Friday, June 07, 2013
Tyranny By Stealth
The recent scandals on far reaching and intrusive data gathering are far more serious and pervasive than most Americans dream.
The NSA and the FBI have been caught out mining internet providers for private data on millions of Americans, and coercing telecom giants like Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T to over data on every call, text, e-amail or other internet usage to them.
The private data of millions of Americans was scanned and almost certainly digitally archived.
This was all done in secret, and was only found out because the British Guardian published a scoop on it.
And it gets worse. We've now being told about a top secret project known as PRISM. What essentially happened is that someone in the intelligence community was so revolted and concerned by what he or she saw everyday that they went to the Washington Post with a PowerPoint slide presentation, talked to the Post and their reporters, and the Post wrote the story up and put it out. And the story is that practically every major company involved in digital usage in America is being forced to allow the Obama regime access to their servers and all the date contained on them...all of the E-mails, texts, tweets, phone calls, online sales, photographs, everything done via the Apple, Microsoft or Google servers, which the NSA is able to look at in real time. The Post quoted their source as saying, "It was so scary. They can watch us as we type."
And they're hoovering it up by the truckload.
This is so far beyond the scope of anything that's ever been done before that the inevitable comparisons by the Left with the Bush warrantless wiretaps borders on ludicrous.
The Bush Administration program, which was outed by the New York Times a year after the Times found out about it was an entirely different animal. It involved not a blanket dragnet of American citizens and the pillaging of their privacy but the concentration on calls by individual and select suspects in the United States to suspect numbers overseas in countries like Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
As Stephen Hayes' superb biography of former Vice President Dick Cheney relates, the Times was fully briefed by the administration when they first got hold of the story via leaks, and the Times agreed to keep the program confidential.
That changed on year later in the run up to the 2004 election, when getting John Kerry elected and defeating George W. Bush became more important to the people running Pravda-on-the-Hudson than keeping a program vital to our national security secret from our country's enemies.
President Obama's sole comment on this is to reaasure Americans that no one is 'litening to your telephone.
After Benghazi, after Fast and Furious, after the AP scandal, the use of the IRS, HHS and Department of Justice as weapons against the Obama regime's political enemies, does anyone seriously believe that anymore?
Even the New York Times doesn't believe it, and that's simply amazing given how they've covered for this president at every turn. Although true to form, they exercised their usual hypocrisy and bias selectively 'edited' their original harsh criticism to tone things down.
Meanwhile,Obama's Department of Justice is fighting tooth and nail to keep secret an 86-page court opinion that determined that the government had violated federal surveillance laws and engaged in unconstitutional spying.
What we are seeing is no less than progressive fascists resorting to type. It is tyranny by stealth.
Take a few minutes and go to the above link. It may ring some bells.
I'll have more on this later.