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Spy Agencies Are Doing WHAT?

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

  • NSA whistleblowers say that the NSA collects all of our conversations word-for-word
  • The NSA not only shares our information with other American agencies, it also gives personal, sensitive unfiltered information on Americans’ to Israel and other foreign countries
  • 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 mostone (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”

  • Harvard law school professor – and director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University – (Yochai Benkler)  says:

“We have learned that in pursuit of its bureaucratic mission to obtain signals intelligence in a pervasively networked world, the NSA has mounted a systematic campaign against the foundations of American power: constitutional checks and balances, technological leadership, and market entrepreneurship. The NSA scandal is no longer about privacy, or a particular violation of constitutional or legislative obligations. The American body politic is suffering a severe case of auto-immune disease: our defense system is attacking other critical systems of our body“.

  • The feds are considering prosecuting the owner of a private email company – who shut down his business rather than turning over records to the NSA – for refusing to fork over the information and keep quiet. This is a little like trying to throw someone in jail because he’s died and is no longer paying taxes
  • Mass spying . Indeed, the Pentagon now sees the collection of “big data” as a “national security threat” … but the NSA is the biggest data collector on the planet, and thus provides a tempting mother lode of information for foreign hackers
  • IT and security professionals are quite concerned about government spying

“We collect this information for many important reasons: for one, it could provide the United States and our allies early warning of international financial crises which could negatively impact the global economy. It also could provide insight into other countries’ economic policy or behavior which could affect global markets.”

  • A huge majority of Americans wants the director of intelligence – Clapper – prosecuted for perjury One of the chairs of the 9/11 Commission agrees
  • The NSA feels contempt and scorn for the American people.  For example, Spiegel notes:

“The authors of the [NSA slides] draw a comparison with “1984,” … revealing the agency’s current view of smartphones and their users. “Who knew in 1984 that this would be Big Brother …” the authors ask, in reference to a photo of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. And commenting on photos of enthusiastic Apple customers and iPhone users, the NSA writes: “… and the zombies would be paying customers?

  • A Congressman noted that – even if a mass surveillance program is started for good purposes – it will inevitably turn into a witch hunt
  • There are indications that the spy agencies aren’t just passively gathering information, but are actively using it in mischievous ways

Category: Legal, Think Tank, War/Defense

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5 Responses to “New NSA Revelations Are Breaking Every Day”

  1. A. Cy Lum says:

    First, the NSA is doing a bang up job!

    Second, the zetabyte sized data will all have to be analyzed. (Any thoughts on a (closed mouth) Big Data outfit the wonderlicious NSA can outsource too?)

    Third, I believe we’ve entered an era which for sensitive, nefarious communications will be dominated by: carrier pigeons, written on paper notes, whispered conversations, etc. This is a serious strategy to foil the good folks at the NSA.

    It is all double-plus good!

    A. Cy lum

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  3. LiberTea says:

    one more for your collection
    The US Post Office photocopies front and back every letter that it processes.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/us/monitoring-of-snail-mail.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

  4. Livemike says:

    We’re talking about people who lied about the existance of the place they worked at for years. That’s why the NSA is known as “No Such Agency”. That they were trusted for a second by your legislators should deeply shame the voters.

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