Proof that the Government Spies On ALL AMERICANS

Despite Lame Protestations to the Contrary by the Government …

The Guardian, New York Times, the ACLU and others have shredded the claim that the U.S. government doesn’t spy on Americans.

But since Obama, top NSA brass, and a handful of congress members are still pretending that they don’t spy on us, let’s review the facts.

NBC News reports:

NBC News has learned that under the post-9/11 Patriot Act, the government has been collecting records on every phone call made in the U.S.

On March 2011, FBI Director Robert Mueller told the Senate Judiciary Committee:

We put in place technological improvements relating to the capabilities of a database to pull together past emails and future ones as they come in so that it does not require an individualized search.

Remember, the FBI – unlike the CIA – deals with internal matters within the borders of the United States.

On May 1st of this year, former FBI agent Tim Clemente told CNN’s Erin Burnett that all present and past phone calls were recorded:

BURNETT: Tim, is there any way, obviously, there is a voice mail they can try to get the phone companies to give that up at this point. It’s not a voice mail. It’s just a conversation. There’s no way they actually can find out what happened, right, unless she tells them?

CLEMENTE: “No, there is a way. We certainly have ways in national security investigations to find out exactly what was said in that conversation. It’s not necessarily something that the FBI is going to want to present in court, but it may help lead the investigation and/or lead to questioning of her. We certainly can find that out.

BURNETT: “So they can actually get that? People are saying, look, that is incredible.

CLEMENTE: “No, welcome to America. All of that stuff is being captured as we speak whether we know it or like it or not.”

The next day, Clemente again appeared on CNN, this time with host Carol Costello, and she asked him about those remarks. He reiterated what he said the night before but added expressly that “all digital communications in the past” are recorded and stored:

NSA whistleblowers say that this means that the NSA collects “word for word”
all of our communications
.

In addition, top NSA whistleblower William Binney – the 32-year high-level NSA cryptographer and former head of the NSA’s global digital data gathering program – told us:

The DHS gave a list of words that they were looking for in text as a way to find potential bad guys. [Background.] Now, what do you think the DHS is searching? Looks like the NSA database of e-mails and file transfers of US citizens, does it not?

It has been extensively documented that the government is spying on just about everything we do. It’s not just “metadata” (… although that is much worse than you think.)

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.

Former NSA head Michael Hayden just confirmed that the government spies on our communications:

And the NSA isn’t the only agency which spies on Americans. Many other agencies – concerned only with domestic issues – spy on Americans as well.

Moreover, Reuters reports that – since the late 1990s – the NSA has been funneling its spying information to agencies throughout the country to prosecute petty crimes:

A secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans.

Although these cases rarely involve national security issues, documents reviewed by Reuters show that law enforcement agents have been directed to conceal how such investigations truly begin – not only from defense lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges.

[F]ederal agents are trained to “recreate” the investigative trail to effectively cover up where the information originated, a practice that some experts say violates a defendant’s Constitutional right to a fair trial. If defendants don’t know how an investigation began, they cannot know to ask to review potential sources of exculpatory evidence – information that could reveal entrapment, mistakes or biased witnesses.

“I have never heard of anything like this at all,” said Nancy Gertner, a Harvard Law School professor who served as a federal judge from 1994 to 2011. Gertner and other legal experts said the program sounds more troubling than recent disclosures that the National Security Agency has been collecting domestic phone records. The NSA effort is geared toward stopping terrorists; the DEA program targets common criminals, primarily drug dealers.

“It is one thing to create special rules for national security,” Gertner said. “Ordinary crime is entirely different. It sounds like they are phonying up investigations.”

The unit of the DEA that distributes the information is called the Special Operations Division, or SOD. Two dozen partner agencies comprise the unit, including the FBI, CIA, NSA, Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Homeland Security. It was created in 1994 to combat Latin American drug cartels and has grown from several dozen employees to several hundred.

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“Remember that the utilization of SOD cannot be revealed or discussed in any investigative function,” a document presented to agents reads. The document specifically directs agents to omit the SOD’s involvement from investigative reports, affidavits, discussions with prosecutors and courtroom testimony. Agents are instructed to then use “normal investigative techniques to recreate the information provided by SOD.”

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A former federal agent in the northeastern United States who received such tips from SOD described the process. “You’d be told only, ‘Be at a certain truck stop at a certain time and look for a certain vehicle.’ And so we’d alert the state police to find an excuse to stop that vehicle, and then have a drug dog search it,” the agent said.

After an arrest was made, agents then pretended that their investigation began with the traffic stop, not with the SOD tip, the former agent said. The training document reviewed by Reuters refers to this process as “parallel construction.”

The two senior DEA officials, who spoke on behalf of the agency but only on condition of anonymity, said the process is kept secret to protect sources and investigative methods. “Parallel construction is a law enforcement technique we use every day,” one official said. “It’s decades old, a bedrock concept.”

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“It’s just like laundering money – you work it backwards to make it clean,” said Finn Selander, a DEA agent from 1991 to 2008 and now a member of a group called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, which advocates legalizing and regulating narcotics.

