Barack Obama on Friday afternoon defended what has caused national outrage regarding human and Constitutional rights abuses: the National Security Agency secretly obtaining internet and phone records’ private data for surveillance of every American. Rights groups are calling for an investigation of these abuses.
“If people can’t trust not only the executive branch but also don’t trust Congress, and don’t trust federal judges, to make sure that we’re abiding by the Constitution with due process and rule of law, then we’re going to have some problems here.”
Mr. Obama, we’re having some problems here
Obama also stated about the unwanted intrusions that Americans cannot have 100 percent security and 100 percent privacy.
“I think it’s important to recognize that you can’t have 100 per cent security and also then have 100 per cent privacy and zero inconvenience,” the president told the crowd listening to him deliver several minutes of unscripted remarks about the NSA, according to Russia Today.
Adding to the lengthy list of rights violated by the Obama regime, its deepening spy scandal hit headlines this week.
Wednesday evening, civil liberties-focused lawyer-turned-journalist Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian published a leaked report disclosing that the NSA regularly orders phone records of millions of American subscriber, and that American telecom firms have been compelled to provide the US government with numbers dialed, duration of call and other metadata.
Thursday, The Guardian and the Washington Post disclosed a program named PRISM.
“According to Greenwald, PRISM allows the NSA to connect directly to data servers controlled by the biggest names on the Web, essentially providing Uncle Sam with backdoor access to the bulk of the country’s communications,” RT says.
“The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, according to a top secret document obtained by the Guardian,” Greenwald reported.
What does all this mean, aside from American Fascism being a term that is not too extreme today, as Ralph Nader said this week?
“It means anything we do on the internet can be (and has been) monitored by the federal government,” RootsAction asserted Saturday in an email.
RootsAction is one among a host of human and Constitutional rights-focused organizations agreeing with the president today that “we are going to have some problems” because the government and his agencies are not trusted.
“Monitoring” is how dictators control and weed out innocent populations for political gain, as this author reported this week.
“This could be the new normal,” RootsAction said Saturday in an email with the subject heading, It just got worse. “If we don’t act, the NSA will have succeeded in securing access to all of our private data and activity online.”
RootsAction urges: “Click here to fight back.”
American society is being privatized for control by and financial gain of the super wealthy. It is increasingly becoming militarized.
Meanwhile, the government agencies Obama says to trust are criminalizing whistleblowers for exposing high-level crime and journalists for doing their jobs.
“Those who have defended the government’s enhanced cyber surveillance powers in the past argued that the NSA would have to get the consent of internet companies to obtain electronic communications — but PRISM totally circumvents that, by giving the NSA direct access to the companies’ servers,” RootsAction states. “Click here to call for an immediate investigation into the government’s enormous and unprecedented surveillance of our internet activity.”
The Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF) is urging Americans to email Congress right away to tell them in strongest possible terms that dragnet domestic surveillance is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
EFF is urging Americans to take a stand in three actions:
1. Tell your elected officials that you object to this mass domestic spying program.
2. Demand that they initiate a full-scale, public investigation immediately with the results of the investigation made public as much as possible.
3. Demand that the public officials responsible for this program are held to account.
Click here to speak out now with EFF.