Watch this. This is probably the most important video any of us will see in many years. Twelve minute video interview.
“I don’t want to live in a society that does these sort of things. I, sitting at my desk, have the power to wiretap anyone…” “Turn key tyranny.”… “Everyone everywhere now understands how bad things have gotten – and they’re talking about it. They have the power to decide for themselves whether they are willing to sacrifice their privacy to the surveillance state.” This is Edward Snowden in the video linked above, the American whistle-blower behind revelations about the NSA surveillance of all Americans. Snowden is a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors, including Booz Allen Hamilton and Dell. The U.S. government already says Snowden is a criminal; no charges, no trial. The UK government says he is not welcome there. He says he does not expect to see home again.
Here is presidential candidate Obama slamming the Bush administration on warrant-less wiretaps and secret NSA letters permitting surveillance of citizens. In 2008 Candidate Obama essentially agreed with Snowden. “Our Constitution works,” said Obama, then he promised and has gone about “fundamentally changing” it. On surveillance and many other issues, Obama has “evolved” since becoming President. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-Rdi_RNRpdk
The government is using a vast secret database and spying on all citizens to protect itself from citizens, citizens like the Tea Party and major contributors to the wrong campaign, citizens like U.S. veterans returning from duty in Afghanistan, rather than to protect citizens from terrorists.
Shortly after the Boston Marathon bombing, Former CIA Director James Woolsey said: “You won’t look for the real problem if you’re deterred by political correctness… We’re not focused on terrorists…we are not focused on terrorists and their backgrounds, behavior patterns and the like…” After he left his position at the head of the CIA, Woolsey was a VP at Booze Allen Hamilton. http://www.washingtonpost.com/video/thefold/fmr-cia-dir-woolsey-were-not-focused-on-terrorists/2013/04/22/9aafd5d4-ab53-11e2-a198-99893f10d6dd_video.html
Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), who authored the PATRIOT Act, wants a 2011 order lifted which prevents the FBI from entering Muslim mosques for surveillance and undercover stings, although the FBI can enter churches of other religions. Mosques are places where Islamic radicals such as Anwar-al-Awlaki preach their terrorism to susceptible young Muslim men. Awlaki influenced U.S. Army Major Nidal Hasan who shot and killed 13 members of the U.S. military on a U.S. military base in Texas. Awlaki also influenced the Tsarnaev brothers, the young Islamic bombers at the Boston Marathon before Awlaki was blown up by an Obama drone. “It certainly sets Islamic places of worship at a level that is different from places of worship of any other religious denomination, whether it be Christian or Jewish or Hindu or whatever and that shouldn’t be the case,” Sensenbrenner said.
Former Florida Congressman, lieutenant colonel Allen West ponders, “As I ponder the NSA records data mining episode here are my thoughts. This is like carpet bombing vs. precision attack. Can someone explain why we weren’t listening to Anwar-al-Awlaki and his conversations with Major Nidal Hasan? Why weren’t we able to track Carlos Bledsoe’s travel to Somalia and Yemen to receive terrorist training? Why didn’t we pay attention to warning signs of Abdul Mutallab (underwear bomber) with a one-way ticket and little baggage traveling from Nigeria to America? Why weren’t we paying attention to the Tsarnaev brothers’ travels and connections to Chechen Islamic terrorism — heck Russia warned us? Why is it that in October 2011, 57 Islamic organizations — several with ties to Muslim Brotherhood — sent a letter to then counter-terrorism advisor John Brennan demanding we purge training materials and punish instructors they deemed “offensive” and we didn’t say “shove it” and target THEIR records? We’d rather carpet bomb Americans to cover our cowardice in confronting Islamic extremism. Benjamin Franklin said, “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) blasts Congress, the Executive Branch, the NSA, The Patriot Act, NDAA about the NSA scandal on the floor of the House. 1 minute 25 second video. .https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=t5-Q5fSbofQ
“This assault on personal privacy affects the Facebook generation more than anyone else. Your generation is completely digitized and uploaded. Everything you do is traceable via phone, email and bank records. And it is you, more than anyone, who should be outraged by this astounding assault on your constitutional right to personal privacy.” …”I do not think this is what Verizon customers had in mind when they signed up for the “share everything plan” and I want these customers to join me in filing a class-action lawsuit against the NSA. I’m asking all of the internet providers, all of the phone companies and their customers to join me in protecting our rights to privacy. Our Constitution is consistently ignored and it is time we take a stand. I encourage all Americans, especially the millennials, to stand with me in this fight to protect our constitutional right to privacy.” ~ Senator Rand Paul http://www.policymic.com/articles/48043/the-nsa-is-spying-on-you-here-is-how-you-should-fight-back
The NSA Scandal is about liberty vs the state, not Democrats vs Republicans. Congressman Sensenbrenner expressed his concern in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder about the NSA program: “How could the phone records of so many innocent Americans be relevant to an authorized investigation as required by the Act?” http://www.unitedliberty.org/articles/13979-nsa-scandal-not-about-republican-vs-democrat-its-about-liberty-vs-the-state
