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Administration Releases NSA Documents in Effort to Counter Rising Congressional Concern

Even as it continues to vigorously pursue the return of Edward Snowden to the United States to face trial and a long prison sentence, the Obama Administration is finding itself in a titanic battle to preserve funding for the National Security Agency. On July 24, the House of Representatives narrowly defeated an attempt by a coalition of Conservative Republicans and Liberal Democrats to defund the NSA's Prism program, which is capable of acquiring essentially all the information available on the internet, including private communications, and concern about the NSA's whole domestic spying effort is rising in both the House and the Senate.

The British newspaper the Guardian, has reported that a "top secret" NSA program "allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals." The report is based on material provided by Edward Snowden.

In its own release, the Administration said, "these programs are authorized to collect in bulk certain dialing, routing, addressing, and signaling information about telephone calls and electronic communications, such as telephone numbers or e-mail addresses." The numbers, addresses, times and dates of the communications are analyzed, but the Administration claims that the calls and email messages themselves are not penetrated unless there is reason to believe that terrorism might be involved.

The Administration takes the position that the program is essential to preventing terror plots within the United States. Next Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will conduct a hearing on the surveillance programs.

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If this program is not stopped, it is only a matter of time before it will be used in routine law enforcement.

Listening to a former interview where it was revealed that Obama had been involved in a military time travel program, I remember wondering why he had been chosen, and how he might have been influenced or brainwashed. I had great hope then that he would bring about change, but now I strongly suspect that he is (intentionally or not) yet another instrument through which the industrial-military complex and certain forces in government are seeking to gain complete control over the U.S. and its people, and perhaps the world.

Sound extreme? Not to me; it all fits into a pattern of eroded civil liberties, tightening government authority, increasing militarization of the world, complete absence of military accountability, and the aggressive, implacable moves to silence all voices of truth and protest. We must not allow that to happen. We must speak up, and stand up for those brave few who do, and we must not allow ourselves to be frightened, duped or dulled into mindless acceptance of this evil agenda.

Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The NSA is going after knowledge (knowledge of what people are doing, the websites they are visiting, the calls they are making...) because knowledge is power. Armed with that knowledge, they will have the ability to end or greatly influence careers and that will give them the power to control the media, politics and judicial branch. The data center they are building in Utah is so vast in size that it may record forever, every communication made by every citizen in the United States and beyond. Because humans are imperfect at best, this will give the shadowy, unelected NSA near dictatorial power over everything that goes on. These people can't stop themselves. It's time to end the secrecy and shine a light on all the dark corners of their dank world. I don't know how to accomplish this other than to ask people to raise their voices and call for an end to secrecy--before it's too late.

Gotta wonder...This week security agencies are on high alert due to lots of what they call suspicious "chatter". Are they hoping that something happens so that they can say, "See you need us to protect you"? Or or they hoping that nothing happens so that they can say, "See we averted a terrorist attack with our surveillance" ?

Either way, they find a way to justify their existence. We are caught in a terrible web of lies and obfuscation...

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