Americans Are More Skeptical About NSA Spying than Ever

Despite Massive Propaganda Campaign

We’ve previously noted:

  • Only 11% of Americans trust Obama to actually do anything to rein in spying

Despite the massive propaganda push by the NSA and its lackeys in Congress, the people still aren’t buying it.

Bill Moyers notes:

A new poll finds that Americans are increasingly concerned about their online privacy — and it’s the result of increased media attention on NSA surveillance. The poll, USA Today’s Byron Acohido writes, is the “latest proof point of what could, at the end of the day, take hold as a tectonic societal shift: the return of privacy as a social norm. Call it the Edward Snowden effect.” The poll, conducted by Harris Interactive and commissioned by software company ESET, found that four out of five Americans have changed their social media security settings, and most of those people have made the changes in the last six months. Acohido writes:

…[T]he steady flow of revelations from the Snowden documents, detailing the pervasive nature of the National Security Agency’s anti-terrorism surveillance activities, has kept privacy top of mind for many consumers.

Of course the NSA can tap into online data to the extent it does largely because commercial companies, led by Google and Facebook, pursue business models that treat consumer privacy as a free profit-making resource.

It took a wild card, in the form of Edward Snowden, to get the masses focused on who is doing online tracking and profiling, and for what agendas.

Huffington Post notes:

A majority of Americans think that current oversight over data the NSA can collect about Americans is inadequate, and almost half think oversight of the data the NSA collects about foreigners is inadequate, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll.

According to the new poll, 54 percent of Americans think federal courts and rules put in place by Congress do not provide adequate oversight over the phone and Internet data the NSA can collect about Americans, while only 17 percent said that the oversight is adequate.

And the Washington Post writes:

[A] poll of 1,000 people, conducted by YouGov from Oct. 5 to Oct. 7 …  indicated, however, that the National Security Agency had not demonstrated that its phone and Internet data-collection programs were “necessary to combat terrorism” as it tried to deal with recent disclosures based on documents released to journalists by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Postscript: It probably doesn’t help that – instead of coming clean – the NSA and its supporters have been caught lying again and again, or that they are still so tone deaf that they are cheerfully trying to sell the glories of a surveillance state.

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  • Robert Barsocchini

    Acohido writes:

    “detailing the pervasive nature of the National Security Agency’s anti-terrorism surveillance activities”

    You can take out the phrase “anti-terrorism”, now. That’s been debunked for quite a while. The USA is illegally spying on billions of civilians without warrants, conducting industrial espionage, spying on oil conglomerates like OPEC, and spying on allied political officials.

    According to top NSA spokesmen, the NSA has stopped “maybe one” terrorist threat, and that “one” was a guy sending a few hundred dollars to a group on the meaningless US Executive branch “terrorist” list, which Nelson Mandela was on for years when the US was supporting South African apartheid. So this shows you what their list is worth. At that time, we were supposed to believe Nelson Mandela was running a terrorist organization that threatened US national security.

  • hp b

    The world Israeli could easily be substituted for the acronym NSA.
    Same difference.

  • GMO cull

    “The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” ~~ Martin Luther King, Jr.