Only a FOOL Still Believes the NSA

Why Does Anyone Still Believe the NSA?

The NSA and other intelligence officials have been repeatedly caught lying about their spying programs.

Officials in the legislative, judicial and executive branches of government all say that the mass surveillance on Americans is unnecessary:

  • 3 Senators with top secret clearance “have reviewed this surveillance extensively and have seen no evidence that the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records has provided any intelligence of value that could not have been gathered through less intrusive means”

A member of the White House review panel on NSA surveillance said he was “absolutely” surprised when he discovered the agency’s lack of evidence that the bulk collection of telephone call records had thwarted any terrorist attacks.“It was, ‘Huh, hello? What are we doing here?’” said Geoffrey Stone, a University of Chicago law professor….

“That was stunning. That was the ballgame,” said one congressional intelligence official, who asked not to be publicly identified. “It flies in the face of everything that they have tossed at us.”

The conclusions of the panel’s reports were at direct odds with public statements by President Barack Obama and U.S. intelligence officials.

Top terrorism and security experts also agree, saying that:

Indeed, the NSA itself no longer claims that its mass spying program has stopped terror attacks or saved lives. Instead, intelligence spokesmen themselves now claim that mass spying is just an “insurance policy” to give “peace of mind”.

But given that mass surveillance by governments on their own people have always been used – for at least 500 years – to crush dissent, that the NSA has a long history of spying on Congress for political purposes, and that high-level NSA whistleblowers say that the NSA is using spying to blackmail politicians and social critics and to prosecute people the government dislikes, the question is whose peace of mind the programs preserve

And while the NSA claims that disclosure of its spying programs hurts America’s security, that’s what authoritarians always say. For example:

  • When leakers disclosed that the FBI was conducting mass spying on – and smearing – anti-war Americans, attorney general John Mitchell said that the leaks would “endanger” the lives of government agents

So how can anyone believe the NSA at this point?

Unfortunately, fear of terror makes people unable to think straight … and when the government undertakes a large, idiotic project – like launching the Iraq war – many people will go to great lengths to grasp at straws to try to rationalize the government’s ill-conceived campaign.

The minority of Americans who believe the NSA have – sadly – fallen for the same trick

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  • gozounlimited

    I’m privileged…… I have my own NSA Geek…….. gave him a few days off.

  • ascetic43

    Or only a fool believes ‘GOVERNMENT”. It’s not “the NSA” lying. It’s “GOVERNMENT”.

  • Wan

    Great Blog! Of course mass surveillance is not necessary, but the more people have a job in ‘security’ sector, the less people will rise up. Indeed the 99% have the power. What to do? See

  • Jolly Roger

    Whether or not you believe them is irrelevant. As their actions are obviously unconstitutional, they’ve violated the supreme law of the land, and deserve (need) to be punished for it.
    Why allow the debate to be shifted to their credibility when we should be discussing whether or not they deserve a trial, or should be walked straight to the gallows?

    It’s a question of whether or not you’re going to endure endless incremental infringements of your constitutional rights, or prepare to do something about it.

    Tyranny doesn’t stop encroaching. It’ll progress slowly and steadily until your reduced to slavery, or left for dead, but don’t expect this gang of psychopaths to suddenly become decent people and start respecting you as a human being. And recent history (Ron Paul) proves that you’re not going to vote your way out of this, either.

    They’ll continue pushing until they have everything, so if you don’t want to lose whatever is left for you and your children, you better be ready to fight for what you have. You’re going to have to fight for your kids, your home, and your life, of you’re going to lose them.

    Preparing for war isn’t a political decision, or a debatable subject anymore. You’re being attacked, and if you don’t fight back, you’re going to be killed. It’s come to this, so get used to it, and get ready for it.

  • Britta Larsen

    Dear Mr. Obama from Britta Larsen, Mariendalsvej 30, 2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark. Do not listen if you here any negative Things about me, I will try to help the owners on the large store that closed Down and fired 2000 people. I was not trying to acuse you for spying, I did not realise how you thinking. I am not an enemy. I am just trying to come with some suggestions to help America, keep the spirit up and go back to Work.