"I couldn't offer any specific language," Torrance answered. "I don't have a specific example."
There are now 1,271 government agencies and 1,931 private companies
that work on programs related to counter-terrorism, homeland security and
intelligence in about 10,000 locations across the United States, The
Washington Post reported in a 2010 series by Dana Priest and William M.
Arken. There are 854,000 people with top-secret security clearances, the
reporters wrote, and in Washington, D.C., and the surrounding area 33
building complexes for top-secret intelligence work are under
construction or have been built since September 2011.
Investigative reporter James Bamford wrote in the latest issue of Wired magazine that the National Security Agency is building the largest spy center in the country in Bluffdale, Utah, as part of a secret NSA surveillance program code-named "Stellar Wind." Bamford noted that the NSA has established listening posts throughout the country to collect, store and examine billions of email messages and phone calls.
If we lose this case it will hand to the vast network of operatives and agencies that investigate and demonize anyone who is not subservient to the corporate state the power to detain citizens and strip them of due process. It will permit the security and surveillance state to brand as terrorists any nonviolent protesters and movements, along with social and political critics, that in the government's imagination have any trace of connection to al-Qaida or "associated forces." If the National Defense Authorization Act is not reversed it will plunge us into despotism, leaving us without a voice, trapped in eddies of fear and terror, unsure of what small comment, what small action, could be misinterpreted to push us out of our jobs or send us to jail. This is the future before us. And we better fight back now while we can.