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New NSA Revelations Are Breaking Every Day

Posted By Washingtons Blog On September 24, 2013 @ 1:30 am In Legal,Think Tank,War/Defense | Comments Disabled

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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 [2]
  • The NSA not only shares our information with other American agencies, it also gives personal, sensitive unfiltered information on Americans’ to Israel [12] and other foreign countries
  • When these judges raised concerns about NSA spying, the Justice Department totally ignored them [29]
  • 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 [34] by the bulk phone records collection alone. In other words, the NSA can’t prove that stopped any terror attacks. The government greatly exaggerated [35] an alleged recent terror plot for political purposes (and promoted the fearmongering of serial liars [36]). 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” [37]

  • Harvard law school professor – and director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University – (Yochai Benkler)  says [43]:

“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 [45] 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 creates an easy mark for hackers [52]. Indeed, the Pentagon now sees [53] 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 [58] and security [59] 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 [81] One of the chairs of the 9/11 Commission agrees [82]
  • The NSA feels contempt and scorn for the American people.  For example, Spiegel notes [87]:

“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?

  • Worse, the intelligence agencies often view normal, true-blue American free speech activities as potential terrorism [88] (and see this [89])
  • A Congressman noted that – even if a mass surveillance program is started for good purposes – it will inevitably turn into a witch hunt [90]
  • There are indications that the spy agencies aren’t just passively gathering information, but are actively using it [47] in mischievous ways

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URLs in this post:

[1] everything we do: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/09/the-government-is-spying-on-us-through-our-computers-phones-cars-buses-streetlights-at-airports-and-on-the-street-via-mobile-scanners-and-drones-through-our-smart-meters-and-in-many-other-ways.html

[2] not just “metadata”: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/08/nsa-whistleblowers-nsa-collects-word-for-word-every-domestic-communication.html

[3] enough to destroy your privacy: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/06/metadata-can-tell-the-government-more-about-you-than-the-content-of-your-phonecalls.html

[4] pretend that “everything” is relevant … so it spies on everyone: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/07/governments-secret-interpretation-of-patriot-act-everything-is-relevant-so-spy-on-everyone.html

[5] mere claim that terrorists use the phone system is enough to show that all phone records are relevant: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130917/13395324556/court-reveals-secret-interpretation-patriot-act-allowing-nsa-to-collect-all-phone-call-data.shtml

[6] 25 years: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57600982-38/dea-supplied-with-access-to-vast-database-of-at-t-phone-records/

[7] shared with : http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/08/the-most-persuasive-evidence-that-the-government-spies-on-all-americans.html

[8] federal, state and local agencies: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/wp-admin/www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/08/the-most-persuasive-evidence-that-the-government-spies-on-all-americans.html

[9] intentionally “launder”: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/05/us-dea-sod-idUSBRE97409R20130805

[10] vast quantities of sensitive federal data on Americans: http://nation.foxnews.com/2013/07/21/obamacare-database-worse-nsa-spying

[11] report: http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/655907.txt

[12] to Israel: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/11/nsa-americans-personal-data-israel-documents

[13] contractors: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/07/mass-spying-being-used-to-make-some-people-rich.html#

[14] isn’t keeping track of which contractors see your data and which don’t: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/06/we-have-the-technological-ability-to-keep-americans-safe-without-spying-on-everyone.html

[15] background checks regarding some contractors are falsified,: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-19/background-checks-faked-with-lax-oversight-watchdog-says.html

[16] world-wide: http://wikileaks.org/the-spyfiles.html

[17] Top counter-terror experts say that the government’s mass spying doesn’t keep us safe : http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/07/the-fact-that-mass-surveillance-doesnt-keep-us-safe-goes-mainstream.html

[18] see this: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/08/top-security-expert-treating-everyone-like-a-potential-terrorist-weakens-our-ability-to-protect-america.html

[19] Congress: http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-06-18/opinions/40046491_1_intelligence-agencies-intelligence-programs-chris-inglis

[20] the courts: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jun/19/fisa-court-oversight-process-secrecy

[21] the executive branch: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/08/nsa-spying-three-pillars-government-trust-have-fallen

[22] this: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/06/23/5515653/editorial-secret-fisa-court-rubber.html

[23] this: http://dailycaller.com/2013/06/14/fisa-court-essentially-a-rubber-stamp-for-government-report-finds/

[24] Congress members had no idea what the NSA is doing: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/04/congress-nsa-denied-access

[25] congress members on the intelligence oversight committees: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130817/02451024219/key-loophole-allows-nsa-to-avoid-telling-congress-about-thousands-abuses.shtml

[26] they’ve been kept in the dark: http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/317371-pelosi-nsa-privacy-violations-extremely-disturbing

