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What we know about U.S. spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and many other foreign leaders, lends credence to those who argue that the scope and depth of U.S Signals Intelligence capabilities run contra to the purposes and powers given the government under the U.S. Constitution.
Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.
Even as the major Internet service companies press the government for permission to reveal some or all of what they have been ordered to hand over to a family of intelligence services, there appears no change in attitude from Washington. As recently as September 15th, former NSA and CIA Director Michael Hayden said, among other things, that “Gmail is the preferred Internet service provider of terrorists worldwide.”
Hayden also reiterated his belief that the Intelligence community, acting wisely and lawfully to protect the nation and its citizens from terrorist attack, has the right to take a picture of anything and everything that passes through a server or fiber run or routing apparatus outside and possibly inside U.S. borders.
The technology to capture and store the world’s electronic repository, whether data in place, or data in transit exists. Why not use it? The need exists.
The laws granting NSA the right to take that picture exists. The courts and congress, to the degree either one knows what’s happening, appear to approve sweeping signals intelligence data capture and surveillance.
Even the President says he believes the need for information about terrorist communications warrants the small intrusion NSA surveillance makes into the rights of privacy and freedom of the American people who twice elected him to the presidency.
Based on this set of facts and logic one could argue that Michael Hayden, Keith Alexander, James Clapper and Barack Obama are right — that government collection of everything digital makes America safe.
What we know about U.S. spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and many other foreign leaders, reveals something very different — that U.S. Signals Intelligence capabilities run contra to the purposes and powers given the government under the U.S. Constitution.
Which gives rise to many Americans openly wondering who will protect them from the U.S Government?
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