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Big Brother Is WatchingEvery single day, the U.S. government gathers and stores more than a billion phone calls, emails, text messages, photographs and Internet searches.  Just about every form of electronic communication that you can possibly imagine is being harvested.  In fact, it has been reported that NSA personnel gather 2.1 million gigabytes of data every hour.  This is being done even though it is a blatant violation of the U.S. Constitution.  Sadly, most Americans do not even know what the Fourth Amendment actually says.  For those that do not know, the Fourth Amendment says the following: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”  Unfortunately, our leaders have totally abandoned the Constitution.  They seem to believe that they have the right to look through our electronic communications any time they want and that we should not complain about it.  As you will see below, workers at the NSA have even eavesdropped on very intimate conversations between soldiers serving in Iraq and their female loved ones back home.  What kind of sick person would do such a thing?  Sadly, the truth is that we have allowed ourselves to become a “Big Brother society”, and we are an utter disgrace to the millions of brave men and women who have died to defend our freedoms.

There was an explosion of outrage on Thursday when the Guardian reported on a leaked document that shows that the Obama administration is collecting the phone records of millions of Verizon customers every single day…

The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America’s largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April.

The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an “ongoing, daily basis” to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries.

The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing.

The White House responded by calling this program “a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats”, and White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters the following

“The intelligence community is conducting court-authorized intelligence activities pursuant to public statute with the knowledge and oversight of Congress”

So obviously the Obama administration sees nothing wrong with this at all.

Will some of our other “leaders” step forward and condemn this blatant violation of the U.S. Constitution?

Sadly, so far most of our politicians are rigorously defending the program.  Just check out how some prominent members of Congress responded to this story…

Senator Dianne Feinstein: “There is nothing new in this program. The fact of the matter is, that this was a routine three-month approval under seal that was leaked”

Senator Lindsey Graham: “If we didn’t do it, we’d be crazy”

Senator Saxby Chambliss: “This is nothing particularly new. This has been going on for seven years under the auspices of the (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) authority and every member of the United States Senate has been advised of this”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: “Everyone should just calm down and understand this isn’t anything that is brand new. It’s been going on for some seven years. And we’ve tried often to try to make it better, and we’ll continue to do that”

But the collection of phone call metadata is just the tip of the iceberg.

The truth is that government surveillance of Americans citizens goes far beyond what you are being told.

In fact, the Washington Post has just come out with an article about a highly classified program known as PRISM that involves the federal government “tapping directly into the central servers” of nine top Internet companies…

The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents and connection logs that enable analysts to track a person’s movements and contacts over time.

The highly classified program, code-named PRISM, has not been disclosed publicly before. Its establishment in 2007 and six years of exponential growth took place beneath the surface of a roiling debate over the boundaries of surveillance and privacy. Even late last year, when critics of the foreign intelligence statute argued for changes, the only members of Congress who knew about PRISM were bound by oaths of office to hold their tongues.

So what Internet companies are involved?  Most of the names will be extremely familiar to you…

The technology companies, which participate knowingly in PRISM operations, include most of the dominant global players of Silicon Valley. They are listed on a roster that bears their logos in order of entry into the program: “Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple.” PalTalk, although much smaller, has hosted significant traffic during the Arab Spring and in the ongoing Syrian civil war.

Dropbox , the cloud storage and synchronization service, is described as “coming soon.”

The capabilities of this system are apparently awesome.  Fortunately, one “career intelligence officer” was so disgusted with how our privacy rights were being violated that he decided to leak information about PRISM to the Washington Post

Firsthand experience with these systems, and horror at their capabilities, is what drove a career intelligence officer to provide PowerPoint slides about PRISM and supporting materials to The Washington Post in order to expose what he believes to be a gross intrusion on privacy. “They quite literally can watch your ideas form as you type,” the officer said.

Another whistleblower, former NSA code breaker William Binney, has come forward with some astounding details about what is actually happening over at the NSA.  The following is from a recent Business Insider article

Binney — one of the best mathematicians and code breakers in NSA history — worked for the Defense Department’s foreign signals intelligence agency for 32 years before resigning in late 2001 because he “could not stay after the NSA began purposefully violating the Constitution.”

He’s detailed how, ever since 9/11, the NSA has run a top-secret surveillance program that amasses electronic data — phone calls, GPS information, emails, social media, banking and travel records, entire government databases — and analyzes the information “to be able to monitor what people are doing” and who they are doing it with.

So exactly how much information are we talking about?

Overall, Binney claims that the NSA has gathered approximately “20 trillion transactions” involving U.S. citizens.

