The Deep State's Christmas Present To America: Surveillance That Never Ends

Authored by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,

Just in time for Christmas, the Deep State wants to give America the gift that keeps on giving: never-ending mass surveillance.

I’m not referring to the kind of surveillance carried out by that all-knowing and all-seeing Jolly Old St. Nick and his informant the Elf on the Shelf (although, to be fair, they have helped to acclimate us to a world in which we’re always being watched and judged by higher authorities).

No, this particular bit of Yuletide gift-giving comes courtesy of the Deep State (a.k.a. the Surveillance State, Police State, Shadow Government and black-ops spy agencies).

If this power-hungry cabal gets its way, the government’s power to spy on its citizens will soon be all-encompassing and permanent.

As it now stands, Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Actthe legal basis for two of the National Security Agency’s largest mass surveillance programs, “PRISM” and “Upstream”—is set to expire at the end of 2017.

“PRISM” lets the NSA access emails, video chats, instant messages, and other content sent via Facebook, Google, Apple and others. “Upstream” lets the NSA worm its way into the internet backbone—the cables and switches owned by private corporations like AT&T that make the internet into a global network—and scan traffic for the communications of tens of thousands of individuals labeled “targets.”

Section 702 has been used as an end-run around the Constitution to allow the government to collect the actual content of Americans’ emails, phone calls, text messages and other electronic communication without a warrant.

Under Section 702, the government collects and analyzes over 250 million internet communications every year. There are estimates that at least half of these contain information about U.S. residents, many of whom have done nothing wrong. This information is then shared with law enforcement and “routinely used for purposes unrelated to national security.”

Mind you, Section 702 gives the government access to the very content of your conversations (phone calls, text messages, video chats), your photographs, your emails.

So beware of what you say, what you read, what you write, where you go, and with whom you communicate, because it will all be recorded, stored and used against you eventually, at a time and place of the government’s choosing. Privacy, as we have known it, is dead.

For all intents and purposes, we now have a fourth branch of government.

This fourth branch came into being without any electoral mandate or constitutional referendum, and yet it possesses superpowers, above and beyond those of any other government agency save the military. It is all-knowing, all-seeing and all-powerful. It operates beyond the reach of the president, Congress and the courts, and it marches in lockstep with the corporate elite who really call the shots in Washington, DC.

The government’s “technotyranny” surveillance apparatus has become so entrenched and entangled with its police state apparatus that it’s hard to know anymore where law enforcement ends and surveillance begins.

The short answer: they have become one and the same entity.

The police state has passed the baton to the surveillance state.

This hasn’t fazed President Trump who, much like his predecessors, has thus far marched in lockstep with the dictates of the police state.

For months, the Trump Administration has been actively lobbying Congress to reauthorize Section 702 in its entirety. Now, according to The Intercept, Trump is actively considering a proposal to establish his own global, private spy network that would circumvent official U.S. intelligence agencies and answer directly to the White House.

If approved, this would be yet another secret government agency carrying out secret surveillance and counterintelligence, funded by a secret black ops budget that by its very nature does away with transparency, bypasses accountability and completely eludes any form of constitutionality.

As if we weren’t being spied on enough already.

On any given day, the average American is now monitored, surveilled, spied on and tracked in more than 20 different ways by both government and corporate eyes and ears.

Every second of every day, the American people are being spied on by the U.S. government’s vast network of digital Peeping Toms, electronic eavesdroppers and robotic snoops.

Talk about a system rife for abuse.

Ask the government why it’s carrying out this warrantless surveillance on American citizens, and you’ll get the same Orwellian answer the government has been trotting out since 9/11 to justify its assaults on our civil liberties: to keep America safe.

Yet warrantless mass surveillance by the government and its corporate cohorts hasn’t made America any safer. And it certainly isn’t helping to preserve our freedoms. Frankly, America will never be safe as long as the U.S. government is allowed to shred the Constitution.

Now the government wants us to believe that we have nothing to fear from its mass spying program because they’re only looking to get the “bad” guys who are overseas.

Don’t believe it.

Warrantless mass surveillance of American citizens is wrong, un-American, and unconstitutional.

Clearly, the outlook for reforming the government’s unconstitutional surveillance programs does not look good.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, whenever the rights of the American people are pitted against the interests of the military/corporate/security complex, “we the people” lose. Unless Congress develops a conscience—or suddenly remembers that they owe their allegiance to the citizenry and not the corporate state—we’re about to lose big.

It’s time to let Section 702 expire or reform the law to ensure that millions and millions of Americans are not being victimized by a government that no longer respects its constitutional limits.

Mark my words: if Congress votes to make the NSA’s vast spying powers permanent, it will be yet another brick in the wall imprisoning us within an electronic concentration camp from which there is no escape.

Comments

BobEore stizazz Thu, 12/14/2017 - 00:23 Permalink

Scam story...
limited hangout cover up, of the usual kind.

No mention of Srael. None. Zip....

