by Robert Wilkinson
It seems our government is spying on us to a much greater degree than they've previously admitted to. Our 4th Amendment rights seem to have been cancelled with no notice.
Based in a New York Times story reported by NBC news titled NSA 'dragnet' wider than previously suspected, says NYT we read “The NSA has been sifting through international email and text messages of Americans who mention information about foreign targets, according to a New York Times report citing unnamed intelligence officials. Critics are calling the actions illegal under current U.S. law.”
Here’s more from the story:
The move, which further raises the question about whether or not the U.S. government is invading the privacy of citizens in its hunt for foreign terrorists, seems to go beyond the scope of previous reports.
The revelations from NSA leaker Edward Snowden, which first ran in the Guardian, said that the agency was filtering the electronic communications of people in direct connection with foreign suspects, and that it simply had the capability of deeper domestic surveillance.
But in this new scenario, according to the Times report, the NSA is sifting through the electronic correspondence of anyone who so much as mentions a name, email address or other shred of information linked to an overseas target when sending an email or other message across the border into another country.
Privacy advocates are quick to stress the potential constitutional illegality of such a move… "The program described by the New York Times involves a breathtaking invasion of millions of people's privacy," wrote Jameel Jaffer, American Civil Liberties Union deputy legal director, in a statement. "The NSA has cast a massive dragnet over Americans' international communications, collecting and monitoring virtually all of them, and retaining some untold number of them in government databases. This is precisely the kind of generalized spying that the Fourth Amendment was intended to prohibit."
Of course the NSA sez it’s all good and they’re only doing what’s legal and they’re not listening in on anyone who doesn’t deserve it. Uh huh. I’m sure they’ve never once recorded one of my phone calls with my overseas clients. And that’s the sad thing. They’re sifting through millions of private communications around the world that are no threat whatsoever to US interests. What a stupid waste of time.
By all means go over to the story and read the whole thing. I do believe Edward Snowden has ripped the veil open that cloaked the grey men, and we can no longer afford to “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” It’s all out there and I suspect as we continue to delve into what’s been happening, millions around the world will be outraged at what looks to be illegal and immoral actions of the US government.
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