“These Programs Were Never About Terrorism: They’re About Economic Spying, Social Control, and Diplomatic Manipulation. They’re About Power”

Snowden Gives the Big Picture

Edward Snowden wrote yesterday about mass surveillance by the NSA:

These programs were never about terrorism: they’re about economic spying, social control, and diplomatic manipulation. They’re about power.

He’s right.

These Programs Were Never About Terrorism

The NSA started mass spying on Americans before 9/11 … and various excuses have been used over the years.

The NSA was already spying on American Senators and prominent Americans who spoke out against the Vietnam War more than 40 years ago.

The NSA has also been conducting industrial espionage for many decades. 

There is no evidence that mass surveillance has prevented a single terrorist attack. And see this confirming opinion by a federal judge. On the contrary, top counter-terror experts say that mass spying actually hurts U.S. counter-terror efforts (more here and here).

If NSA spying were really focused on terrorism, our allies and companies wouldn’t be fighting back so hard against it.

Economic Spying

The NSA conducts widespread industrial espionage on our allies, such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, United Nations, the Vatican and the Pope, France, the leaders of Germany, Brazil and Mexico, the European Union, the European Parliament, the G20 summit, and at least 35 world leaders.

That has nothing to do with terrorism. Indeed, a confidential government memo admits that the spying didn’t help prevent terrorism:

The memo acknowledges that eavesdropping on the numbers had produced “little reportable intelligence”.

The NSA is also spying on the biggest financial payments systems such as VISA and Swift.

In a slide leaked by Edward Snowden, “economic” was one of the main justifications for spying.

The top U.S. spy’s justification for such financial spying is:

“We collect this information for many important reasons: for one, it could provide the United States and our allies early warning of international financial crises which could negatively impact the global economy. It also could provide insight into other countries’ economic policy or behavior which could affect global markets.”

(Top financial experts say that the NSA and other intelligence agencies are also using the information to profit from this inside information. And the NSA wants to ramp up its spying on Wall Street … to “protect” it.)

Diplomatic Manipulation

Spying on allies such as the United Nations, European Union, the European Parliament, the G20 summit, the Vatican and the Pope, and at least 35 world leaders is obviously at least partially aimed at gaining advantage in diplomatic negotiations.

Indeed, the United States Trade Representative is one of the “customers” of NSA data.

Social Control

History shows that mass spying is always focused on crushing dissentnot on keeping us safe.

High-level American government officials have warned for 40 years that mass surveillance would lead to tyranny.   They’ve warned that the government is using information gained through mass surveillance in order to go after anyone they take a dislike to.

A lieutenant colonel for the Stasi East German’s – based upon his experience – agrees. And German Chancellor Angela Merkel – who grew up in Stasi Germany – says the NSA is exactly the same.  Indeed, top American constitutional experts say that the Obama and Bush administration are not only worse than Nixon … but worse than the Stasi East Germans. They also say that NSA spying is exactly the type of oppression that the Founding Fathers launched the Revolutionary War to stop. And see this.

The NSA tracks users’ porn … to discredit them … just like J. Edgar Hoover did in the bad old days of the FBI.  The NSA shares this information with a host of other agencies, such as the Departments of Justice and Commerce and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

(Indeed – as previously reported – all of the information gained by the NSA through spying is shared with federal, state and local agencies, and they are using that information to prosecute petty crimes such as drugs and taxes. The agencies are instructed to intentionally “launder” the information gained through spying, i.e. to pretend that they got the information in a more legitimate way … and to hide that from defense attorneys and judges.)

TechDirt points out:

It’s important to note here that the “targets” in this case are not US persons, and they all do appear to dislike the US, and some appear to have advocated for jihad against the US. However, as the report notes, most of them are not terrorists or even connected to any terrorist organization. They’re just activists and advocates who have spoken out criticizing the US. In one case, a guy was targeted for claiming that “the U.S. brought the 9/11 attacks upon itself” — an argument that plenty of respectable people have made. The lack of any terrorist connection is actually, stunningly, used against these individuals, as one NSA document notes that since they don’t communicate with terrorists it’s worse because it suggests “that the target audience includes individuals who do not yet hold extremist views but who are susceptible to the extremist message.”

A high-level NSA whistleblower says that the NSA is spying on – and blackmailing – top government officials and military officers, including Supreme Court Justices, high-ranked generals, Colin Powell and other State Department personnel, and many other top officials. And see this:

He says the NSA started spying on President Obama when he was a candidate for Senate:

Another very high-level NSA whistleblower – the head of the NSA’s global intelligence gathering operation – says that the NSA targeted CIA chief Petraeus.

And the main whistleblower on the NSA’s spying 40 years ago thinks that the NSA may be blackmailing its overseers in D.C.

And see this.

