Spying by America
By Stephen Lendman
March 09, 2017
- US spy agencies trample on Bill of Rights
protections. Their spying domestically and abroad is
goes is official policy, rule of law principles
circumvented. Edward Snowden earlier said he hoped
his revelations would make people worldwide aware of
how their freedoms and protections are compromised.
Mass surveillance goes on in ways few people
realize. Numerous techniques are used - metadata
collected unrelated to national security without
court authorized warrants.
Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, Skype, YouTube,
Apple, and major telecommunications companies are
complicit in spying on their customers.
Phone conversations are recorded, emails collected
and stored. New WikiLeaks documents revealed that
the CIA (and presumably the NSA, FBI and other US
spy agencies) can circumvent encryption, turn
television sets into listening devices, and monitor
people in ways Orwell never imagined.
If its information is accurate, Langley has over
1,000 malware systems and other software, able to
infiltrate and control personal electronics.
Documents WikiLeaks obtained perhaps came from the
agency’s Center for Cyber Intelligence - operating
in Langley, VA and Washington’s Frankfurt, Germany
Via Twitter, Snowden said the document trove “looks
authentic.” Sophisticated spying capability leaves
everyone vulnerable, including foreign leaders and
the president of the United States.
William Binney is a cryptanalyst, mathematician,
creator of the NSA’s global surveillance system
turned whistleblower. Agency activities are
unconstitutional, he stressed.
Earlier he said we’re perilously close to a
“totalitarian state.” The NSA and other US
intelligence agencies can spy on virtually
everything we do.
Information obtained is laundered, making it look
legitimate. Binney calls it “a total corruption of
the justice system…a totalitarian process, (meaning)
we are now in a police state.”
Fox News, he said Trump is “absolutely right” to
claim he was wiretapped and monitored. “His phone
calls, everything he did electronically, was being
Everyone’s electronic communications are monitored
and stored. Big Brother is real. Binney called the
FISA court “irrelevant.” What’s going on is “outside
of the courts…outside of the Congress.”
He designed the system enabling this type
sophisticated spying on anyone. America’s
intelligence community was likely behind sensitive
leaks about Trump, gaining firsthand knowledge of
his communications by monitoring him electronically.
It’s unclear whether Congress will subpoena spy
agency officials to testify under oath about Trump’s
accusations - and if so, how far will it go in
exposing what likely went on.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached
firstname.lastname@example.org . - His new book as
editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in
Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW
- Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.
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