[27] says that it’s a kangaroo court: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/07/even-fisa-court-judge-says-its-a-kangaroo-court.html

[28] they’re out of the loop and powerless to exercise real oversight: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/court-ability-to-police-us-spying-program-limited/2013/08/15/4a8c8c44-05cd-11e3-a07f-49ddc7417125_story.html?hpid=z1

[29] totally ignored them: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/19/nsa-surveillance-justice-opr-investigation/2805867/

[30] no longer have a functioning democracy: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/07/former-president-and-commander-in-chief-america-is-no-longer-a-democracy.html

[31] NSA spying has gone way too far: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/08/911-commission-chairs-nsa-spying-has-gone-way-too-far.html

[32] worse than Nixon: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/05/top-constitutional-experts-obama-is-worse-than-nixon.html

[33] Stasi East Germans: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/12/americans-the-most-spied-on-people-in-world-history.html

[34] at the mostone (1) plot might have been disrupted: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jul/31/us-senate-intelligence-officials-nsa

[35] greatly exaggerated: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/08/the-government-is-exaggerating-the-threat-of-terror-for-political-reasons.html

[36] and promoted the fearmongering of serial liars: http://harpers.org/blog/2013/08/anatomy-of-an-al-qaeda-conference-call/

[37] “crazy pants”: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/08/counter-terror-experts-governments-mass-surveillance-program-is-crazy-pants.html

[38] brain-eating amoeba, lightning or a toddler: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/09/youre-68-times-more-likely-to-be-hit-and-killed-by-lightning-than-murdered-by-a-terrorist.html

[39] you’re much less likely to be killed by terrorists than a car accident: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/08/president-obama-the-odds-of-dying-in-a-terrorist-attack-are-a-lot-lower-than-they-are-of-dying-in-a-car-accident.html

[40] lamer and lamer excuses: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/08/obama-says-we-need-mass-nsa-spying-to-count-the-horses-after-theyve-left-the-barnr.html

[41] the spying program is illegal: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/28/opinion/the-criminal-nsa.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

[42] King George imposed on the American colonists … which led to the Revolutionary War: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/07/nsa-spying-is-exactly-the-kind-of-thing-which-caused-the-revolutionary-war-against-king-george.html

[43] says: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/13/nsa-behemoth-trampling-rights

[44] revealing NSA spying programs does not harm national security: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/06/top-counter-terrorism-czar-revealing-nsa-spying-program-doesnt-harm-national-security.html

[45] The feds are considering prosecuting: http://investigations.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/13/20008036-lavabitcom-owner-i-could-be-arrested-for-resisting-surveillance-order?lite

[46] no “legal” way to get the information out: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/06/why-didnt-snowden-go-through-proper-channels-to-blow-the-whistle.html

[47] actively using it for mischievous purposes: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/08/is-government-just-spying-like-a-passive-peeping-tom-or-is-it-mischievously-using-that-information.html

[48] Spying: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/07/newly-leaked-nsa-slide-shows-that-nsa-is-tapping-all-data-from-main-undersea-phone-and-internet-cables.html

[49] before 9/11: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/08/u-s-government-planned-indefinite-detention-of-citizens-long-before-911.html

[50] various excuses have been used to spy on Americans over the years : http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/06/is-this-the-real-reason-for-the-government-spying-on-americans.html

[51] to destroy anonymity: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/02/google-moves-to-destroy-online-anonymity-unintentionally-helping-authoritarian-governments.html

[52] creates an easy mark for hackers: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/07/another-problem-with-mass-spying-hackers-might-steal-centralized-data.html

[53] Pentagon now sees: http://killerapps.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/08/12/irony_alert_pentagon_now_fears_a_big_data_national_security_threat

[54] directly harms internet companies, Silicon Valley, California … and the entire U.S. economy: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/07/nsa-spying-directly-harms-internet-companies-silicon-valley-california-and-the-entire-national-economy.html

[55] 11 millions users: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2423713/Facebook-users-committing-virtual-identity-suicide-quitting-site-droves-privacy-addiction-fears.html

[56] Boingboing: http://boingboing.net/2013/07/25/nsa-spying-may-be-harming-amer.html

[57] Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/08/nsa-revelations-fears-cloud-computing

[58] IT: http://www.voltage.com/company/news/press-room/pr130726-62-percent-of-employees-believe-the-government-snoops-on-their-cloud-data/

[59] security: http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2013/07/31/nsa-director-heckled-at-conference-as-he-asks-for-security-communitys-understanding/

[60] make a lot of money: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/07/mass-spying-being-used-to-make-some-people-rich.html

