Our new Weapon of Mass Destruction

June 24, 2013

No wonder the Obama administration is in a tizzy over Edward Snowden. It turns out that the NSA spying operation offered the USA a weapon of mass destruction that no one else in the world has ever had.

It is bigger than the atomic bomb. The A bomb can destroy 100,000 people, or even millions of people at a time but it does so indiscriminately. The NSA spying operation can destroy anybody, anywhere in the world and do so surgically.

Keep in mind. American government officials are telling us that the NSA recorded everything we have said or written online or by phone and it has all been kept. Imagine how this information can be used to destroy or promote spies, diplomats, businessmen, heads of state? Black hat operations can destroy a career by revealing crimes or despicable behavior or just revealing secrets. White hat operations can protect a target from the conspiracy of co-workers or bosses. The US government can virtually co-opt anybody, anywhere in the world. What politician, what head of state, dare risk defiance? And for every one who resists the manipulation or blackmail, there will be five colleagues who will jump at the chance to have immunity or favor with a friend who has such a powerful weapon.

Now imagine that someone has pieces of that secret, on a thumb drive, and lands in Moscow. Is he safe? Are the Russians going to let him go? Or are they going to want that atomic bomb for themselves? Does Putin allow America to have such options and not he, himself?

How long have we had this weapon? Did we use it against Julian Assange, who was hit with scandal right after he published our embarrassing government documents? Have we already toppled governments with it? Has it been leaked to private companies? Non profit companies? Is that what representative Maxine Waters was talking about months ago with Roland Martin? Obama’s great weapon? The political game changer?

“A data base that no one has ever seen before in life.” Was it why the IRS was so frightened of nonprofit applications who used the word “Constitution”? Is someone seeking a monopoly on this new weapon?


Edward Snowden, American hero

June 24, 2013

Is Edward Snowden a Benedict Arnold or a Paul Revere?

According to the US government Snowden is a spy.

That is the official word from Attorney General Eric Holder who is accusing him of espionage.  He is not a hero, we are now being told.  He is not a whistleblower?  He has not done a service to the American people?

How did this happen?  How and why did the national news media change its coverage on a dime, in a single day last week, leaving its television audiences laughing aloud at the audacious about face.  All week Snowden was a hero, exposing the unconstitutional NSA surveillance and in one moment he suddenly morphs into a traitor.

Isn’t this  the same Eric Holder who told a federal judge that James Rosen of Fox  News was “an aider, abettor and / or co-conspirator” in espionage?

Oh that? Old news. Holder was exaggerating to get a warrant.  it was a white lie.  All is forgiven.  The Fox is back in the pen.  But don’t try that at home.

Meanwhile, now that Edward Snowden has sacrificed his life for freedom of speech and our right to privacy, the First and Fourth Amendments to the Constitution,  the  national media is falling all over themselves to prove their loyalty to the all powerful government, lining  up against their latest target.

Snowden is a fake.  He is not our friend.  “He did this for attention,” says  Michelle Cottle of the Daily Beast, during a CNN appearance.  Thanks Michelle, brilliant.  The NSA can now stop transcribing your phone conversations.   Well done.  You’re safe.  The First Amendment can go to hell.

The media seems to believe that Snowden should wait patiently to be picked up by the US government, that he is wrong to run.  That he should trust the people who he knows have been lying to the American public about surveillance and who allow torture as long as the people doing the torturing are Americans and don’t wear black or have scary music in the background.  That would be too close to the Nazis.

It is clear that Snowden did not expect to be on the run.  Did  he really think he could escape from a government who has everyone’s emails and phone conversations stored away?  Did he think that any corporation or ambassador or head of state or government in the world would stand before such a power?  This is the new atomic bomb and America has it.  No one else.  We rule the world.  Or perhaps, I should say that Barack Obama and his successor rules the world.

Poor Edward Snowden.  Running to Hong Kong and then Moscow will only help the government paint him as a bad guy, a traitor to America.  He imagined that people in American really believed in the Constitution or in a government of laws.  He thought we would care about the fact that our government leaders lie to congress and the media.  He imagined that we still have a free press, who can write and say what they believe, without direction from corporate owners who, like druggies in the inner city, now depend totally on government subsidies and easy FED loans to sustain their empires.

So two questions remain.  Isn’t the government taking a risk that by running Snowden to ground they will only make him a hero?

There ia a simple answer to that one.  It doesn’t matter.  It doesn’t matter what any of us say.  They have the new WMD.  They don’t need to control everybody.  There are plenty who will fall all over themselves to get in their good graces and say and do whatever they think the government wants, just to avoid the inconvenience of an IRS audit or a criminal investigation based on their emails and phone calls.  So the government will risk Edward Snowden’s martyrdom.

Why? Because the government has even more secrets to hide.  It fears another Snowden among its 4.2 million top secret cleared employees.  They have to make his life so miserable that no one else will dare speak up.

And finally, one last thing remains to be known.  If Edward Snowden is a spy, not a whistleblower, then for whom has he been spying?  Russia?  China? North Korea?  Islamic Fundamentalists?

No.  He has been spying for us, the American people.  He is our spy.  He is the first American spy to be prosecuted by an American government.  They will get him.  And he will be locked away and after the furor dies down, he may even tortured by our American government.  He is like a Buddhist monk in Vietnam in the 1960’s setting himself ablaze, signaling to the world that something is wrong here.  He is a Paul Revere with an alarming message, “The government is coming, the government is coming.”

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NSA tapes reveal White House sex scandal

June 19, 2013

So what are we to make of the NSA data gathering?  Is it okay for the government to snoop on us?  Does it keep us safer?  And what juicy secrets have they now found from a previous White House administration?

The government says, “Yes, the program is a necessary evil.  It will help us catch terrorists.”

