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One of the few positive things in the ill-named USA FREEDOM Act, enacted in 2015 after the Snowden revelations on NSA domestic spying, is that it required the Director of National Intelligence to regularly report on its domestic surveillance activities. On Friday, the latest report was released on just how much our own government is spying on us. The news is not good at all if you value freedom over tyranny.

According to the annual report, named the Statistical Transparency Report Regarding Use of National Security Authorities, the US government intercepted and stored information from more than a half-billion of our telephone calls and text messages in 2017. That is a 300 percent increase from 2016. All of these intercepts were “legal” under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which is ironic because FISA was enacted to curtail the Nixon-era abuse of surveillance on American citizens.

Has the US government intercepted your phone calls and/or text messages? You don’t know, which is why the surveillance state is so evil. Instead of assuming your privacy is protected by the US Constitution, you must assume that the US government is listening in to your communications. The difference between these is the difference between freedom and tyranny. The ultimate triumph of totalitarian states was not to punish citizens for opposing its tyranny, but to successfully cause them to censor themselves before even expressing “subversive” thoughts.

We cannot celebrate our freedom or call ourselves an exceptional nation as long as we are under control of the kind of surveillance that would have turned the East German Stasi green with envy. We know the East German secret police relied on millions of informants, eager to ingratiate themselves with their totalitarian rulers by reporting on their friends, neighbors, even relatives. It was a messy system but it served the purpose of preventing any “unwelcome” political views from taking hold. No one was allowed to criticize the policies of the government without facing reprisals.

Sadly, that is where we are headed.

Our advanced technological age provides opportunities for surveillance that even the most enthusiastic East German intelligence operative could not have dreamed of. No longer does the government need to rely on nosy neighbors as informants. The NSA has cut out the middleman, intercepting our communications – our very thoughts – at the source. No one who calls himself an American patriot can be happy about this development.

Not even the President is safe from the surveillance state he presides over! According to a news report last week, federal investigators monitored the phone lines of President Trump‘s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, even when he was speaking to his client – the president!

An all-powerful state that intercepts its citizens’ communications and stores them indefinitely to use against them in the future does not deserve to be called the leader of the free world. It is more the high-tech equivalent of a Third World despotism, where we all exist subject to the whim of those currently in political power.

Edward Snowden did us all an enormous favor by risking it all to let us know that our government had come to view us as the enemy to be spied on and monitored. If we are to regain the liberty that our Founders recognized was granted to us not by government, but by our Creator, we must redouble our efforts to fight against the surveillance state!

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. melpeexxx says:

    Listening to phone calls helps police track drug dealers and child molesters. It also protects police who are suspicious of being investigated for corruption. Since bomb makers are rare it is a unethical project.

  2. Paranoid much spooks?

    I guess they want to blackmail everyone in the future, not just politicians.

    To bad they don’t actually use all their spy powers to actually stop crime, like political corruption, or the CIA/Mossad drug dealers.

    Sad!

  3. Wasn’t the US government requesting telephone switching systems manufacturers to provide them with the means to monitor overseas telephone calls many decades ago through the use of the “Service Observation” capabilities of the test positions? The switches had a means of hooking up into the internal switching fabric and making a monitor connection. The Feds wanted to be able to listen to incoming drug calls. Now apparently this was done for “fighting drug crime” but obviously once this limited capability was implemented into call processing software ANY government agency would be able to utilize it upon request to the switch owners.

  4. Ben Frank says:

    Big Brother is watching you – a little more closely every year.

  5. Eagle Eye says:

    Thank you, Mr. Paul.

    The natural outcome of universal surveillance is to wash away the foundations of the Republic in a torrent of blackmail and intimidation.

    • Replies: @renfro
  6. renfro says:
    @Eagle Eye

    away the foundations of the Republic in a torrent of blackmail and intimidation.

    bs…….the foundations of the republic have already been washed away and drowned by corrupt people whose conversations we didn’t get around to tapping until it was too late.

    Monitor and spy on everyone as far as I am concerned…..find the traitors, money launders, mafia, corrupt politicians,sex trafficers, pedophiles …have at it boys get them all.

    The only people concerned about blackmail are people who have something to be blackmailed over.

    • Replies: @Eagle Eye
  7. Ah, the progress of technology! Yet technology is never as “neutral” as its cheerleaders like to imagine. The vulgar phrase “technology is neutral” is one of the Seven Lies of Civilization.

    4. Technology is neutral. This one is challenging. It’s such a huge lie that it’s hard to get a grip on it, so self-referential that it’s hard to get outside it….

    Seven Lies About Civilization
    by Ran Prieur
    November 24, 2003

    http://www.ranprieur.com/essays/7lies.html

  8. @Echoes of History

    Firearms are the object of hatred from the TPTB because they enable the moral right of lethal force for the masses. TPTB think you are only entitled to that right if you can devote large amount of your time to training with unarmed and armed (non-firearms) martial arts.

    The reason I bring this up vis-avis “Technology” is because I saw an episode of NBC’s “Emerald City” where the Black “Dorothy” policewoman is transported with her pistol to EC. A White male character gives a soliloqoy about how this pistol made it too easy to enable your ability to defend yourself as compared to the past where you had to train to be able to use a sword.

  9. Eagle Eye says:
    @renfro

    The only people concerned about blackmail are people who have something to be blackmailed over.

    Your blue-eyed trust in the integrity of our government folks is charming. Of course, by definition, as “public servants” they would never be tempted by power hunger, venality, lust etc.

    BUT: Who shall keep watch over the watchers?

    • Replies: @renfro
  10. renfro says:
    @Eagle Eye

    Your blue-eyed trust in the integrity of our government folks is charming. Of course, by definition, as “public servants” they would never be tempted by power hunger, venality, lust etc.

    I have green eyes, not blue eyes……I trust very few human in government.

    But I am all for creating more chaos than the enemy creates….so let everything spill out, envelope the corrupt in their own chaos…let the exposed dirt and dirty laundry rain down and drown the country…..the innocent will float to the top.

  11. One call that was not intercepted, or covered up if it was, was that between Rachel Jeantel and Trayvon Martin shortly after the latter’s conference with George Zimmerman.

    Miss Jeantel had apparently suggested that Zimmerman was not a policeman, but a pederast. And Martin followed up in the way any healthy young African-American man would have behaved in the same situation.

    While blacks might be cool with that, pinks are most decidedly not. So this important bit of intelligence could not be allowed to circulate freely.

  12. @Echoes of History

    Colt did make the Great “Equalizer.” If you’re against the current year’s Freaqualism, you would do well to consider how technology, including firearms, has significantly narrowed differences in power between the sexes. Women carrying firearms in the Wild West was the impetus to women wielding equal power as men at the polls, with Wyoming being the first state to give females the vote. And every soccer mom can drive an 2-ton chariot at breakneck speeds now, a task once reserved for men like Ben-Hur. Petroleum is the Lord patriarch now.

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