And other NSA whistleblowers claim that the agency “has the capability to do individualized searches, similar to Google, for particular electronic communications in real time through such criteria as target addresses, locations, countries and phone numbers, as well as watch-listed names, keywords, and phrases in email.”

But this is not supposed to be happening.  The NSA is not supposed to be spying on U.S. citizens and it is a clear violation of the U.S. Constitution.

But they are doing it.  In fact, they are gathering so much information on all of us that they needed to build a brand new data storage center out in Utah.  According to Fox News, it will have the capability of storing 5 zettabytes of data…

The NSA says the Utah Data Center is a facility for the intelligence community that will have a major focus on cyber security. The agency will neither confirm nor deny specifics. Some published reports suggest it could hold 5 zettabytes of data. (Just one zettabyte is the equivalent of about 62 billion stacked iPhones 5′s– that stretches past the moon.

Why do they need so much storage space?

Well, after you start putting the pieces together, it becomes very clear.

They are illegally spying on all of us, and the American people need to be told the truth.

But of course there are always numbskulls out there that say things like this…

“I don’t have anything to hide so I don’t care if they watch everything that I do.”

Really?

If you think that way, perhaps you will change your mind after you read what some NSA employees have been doing.  The following is from an article posted on theatlanticwire.com

And the NSA would never abuse its awesome surveillance power, right? Wrong. In 2008, NSA workers told ABC News that they routinely eavesdropped on phone sex between troops serving overseas and their loved ones in America. They listened in on both satellite phone calls and calls from the phone banks in Iraq’s Green Zone where soldiers call home. Former Navy Arab linguist, David Murfee Faulk described how a coworker would say, “Hey, check this out… there’s good phone sex or there’s some pillow talk, pull up this call, it’s really funny, go check it out.” Faulk explained they would gossip about the best calls during breaks. “It would be some colonel making pillow talk and we would say, ‘Wow, this was crazy.’”

We live during a time when government agencies are massively abusing their powers.  We have seen this recently with the IRS, the Justice Department and now with the NSA.

But so far, most Americans don’t seem too upset by all of this abuse of power.  Most Americans are so apathetic that they seem content to let the government get away with almost anything.

In the end, America will get the government that it deserves.  If Americans do not stand up now and speak out, it will be a signal to the government that this kind of behavior is okay and we will see even more of it.

So what do you think about all of the government corruption that has been exposed lately?  Please feel free to post a comment with your thoughts below…

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  • Kritischer_Realist

    What did you expect after electing a SOCIALIST government?

    • Hammerstrike

      Tht´s getting old, the socialist accusations.

      • Kritischer_Realist

        Because it is a very old truth.

        • Hammerstrike

          Or maybe slightly superficial.

          youtube.c om/watch?v=tGk5ioEXlIM

  • Robert (qslv)

    Just ordered your book in paperback. Reading your blog this past year is the equivalent of about 10 free books. It’s the least I could do.
    Hey everyone, if you can afford to, give Michael some support by ordering his new book on Amazon. Or, if things are tough, use his kindle option. No, he didn’t put me up to this; we never met and never talked.
    I’m sure the NSA knows a lot about both of us. I.m thinking of dropping my Verizon home phone as a protest against this NSA crap. Futile gesture…. too bad ignorance is rampant in the USA, or the population would simply boycott Verizon and shut it down.

    • Jodi

      Verizon is not the only company that has been targeted. It’s all of them. There is no doubt in my mind.

      • Ghost

        I’ve seen multiple articles in years past verifying Comcast was targeted, and work for our government and well Comcast xfinity own the whole market coast to coast.

  • Jodi

    This is just downright spooky. I live in Utah just about 30 minutes from that new data center & every time I drive by that building it sends chills up my spine. Whats even more amazing, nobody knows what it is. I was just talking to a friend about it last night, she had no idea that building even existed. It opened up sometime last week & there wasn’t a peep in the local news about it & there was no information on the internet on who attended the ribbon cutting. But I can bet there was some lavish party using your tax dollars to pay for the event. I believe the day after the event the blaze was able to obtain some info on the event. Both Sen. Orrin Hatch & Gov. Gary Herbert were in attendance. There isn’t one politician protecting the American people anymore. I don’t see them, I can’t hear them & the ones that do talk about it all seem to be all talk & no action. I WANT ACTION. BUT NOBODY HAS A SPINE ANYMORE. IT’S SAD.

