More Spying On Citizens than in Stasi East Germany
In a radio interview, Wall Street Journal reporter Julia Angwin (who’s been one of the best at covering the surveillance state in the US) made a simple observation that puts much of this into context: the US surveillance regime has more data on the average American than the Stasi ever did on East Germans.
Indeed, the American government has more information on the average American than Stalin had on Russians, Hitler had on German citizens, or any other government has ever had on its people.
The American government is collecting and storing virtually every phone call, purchases, email, text message, internet searches, social media communications, health information, employment history, travel and student records, and virtually all other information of every American.
Some also claim that the government is also using facial recognition software and surveillance cameras to track where everyone is going. Moreover, cell towers track where your phone is at any moment, and the major cell carriers, including Verizon and AT&T, responded to at least 1.3 million law enforcement requests for cell phone locations and other data in 2011. (And – given that your smartphone routinely sends your location information back to Apple or Google – it would be child’s play for the government to track your location that way.) Your iPhone, or other brand of smartphone is spying on virtually everything you do (ProPublica notes: “That’s No Phone. That’s My Tracker“).
As the top spy chief at the U.S. National Security Agency explained this week, the American government is collecting some 100 billion 1,000-character emails per day, and 20 trillion communications of all types per year.
He says that the government has collected all of the communications of congressional leaders, generals and everyone else in the U.S. for the last 10 years.
He further explains that he set up the NSA’s system so that all of the information would automatically be encrypted, so that the government had to obtain a search warrant based upon probably cause before a particular suspect’s communications could be de-crypted. But the NSA now collects all data in an un-encrypted form, so that no probable cause is needed to view any citizen’s information. He says that it is actually cheaper and easier to store the data in an encrypted format: so the government’s current system is being done for political – not practical – purposes….
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The pfabeacon notes that news from Russia might well be the only truth in media.
[ UPDATE: Not only has Donald Trump’s claim that he and his associates were spied on by Americans agencies, but also, we now know that this spying is partisan- that both Democrats and Republicans are testing the machinery of an America hat fails to uphold the fourth amendment, and every right that goes along with it]
William Binney, the first NSA whistle blower, says that he is a “targeted individual,”and how the NSA tracks and targets individuals in order to “isolate them” until a ‘probable cause could be established,’ to justify the surveillance. Specifically, he notes that if the government decides it doesn’t like someone, it analyzes all of the data it has collected on that person and his or her associates over the last 10 years to build a case against him.
Further, as one commented at the time President Obama set up a DHS based on the communist bloc nations secret police:
“dual citizen Michael Chertoff…. hired …EX-EAST GERMAN STASI (head of the General Intelligence Administration, the foreign intelligence division of East Germany’s Ministry for State Security [Stasi]), Marcus Wofe (now dead and burning in hell), and EX-SOVIET COMMUNIST KGB, CHIEF OF THE INTELLIGENCE SERVICE, Gen. Yevegeny Maksimovich Primakov, to set up the internal security/intelligence for the communist Department of “Homeland” Security.”
Without weighing in on the inferences of zionism or purported anti-semitism, rational people of all races and religions must recognize that it is INSANE to let such a thing happen in America.