As I said in my previous blog post, (https://budbromley.wordpress.com/2013/06/09/to-1984-or-not-that-is-the-question/) the people of America are receiving a full-on propaganda onslaught in the mass media intended to convince Americans to allow the government to continue their invasive intelligence gathering. James Woolsey, former Director of the CIA, who shortly after the Boston Marathon told us “‘We’re not focused on terrorists,” now this week tells us on Greta van Susterin’s show that Edward Snowden has done great harm to the nation. A June 9, 2013 editorial in the Wall Street Journal by Judge Michael Mukasey says the same thing. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324634304578535492421480524?mg=reno64-wsj.html%3Fdsk%3Dy
Mr. Mukasay might otherwise be a good judge, but consider the following information about him. Judge Michael B. Mukasey allowed a U.S. citizen CIA/DIA Asset (a spy paid by US government for many years) to be held without trial until the final days of the G.W. Bush administration, confined in a psychiatric hospital on a Texas military base without due process. She was the long time CIA/DIA Asset responsible with two others as intermediary between US and Iraq and Libya at the UN. After she was arrested, her CIA/DIA handlers were forbidden to testify on her behalf. She is the cousin of Andrew Card, who was Chief of Staff to G.W. Bush. Judge Mukasey agreed to the demands of federal prosecutors that undergo psychiatric evaluation while she was incarcerated, even though she had already had a full year psychiatric evaluation by an independent psychiatrist.
Mukasey finally agreed to released her when the government’s prosecutors and the government’s psychiatrists wanted to involuntarily drug her. She was held under the auspices of The Patriot Act beginning prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq and released without charges or trial only days before Obama took office 2009.
Her name is Susan Lindauer and she was an American political prisoner in America. On behalf of the CIA, along with 2 other CIA Assets and the UN Ambassador to Syria, she negotiated agreement that Saddam Hussein would remove himself from power, allow the unconditional inspection of Iraq for WMD by U.S. and U.N. teams, and allow exceptionally favorable terms for U.S. oil companies in Iraq oil contracts. All of that was done PRIOR TO the invasion of Iraq by U.S. forces, and of course PRIOR TO all the death and destruction that was the Iraq War. She made this agreement known to her CIA handlers in the weeks PRIOR TO to the invasion of Iraq. She also informed her cousin Andrew Card, she informed Colin Powell and she informed John McCain and others, all in writing. And then her house was raided and she was arrested.
Do not believe the efforts to persuade you. Our government does bad things to its citizens, then covers them up, and the mainstream press rarely if ever exposes the government. Telling the truth can get you arrested in America, DNA tested, door broken down, property confiscated, internet and email stolen, credit cards monitored, GPS location tracked, healthcare denied, tax audited, reputation slandered, fired, followed, filmed, blown up by a drone, your friends impersonated on social media in attempts to trap you, psychiatric evaluated, involuntarily drugged into idiocy, held secretly and indefinitely without habeas corpus, held without proper legal representation, all without a warrant or being charged with a crime.
Whistleblower Edward Snowden is telling all of us that the U.S. government and its contractors can and do listen and wiretap without court orders and they go backwards in NSA databases to build cases against people who are targeted by the government.
Case on point: “We have access to President Obama’s Skype,” said a spokesperson for Anonymous, “and we’re only afraid it’s too absurd to be true.” If Anonymous can hack the Skype account of President Obama, then they can also hack into the database containing all of your records, and so can Chinese, Russian and Nigerian hackers. http://www.chronicle.su/news/anonymous-infiltrates-prism-intercepts-obamas-skype
Another case on point: “Obama, presenting detailed examples of cybertheft, told the Chinese delegation [including Chinese President Xi] that the United States has no doubt that the intrusions are coming from within China.” June 8, 2013. President Obama is accusing the Chinese of cybertheft. But, how did the Chinese gain the ability to monitor U.S. telecommunications? That would be the satellite-based systems that President Clinton allowed the Chinese to buy from Loral in return for multimilion dollar campaign contributions to Democrats, although the DOJ secretly cleared Loral of wrongdoing. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-warns-xi-that-continued-cybertheft-would-damage-relations-us-officials-said/2013/06/08/04843edc-d075-11e2-8845-d970ccb04497_story.html?tid=pm_politics_pop
And next from our emperor, “Obama orders US to draw up overseas target list for cyber-attacks. Top-secret directive steps up offensive cyber capabilities to ‘advance US objectives around the world. ” Read the 18 page secret presidential policy directive here: http://www.readability.com/read?url=http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/DrudgeReportFeed/~3/o0UYwxNLX6o/obama-china-targets-cyber-overseas
Blogger Alan Caruba tells us, “It’s a matter of distrust.” Yes, indeed, Mr. Caruba, distrust of our own government. http://factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com/2013/06/its-matter-of-distrust.html