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“You can’t game the system,” said former federal prosecutor Henry E. Hockeimer Jr. “You can’t create this subterfuge. These are drug crimes, not national security cases. If you don’t draw the line here, where do you draw it?”

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“I was pissed,” the prosecutor said. “Lying about where the information came from is a bad start if you’re trying to comply with the law because it can lead to all kinds of problems with discovery and candor to the court.”

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Current and former federal agents said SOD tips aren’t always helpful – one estimated their accuracy at 60 percent. But current and former agents said tips have enabled them to catch drug smugglers who might have gotten away.

And see this must-watch interview with the Reuters reporter who broke the story:

It’s not just drug offenses. The IRS and many other agencies use the information to go after petty violations of law.

The Washington Post points out:

The intelligence … is actively being applied to criminal investigations against Americans….

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  • di is in los angeles

    There is no effective “reform” possible. Mass spying must stop and all saved data dumped.

  • MrEthiopian

    Why does this site auto play some audio clip every time I open up your home page, its annoying and until you fix it Im not comming back!

    • gozounlimited

      Bummer…..it appears you are the only one experiencing the interference you describe.

  • Tonto

    It’s obvious that within our government and within the telecommunications industry, there are computer scientists who did these things knowing full well what they were doing was a criminal act, (RICOH).

    Not one of these perpetrators can claim they were in the dark about the legality of what they have been doing. One can envision these mad scientists playing god chortling to themselves about the god-like power they have assumed. They honestly believe they are above the law.

    This is part of an ethic that is cultivated within the many cabals of science. The unabashed criminality is astonishing, revolting -and- it should be terrifying. These scientific perpetrators are continuing today with the very same crimes that have so recently been exposed. This sort of criminal conduct is beyond reproach. These criminal scientists are playing god. They are acting as if they are above the law.

    The scientific criminals that secretly are invading the Constitution-defined privacy rights of every American are no different in their criminal ethics than the scientific criminals that designed and continue to operate dangerously faulty nuclear power generation facilities all over the world.

    It’s time people opened their eyes about what science really is.

    Science is now just another clever, hybrid form of criminality.

  • gozounlimited

    Ron Paul Calls NSA’s Alexander and Clapper Liars

    “Their claimed successes are all built on lies,” Paul said.

    (KitDaniels) – On the August 6 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Dr. Ron Paul responded to this very straightforward statement which appeared in a recent New York Times article:

    Some analysts and Congressional officials suggested Friday that emphasizing a terrorist threat now was a good way to divert attention from the uproar over the N.S.A.’s data-collection programs, and that if it showed the intercepts had uncovered a possible plot, even better.

    “Well, it’s not amazing that this is the truth,” Paul said in response. “It’s amazing, I think, that the New York Times would admit it.” …… http://dprogram.net/2013/08/09/ron-paul-calls-nsas-alexander-and-clapper-liars/
    ++++++++++++
    (StormCloudsGathering) – You’ve probably heard the media talking about the impending terrorist attack, but here’s what they aren’t telling you….. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQFfhqUBacg

  • Lance Drager

    Once again, you have to wonder how little the media understands about the context. There has been a law since the 1980′s that the government can read your email. No one ever concealed that.

    I don’t think that’s the way the law should be. But there is no reason for *surprise* that it is that way.

    • Michael Dellacava

      What law? If true, then this would be the same as reading any mail; electronic or otherwise. Can you cite such a law circa 1980?

      • Lookoutforchris

        1986 Stored Communications Act

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stored_Communications_Act

        Various federal agencies have claimed (and acted on their claims) that they can access your email, not in transit, but as it is stored on the mail server. I don’t agree with it but this is the state of things as f right now.

  • Gamee Accoun

    I can’t wait for the next drip drip drip of our civil liberties going down the toilet…ijits

    • SupernaturalCat

      The steady drip, drip, drip of tip-toe totalitarianism is unnecessary now that the corp/state realizes it can take huge leaps forward (backwards!) at a time with little or no resistance from the brainwashed populace …all courtesy of this manufactured ‘war’ which is a very REAL war on democracy/humanity.

  • Chris

    From the Second to the First and the Fourth. This administration is determined to violate and abolish our civil rights. I think that is why they work so hard to keep us divided. They know if we unite and say NO MORE ! They will not have any choice but to listen …. or we ALL will vote them out.

  • Washington76
  • bittman

    I’m hoping Representative Amash strengthens his bill and reintroduces it. I think there is a good chance it will pass now. But, then, it will probably be shelved in the Senate like most of the other bills passed by the House since the 2010 elections — a fact that the Administration’s media never mentions when it criticizes Congress. I am beginning to think that by the time the average Democrat wakes up to what the Progressives are doing to this country, it will be too late.

  • Athena Roberts

    It looks like google just ‘vanished’ the last clip regarding the Reuters reporter breaking this story. Scary how Google and NSA are not just monitoring the internet, but censoring it as well. This is truly horrifying. I am genuinely scared of living under Patriot Act Law. This *must* be repealed.

 

 

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