeisprivacy.htm
LAWSUIT OBJECTING TO THESE ALERTS:
WHILE NO EMERGENCY INJUNCTIVE RELIEF WAS GRANTED THE LAWSUIT MAY BE ONGOING.
Emphasis our own. Originals found here: https://www.politico.com/f/?id=00000166-3255-d20d-a57f-b6d524880000 https://www.courthousenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/trump-alert-order.pdf
Recall that “On January 13, 2018, a false alert of an inbound missile to Hawaii was mistakenly issued through EAS and WEA by the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, as the result of an employee error during a routine internal system test” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless_Emergency_Alerts