Zero
hedgies know that their personal communication devices, channels and finances are all overseen by unseen sraeli corporate players ownership of media/government/finance is now almost total.

But...

we don't wanna talk about Operation Talpiot, Room 8200 or the dozens of other ways that talmudists now control every aspect of your lives...

because the sweet stuff - red/blue battles over fake news narratives - is enuff... to keep us glued to the \non\news/news feed drippin sugary poisoned punch into our veins!

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Bes auricle Thu, 12/14/2017 - 01:02 Permalink

Trumpthe greatest gift to the DEEP STATEbecause people are dumb enough tothink they are against him------the "war on trump" is all distractionand all divide and conquer tactics-------------------------thus allowingthe Police State to grow and be more militarizedmore Civil Asset Forfeiturethe MIC to get the biggest budget in history with no end in sightmoar MENA warsunabashed ZionismOligarchs to be able to bring all their overseas hoarded cash back homemassive giveaways to the rich with crumbs for everyone elseno talk of the War on Cashno talk of ending the FEDactivley destroying Net Neutralityand this list is just getting started........----------and morons circle the wagon around this guy...... hahahah!fucking patheticTrump is a deep state wet dream#maga

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Escrava Isaura Bes Thu, 12/14/2017 - 02:07 Permalink

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Surveillance? Who cares. Most are not doing anything illegal. Second, everyone with a phone this day can do surveillance. It’s great that cops ware body cameras.   The real issue is not surveillance, deep state, or Bitcoin. These are just distractions. The real issue is the upper/leisure class (parasites) taking from the middle class (bourgeoisie/conservatives) that blames the lower working class who are the people that are doing the real job and don’t have time to complain, and even less notice that they are be blaming.  

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D-REGZ Escrava Isaura Thu, 12/14/2017 - 02:22 Permalink

Yeah, it's great to have zero trust in LE, and require them to wear body cameras. That way I can see from first-person vantage point the innocent murder of a father of two in Arizona, you fucking twat. The elites play a game of upper class tag team with lower class against the middle. So take your concern for the middle class and shove it. Insincere nonsense.

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shamus001 Bes Thu, 12/14/2017 - 08:19 Permalink

Daily, I read comments by activists, against Jews. Answer me this: How does it support Jewry to "control ALL aspects of whities in the U.S. (and in the world) by destroying Christendom in favor of scientism, or even Darwinism? Which if grown to dull fruitation will end in the martyrdom of Jew and Christians alike? A wirls LED by Christians has only protected Jews and saved them from utter destruction by more than recent history! I think (if your not an anti-semite schill) you will find that there are MORE than a single factor in play here; that perhaps Zion has its fingers in many pies (as it must in order to preserve itself against the ever- constant piwers that seek to extinguish it since the dawn of time), but there are otger sinister forces that seek to destroy ALL religion and enslave mankind into servitude while providing a hollow existance full of fear, grief and self perceived worthlessness, do use you how they wish.I call any and all wise readers to concede multiple forces at work, serving opposing purposes, of which we are caught in the middle, and to understand, whike you are NOT one of them, YOU WILL be forced eventually to CHOOSE A SIDE. Which will determine your and yiur childrens future world lived in; what that world is to become, what influence it will have on later generations, and what that influence will make them, as people. For better or worse, depending on the outcome of this conflict that is playing out right here, and now.

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SixIsNinE BobEore Thu, 12/14/2017 - 00:37 Permalink

Bob -  have you seen the evidence of intentional fires in california yet?OMG!   check this one :  https://youtu.be/JCtE50WVsNo  -you've got to see this - Mr. Whitehead -Tylers !   please write up something on this.now if you want to really Red Pill for today,check out the ongoing evidence of intentional california fires :https://youtu.be/tsu9Sve72Hghttps://youtu.be/ohqsUOmeq8wZerohedge readers -  this WILL leave you speechless Debora Tavares, of stopthecrime.net, even put out warnings 2.5 years ago, you can get the vid from those two links above ;  (AND YES, her house WAS burned down - Santa Rosa)this is agenda21 in action and using the directed energy lasers.   there are thousands of people who's homes are completely gone and have been forced into NOT rebuilding and forfeiting rights of homeowner - don't believe it? It is PG&E, CPUC, media is owned, already putting out the narrative that the neighborhoods were not built well, too many cul-de-sacs, have to rebuild with high-density housing and "tiny" homes.the Bel-Air H-weird fires are very interesting.   this guy is good @  aplanetruth.info  and he made a backup aplaintruth also for youtube censoringEDIT:  OMG!   check this one :  https://youtu.be/JCtE50WVsNo  -you've got to see this - zerohedge -  please cover this Tyler!

