NSA Snooping: Who To Blame & What To Do

By Devvy Kidd

"We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts." —Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775

This past week has been another tsunami of articles on the Internet over the NSA snooping scandal. Talk radio burning up the airwaves and politicians posturing during hearings. Some of them seem so shocked. Many of them voted for the damnable "Patriot" Act, so I can't understand why they are suddenly shocked at the brazen data mining that's been going on for years.

Democratic/Communist Party USA members of the Outlaw Congress blame George Bush, Jr., as the one responsible. Most certainly, Bush, Jr., and the Republican controlled Congress passed the most totalitarian, unconstitutional legislation ever seen in this country until the grand daddy of them all last year, the National Defense Authorization Act. Americans have been so pleased to have their God-given rights stripped from them, they vote the same destroyers of the Bill of Rights back into office election after election since 2001.

Did anyone doubt the Marxist impostor president wouldn't push the constitution killing "laws" on the books to fight the manufactured "war on terror" until someone finally got fed up with seeing what's been going on and leaked the information which is now another full blown scandal?

The degree of spying on Americans is far more vast than when I wrote column last weekend, Congress: Who the hell do you people think you are?

NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily
Exclusive: Top secret court order requiring Verizon to hand over all call data shows scale of domestic surveillance under Obama

"The secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) granted the order to the FBI on April 25, giving the government unlimited authority to obtain the data for a specified three-month period ending on July 19. Under the terms of the blanket order, the numbers of both parties on a call are handed over, as is location data, call duration, unique identifiers, and the time and duration of all calls. The contents of the conversation itself are not covered. The disclosure is likely to reignite longstanding debates in the US over the proper extent of the government's domestic spying powers.

"Under the Bush administration, officials in security agencies had disclosed to reporters the large-scale collection of call records data by the NSA, but this is the first time significant and top-secret documents have revealed the continuation of the practice on a massive scale under President Obama. The unlimited nature of the records being handed over to the NSA is extremely unusual. Fisa court orders typically direct the production of records pertaining to a specific named target who is suspected of being an agent of a terrorist group or foreign state, or a finite set of individually named targets."

How many Americans knew anything about FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court) before last week? A half percent of the adult population? Probably more like a a half of a half of a half percent, but those of us who have known about it for a long time warned it would eventually support a snooping police state flushing our rights down the toilet:

Secret Tribunal expands surveillance powers under the USA Patriot Act (2003 - Republicans shredding the Constitution)

NSA Prism program taps in to user data of Apple, Google and others
Top-secret Prism program claims direct access to servers of firms including Google, Apple and Facebook

"The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, according to a top secret document obtained by the Guardian. The NSA access is part of a previously undisclosed program called Prism, which allows officials to collect material including search history, the content of emails, file transfers and live chats, the document says.

"The Guardian has verified the authenticity of the document, a 41-slide PowerPoint presentation ­ classified as top secret with no distribution to foreign allies ­ which was apparently used to train intelligence operatives on the capabilities of the program. The document claims "collection directly from the servers" of major US service providers. Although the presentation claims the program is run with the assistance of the companies, all those who responded to a Guardian request for comment on Thursday denied knowledge of any such program.

"In a statement, Google said: "Google cares deeply about the security of our users' data. We disclose user data to government in accordance with the law, and we review all such requests carefully. From time to time, people allege that we have created a government 'back door' into our systems, but Google does not have a back door for the government to access private user data."

Remember what I said in my column last week: "There's no question such snooping will provide the potential for violating attorney client privilege, doctor to patient communications, husband and wife communications, communications via email between judges and other specific confidences that have always been held sacrosanct." It's a done deal.

Of course, now that their illegal activities have been exposed, the vile rats who hold the power in Washington, DC, are doing their best to keep the truth from we the people:

Holder invokes 'military and state secrets privilege'
'Saying even if they are violating the Constitution ... no court can stop them'

Their arrogance knows no bounds. Their lust for power rivals that of Hilter, Mao, Stalin, Lenin and other despots.

