Obama Admits Stealing Emails, Search History, FB Messages, and MoreJune 7, 2013
Last night, a news story was breaking that the NSA was stealing almost all of our data. Emails, search history, browsing activity, Facebook messages — you name it, they were collecting and analyzing and storing it. This would be the biggest scandal in decades, if true.
Today, Obama admitted it. That’s right, he’s not even denying it. And he’s patting us on the heads and telling us it’s necessary and congress “knew” about it, and we should just run along and play with our toys because we should trust daddy to do what’s right.
The man is as arrogant as he is incompetent, and that’s a deadly combination for the most powerful politician on earth. Let’s look at what PRISM — the program that steals all of our data — is, what it’s for, and how Obama is “defending” it.
What is PRISM?
First, this not a conspiracy theory. Minutes ago, Obama admitted this was happening and bluntly defended it as “necessary”. This is not a movie. This is real. This is happening. Here’s Vanity Fair and The Gaurdian with a quick explanation:
“What is PRISM? A six-year-old National Security Administration program that facilitates “extensive, in-depth surveillance on live communications and stored information’ including ‘email, video and voice chat, videos, photos, voice-over-IP (Skype, for example) chats, file transfers, [and] social networking details’ the purview of which includes users of Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, YouTube, Skype, AOL, and Apple, according to The Guardian.“
In other words, next time someone jokes about not saying certain things via email or on the phone, it’s not a joke — it’s real. Big Brother is watching you.
Who Does it Target?
They claim it’s only about bad guys in other countries, though essentially every expert right now is saying that’s essentially a lie — or misleading at best. The stated goal is to listen in on foreigners. But the actual way it works is that they keep records of anything that agents in the NSA are 51% sure involves a foreigner.
That said, that’s just the data they are currently analyzing. They actually have data on everybody. All of it. They can listen to past phone calls you have. That’s right. Here’s another story in May from the Gaurdian, likely about this before we knew what it was called:
CLEMENTE: “No, there is a way. We certainly have ways in national security investigations to find out exactly what was said in that conversation. It’s not necessarily something that the FBI is going to want to present in court, but it may help lead the investigation and/or lead to questioning of her. We certainly can find that out.
BURNETT: “So they can actually get that? People are saying, look, that is incredible.
CLEMENTE: “No, welcome to America. All of that stuff is being captured as we speak whether we know it or like it or not.”
“Welcome to America.” This is happening to your country. Even though I’ve been writing about this stuff through activism for years, it’s still surreal to see our worst fears slowly come into being, even with bipartisan outrage, those in power continue to gain power with every passing day.
Who is to Blame?
This is a touchy subject, because it’s something pretty much everyone is going to struggle with. This isn’t about party politics. It’s not just the Democrats. It’s not just the Republicans.
Both Bush and Obama have overseen this unconstitutional, illegal, abusive system. Not just one. Both.
They’re both to blame. They both helped run it. This is a time for conservatives, liberals, and libertarians to find common ground and push back. Those in power are motivated only by the power — and we have to see this and understand it before it’s too late.
What Has Obama Said?
Obama has essentially made it clear he doesn’t care that we’re ticked off as a country. He couldn’t care less. He has explained today already:
“There are some tradeoffs involved… Modest encroachments on privacy.”
He admits it. Openly. And he doesn’t care what you think.
Are the Companies Denying It?
Yes. Google, Apple, and other countries initially denied all of the above flatly. But there’s a reason for this. Legally, they can’t admit it’s happening. They’d go to prison. That’s what the USA PATRIOT Act helped do.
That means, legally, Obama can waltz into Google, force Google to send a copy of all data to the NSA so they can have a file on everything about you, and if Google even says anything about it, their leadership would be imprisoned.
There are a couple of words for what this is: unconstitutional, tyranny, and treason. “Welcome to America”, indeed.
This Is Happening Over and Over
The Department of Justice said they can read your emails without a warrant. That’s not even the NSA. That means they would actually be targeting you openly — without a warrant.
What We Must Do About This
First, we need to repeal the USA PATRIOT Act. Liberals didn’t trust Bush, conservatives don’t trust Obama, and libertarians don’t trust either man. The only compromise should be to make sure no president can unconstitutionally spy on peaceful Americans.
If they have a suspected terrorist, they just need to get a warrant like the 4th Amendment of the constitution plainly states.
Next, we absolutely must impeach Obama and any future president who engages in similar crimes against the American people. This is illegal, immoral, and tyrannical. Impeach him already, goodness.
But the first step is to get people riled up. They have to know what’s happening. This has to go viral. People have to wake up and get angry before we can fix anything. Help kick it off, help this go viral, and “recommend” this story below:
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