You Won’t BELIEVE What’s Going On with Government Spying on Americans

New Revelations Are Breaking Every Day

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Revelations about the breathtaking scope of government spying are coming so fast that it’s time for an updated roundup:

– Just weeks after NSA boss Alexander said that a review of NSA spying found not even one violation, the Washington Post published an internal NSA audit showing that the agency has broken its own rules thousands of times each year

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– 2 Senators on the intelligence committee said the violations revealed in the Post article were just the “tip of the iceberg”

– Glenn Greenwald notes:  “One key to the WashPost story: the reports are internal, NSA audits, which means high likelihood of both under-counting & white-washing”.(Even so, the White House tried to do damage control by retroactively changing on-the-record quotes)

– The government is spying on essentially everything we do. It is not just “metadata” … although that is enough to destroy your privacy

– The government has adopted a secret interpretation of the Patriot Act which allows it to pretend that “everything” is relevant … so it spies on everyone

– NSA whistleblowers say that the NSA collects all of our conversations word-for-word

– It’s not just the NSA … Many other agencies, like the FBI and IRS – concerned only with domesticissues – spy on Americans as well

– The information gained through spying is shared with federal, state and local agencies, and they are using that information to prosecute petty crimes such as drugs and taxes.  The agencies are instructed to intentionally “launder” the information gained through spying, i.e. to pretend that they got the information in a more legitimate way … and to hide that from defense attorneys and judges

– Indeed, they say that mass spying actually hurts U.S. counter-terror efforts.

– They say we can, instead, keep everyone safe without violating the Constitution … more cheaply and efficiently than the current system

– There is no real oversight by Congressthe courts, or the executive branch of government. And seethis and this.

State Of Mind: The Psychology Of Control, from the creators of A Noble Lie. A film that reveals much of what we believe to be truth is actually deliberate deception.

– Indeed, most Congress members have no idea what the NSA is doing.  Even staunch defenders of the NSA now say they’ve been kept in the dark

– A Federal judge who was on the secret spying court for 3 years says that it’s a kangaroo court

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– Even the current judges on the secret spying court now admit that they’re out of the loop and powerless to exercise real oversight

– A former U.S. president says that the spying program shows that we no longer have a functioning democracy

– The chairs of the 9/11 Commission say that NSA spying has gone way too far

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