Justice Department Fights Release of Secret Court Opinion Finding Unconstitutional Surveillance (June 7, 2013)

"In the midst of revelations that the government has conducted extensive top-secret surveillance operations to collect domestic phone records and internet communications, the Justice Department was due to file a court motion Friday in its effort to keep secret an 86-page court opinion that determined that the government had violated the spirit of federal surveillance laws and engaged in unconstitutional spying."

Barry Soetoro aka Obama, Eric Holder and those in the Outlaw Congress like Sen. Diane Feinstein (D) who support spying on us, believe this will go away with after a little time aren't getting the message - it won't.

Glenn Greenwald: U.S. wants to destroy privacy worldwide

“There is a massive apparatus within the United States government that with complete secrecy has been building this enormous structure that has only one goal, and that is to destroy privacy and anonymity, not just in the United States but around the world,” charged Glenn Greenwald, a reporter for the British newspaper “The Guardian,” speaking on CNN. “That is not hyperbole. That is their objective.”

“So whatever the Justice Department wants to do, they can beat their chests all they want,” he said. “People like Dianne Feinstein and Saxby Chambliss can have press conferences threatening people for bringing … light to what it is they're doing, but the only people who are going to be investigated are them. It's well past time that these threats start to be treated with the contempt that they deserve. That's certainly how I intend to treat them moving forward, with more investigation and disclosures.”

"He also bashed the Obama administration for issuing “threats.” "The Obama administration has been very aggressive about bullying and threatening anybody who thinks about exposing it or writing it or even doing journalism about it, and it's well past time that come to an end,” he said. Greenwald also told CNN’s Jake Tapper that the administration has taken a “warped and distorted” view of the PATRIOT Act, the legislation that authorized certain kinds of surveillance for security reasons in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

“What the Obama administration is doing in interpreting the PATRIOT Act is so warped and distorted and it vests themselves with such extremist surveillance powers over the United States and American citizens that Americans, in their words, would be stunned to learn what the Obama administration is doing,” he said on CNN’s “The Lead.”

While Americans who are active in trying to save this republic from a planned course of destruction have suspected for a long time alphabet soup agencies have been spying on all of us and data mining our lives, there's still a larger number of Americans who, because of ignorance about the truth on what really happened Sept. 11, 2001, and their refusal to see through clever propaganda, actually believe the government has the right to collect everything about our lives, store it and use it - to keep us all safe!

The putative president said this last week: "‘You can't have 100% security and 100% privacy’ and zero inconvenience,’ Obama said. ‘We’re going to have to make some choices as a society.’" Spoken like a true totalitarian dictator. Stupidly, millions of adult Americans will support such tyranny instead of listening to words from the past. Benjamin Franklin: "Those who would give up Essential Liberty, to purchase a little Temporary safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety".

Who gets the blame? The U.S. Congress and the American people. Unscrupulous, power mad members of Congress from both parties have been stomping on the U.S. Constitution for decades. A disinterested and uninformed population have continued to vote the same destroyers back into office election after election with the help of election fraud committed by party hacks and all the sophisticated electronic methods of stealing our votes.

Much of the blame can also be given to the government's indoctrination centers they call public schools for eliminating civics, teaching of our history, the sacrifices made to birth this republic, constitutional classes and inculcating a love for America and all we used to stand for. The Communist Party International has executed their plan to infiltrate America's schools with precision over the decades. Just look at America's colleges and universities. Leftist hell holes breeding young Americans into perfect little communists. Oh, they start out embracing socialism, but after years of drowning in propaganda, what we have are tens and tens of millions of adult age Americans who don't have a clue about the founding of this republic (the majority believe we're a democracy), don't care and want only for mother government to take care of their every need while they pursue the dead American dream.

Joel Skousen puts out a weekly 'World Affairs Brief' newsletter (by subscription and well worth the small amount). This past Friday, he had a lengthy analysis about this snooping scandal and summed it up quite accurately:

"I predict that nothing will happen to stop this surveillance. The Republicans are not going to stop it in their knee jerk support of the war on terror, and the Democrats are going to defend the Obama administration unconditionally. All this scandal will do is force Americans to accept total surveillance as a fact, and fall back into their pattern of accommodation with an all powerful government. After this week, the 4th Amendment has been fully eviscerated."

