WE’RE CALLED THE NSA…BECAUSE THE “THOUGHT POLICE” DIDN’T GO OVER WELL IN FOCUS GROUPS

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As you may already know, the ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION has filed a class-action lawsuit against AT&T, accusing the telecom giant of violating the law and the privacy of its customers by collaborating with the National Security Agency (NSA) in its massive and, as far as anyone can tell, illegal domestic spying program to wiretap and data-mine Americans’ communications.

For the full low down on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s lawsuit go here.

But wait, that’s not all… a new whistleblower who says millions of Americans have been spied on, not just thousands, has emerged!!

This from the article Whistleblower says NSA violations bigger at UPI.com…

“A former NSA employee said Tuesday there is another ongoing top-secret surveillance program that might have violated millions of Americans’ Constitutional rights. Russell D. Tice [a self-described conservative – Joshua] told the House Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations he has concerns about a “special access” electronic surveillance program that he characterized as far more wide-ranging than the warrentless wiretapping recently exposed by the New York Times but he is forbidden from discussing the program with Congress.”

So there you go! Freedom is on the march!!

menwith.gif Menwith Hill US base near Harrogate, is run by the NSA. Inside ‘hardened’ buildings, the staff tap into all telecommunications traffic to and from Europe that pass through Britain. It is not marked on any map. It is the most secret US base in Britain and the world’s largest spy base. It is the hub of US military planning in the northern hemisphere. Yorkshire CND together with the Otley Peace Action group have waged a long campaign to close down the base and to exercise their right to walk on this stretch of British moorland. If Americans have been fine with this for decades, what’s the big deal when it comes to domestic spying? What are the ethics of spying and when is the line crossed? Was it crossed when the National Security Agency Web Threat Algorithm Program went online and began scanning millions of innocent websites around the clock? That was made legal under the PATRIOT ACT, but is it ethical? Are we unsafe without it? These are all pertinent questions that stretch out far beyond the systemic legalities of this issue.

TACKED ON UPDATE! (2/16/06)

Judge orders action on spying documents

“A federal judge dealt a setback to the Bush administration on its warrantless surveillance program, ordering the Justice Department on Thursday to release documents about the highly classified effort within 20 days or compile a list of what it is withholding.”

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NSA… YOU HOLD THE KEY TO MY HEART!

Posted on by Joshua Dysart Posted in Journal, News & Politics

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