The news today concerning the NSA surveillance program is ominous. A whistleblower has come forward to reveal that the agency has done precisely what conservatives and liberty watchdog groups, such as the Tea Party, have warned about repeatedly for years.
Not only has the NSA engaged in spying on Americans within the context of terrorism, which led to the current scandal engulfing the Obama administration, but it has spied on all Americans, without a warrant, without providing to a court evidence of suspected crimes, and without informing citizens they are under investigation.
The whistleblower stated unequivocally that the NSA is being used as a dragnet rather than a means by which to target specific persons suspected of engaging in terrorism, which is the agency’s stated purpose. Such a dragnet means that all citizens are watched, their activities monitored, with records kept on their movements, their purchase history, their associations, their bank accounts, and even their health.
Former Reagan adviser Pat Buchanan stated that the activities of the NSA, and similar activities by the IRS, only serve to prove that what the Tea Party has been saying all along about big government and the danger it poses is true.
No wonder, then, the IRS targeted Tea Party groups for harassment and denials of tax exempt status, while sending liberal groups straight through the process with few questions, if any.
Further, the whistleblower charged that the NSA has been engaging in this activity for years, going back to at least 2004, and that the agency has spied upon and kept records on the activities of congressmen, senators, judges, presidential candidates, and other politicians, reportedly to the degree that the NSA can blackmail elected officials or candidates for public office.
One government insider reported that not only does the spying conducted by the NSA go back much further than 2004 but that its illegal surveillance activities can be traced all the way back to the Clinton administration in the 1990s.
But what, exactly, does this mean for the average citizen? It means that if you have not yet been frightened by the actions of a government that is obviously raging out of control with no accountability, now is the appropriate time to be alarmed — highly alarmed.
This is not about terrorism. This is not, as Obama claims, nothing more than the NSA’s obtaining proper warrants from the FISA court to conduct surveillance on those connected with foreign terrorists. This is about big government, a monolithic, unaccountable government spying on all of its citizens, obtaining no warrants, providing no legal reason to do so, and essentially thumbing its nose at the entity that is supposed to provide oversight — the U.S. Congress.
It is not unreasonable, thus, to assume that the United States of America is now living under a totalitarian state, an Orwellian nightmare where citizens are intimidated into slave-like compliance with an ever-present, all-knowing central government bureaucracy.
Thus, the admonition, “Be afraid, be very afraid,” is not a mere attempt at fear mongering. The admonition is a prudent one. If citizens are not fearful over this, then when will they ever be deeply disturbed by the actions of their government? If this does not mean tyranny has now gained a strong foothold in America, then how much does it take to convince the skeptics? And if this is not the time to take immediate defiant and evasive action, then when?
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