    • graphicartist2k5

      truth be told, that is how politicians have ALWAYS been, but the american people have bought the lie that the govt. of america is “by the people and for the people”. that may have been true WAAAAAAY back in the day, like when america first became a nation, but that’s definitely not how it is nowadays, and hasn’t been for a VERY long time. the reality is that america is run by communists that don’t care at all about you, me, or any other american person, but really have a demonic agenda that is about cutting down the american population to a set number of people they can control.

  • WarriorClass III

    The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States:

    “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

    The FBI, IRS, DOJ, DHS, CIA, the Supreme Court, and the White House are no longer a legitimate governing body, having broken their governing contract with the states (the Constitution) on so many occasions, as to render it broken and void.

    The fact that every State Government has allowed this to continue on so long a time, renders their governing contract just as void and illegitimate as the Federal Government’s.

    It’s way past time to start over, people.

  • Gary

    These are the sock puppets you people vote in!
    This has been happening for decades, you can’t blame one party and not the other, they both are working for the same thing! Democrat and Republicans are the same thing. The greatest lie ever told in this country is that the government is for the people. We haven’t had a real president since JFK. Right now we are in the most corrupt government administration in U.S. history, and the road was paved for them long ago by the Bush (both) and Clinton administrations.

  • Pastor Glenn

    We the people need to shut down the entire Federal Government. Sadly, it won’t happen.
    Go read Psalm 94; this is what God WILL do to bad leaders.
    Keep praying, you Christian brothers and sisters. Time (as in all of time) is short.
    Pastor Glenn

    • Jim Davis

      I have heard “time is short” from you evangelicals for a long time! Get your head out of the clouds and do something to help in the real world. Don’t wait for Jesus to do the work you should be doing.

      • Giusi

        Exactly, praying is useless and religion is a brainwashing, enough with that nonsense!

        • X

          Collecting gold and silver coins won’t help you, if that is what you are doing instead of believe in God!

  • Blackhawk

    As long as the surveillance system is manned by human beings for the benefit of human kind and every individual has access to his recordings on demand, there is no problem, is quite a necessity in complex social systems. The problem is when this whole system built by humans is for the benefit of few self selected ones which believe they can claim property on everyone else by swindle. There is the sensitive point that has to be addressed and legislation enacted by human beings and not corporate entities, but first every one of us has to start to make the clear distinction between human being and the corporate entity and that is the inner work of every individual. The human being living in a community is bound only by the Common Law or the Natural Law, the rest is optional legalese for the human. Language has been used to program every individual to believe that is a corporate entity bound by countless legalese, and language has to be employed to work on the deprogramming.

    The work of linguists and outspoken people is to identify key words, words used to impose authority, dynamics in the meaning of words and history of language evolution. This is a tremendous task, but I think is our duty as humans to evolve towards individual freedom unencumbered by any authority.

  • seth datta

    This network is used in organised stalking and electronic harassment. Google it.

    • graphicartist2k5

      yep, and also to invoke false flag attacks against the american people.

  • El Pollo de Oro

    Ten years ago, Alex Jones had neocon barbie doll Ann Coulter on his show. Their debate really illustrating the gaping differences between pro-Constitution libertarians and Constitution-hating neocons, and Coultergeist being Coultergeist, she pouted and stamped her little feet because Signore Jones dared to criticize the Bush regime and say that post-9/11, the country was turning into a fascist police state.

    Well, ten years later, it’s painfully obvious that Alex Jones was absolutely right about how dire the situation was. And things have gotten much worse since then. Not only did Barack “Goldman Sachs” Obama not roll back the Patriot Act; he expanded it with the NDAA.

    “I don’t think people realize just how evil and what
    an abomination our country has become.”—Alex Jones

    “All the themes of incipient fascism are present, to some degree, in our present-day political culture: the fear of The Other, the need for a powerless scapegoat,
    including the theme of expansionism.”—Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com

    “Los Estados Unidos has turned into a banana republic, a fascist banana republic.”—Gerald Celente

    “We can expect a continuous and dangerous march
    towards corporatism and even fascism with even more loss of our liberties. Prosperity for our large middle class, though, will become an abstract dream.”—Ron Paul

    “Obama seems to be a nice man, and that is
    precisely the problem. It’s better to have a sheep in wolf’s clothing than a wolf in sheep’s clothing. All of the activities against WikiLeaks by the United
    States have occurred under an Obama Administration.”—Julian Assange

    “I knew the dark heart of America. I knew who we
    were, what we did, what we actually stood for and the terrifying and willful innocence that permits most Americans to think of themselves as good and
    virtuous when they are, in reality, members of an efficient race of killers and ruthless profiteers.”—Chris Hedges

    “The United States government now is probably among the most corrupt in the world if not THE most corrupt.”—Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

    “Did blind party loyalty cause the death of the liberal class?”—Abby Martin

    Some folks call Alex Jones “paranoid” and say the same thing about Gerald Celente. Paranoid? No, try realistic.

