Monday, August 19, 2013

It's FAR WORSE Than Anyone Has Said

A repost of a repost it may be, but it is terribly important nonetheless.  The South, and the whole world, truly is becoming an ‘electronic concentration camp’, to use Fr Andrew’s words (

Below is about half of a news story illustrating just how ensnared we all are in the spy grid of our masters.  From via Washington’s Blog:

Revelations about the breathtaking scope of government spying are coming so fast that it’s time for an updated roundup:

- Just weeks after NSA boss Alexander said that a review of NSA spying found not even one violation, the Washington Post published an internal NSA audit showing that the agency has broken its own rules thousands of times each year

- 2 Senators on the intelligence committee said the violations revealed in the Post article were just the “tip of the iceberg”

- Glenn Greenwald notes:  “One key to the WashPost story: the reports are internal, NSA audits, which means high likelihood of both under-counting & white-washing”.(Even so, the White House tried to do damage control by retroactively changing on-the-record quotes)

- The government is spying on essentially everything we do. It is not just “metadata” … although that is enough to destroy your privacy

- The government has adopted a secret interpretation of the Patriot Act which allows it to pretend that “everything” is relevant … so it spies on everyone

- NSA whistleblowers say that the NSA collects all of our conversations word-for-word

- It’s not just the NSA … Many other agencies, like the FBI and IRS – concerned only with domesticissues – spy on Americans as well

- The information gained through spying is shared with federal, state and local agencies, and they are using that information to prosecute petty crimes such as drugs and taxes.  The agencies are instructed to intentionally “launder” the information gained through spying, i.e. to pretend that they got the information in a more legitimate way … and to hide that from defense attorneys and judges

- Indeed, they say that mass spying actually hurts U.S. counter-terror efforts.

- They say we can, instead, keep everyone safe without violating the Constitution … more cheaply and efficiently than the current system

- There is no real oversight by Congressthe courts, or the executive branch of government. And seethis and this.

- Indeed, most Congress members have no idea what the NSA is doing.  Even staunch defenders of the NSA now say they’ve been kept in the dark

- A Federal judge who was on the secret spying court for 3 years says that it’s a kangaroo court

- Even the current judges on the secret spying court now admit that they’re out of the loop and powerless to exercise real oversight

- A former U.S. president says that the spying program shows that we no longer have a functioning democracy

- The chairs of the 9/11 Commission say that NSA spying has gone way too far

- Top constitutional experts say that Obama and Bush are worse than Nixon … and the Stasi East Germans

- While the government initially claimed that mass surveillance on Americans prevented more than 50 terror attacks, the NSA’s deputy director John Inglis walked that position back all the way to saying that – at the most – one (1) plot might have been disrupted by the bulk phone records collection alone.  In other words, the NSA can’t prove that stopped any terror attacks. The government greatly exaggerated an alleged recent terror plot for political purposes (and promoted the fearmongering of serial liars).  The argument that recent terror warnings show that NSA spying is necessary is so weak that American counter-terrorism experts have slammed it as “crazy pants”

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