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Mr... Robot SixIsNinE Thu, 12/14/2017 - 17:34 Permalink

Why no coverage is a good question. But it's not sharks with lasers on they're heads. Tin foil ding dong. I was in Colorado Springs 5 years ago when the jehadies put out calls on their websites to burn the western US. The Springs almost burnt down. City filled with smoke, ashes covering everything for days. As soon as the tide turned the governor came to town and said "someone" went across the whole state lighting fires. The FBI showed up a week after it was over. Not a word about it nationally. It's been going on every since. The last rash of fires in Ca. there was a single report that a forest ranger caught someone stating a forest fire. When the ranger approached the arsonist he was shot at. They used to always report the cause of forest fires. Notice they don't do that anymore?

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BobEore I am Groot Thu, 12/14/2017 - 00:27 Permalink

No...

he's sayin...

"I'm over here tryin to drum up some support for my dyin deadenders xhristian-sionsist website which blew thru wads of fiat it once made duping dummies into buying silver in exchange for munknee...

and now reposts zerohedge articles in the total absence of anything new to say - cept 'back up the truck - cause there's never been a better time!"

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wisehiney Wed, 12/13/2017 - 23:36 Permalink

You fucking pussies.Could never hold the literal or physical real burning gaze.Of an American.P.S. You mutha fuckas brought me into this.       I did not intrude.       So you.       You.       Fuck you.

NoWayJose Wed, 12/13/2017 - 23:39 Permalink

Oh please, please, please - spy on me!! I just cannot live without my smartphone, and Facebook, and all my Apple apps!

Get a prepaid dumb phone and use prepaid refill cards. Only use that phone when you must. Use a tablet for Internet - clear history every day and do a complete re-set every week. Pay cash instead of using debit or credit cards. Do not order anything online using your real name - use prepaid debit cards. Get a PO box and stop delivery to your home address. You won't be invisible, but they will have to look really hard to find you.

HushHushSweet NoWayJose Thu, 12/14/2017 - 06:31 Permalink

Dumb phones are going the way of the dodo due to mandatory upgrades in technology. Soon, the only phones that will be availabe (meaning, that will work) will be smart phones.In any case, even if your dumb phone still works, you'd better take a vow of silence when you're around strangers or friends/family members/acquaintances/colleagues/etc. who do have a smart phone, because their mic is always listening and you've likely already been voice-recognized by the super computer that is being fed all data and has a file on you.And don't forget to cover your eyes and wear a hat or hoody when out in public or in private because facial profiling and retinal scanning is also part of the fun of living in the 21st century, and cameras of every description are nearly everywhere, and always live.The really fun part is that no matter what you actually say or do, your voice imprint allows current technology to have you saying whatever you need to say in order to be implicated in a crime. The technology can literally put words in your mouth.So just using cash or a dumb phone isn't going to save you from the technology that's currently available (and that we know about). Just imagine the stuff that we don't know about that's already being used or coming down the pipeline.The point is -- if "they" want to get you, they will. They know who you are and they know whether or not you're a threat to "them", not to the American people. They could care less about the American people.

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Abaco HushHushSweet Thu, 12/14/2017 - 08:15 Permalink

"The really fun part is that no matter what you actually say or do, your voice imprint allows current technology to have you saying whatever you need to say in order to be implicated in a crime. The technology can literally put words in your mouth." This is why no one should ever vote for conviction againts anyone federally charged with some sort of crime against the state not any crime of violence without witnesses or other physical evidence.  All electronic evidence is reasonably doubted.

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two hoots Wed, 12/13/2017 - 23:43 Permalink

Information is power, information is protection, information can be manipulated, information is a political tool and we now know why corrupt Washington needs this to cover itself more than ever.

uhland62 two hoots Thu, 12/14/2017 - 01:11 Permalink

Somewhere else they discussed North Korea, and  a first strike. I believe they will engineer a casus belli that looks like the US is defending not attacking. If a missile lands in a sensitive area and they tell me the North Koreans started it - I have no way of checking if they lie or not. 

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tattmaster Wed, 12/13/2017 - 23:45 Permalink

well let's hope they are at least remaining solvent and profitable.  on a long enough time line excess spending will drive your pension to zero.  and your kids to war.

“Rebellion to … Thu, 12/14/2017 - 00:03 Permalink

George W Bush should be fucked in the ass with sticks of dynamite.This crime family is the architect for mass surveillance and the police state.If left up to me, I'd eliminate the blood line.

helloimjohnnycat Thu, 12/14/2017 - 00:52 Permalink

  The zio-schmucks must know everything about everybody lest they have nothing to kibbitz.Unfortunately, that's just the jooz' cover to fool & rob millions of fatt-fuckk guilt-ridden nigger-worshiping wished-they-weren't-white worthless americunts who've allowed the mess to fester while gobbling-up the zio-schtick in between swallerin' another glob of oreo-laced Ben & Jerry's.IF I was a nigger, I'd be damned depressed, an' uh feelin' I wuz robbed, if my infected black-dick hadn't juiced inside a filthy white-looking a slut-whore named kardashian or jenner.  USA is melting-down. Too many jooz & niggers begat a hyphen-depletion syndrome.