  • Mary

    Unfortunately, the power grab has been going on for many years. It is just getting near the logical conclusion: total control of the population. “Bread and circuses” have kept everyone fed, entertained and ignorant of the harsh truth that so many voices have cried out. Our founding fathers knew the danger and warned us long ago. But now the usurpers say the Constitution is outdated. They do not respect anything, neither Life, Liberty, nor the Pursuit of Happiness. I suppose it seems a radical document to the average frightened plump sheep that is now being prepared for the slaughter. The Constitution was designed to be the rule of law for a Godly, well educated citizenry based on hearth and home. Thrifty people who worked hard tilling the soil and building a country by hand would never have fallen for the lies these guys are telling. Well, dear Countrymen, if you have any sacred honor left, its time to drag it out and shine it up and use it. I am very worried and praying for the whistleblowers. They will not be dealt with gently. Wake up! We have a rogue government! Read the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Pray! God knows better than we do what the Usurpers are up to and He can do what we can’t. Back these patriots up! Whatever happens at least you will have done the right thing!

  • SorrySam

    “Alternative Media” is getting almost as bad as the Mainstream media (such as the Guardian, which is controlled by the British Mi6).

    Was really sad to see that most people who have been following the surveillance society news the last few years, didn’t seem to understand that the Greenwald/Snowden interview is an obvious operation. I was just waiting for the ACLU to jump in and say they were filing a lawsuit on the NSA, and for the group “Anonymous” to say they hacked the NSA. I saw today that both the ACLU and ANonymous have done exactly what was expected.

    Greenwald, ACLU, and Anonymous have more than one thing in common and if you can think of 2 of them you’re definitely above the average Jojane. But mostly, their “breaking news story” is not so breaking news, because the spying has been going on a long time. Sure they wrap it in a new name, PRISM, this time…but its the same information that even a nobody like me knew about…because I pay attention.

    So why they doing this? They actually tell you if you listen to them. Today (or was it yesterday?) G. Greenwald made a subtle threat: “We have more news on the NSA and Obama, etc etc”…. Taken together with the revelations about Benghazi (which thinkers should know anyways), and the IRS, as well as the increased criticism of his foreign policy, it looks like they could be targeting Obama….because Obama may not be cooperating with the Establishment like he is scripted to do.

    Nothing will come of these RE-disclosures. Nothing happened before and there is no reason to think something will change. They are simply getting people used to the fact that they are being spied on.

    In Snowden’s own words he tells you that nothing will happen and how this is going to go for the future. (And Snowden’s past is shady…no graduate from high school, worked for CIA, NSA, and Booz Hamilton….). This guy is playing a role and hopefully more people will see thru this. Think about it…..In Snowden’s own words:

    “The great fear that I have regarding the outcome for America of these disclosures is that nothing will change.
    People will see in the media all of these disclosures, they’ll know the lengths that government is going to to grant themselves powers, unilaterally, to create greater control over American society and global society. But they won’t be willing to take the risks necessary to stand up and fight to change things, to force their representatives to
    actually take a stand in their interests. And in the months ahead, the years ahead, it’s only going to get worse. Until eventually there will be a time where policies will change because the only thing that restricts the activities of the surveillance state are policy. They’ll say that… because of the crisis, the dangers that we face in the world, some new and unpredicted threat, we need more authority, we need more power, and there will be nothing the people can do at that point to oppose it. And it will be turnkey tyranny”.

    Please don’t believe that Greenwald and Snowden are on the masses side. They are working within the system: Snowden for the Agencies themselves, and Greewald for one of several Corporate-State media outlets that ALWAYS supports the Government!! Don’t be fooled.

    • FMHJ

      Thanks for saying this. I thought something was smelling like a rat about this whole story…something just didn’t seem right about the background and actions of this Snowden fellow. When I watched his interview he just didn’t seem to be saying what you would expect, and I wondered, hmmm, how did he research where to escape to, since if all internet searches are being recorded, a CIA contractor searching for “countries without extradition treaties to the US” would arouse suspicion, don’t you think? For starters, it is bizarre to think a guy could get any professional computer job, let alone into the CIA or hired by a contractor, without a high school diploma. The whole thing seems to be some kind of act, or play, being put on for the public’s entertainment. I have thought for a long, long time that EVERYTHING done on a cell phone and the internet is watched. So, hi there, you guys at the NSA. Hope you’re having a good day!

