Hope for Americans against the Spy State
Despite intercepting virtually every electronic communication in the world, the National Security Administration (NSA) failed to thwart any of these prison breaks because it wastes a fantastic amount of resources spying on Americans.
Retired congressman and 2012 presidential candidate Ron Paul reported, with the activation of NSA’s giant new facility in Utah, its facilities are now seven times larger than the Pentagon. NSA’s waste of resources makes Americans less safe.
Worse, the U.S. government doesn’t consider these resources wasted. It considers Americans – not terrorists – its enemy. That’s because the American people are the only force on Earth with the power to stop our predatory government from looting us. Breaking with the establishment, Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, warned that NSA spying is as bad as whistleblower Edward Snowden claims. Wyden can’t give details because he’s muzzled by classification restrictions, but this is why we must do everything we can to stop NSA – if it’s not already too late.
A recent House vote offered a sliver of hope. By all accounts, it was an unusual vote. But contrary to those claiming it was a victory, Americans lost.
Government’s mainstream media propagandists tell us that most Americans support NSA spying on every communication by every American. They’re lying. Emboldened by the people’s resistance to NSA spying, Michigan Congressman Justin Amash – a Ron Paul Republican – introduced an amendment to the 2014 defense appropriations bill to de-fund NSA’s blanket collection of data on Americans. Paul tried maneuvers like this his entire career, but most went nowhere. Our rulers thought this one would go nowhere, too. They were wrong.
Michigan Democrat John Conyers co-sponsored the amendment, and a bipartisan group of representatives jumped on board. Speaker Boehner and House leaders expected to block this amendment in a parliamentary procedure, but they didn’t have the votes. They were forced to allow open debate and a full House vote on what became known as the Amash Amendment.
With just one day’s notice, libertarian activists generated enough support for the amendment to provoke a panicked response from our rulers. NSA called a special, top-secret meeting to block the amendment. We’ll never know exactly what was said because, as Justin Raimondo reported, “The invitation warned members they could not share what they learned with their constituents or others. ‘The briefing will be held at the Top Secret/SCI level and will be strictly Members-Only,’ reads the invite.” That’s President Obama’s transparency for you. Because NSA is the world’s most powerful blackmail organization – that’s how former CIA Director Petraeus was sheepishly ousted – they probably blackmailed all attendees to support their spying.
Obama was so panicked he issued an emergency statement to Congress to defeat the amendment. In response via Twitter, Congressman Amash proved he understands the nature of government, “When’s the last time a president put out an emergency statement against an amendment? The Washington elites fear liberty. They fear you.” That’s why they spy on us.
Raimondo reported more positive news: “During the debate few lawmakers stood to defend NSA’s surveillance programs, while speaker after speaker rose to denounce them.” He pointed out how political expediency drives Congressional votes, “[Seventeen] Democrats who voted against reauthorizing the Patriot Act in 2011 – including Nancy Pelosi – voted against Amash.” The leaders of both parties and local Congressman Mike Turner voted with Pelosi for the NSA. NSA won 217 to 205. It’s no coincidence the 217 NSA supporters raked in twice as much money from defense and intelligence donors as the 205 Amash supporters.
Thomas Jefferson wrote, “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.” The 29-year-old Snowden sacrificed everything to empower the people to strike fear in our rulers, at least for a day. That’s why he’s so dangerous to them.
Raimondo described the real political divide in America. “In the aftermath of the Amash Rebellion, there are two new parties in Congress: the authoritarians and the Americans.” That’s always been the case. Party divisions are phony. Authoritarians rule. Only authoritarians are allowed to rise to the top. They tolerate non-authoritarians in small numbers at the bottom to promote the pretense Americans have political freedom. We don’t. Authoritarians control both parties, both houses and far outnumber non-authoritarians. There are not 205 supporters of liberty in Congress. I doubt there’s five.
In the meantime, the NSA is pressuring Internet companies to provide master encryption keys so it can read all corporately encrypted communication including Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates on the Internet. At the same time, it claims it doesn’t have the technology to search its own emails to respond to Freedom of Information Act requests. You can’t make this stuff up.
But the people’s resistance offers hope of the clearance and the war on whistle-blowers.
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