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The NSA Is Still Listening To You
By Joel Skousen
Editor - World Affairs Brief 
A minor economic scandal surfaced in Utah this month after Utah Power admitted that utility customers would begin paying higher electric rates after the NSA completes a massive 1 million square foot data storage center on a small military base in Utah County--Camp Williams.
The power hungry monster will consuming millions of KW hours (at discounted rates) forcing Utah Power to buy more electricity elsewhere at higher market rates--passing on higher costs to the utility customers. Utah ratepayers are naturally upset, but they ought to be more upset by what the NSA is doing with all that electricity. They will be powering massive data storage computers that store all the billions of data bits they gather daily on the communications of ordinary Americans. Welcome to the surveillance society!
More ominous still, Utah County will now have a major military target of interest to the Russians when they launch their long-planned nuclear pre-emptive strike on America. The NSA is also completing a similar data center in San Antonio, Texas, which will be nearly the size of the Alamodome, making it another nuclear target. James Bamford reports on the collusion between the courts and government to maintain this unconstitutional surveillance.
"The need for such extraordinary data storage capacity stems in part from the Bush administration's decision to open the NSA's surveillance floodgates following the 9/11 attacks. According to a recently released Inspectors General report, some of the NSA's operations -- such as spying on American citizens without warrants -- were so questionable, if not illegal, that they nearly caused the resignations of the most senior officials of both the FBI and the Justice Department.
"Last July, many of those surveillance techniques were codified into law as part of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act (FISAA). In fact, according to the Inspectors General report, 'this legislation gave the government even broader authority to intercept international communications' than the warrantless surveillance operations had. Yet despite this increased power, congressional oversight committees have recently discovered that the agency has been over-collecting on the domestic communications of Americans [in reality, they gather all, not part], thus even exceeding the excessive reach granted them by the FISAA.
"I am an author and journalist specializing in national security issues and terrorism, and often communicate with parties in the Middle East as part of my work... I became a plaintiff in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union against the NSA that argued that the program was illegal and should be shut down. We prevailed in federal district court, with Judge Anna Diggs Taylor finding that President Bush had violated both the law and the Constitution, but lost on the government's appeal when the court ruled the plaintiffs could not prove that they were personally victims of the secret eavesdropping program [in essence, using the old "lack of standing" argument].
"In a decision worthy of Lewis Carroll, the appeals court held both that the government could refuse to confirm or deny whether it had monitored plaintiffs' communications and that plaintiffs could not challenge the constitutionality of the program unless they could show that their communications had been monitored [Catch-22].
"A dissenting judge pointed out [correctly] that the court's decision was inconsistent with Supreme Court precedent and would effectively render the program unreviewable by the courts [indeed, exactly what these government judges and co-conspirators intended].
"The FISAA law essentially allows the agency virtually unfettered access to the international communications of innocent Americans in clear violation of the Fourth Amendment. Also troublesome is the fact that the FAA emasculates the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the one independent check and balance between the agency and the American public. Originally established as a response to the discovery by Congress in the mid-1970s that the NSA had been illegally eavesdropping domestically for decades, the FISA court required the government to show that there was probable cause to believe that its surveillance target was an agent of a foreign government or terrorist group in order to obtain a necessary warrant. But the new law does away with this requirement, and now the NSA does not even have to identify the targets of its surveillance at all as long as it is targeting people outside the U.S., leaving the agency free, for example, to target human rights activists or media organizations overseas, even if they are communicating with family or editors back in the U.S.
"Further removing the FISA court from any meaningful role, the new law even gags the judges, prohibiting them from asking the government who, what, where or why it is launching any particular surveillance program. Finally, the FISAA fails to place any meaningful limitations on the NSA's retention of phone calls, e-mail and other communications that it collects -- necessitating the colossal data storage mausoleums it is now building.
"Among the most striking discoveries to come out of the Inspectors General report was that, despite the enormous expansion of the NSA's capabilities, including turning its giant ear inward for the first time in three decades, no one could point to any significant counterterrorism success [that's because the US uses terrorists for their own purposes--to help justify these expansions of surveillance power, and thus must protect their own provocateurs]. Instead, it warned that while the agency had little difficulty collecting vast amounts of data, the trouble was analyzing it all."
What Bamford doesn't say is that the foremost purpose of this domestic surveillance is to build lists on those who will constitute a potential and future anti-government to the all powerful state and its NWO overlords.
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