The proof is in the pudding: 2 former presidents, a vice president and a judge all warn that NSA spying is tyrannical.

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  • Dumb ass

    Live on hope all you want, bill of rights, constitution ect. People don’t really care what’s going on. Those who do and have a mind are simply to busy working to understand that the media was purchased a long time ago by the same entity’s who watch us. Who else would have enough money to make such a purchase. Always follow the money. Unfortunately we have all been doing exactly that and we lost focus. It was our duty to do just the opposite. We are so screwed. History always repeats itself. Now you know why. Complacency is disastrous.

  • Randa

    I agree with you Dumb Ass, and I wonder if that shithole in Utah will somehow be prevented from ever opening.

    We need to sing the unsung song of whistle=blowers.

    • Leslie Dawson

      Truth time

      • bariola

        No, I see a young woman and a middle-aged woman.

    • paul buns

      The facility in Utah has been operating for a while now, just not at “full capacity”.

  • SupernaturalCat

    Only a populace so staggeringly devoid of reality and ignorant of any appreciable historic perspective of how/why Power operates as it does and the ideology driving it would have ever given even a modicum of credence to the warped concept of spending gazillions of dollars annually on a draconian police state infrastructure that was clearly set up to target and monitor the populace, who are thee potential “terrorists” in the 1%ers fucked equation. Incredible that more people haven’t figured out that the very same interests that strategically destroyed the economy and gutted social safety nets are likewise the very same interests championing the police state’s phony drug and terror war$.

    • Leslie Dawson

      Time to tell the truth!

      • Hampus Sjöberg

        wat?

        • Leslie Dawson

          For your vagina

        • Leslie Dawson

          wat

      • Hampus Sjöberg

        wat?

      • YuppieRepublic

        Feminism is being blurred with Whoredom, there are too many people blurring the lines between women’s rights to make a living with their clothes on and the women who are copacetic enough to pretend that nudity for pay is feminism when men do not do that to make a living unless they’re costumed and live in West Hollywood.
        No thanks. The majority needs two incomes to survive per household, and I think women need to demand equal rights in the workforce by outlawing the sex trade and pay-for-strip regime that keeps us all on our knees.
        I’ll give the politicians a dollar to outlaw the inequity between men’s work and what lesser women accept as work. Men can pay us for what they pay men for and live like we do, with their pants zipped.

        • Leslie Dawson

          Women don’t want equal rights. they want SPECIAL RIGHTS.

    • The Name

      i.e. The US populace of mouth-breathers that fill up comments on Huffington Post and FOX News alike.

  • Leslie Dawson

    Truth time…

    • Jess Tea

      hey, who loves misogony!

    • gorgeousninja

      linking NSA with misogyny

      • Leslie Dawson

        Pathetic faaaggot crying like a butthurt little biiitch lol!

        • gorgeousninja

          I hope when you grow up youre not such a twat as now but its doubtful.

    • gorgeousninja

      linking NSA with misogyny

    • gorgeousninja

      linking NSA with misogyny

    • gorgeousninja

      linking NSA with misogyny

  • nigger

    What the fuck is wrong with this article, single sentence paragraphs full of links? Jesus fucking christ.

    • Rygar

      They want to back up everything there are saying with sources. I for one appreciate it.

  • nigger

    What the fuck is wrong with this article, single sentence paragraphs full of links? Jesus fucking christ.

  • bp

    Links to other blog posts are not proper citations

  • bp

    Links to other blog posts are not proper citations

  • bp

    Links to other blog posts are not proper citations

  • bp

    Links to other blog posts are not proper citations

  • http://www.thevisionmachine.com/ Conrad Brean

    The line between democracy and dictatorship is thin. Carl Schmidt

  • http://www.thevisionmachine.com/ Conrad Brean

    The line between democracy and dictatorship is thin. Carl Schmidt

  • http://www.thevisionmachine.com/ Conrad Brean

    The line between democracy and dictatorship is thin. Carl Schmidt

  • http://www.thevisionmachine.com/ Conrad Brean

    The line between democracy and dictatorship is thin. Carl Schmidt

  • brearly

    Just remember Congressman George Vernon Hansen (Look him up!)

  • brearly

    Just remember Congressman George Vernon Hansen (Look him up!)

    • bariola

      Just read about him. Wow, he criticized the IRS and the power elite wound up putting him in prison for a time and subjected him to torture via medical neglect, forced him to work with poisonous materials, etc. That is just so disgusting, but par for the course. Our government is NOT our government – it is a mafia organization writ large.

  • brearly

    Just remember Congressman George Vernon Hansen (Look him up!)