[61] worst types of lawlessness: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/07/why-doesnt-the-government-use-its-mass-surveillance-to-bust-bank-crimes.html

[62] large foreign corporations: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130909/04383424450/latest-leak-shows-nsa-engaging-economic-espionage-not-fighting-terrorism.shtml

[63] financial payments systems: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-09-15/swift-takeover-follow-money-nsa-knows-all-about-your-spending-habits

[64] “economic” was one of the main justifications: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-08/u-s-government-spied-on-brazil-s-petrobras-globo-tv-reports.html

[65] not very reassuring: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/09/nsa-spying-brazil-oil-petrobras

[66] profit from this inside information: http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2013/06/how-much-are-the-nsa-and-cia-front-running-markets.html

[67] credit card transactions: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324299104578529112289298922

[68] doing the same: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-06-30/multiple-government-agencies-are-keeping-records-your-credit-card-transactions

[69] are going to spy on Americans’ finances: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/03/all-u-s-intelligence-agencies-including-cia-and-nsa-to-spy-on-americans-finances.html

[70] shopping records, travel, social interactions, health records and files: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/05/irs-will-spy-on-our-shopping-records-travel-social-interactions-health-records-and-files-from-other-government-investigators.html

[71] doesn’t believe the NSA: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/06/the-public-doesnt-believe-the-nsa-knows-whats-really-going-on-with-mass-spying.html

[72] gone way too far: http://www.people-press.org/files/2013/07/Govt-Anti-Terror-Policies-Have-Copy.png

[73] considered a hero by the American public: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/07/snowden-is-a-traitor-to-the-political-elite-but-a-hero-to-the-american-people.html

[74] Executive, Legislative and Judicial: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/09/its-official-every-branch-government-endorses-debate-over-nsa-surveillance/69407/

[75] repeatedly been caught lying: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/08/obama-appoints-fox-to-investigate-spying-henhouse.html

[76] Obama has been intentionally lying about spying: http://www.salon.com/2013/08/16/what_if_the_president_lied_to_us/

[77] expanded that year : http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/obama-administration-had-restrictions-on-nsa-reversed-in-2011/2013/09/07/c26ef658-0fe5-11e3-85b6-d27422650fd5_story.html

[78] words and deeds: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/08/obama-said-hell-reform-nsa-spying-should-we-believe-him.html

[79] guard the chicken coop: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/09/22-1

[80] only 11%: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/august_2013/just_11_think_nsa_less_likely_now_to_monitor_phone_calls_of_innocent_americans

[81] prosecuted for perjury: http://www.salon.com/2013/08/15/huge_majority_wants_clapper_prosecuted_for_perjury/

[82] agrees: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/09/911-commission-chair-director-of-intelligence-james-clapper-should-be-indicted-for-perjury-about-nsa-spying.html

[83] most secretive: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/06/20/194513/obamas-crackdown-views-leaks-as.html

[84] ever: http://www.boston.com/news/politics/2013/03/11/citing-security-censor-more-public-records/6JZjnMHyHyO1hfG30x6QiO/story.html

[85] background: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/mar/14/obama-transparency-podesta-sunshine-week

[86] the most transparent administration ever: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/283335-obama-this-is-the-most-transparent-administration-in-history

[87] notes: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/09/www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/photo-gallery-spying-on-smartphones-fotostrecke-101201.html

[88] potential terrorism: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/08/u-s-government-may-on-a-whim-label-any-american-a-terrorist.html

[89] see this: https://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security-technology-and-liberty/government-spying-you-aclu-releases-new-evidence

[90] turn into a witch hunt: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/07/congressmen-nsa-spying-illegal-subject-to-abuse-like-the-star-chamber.html

[91] frame you if someone in government happens to take a dislike to you: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/06/top-spying-experts-even-good-people-should-oppose-spying-because-if-someone-in-government-takes-a-dislike-to-you-the-surveillance-can-be-used-to-frame-you.html

[92] always focused on crushing dissent … not on keeping us safe: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/07/government-spying-has-always-focused-on-crushing-dissent-not-on-keeping-us-safe.html

[93] the NSA is spying on – and blackmailing – top government officials and military officers: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/06/nsa-whistleblower-nsa-spying-on-and-blackmailing-high-level-government-officials-and-military-officers.html

[94] see this: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/06/nsa-whistleblower-nsa-spyed-on-to-gain-leverage-general-petraeus-and-other-generals-supreme-court-justice-alito-and-all-of-the-other-supreme-court-justices-and-the-white-house-s.html

[95] warned for 40 years that mass surveillance would lead to tyranny in America: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/07/top-experts-have-warned-for-50-years-that-mass-surveillance-would-lead-to-tyranny-in-america.html

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