High-Level US Government Officials Have Warned for 40 Years that Mass Surveillance Would Lead to Tyranny in America

Listen to What Insiders Say About Mass Surveillance

Jimmy Carter’s National Security Adviser – a key American foreign policy architect (Zbigniew Brzezinski) – wrote in 1970:

The [future] era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information about the citizen. These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities.

In 1975, the head of the Senate committee investigating illegal spying and harassment by the U.S. government – Senator Frank Church – said about the NSA:

I know the capacity that is there to make tyranny total in America, and we must see to it that this agency and all agencies that possess this technology operate within the law and under proper supervision, so that we never cross over that abyss. That is the abyss from which there is no return.

The NSA has operated outside the law and without supervision by either Congress or the courts.  And see this and this.

Indeed, in 1991, a House intelligence committee report found “very limited internal oversight of the Agency [NSA] programs,” as well as no supervision of the agency by either the Defense Department Inspector General’s Office or the congressional watchdog agency, the General Accountability Office (GAO).

The same year, a report prepared by the Defense Department’s inspector general confirmed:

NSA did not have sufficient oversight mechanisms to ensure the Agency efficiently accomplished its mission.

Senator Church also warned in 1975:

[NSA’s] capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter. There would be no place to hide.  [If a dictator ever took over, the N.S.A.] could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back.

The NSA has, of course, turned its capability around on the American people.

BBC reported in 1999:

Republican Congressman Bob Barr has persuaded congress to open hearings into [mass spying] allegations.In December he is coming to Britain to raise awareness of the issue. In an interview with the BBC he accused the NSA of conducting a broad “dragnet” of communications, and “invading the privacy of American citizens.”

Top NSA whistleblower William Binney – the former head of the National Security Agency’s global digital data gathering program – held his thumb and forefinger close together over a year ago, and said:

We are, like, that far from a turnkey totalitarian state

Another high-level NSA whistleblower – Thomas Drake – has also warned that mass surveillance is leading to tyranny.

And another NSA whistleblower – Russ Tice – agrees.

No wonder whistleblower Edward Snowden says:

[If people don’t oppose the surveillance state now] it will be turnkey tyranny.

You might also want to listen to what a government official who actually worked for a tyrannical government thinks about the American spying program.  A lieutenant colonel in Stasi East Germany told McClatchy:

You know, for us, this would have been a dream come true.  So much information, on so many people.

The dark side to gathering such a broad, seemingly untargeted, amount of information is obvious.

It is the height of naivete to think that once collected this information won’t be used. This is the nature of secret government organizations.

Postscript: Mass surveillance doesn’t even help keep us safe.

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  • erichwwk

    Off by 25 years. Early opponents of the atomic bomb forecast the impact nuclear weapons would have on executive privilege, state secrets, a national security state before the bomb was ever dropped. the AEC Act of 1946 codified these “privileges”, and the 1954 revision of the Actclarified the “born secret” doctrine. From wiki’s “Born Secret” entry:

    “The legality of the ‘born secret’ doctrine was directly challenged in a freedom of the press case in 1979. (United States v. The Progressive). In that case, a magazine attempted to publish an account of the so-called “secret of the hydrogen bomb,” (theTeller-Ulam design), which was apparently created without recourse to classified information. Many analysts predicted that the US Supreme Court would, if it heard the case, reject the ‘born secret’ clause as being an unconstitutional restraint on speech. However, the government dropped the case as moot before it was resolved.”

    A good intro to the bomb as a vehicle to empower secrecy is Garry Wills book “Bomb Power” or the the video at Fora [ which includes a menu for viewing in hole or in parts] here:


  • erichwwk

    It is also my contention that the security state was enabled by large business interests, that through various organizations. One that must be included is the Council on Foreign Relations, a primary vehicle by which US and multinational corporations exert their influence over US policy. For example, before WW II was even over, effort to control the narrative of WW II (and the Atomic bomb) was already put in place. The 1946 Rockefeller Foundation annual report (beginning on page 186) details how this process to control the narrative to be taught in the public school system would be controlled, and its financing by the Foundation . On page 188 it states the Council on Foreign Relations was: “concerned that the debunking journalistic campaign following World War I should not be repeated” and that the Council :”believes that the American public deserves a clear and competent statement of our basic aims and activities during the second World War.” The RAND Corporation, the Committee on the Present Danger, Sen. “Scoop” Jackson’s Coalition for a Democratic Majority , the PNAC, were all iterations of the various form institutions used to meld Naional “security” with state secrets, and consolidate power in the hands of those “allowed to know”, as opposed to those denied information as to how their government works.

    Thanks for all YOUR reporting, btw, Kudos!

  • gozounlimited

    The open letter composed by Lon Snowden, along with his attorney, Bruce Fein, directed to US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden portrays the appreciation of a loving father for his selfless patriotic son.

    “The history of civilization is a history of brave men and women refusing to bow to government wrongdoing or injustice, and exalting knowledge, virtue, wisdom, and selflessness over creature comforts as the North Star of life. We believe your actions fall within that honorable tradition, a conviction we believe is shared by many.”

    We….The American People Concur….. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/02/edward-snowden-father-open-letter

  • wilson

    The NSA is a servant of a foreign
    power. Don’t tell me IDF-related companies Verint and Narus don’t feed
    all info back to Israeli government. Now we know the source of AIPAC’s
    power, blackmail info.

    Sharon: “We, the Jewish people, control America, and theAmericans know it.”

    Ehud Barak: “I said ‘get me President Bush on the phone’. They said he was in the
    middle of giving a speech in Philadelphia. I said I didn’t care. ‘I need
    to talk to him now’. He got off the podium and spoke to me.” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new

    Congress gave that eye darting, pathologically anxious mentally ill freak Netanyahu 29 standing ovations.

    Now we know why. Treasonous traitor NSA and Pentagon generals.

  • bostonblah

    the jews and israe did 911 ,so what does the NSA do? sub contrct all of its eavesdropping and wire tapping out to israeli companies like narus, verint ,comverse infosys, and amdocs ltd. ,,great idea after the rosenbergs, jonathan pollard , the AIPAC spy case ,the israeli “art students” who were “tracking” the 911 “hijackers” (patsies) ,they own the congress ,afficant, paul findley and other have said ,they give 80% of ALL political “donations” to BOTH parties according to a report titled “the lobby” written by professors john mersheimer and steve walt ,which was written years ago and before the citizens united ruling , we see the result in this in the general betrayus matter, as much of a subservient POs as he as he would not go far enough for the tribe who control the system so they sent n one of their whores, paula broadwell KRANTZ , just like they did with other shabbos goyim puppets who would not comply with every last psychopathic demand,daughter of AIPAC member monica LEWINSKY , rael hunter aka LISA DRUCK