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Saturday, June 15, 2013

The NSA’s Line In the Sand

NSA Director Keith Alexander
"I will tell you what your rights are" 
Dave Hodges

In a “this is going to hurt me more than it will hurt you” kind of a statement, Keith Alexander, Director of the NSA, said that Americans must be spied upon and absolute secrecy with regard to these spy programs must remain in place to ensure the effectiveness of the programs and the purposes which underlie them. Alexander further asserted that there cannot be any transparency as to NSA spying activities. Funny, I thought that being a Constitutional Republic demanded transparency.

Alexander reasoned that if the NSA lets terrorists know that they are being tracked, that the terrorists will evade detection and “Americans will die.” Is Alexander actually trying to say that if terrorists know that if the NSA is spying upon American citizens that this is going to make the terrorists behave themselves because they are afraid of being spied upon? Did you just have to reread the previous sentence?

I thought Alexander’s line of work was called “intelligence” for a reason. Who writes the press releases for these supposedly well-reasoned intelligence leaders? It would appear that our school children are not the only ones who have been dumbed down.

No Honor Among Thieves

The American government has been turned upside down as we honor criminality and condemn valiant whistleblowers. Representative Mike Rogers stated that he sees these illegal and unconstitutional surveillance operations as necessary and he equates whistleblowing with being a traitor.

Dianne Feinstein, Ms. insider trader herself, decries the criticism of the establishment of the police state as she stated that this is for the good of the American people. If there is someone that should be watched it is Dianne Feinstein. This woman and her husband have engaged in every conflict of interest known to politics. It is estimated that her ill-gotten gains total about $200 million dollars.This is who the NSA should be watching. So as Feinstein tells America to shut up and submit, perhaps she should be invited to stand at the front of that line.
Didn’t these “public servants” raise their right hand and promise to defend the Constitution and the Republic from enemies both foreign and domestic?

Keith Alexander, Mike Rogers, Dianne Feinstein and the NSA are enemies of the Republic and Congress needs to start doing its job and treating these criminals accordingly. 
Idiotic Beyond Words

Keith Alexander testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee (SIC) that the NSA “takes great pride in protecting this nation and our civil liberties and privacy” and that the agency is protecting Americans by spying on them.

Protecting Americans by spying on them is like making war to preserve the peace or making love to preserve virginity. Who does Alexander think he’s kidding with these twisted illogical comments?

Who Is the Real Victim?

General Keith Alexander told SIC that, “Great harm has already been done … our (national) security has been jeopardized.” Alexander defended the NSA’s surveillance programs as having prevented “dozens of terrorists events.” However, Alexander declined to identify even a single event in which this was the case.

Alexander further stated that he “would rather take a public beating, and let people think I’m hiding something, than jeopardize the security of this country.” This is a dramatic comment in which it surprises me that more attention has not been given to this statement. First and foremost, national security does not give this government the legal license to violate the Constitution. The only legal means to violate the Constitution is through a declaration of martial law which has not yet happened. 

The other issue in question has to do with how much should we sacrifice in the name of national security? If the first casualty in the war on terror is the Constitution, then we have already lost the war. And as I demonstrated in my last article, the establishment of the police state surveillance grid began in advance of 9/11. Therefore, the war on terror is a smokescreen designed to obliterate the liberties of the American people.

Fool’s Gold Support of Personal Liberties

Senator Jeff Merkley (D) held up his Verizon phone and asked Alexander, “What authorized investigation gave you the grounds for acquiring my cellphone data.” In the most telling comment, Senator Barbara Mikulski stated that “Many of us are concerned about what is the access to people and businesses’ information. There are those, because of the Snowden revelation, who wonder about the government’s access to that information.” And with Congress’ admission that they insider trade (e.g. Feinstein, Pelosi), one has to wonder if the NSA would provide more useful investment information to the insider traders serving in Congress.

Although Merkley and Mikulski expressed outrage, it will amount to nothing more than Hollywood theater. Nothing is going to change as we descend further into the abyss of tyranny.

Everyone Else Is Doing It

Do you remember when as a child you used to justify your actions to your mother by stating that “everyone else is doing it.” Apparently, Alexander’s mother did not finish her job as his mother because Alexander has not outgrown the “everyone else” is doing it excuse. When pressed by the SIC, Alexander attempted to justify the NSA’s actions by stating that the FBI, the CIA and CYBERCOM were also involved in these kinds of actions. 
More Alexander Double Speak

Amazingly, Alexander further excused his actions to SIC by stating, “We aren’t trying to hide it.” Wait a minute, didn’t he say earlier in his testimony that if there were not absolute secrecy about these programs that Americans were going to die? Alexander went on to say that “We’re trying to protect America. So we need your help in doing that.” I see, the government serves the people, by spying on the people.

To What End?

If these are the best excuses that the NSA can muster to defend its heinous actions, then any reasonable person would have to suspect other motives.
To what end does a government use Smart Meters to spy on each household along with using Smart appliances to the same end? Why does the NSA require Microsoft and Apple to build in backdoor entries to every computer in order to monitor destination sites? Why does the NSA track everyone’s whereabouts through every cell phone signal pings? Why did the NSA create Facebook to collect data on tens of millions of people? Why did the NSA invent Google to monitor every web search, read every email, fax and listen to every phone call as well as put facial recognition cameras at every major intersection? Is this just one great big mental masturbation exercise? Or, is something going to be done with this massive data mining? If so, what?

The Modern Day Version of the Red Scare

Do you remember from your history books when Senator Joe McCarthy kicked off the “Red Scare” and the subsequent persecution which followed?
I have here in my hand a list of 205—a list of names that were made known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping policy in the State Department. -- Senator Joseph McCarthy
Today’s modern day version of the Red Scare looks something like the following:
I have here in my hand a list of 100 million Americans—a list of names that we obtained through illegal surveillance and names that have identified these people as members of such dissident groups as Libertarians, gun owners, Pro-Constitutionalists, former Ron Paul supporters and veterans and who nevertheless are still working and voting and attempting to shape policy in the USA. They must be identified and stopped
NSA Director Keith Alexander

There is one major difference between McCarthy and Alexander. Joe McCarthy did not have at his disposal the NDAA, the Patriot Acts, Executive Order 13603 and over 800 FEMA camps. Be afraid America, very afraid. 

Revolutions Have Started Over Far Less

Alexander made it clear to the SIC that these practices will not cease under any circumstances. Whatever agenda is being served, it is targeting the American people and it is clearly being done for a specific set of reasons. We should not be wasting time whether or not the NSA’s actions are illegal. They are. We shouldn’t be hand wringing trying to decide if the NSA is being run by criminals. It is. However, in the interest of self-preservation, it might behoove us to move the question of motivation behind the NSA’s tyrannical actions to center stage.

Original article archived here with additional images.

Dave is an award winning psychology, statistics and research professor, a college basketball coach, a mental health counselor, a political activist and writer who has published dozens of editorials and articles in several publications such as Freedoms PhoenixNews With Views and The Arizona RepublicThe Common Sense Show features a wide variety of important topics that range from the loss of constitutional liberties, to the subsequent implementation of a police state under world governance, to exploring the limits of human potential. The primary purpose of The Common Sense Show is to provide Americans with the tools necessary to reclaim both our individual and national sovereignty.

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