1984 fiction becomes fact: Two

Continuing the series:

Ten ways the democratic northern hemisphere nations became the Orwellian West.

In part one we looked at Continuous War.

Part Two: Widespread Surveillance

Although statutes prohibiting telegraph wiretapping date back as far as 1862, and the first person convicted was a stock broker named D.C. Williams in 1864, it wasn’t until Watergate before public concerns over government spying became widespread. In the wake of 911, however, as well as the passing of the Patriot Act, and the revelations of former government contractor, Edward Snowden, the concerns of Americans reached entirely new levels; especially regarding violations to the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Snowden previously worked for Dell Computers and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) before his employment with Booz Allen Hamilton, a National Security Agency (NSA) contractor.  Hailed by some as a hero and whistle blower, and others as a traitor, Snowden released to the press hundreds of thousands of files related to the American NSA as well as other intelligence agencies from Australia and Britain.

The revelations were stunning.

As result of what became known as Edward Snowden’s 2013 Global Surveillance Disclosures, American and British initiatives were exposed including PRISM and Tempora that revealed cooperation with governments around the world working in connection with multi-national corporations including Microsoft, Facebook, Apple, Google, British Telecommunications, and Verizon.  Furthermore, backdoor data-gathering programs such as XKeyscore were unveiled along with other various ways by which government spooks could intercept phone calls, text messages, and private data from commonly used internet platforms like Yahoo.

 

 

Just as technological breakthroughs in computing and the proliferation of “smart” communication and entertainment devices gave rise to government spying, it was not a very large leap of understanding to see how easy it would be too blackmail and control not only citizens, but government administrators, politicians, officials, and even judges, around the world: Quote:

 Germany had reacted with outrage when information leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed in 2013 that US agents were carrying out widespread tapping worldwide, including of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone.

Merkel, who grew up in communist East Germany where state spying on citizens was rampant, declared repeatedly that ‘spying among friends is not on’ while acknowledging Germany’s reliance on the US in security matters.

But to the great embarrassment of Germany, it later emerged that the [German spy agency] BND helped the NSA spy on European allies. End of quote.

Is it any wonder why border laws are not enforced throughout the wealthy “democratic” nations of the world?  Or why U.S. politicians pass legislation against the will of those who voted for them?  Or why Chief Justice John Roberts passed the unconstitutional Obamacare mandate by calling it a tax?

No wonder Senator Chuck Schumer said the following in an MSNBC interview on January 3rd, 2017: Quote:

Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday to get back at you. End of quote.

This likely explains why Florida Senator, Marco Rubio, recently asserted the FBI was not spying on Trump, but the agents were, instead, “doing their jobs to protect America”; and why, in apparent accord with former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s previous statements, South Carolina Republican, Trey Gowdy, claimed the “FBI acted properly” and denied any evidence that the “FBI planted spies” in Trump’s 2016 Presidential Campaign.

by Doug “Uncola” Lynn, thetollonline.com

Continues tomorrow.


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