Unless -- unless the American people stand up and fight back, both personally and through lawsuits (this one will become a class action):

My fight against Obama's abuse of power
Larry Klayman explains suit filed on behalf of spied-on Verizon users

“Nobody is listening to your telephone calls.”

"These are the words of our American “führer,” President Barack Hussein Obama, who, however unbelievable, found it necessary to “reassure” the rabble of this great nation Friday that he, “Big Brother,” is not spying on it in the wake of revelations of widespread searches of over 100 million Verizon cellphone subscribers and users and the illegal warrants he had issued and executed on Fox News and Associated Press employees and management. As a Verizon user myself, I am directly affected by these criminal unconstitutional searches and seizures, and I have filed suit to hold Obama, his attorney general, Eric Holder, my alma mater, the U.S. Justice Department, the head of the National Security Agency (NSA) Keith B. Alexander, the head of Verizon and the judge who illegally issued the warrant, Roger Vinson, accountable to the people.

"It is unlikely Congress will do so, since they are the ones who passed the heinous and perversely applied Patriot Act ­ which had been repeatedly used as a pretext to violate our privacy....Rest assured that not only Verizon played along with this illegal government outrage, but other cellphone, telephone land line and Internet providers as well....Here is what I said in the press release announcing my lawsuit, which will soon be converted into a class action:" (Rest at link above)

Now that the cat is out of the bag, your incumbent and mine they can't say they don't know about it, but you can demand it be stopped and stop using the "war on terror"as justification. The "war on terror" is NOTHING but a massive money machine for the military-industrial complex.

What can you do? Starve the buggers. I know social media is very popular. I have never logged onto Facebook or any of the others out there. I know that social media like Facebook and MySpace are used as well as a list of others by political activists. But, at what price? Too much in my opinion. Old timers like me, well, we were excited to get word processors and then the Internet in his infancy for PCs, but we moved the message of freedom fairly rapidly without social media.

We now know emails are being harvested. Try going back to using snail mail for anything that needs to remain private. Of course, that doesn't mean it will stay private. Several years ago I picked up a box at the post office. It was books from Amazon. It had a big orange sticker across the box: Opened by Homeland Security. Yeah, I was shocked. An attorney friend of mine told me if it happened again, he would sue on my behalf.

Under the now permanent "Patriot" Act, the feds can open your mail at a postal facility. They can read it, copy it and the postal employee cannot say a word, even to their spouse or face prison time. While I despise the ACLU, they did a comprehensive analysis of that act. You really should read what the U.S. Congress has done to each and every one of us. Your incumbent and mine are responsible for this putrid invasion of our privacy. Bad judges are never removed from the bench by one politically corrupt Congress after another:

Police blotter: Patriot Act e-mail spying approved

"As part of a grand jury investigation that's still secret, the Justice Department asked a federal magistrate judge to approve monitoring of an unnamed person's e-mail correspondents. The request had a twist: Instead of asking to eavesdrop on the contents of the e-mail messages, which would require some evidence of wrongdoing, prosecutors instead requested the identities of the correspondents. Also included in the request was header information like date and time and Internet address--but not subject lines.

"The federal magistrate judge balked and asked the Justice Department to submit an additional brief to demonstrate that such a request would be legal. Instead, prosecutors asked Judge Hogan to step in. He reviewed the portion of federal law dealing with "pen register" and "trap and trace" devices--terms originating in the world of telephone wiretapping--and concluded it "unambiguously" authorizes the e-mail surveillance request. Though the language may be clumsy, Hogan said, the Patriot Act's amendments authorize that type of easily obtainable surveillance of e-mail. All that's required, he said, is that prosecutors claim the surveillance could conceivably be "relevant" to an investigation."

James Rosen, a veteran journalist for FOX News Network was targeted by Eric Holder's thugs. They obtained a warrant actually accusing Rosen of criminal activities. They not only obtained his phone records, but his parents. I hope he sues the hell out of the government.