  • Cheri Roberts

    Well done as always…

  • OpinionChan

    Priceless. In the meantime, Amerifats continue to lambast China for their spying and whatnot…

  • Birther 2.0

    Its funny that throughout the nsa, there was ONE person that had the decency and morals to call them out. They must have a pretty good hiring system in place to weed out the good, decent, intelligent applicants. They know what kind of person they are looking for. Unfortunately for them they were beaten/outsmarted by Sir Snowden. Thank you Edward Snowden from a grateful country.

    • Anna

      THREE or more. Don’t forget William Binney and Russell Tice.

  • Grend Fong

    Sounds like some pretty serious business to me man.
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  • gozounlimited
  • gozounlimited

    Fly With Me

  • LWGII

    Obama should be impeached for this horrendous abuse of our civil rights.

    • A Name

      No doubt, but Bush Jr & Sr. should both be tried and executed for treason. If there was another american revolution, assuming the good guys won, that’s exactly what would happen.

      • bariola

        Obama, Bush Jr., et al are ALL puppets of the international mafia that runs this country. The false left/right paradigm only serves to divide us and give us the illusion of freedom.

    • bariola

      Agreed.

  • Marc

    9/11 was allowed to happen as an excuse to launch the global war on freedom.

    FREE AMERICA

    DIRECT DEMOCRACY

    • bariola

      A few rag tag Muslim terrorists did not pull off the 9/11 attacks. The Twin Towers were demolished with nano-thermite (they fell into their own footprint at free fall speed as did Blg 7 which was not hit by a plane – go to the Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth website for more info), the Pentagon was most likely hit by something like a Tomahawk missile (judging from the size of the entry hole; former 9/11 commissioner Tim Roemer even slipped up in an interview and stated that a missile hit the Pentagon) and as for UA flight 93, I’m not really sure but it appears that it may have been shot out of the sky.

      If you think the above is out of the realm of possibility, then you’ve never heard of Operation Northwoods and Operation Gladio.

      • bariola

        Before anyone gives me a thumbs down, you really, seriously need to read Operation Northwoods (which is a declassified DOD and Joint Chiefs of Staff proposal to JFK, which he rejected, to commit false flag attacks on U.S. soil as a pretext to invade Cuba – in other words, several scenarios involved the spilling of blood on American soil by American operatives that would be blamed on the Cubans).

        Operation Gladio was a CIA/NATO stay-behind operation post WWll in which operatives committed false flag terrorist attacks (i.e., bombings) in various European countries (Italy, Belgium, France, Germany, etc.) in which innocent citizens would be hurt or killed; the attacks would then be blamed on Communist terrorists. This went on until at least the 80′s until it became public knowledge in 1990 and formal investigations were initiated in Europe (a few low or mid-level flunkies were indicted but as you can imagine, the political elite escaped scot free claiming, with a few exceptions, no knowledge of Gladio).

        Do Gladio-type operations still go on? Nah, our government has become paragons of virtue since the 80′s, that was ancient history…………….

  • wa941905@gmail.com

    If our “authorities” were doing what they were supposed to do, paid to do, and claim to do there would be no need for Snowden. So they scapegoat him. They need the spotlight shone on them.

  • posterdiary
  • bariola

    We’re all being monitored here in violation of the 4rth Amendment of the Bill of Rights. Nevertheless, everyone in the Muslim world hates us for our freedoms. The TV commercial says we are “a global force for good.”

    Tell that to the women and children and elderly that Obama regularly drone bombs in Pakistan, Somalia, Afghanistan, etc.. Tell that to the million or so children that died in agony, many due to starvation, as a result of U.S. and U.N. sanctions against Iraq in the 90′s. Yes, they hate us for our freedoms, that’s it.

    Tell that to the thousands of Afghan civilians who have been butchered ostensibly over the 9/11 false flag attacks when in reality, we invaded Afghanistan to gain control over opium production (which is at an all-time high in Afghanistan per recent news articles). Most of the alleged 9/11 hijackers (many of whom turned up alive after-the-fact) were from Saudi Arabia. So why didn’t we invade Saudi Arabia?
    Answer: because we secured their oil decades ago.

    The reality is, we are under the control of an international mafia consisting of a tiny minority of sociopathic western elites who bring in most of the hard drugs (e.g., Iran/Contra – RIP Gary Webb), control most of the sex slave trafficking (DynCorp, Halliburton and U.N. peacekeepers in Bosnia are but the tip of the iceberg), launder billions if not trillions in drug money annually (and the mega-banks who launder the money always get off with a hand slap and NO jail time), sabotage the global economy with the ultimate goal of creating a global two-class system of government and warmonger for fun and profit.

    They will do anything, and I mean ANYTHING, to divert attention away from their increasingly transparent corruption. So, have some extra supplies on hand just in case, be a good person and don’t believe everything Big Brother and their lapdog msm tell you.

 

 

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