Tuesday, July 02, 2013

The NSA - National Spying Agency

The Restore the 4th movement is about restoring the 4th Amendment to the Constitution. You know:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

...We don't have to be suspicious any more. Now we know we are being spied upon; both on your phone and on the internet – by the NSA – a secret organization within our Government.

What if the NSA found something on Obama?
What if President Obama is right now being blackmailed?
That may explain why President Obama isn't fulfilling the promises of Candidate Obama. That might also explain the troubled expression.

There is a possibility that President Obama is right now, against his own wishes; protecting his own blackmailers.

We now know that the NSA has been spying on our allies.
What if the NSA found things?
What if a number of political figures all over the world are being blackmailed?

Could it be that the NSA is becoming the illegitamate secret rulers of the world?
Or maybe just helping our oligarchy be the illegitamate secret rulers of the world?

America already knows, from bad experience, that secret spying organizations have a propensity to take advantage of all that “intelligence.” ...That's why they spy.

Consider the FBI under J.Edgar Hoover. It is well known now that he had a secret file on a number of U.S. Politicians. With that kind of dirt on so many powerful people, J. Edgar Hoover was able to hold onto power as the head of the FBI for life... for life!

““Hoover [and some of his aides] would be prosecuted under today’s standards. No question of it. And should have been,” Buck Revell, formerly the bureau’s associate deputy director over investigations, says. “Hoover for the money he kept from the books he supposedly wrote but didn’t write. Using government funds and resources for personal gain. And use of government employees to maintain his residence. Again, that is fraud against the government. Taking vacations and putting in vouchers for expenses. Agents have been prosecuted for that.”

And that's just a list of the blatant rules of conduct J. Edgar Hoover broke. There is a very real possibility he blackmailed politicians. That would be a difilement of our Democracy. Nonetheless, there must be people who admire what they think he did – and even now, follow in his footsteps.

J. Edgar Hoover was a very public figure. Moreover, Hoover probably believed so much in himself, he probably felt justified in the rules he broke. Or then again, maybe it was just the effect of unbridled power. It wouldn't be the first time.

Nonetheless; the recently revealed NSA spying on everyone is potentially orders of magnitude more insidious.

First: Other than a couple of guys who claim to represent the NSA, we have no idea who these people are. Anonimity means you don't have to worry about your reputation.

Second: There is an obvious finacial incentive to sell secrets to the highest bidder. There are members of the 0.01% would pay big bucks for dirt on political enemies.
(The Federal wiretap that led to the public embarassment (and likely political assassination) of Elliot Spitzer (over a “$4000” an hour hooker) is an example of obviously politically motivated use of spy data. Elliot Spitzer was poised to stop the blatantly illegal big banking affairs (and possibly jail some of the perpetrators) before the bank crisis of 2008. Had it not been for a “Federal wiretap,” our economic history might have been different.)

Third: The revolving door into private corporations must exist here too. Every Government employee knows; big favors now can equal big money later. Across our Government, for decades now; taking bribes have essentially been called career moves. 

Fourth: Though we live in a Country where we are told we are free, so many things that people like to do are illegal. This makes virtually everyone a potential target for blackmail or political attack.

Fifth: If having the power to blackmail or politically ruin almost every elected representative in the world doesn't scare you, maybe you think the NSA is on your side. Think again. Someday you may run for office. Gauranteed; whoever ends up with secretly obtained evidence on you won't have your best interests in mind.

And this whole publicity stunt distraction of accusing Edward Snowden of being a traitor... Edward Snowden is more of a patriot than anyone in the NSA. Snowden isn't the one who systematically trashed the 4th Amendment to the Constitution. 

The Chief of the NSA, Gen. Keith B. Alexander, has claimed that the NSA has thwarted dozens of terrorist plots. I'm skeptical. First, they lie to us about spying on us. Then, when they get exposed, they won't come clean on details of the terrorist plots they claim to have foiled. Sounds to me like they're just doing what bureaucrats do – telling us what we want to hear so we don't cut their funding. They're playing games with us – at taxpayer expense. 

In a way; calling Edward Snowden a traitor for sharing sensitive information with the enemy (the American people) infers that our Government considers the American people the enemy

The American people know very little about the NSA. But we do have experience with Homeland Security in these matters.

In 2012, a Senate investigation found that DHS's intelligence sharing hubs, called fusion centers, gobbled up billions of dollars but disrupted no actual terrorist plots and mostly targeted Americans with no connection to terrorism.
Instead, the fusion centers were "circulating information about Ron Paul supporters, the ACLU, activists on both sides of the abortion debate, war protesters and advocates of gun rights," the AP reported.”

The Founding Fathers of our Nation had an opinion on all this.
We call it the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.



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