By now we’ve all heard how the NSA is capturing the activity of millions of Americans. A little more dribbles out every day:
President Barack Obama’s national security team acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that, when investigating one suspected terrorist, it can read and store the phone records of millions of Americans.
Claims that this intrusion and violation have foiled terrorist plots are being treated skeptically even by the government itself:
Meanwhile, at a hacker convention in Las Vegas on Wednesday, the head of the NSA said government methods used to collect telephone and email data helped foil 54 terror plots — a figure that drew open skepticism from lawmakers back in Washington. “Not by any stretch can you get 54 terrorist plots,” said the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.
And every says seems to make it clearer that the government is merely lying when they respond:
The newest NSA leak has just been posted at the Guardian and it gives credence to Snowden’s earlier claim the he could, “from his desk,” wiretap nearly anyone in the world. US officials, including NSA apologist/CISPA architect/Internet hater Mike Rogers, denied Snowden’s claim, with Rogers going so far as to call the former NSA contractor a liar. The documents leaked today seem to indicate otherwise.
Of course they are only doing it for your security. To protect you from harm. Trust us.
The claims about only surveilling foreign targets are clearly lies as well:
Michele Catalano was looking for information online about pressure cookers. Her husband, in the same time frame, was Googling backpacks. Wednesday morning, six men from a joint terrorism task force showed up at their house to see if they were terrorists. Which begs the question: How’d the government know what they were Googling?
So when the government tell you they are re-evaluating, what do you think?
“We are open to re-evaluating this program in ways that can perhaps provide greater confidence and public trust that this is in fact a program that achieves both privacy protections and national security,” Robert Litt, counsel to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, told skeptical members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The NSA has this technology. They aren’t going to give it up, no matter what any silly government says. Or that old Constitution. That would be letting the terrorists win.
And regardless of what the government says, you probably shouldn’t believe them, if only based on their track record regarding the situation. They are just going to tell you what you want to hear anyway.
After all, if you aren’t doing anything wrong, then you have nothing to be worried about. Except for an ever changing definition of “wrong”, which now includes googling pressure cookers, and may soon include disagreeing with the NSA.
The Founding Fathers must be rolling over in their graves.