  • Name2name

    ·
    Here is your chance!

    TSA seeks public opinion of airport full-body scanners:

    http://fox4kc.com/2013/04/22/tsa-seeks-public-opinion-of-full-body-scanners/

    You have until June 24th to give your opinion on
    full body scanners.

    Are these scanners safe?

    The backscatter scanners can cause cancer:

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    The millimeter wave scanners can rip DNA
    strands:

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  • Kritischer_Realist

    Do the U.S. have »social« programs or not? Medicare, Medicaid, Welfare – all socialism to the bone.

    • Hammerstrike

      Not quiet, in a socialist society it is a safety net for the workers, in the post-modern west, it follows far more ambitious objectives

      it is a tool of social engineering, not even to radically transform a nation but to effectively dissolve it, leaving a third-world cesspool that should be far more easy to control.

      • Kritischer_Realist

        The so-called »social engineering« is a form of socialism. Every society in which one man pays more taxes than his neighbour is a socialist one. Taxation is socialism.

        It would be a very simple task to organize a state with no taxation at all. It could be financed by charge fees. There is no need for any form of redistribution at all.

        • Hammerstrike

          Is it? Those behind it existed some times before Karl Marx was even born to say the least and already in 1861, managed to split the United States.

          Taxation is socialism? How did Lincoln won his round? How would fees support a strong military or even a decades-long civil war?

          en.wikipedia.o rg/wiki/American_School_(economics)

          There is a war going on, although without the firework, and only victory, not appeasement or surrender, will bring it to a conclusion.

          Simple, money gain is exponential, the more you have, the easier it is to have more and of course, the easier it is to finding loopholes in the taxe or fees code.

          • Kritischer_Realist

            Of course taxation is socialism. And you can support a military power with a defense-fee that everybody has to pay – let’s say 30 $ a month. That would suffice.

            A word about Lincoln: You should know that he broke the rules of the constitution several times to start his Yankee-occupation of the south.

          • Hammerstrike

            Taxation exist in capitalist countries too.
            What if Roosevelt had done that after Pearl Harbour?

          • Kritischer_Realist

            There is no »capitalist« country in this world.

            And Roosevelt willingly lead the U.S. into Pearl Harbour, FORCED the Japanese to attack – because he wanted a reason to help his fellow communist »Uncle Joe«, as he called Stalin.

            And all that in the name of socialism.

          • Hammerstrike

            Isn´t that the defense of the commies and cultural marxists?

            Indeed he did but once WW2 started, how would things have gone for the US or for that matter, any other country using such methods?

          • Kritischer_Realist

            The European war only became a World War because of the intervention of Roosevelt. Without it there would never have been a Cold War.

          • Hammerstrike

            Indeed it is so, contrary to Roosevelt´s propaganda, Hitler never cared for the Americas.

            But even now, how is a war waged?

  • Jacqueleen

    This is a coup to take over the Nation going on right under our noses……with the help of the bought and paid for members of the House, the Senate and the Supreme Court. Money talks while BS walks…old, but right on the money, still!
    Anyone who runs for office is one of them and is there to fatten his wallet…notice that they are mostly lawyers.

  • JB Smith

    Dr. Lawrence Chang of Pariser Dermatology implanted a radio frequency communication chip aka wireless in-body antenna on me without my knowledge and consent. He has done three cancer surgeries at the site of the implant. The last he did for free after the implant started protruding from the cancer scar. The microchip allows law enforcement the ability to see what your brain sees and hear what you hear. It is for GPS and also “ambient intelligence and surveillance”. Virginia State Trooper Jared Vance told my clients that the police use lasers to hack into your “wifi” electric meter. It uses technology like the audio spotlight by holosonics. Jared says it makes people think they hear voices. Officer Timothy McNeil has broken into my home, office and car to place microphones and to steal and evidence tamper. Virginia’s suicide rate is sky rocketing due to this implant. It is heinous and atrocious torture. The police stalk you and call it rape and sodomy. They know how it feels and they do it anyway. One officer told me at the grocery store he was going to give me the “beat down of a lifetime”. I am a 53 year old women and he was a young, large black man. The torture is ongoing. I am having trouble finding a surgeon with the morals to remove it! If anyone know of a good surgeon, please let me know.

  • STARDUSTER36

    YOU WOULDN’T HAPPEN TO KNOW IF ANYBODY ON THE MOON IS BEING TAPPED WOULD YOU!?