I've never sent a tweet, never texted, used a Blackberry. I quite using Google years ago; again, I recommend; read the details. The snoopers can only get emails from me or put a tap on my land line phone. I own a cell phone which I keep in my SUV hybrid only if there might be a road emergency or to call my mother while I'm traveling to her house in No. California. If I use it three hours in a year, I would be surprised. I use the Net 10 card for my cell phone, so the snoopers get very little from me there.

My computer, boob tube and land line phone is bundled through Sudden Link. On my list for next week is a certified and pointed letter to them about snooping government alphabet soup agencies. However, if they are served a warrant, likely they will give you up rather than fight huge bills for legal representation. Thank you, Rep. Randy Neugebauer. I can only pray the people in this district bounce your well padded backside out of office next year.

Soetoro spoke about zero inconvenience and choices. How much does your privacy mean to you? Will you keep feeding your data to Google who then sells it to anyone and everyone? How do you think they make their billions? Only by withdrawing our support, can we send a clear message: Convenience is not the issue. It's up to us. We the people. Write your congress critter as I did and demand answers. Get it on the record. Now that we know every stroke you hit on the keyboard is being swept up as well as phone calls, are you willing to tell your congress critter: Stop it. Stop it now and repeal the entire Patriot Act or start looking for a new job?

Will you follow up early next year with those important primaries? Most people won't even though they scream about what's going on. Most Americans will not give up their time to fight back or even become educated on an issue so they have authority and confidence when they speak with members of their legislature. A guy sent me email telling me he didn't have time to read Dr. Edwin Vieira's amazing book, The Sword and The Sovereignty; could I just tell him about it? No. I have given up just about my whole life for the past 22 years because what I was learning was truly frightening. I was learning the death of this republic was well planned and underway. I had to relearn what I had forgotten from school and spend a zillion hours reading books exposing the plans of the global elites. No one did it for me. More than a decade of not being able to go fishing because my country was being destroyed; I had to try and do my part.

Will you continue using your consumer dollars to give approval to this?

New Xbox by NSA partner Microsoft will watch you 24/7

"Microsoft has touted the camera as the hallmark of a new era of interactivity in gaming. What Microsoft has not promoted, however, is the fact that you will not be able to power on the console without first enabling the Kinect, designed to detect both heartbeats and eye movement. and positioning yourself in front of it. Disturbingly, a recently published Microsoft patent reveals the Kinect has the capability to determine exactly when users are viewing ads broadcast by the Xbox through its eye movement tracking. Consistent ad viewers would be granted rewards, according to the patent.

"Perhaps the feature most worryisome to privacy advocates is the requirement that the Xbox connect to the Internet at least once every 24 hours. Many critics have asserted that Microsoft will follow the lead of other Silicon Valley companies and use their console to gather data about its users, particularly through the Kinect, and collect it through the online connection users can't avoid."

The camel's nose is in the tent. Next thing you know, the whole camel is in and it's too late.

It appears that socialists and communists (liberals, progressive liberals), independents and what passes for conservatives are together on this issue. Everyone should be outraged and refuse to take anymore of it. Make your voice heard. Stop giving your consumer dollars to big corporations that walk all over your rights. Do without like I do. They need your money; they don't get it from me. I don't need to be entertained. I need my freedom to live my life without ten different government agencies harvesting what I do, where I spend my money, what I read and access to my private medical information.

And, don't forget about your state legislatures who are allowing this outrage - read the whole article

States’ Hospital Data for Sale Puts Privacy in Jeopardy

The next time you go to the ER or in the hospital, read before you sign anything. Make darn sure the hospital knows in writing they are forbidden to sell anything about you or why you were at their hospital. Assert your rights or lose them. Who has given this green light for selling your private medical information? If you're in one of the states in the article, your legislature. Get in their face. Hospitals should be absolutely forbidden from disclosing any information about you or your stay except to the insurance company paying the bill. Period.

Important links:

Please read it when you have time because you will see just how corrupt, rotten and ruthless "our" government has been in acquiring software with massive capability to destroy our lives. In this case, "our" government outright stole it and destroyed one American's company and his life: The INSLAW Octopus

Author of Patriot Act Says NSA Phone Records Collection 'Never the Intent' of Law
(Too bad the people in Sensenbrenner's district didn't throw him out of office years ago.)

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