But then, this is the same government who denied they were snooping on us in the first place.

Senator Wyden, ” Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?”

CIA Director Clapper answered, “No, sir.”

If they lied about what they were doing, at the risk of perjury, why should we believe them now?  When any answer could be very subjective?

And if spying on more than a hundred million phone calls and emails couldn’t help the NSA detect that one of its own employees was about to leak its secret snooping operation, how can we expect then to efficiently find terrorists?

As Ronald Reagan often said, “Remember, these are the same people who run the post office?”

What about the competence of a government that employs 4.2 million persons with security clearances while 43% of the American people believe we should be cutting back on programs that threaten privacy and only 20% think we should be doing more to fight terrorism, even at the expense of privacy?  Isn’t that a disaster waiting to happen?  If the leaker wasn’t Edward Snowden wouldn’t it have been someone else?

In an exchange between CNN’s Erin Burnett and former FBI counter-terrorism agent Tim Clemente, we are told that the content of all our phone calls is being recorded and stored, even if it is not audited.

Now we learn that “the National Security Agency has acknowledged in a new classified briefing that it does not need court authorization to listen to domestic phone calls.”

Then there is this from the chief technology officer at the CIA. “We fundamentally try to collect everything and hang onto it forever.”

Only days after the NSA story broke we learned that there is tracking of emails in real time.

The terrorists are not idiots.  If they hide behind civilians from drone attacks, why wouldn’t they hide behind civilians in the cyber war?  Implicating innocent others by false flag emails and phone calls?

Then there is the question, what will the government do with all of this information?  And what should it do?  Hunt for terrorists?  Find Edward Snowden? Purge its own “top secret clearance” list?

What about solving murders?  Locating abducted teenagers caught up in the sex slave traffic?

Most agree that it shouldn’t be used to go after “Joe the plumber?”  Remember him?  The average citizen from the 2008 election?  Surely not.  We shouldn’t go after the parish priest for sex abuse without first clearing the Bishops and the Cardinals.   What hypocrisy to prosecute or punish the little guy and ignore the sins of the powerful?

So let’s start at the top.  Think of all the problems we can solve?  We now have phone calls, letters and emails to show any link between the  IRS offices in Cincinnati to the White House. Why not reconstruct what happened?  We could exonerate or implicate the president and others?

First order of business? Have transcribers compose the massive conversations of the rulers of our country.  The Supreme Court, the Senate, the Justice Department, starting with the Attorney General, the Cabinet and the President.  Even past presidents.  No one should be in a position to pass judgment if they, themselves, are guilty of crimes.

There is the new scandal in the State Department, where their own whistleblower, Aurelia Fedenisn. is being intimidated for reporting sex crimes with minors, even an Ambassador involved.

Are there big shots accessing child pornography sites?  Why leave that task to Chris Hansen of NBC’s Dateline?  First let’s clear the people at the top.

Let us suppose that a presidential aide calls a friend of the president about a donor who wants to give a million dollars in soft money to a campaign?  And the aide tells him that the presidential candidate wants that million dollars in soft money to go to the NRA or some Catholic voter registration program.  And let’s suppose that the presidential aide is getting indirect kickbacks from the Catholic voter registration program?   And let’s suppose that the presidential candidate affirms his desire in later conversations.  It’s illegal right?

And let us suppose that the presidential candidate, worried about his crime, makes calls to destroy the career of the witness, let’s say he talks to a major network president and gets him banned from TV appearances which dramatically impacts his income.  Shouldn’t we know those kind of things first, before we go after  Joe the plumber?

And after clearing the top government officials, shouldn’t we clear the media too?  How hypocritical for them to hold the subjects of their reports to a higher standard.  Let’s know their own habits and words and crimes and biases?  We hear what they say in public, influencing millions, what do they say behind close doors?

How many stories are out there?  Waiting to be told?  And now we have the evidence to find them all.  Now we can apply equal justice.  If we persecuted Bill Clinton for his infidelity, now we can learn about the marital affairs of other more beloved presidents who weren’t so unlucky.  They had no Linda Tripp recordings but perhaps the NSA can fill the gap.

Shouldn’t someone know what the NSA knows?  Couldn’t the agency use its information to blackmail its superiors?  What about the Freedom of Information Act?  Doesn’t a US Senator, a Federal Judge, a President, have the right to know what conversations the NSA has and what is in them?  Things taken out of context can be dangerous.

If the existence of this program can be leaked to the public by a concerned citizen, when can the demographics of the program be leaked to a political campaign?  Has it already happened?  When can the details or content be leaked to companies or employers?  Wouldn’t you want to run a check before hiring?  Would you want to hire a  baby sitter who talks dirty on the phone?  Or an accountant who does  a Google search on how to embezzle money without being caught?  Or a chauffeur who is an alcoholic?

Cardinal Richelieu supposedly once wrote, “Give me six lines written by any man and I can have hung as a criminal”  Imagine what he could have done with the NSA?  He could have killed France.

Can you see the nightmare?  The injustice?  The conflict?  Can you see why the Founding Fathers wrote the Fourth Amendment?

Welcome to America, in its post constitutional drift.  When you start to violate your own Constitution, step by step, you become a nation without laws, where the ends justify the means.  It is survival of the fittest.  The powerful rule and will take from you what they want.

You can be sure of one thing.  The massive information collected by the NSA will not be used to hurt the rich or powerful.  Don’t hold your breath to learn what really happens in the lives of the people at the top.  They will continue their crimes and the flow of riches from the weak to the powerful will continue uninterrupted.

But Joe the plumber?  You, my friend, are in big trouble.

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(If you want to learn more about Rand Paul’s Fourth Amendment Restoration Act S.1121 click here.)


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