The Public Doesn’t Believe the NSA … Knows What’s Really Going On With Mass Spying

72% of Likely U.S. Voters Know the NSA Has Monitored the Private Communications of Congress, Military Leaders and Judges

The government keeps on lying about how it’s spying on Americans without authorization from a court.

It keeps lying about the scope of its spying.

It keeps lying about the need for mass surveillance (and here) and the way that the information gained from spying will really be used … to harass political opponents.

Indeed, NSA whistleblower Russel Tice – a key source in the 2005 New York Times report that blew the lid off the Bush administration’s use of warrantless wiretapping –recently said that the NSA illegally spied on General Petraeus and other generals, Supreme Court Justice Alito and all of the other supreme court justices, Barack Obama, the White House spokesman, and many other top officials.

The mainstream media will not interview Tice about this explosive issue. (Tice made his revelations to former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds – who has been deemed credible by the Department of Justice’s Inspector General, several senators [free subscription required], and a coalition of prominent conservative and liberal groups – and to James Corbett.  Edmonds and Corbett have small, alternative media web-based radio shows.)

And yet – in very heartening news – a new poll by Rasmussen shows that the American public understands much of what is really going on:

Most voters think the National Security Agency is likely to have violated one of the country’s most cherished constitutional standards – the checks and balances between the three branches of government – by spying on the private communications of Congress and judges.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 72% of Likely U.S. Voters think it is at least somewhat likely that the NSA has monitored the private communications of Congress, military leaders and judges. That includes 45% who believe it is Very Likely.

Just 14% say it’s not likely that the Executive branch of the government monitored the private communications of the Legislative and Judicial branches. Another 14% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

This concern takes on even more significance given that 57% of voters believe it is likely the NSA data will be used by other government agencies to harass political opponents.


Despite the president’s assurance that “nobody is listening to your telephone calls,” 68% believe it is likely that “government agencies are listening in on private conversations of American citizens.”


Currently, 33% of voters approve of the recently disclosed NSA program of monitoring Americans’ private phone and e-mail communications to fight terrorism.  Fifty percent (50%) are opposed.


The United States was founded on a belief that governments are created to protect certain unalienable rights. Today, however, more voters than ever (56%) view the federal government as a threat to individual rights rather than a protector of those rights.

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  • gozounlimited

    The Snowden Case What You’re Not Being Told……

  • Warren Celli

    “72% of Likely U.S. Voters”

    Interesting phrasing.

    Some thoughts…

    In the last 2012 election 42.5% of the electorate BOYCOTTED the election in a VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE in this crooked corporate hijacked government. That is 93,000,000 million votes against!

    Of the 57.5% that did go to the polls Obama only got 50%, or 59.8 million votes. That is far, far less than the 93,000,000 million who BOYCOTTED the election in a silent VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE in this corrupt to the rafters government. It is NO mandate!

    There are no proper channels for whistle blowing because there are no proper channels for voting. Just as whistle blowing is a rigged game voting is also a rigged game that only serves to legitimize and validate the gangster corporations that control it.

    This is class warfare. “We the people” vs ‘We the stockholders”.

    Snowden is a hero of the people.

    Deception is the strongest political force on the planet.

  • FireUrEngine

    Inside trading

  • The Worden Report

    The ethics of PRISM can be put in terms of lying, as evinced
    by Robert Clapper, Director of Intelligence at the NSA, before Congress. Kant’s
    critique of lying can shed light on whether Clapper should have lied. If he
    should not have, what are the implications for the republic from the compromised
    democratic accountability? See “The NSA Goes to Congress: Kant on Lying as Unethical”