Treasonous Spying: Shoot the Messenger, Not the Monitor
Is he who watches the watchers a hero or villain? A traitor or whistleblower? And do the watched even take notice?
In true form, the regular fixtures of establishment media and Washington circles have come forward to demonize the most recent whistleblower, former National Security Administration (NSA) Contractor Edward Snowden, as well as journalist Glenn Greenwald who published Snowden’s leaks.
Together they reveal a program of massive, wholesale surveillance by the NSA of American’s Internet activities on every major platform available.
Instead of focusing on the fact that warrantless wiretaps have continued since shortly after September 11 (if not prior to 9/11), as well as through web communications since (at a minimum) 2007, the story has been centered around the “treason” committed by Snowden, who the mainstream media has been quick to point out again and again is a mere high school dropout (although that didn’t stop the NSA from paying him $200,000 a year as an NSA contractor).
As with the Bradley Manning case, shooting the messenger has become sport. The much larger crimes of systematically violating America’s Bill of Rights and Constitution using new high tech powers never before held by government are glossed over by apologists, cynics and apathetics alike.
The real story remains constant: it doesn’t seem to matter what puppet president is in office, the larger agenda of controlling the once-free United States always moves forward.
Greenwald, an investigative journalist and one of the foremost critics of America’s unaccountable drone program, has been specifically targeted by NSA contractors including HBGary Federal in retaliation for Greenwald’s support of Wikileaks’ covert government misdeed exposure.
Now, in attempt to discredit Greenwald’s work in bringing forward another whistleblower, Council on Foreign Relations member and obsessive gun control advocate Senator Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Mike Rogers, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, asserted that Greenwald did not understand the nature of the surveillance program, absurdly insisting that Americans’ privacy (somehow) remains intact.
Rogers went so far as to claim that the NSA ‘wasn’t spying’ and denied that data mining was even possible, declaring with a straight face that a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court order was necessary to even retrieve information, and that even then, no names could be obtained through the data.
Besides, a — as in one, single, solitary — terrorist plot was supposedly disrupted ‘in the last few years’ through the NSA spy program.
Apparently, the establishment has wagered that its television audience is dazed enough to actually believe that a $2 billion NSA spy hub was built in the desert merely to feel around in the dark and grasp at straws in the hopes of stopping a terrorist, while the cutesy civil liberties of the American people are safely locked away in a security box.
Obviously, such a naïve and unconcerned audience — where it exists — is under the impression that technologically adverse terrorists in a foreign land hate our freedoms more than the power hungry technocrats who’ve taken control of our present system of Western culture.
Are we witnessing an expansive data mining protective bubble that will safeguard against evildoers, or the infiltration of a free system by the world’s first high-tech super-tyranny, albeit wearing a subtle and often velvet-lined mask?