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Americans Spying on, Working Against Their Fellow Americans

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One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. What a beautiful phrase from the Pledge of Allegiance. Yes it's truly inspirational but, unfortunately the word indivisible, "that which cannot be divided, separated or broken" no long fits, it's no more than a myth, at least in the America of today.

What we need do is to look in greater depth at the factors that are behind the transformation of America from a nation once considered indivisible into one in which the trust between the people and the government is almost non-existent, and the trust between fellow Americans is rapidly deteriorating.   We now live in a country in which people in America are being schooled and encouraged by their government to distrust and spy on each other.

America , in recent decades, has undergone radical changes, and not for the better; surveillance cameras are everywhere -- watching you, watching me. More and more police departments are using swat teams resembling storm troopers to deal with societal conditions that don't represent that degree of threat. And, of course, we now have become fully aware that our government in Washington and in areas around the country is tapping into every form of communication that we use through the NSA national surveillance program.

Consider what a very bizarre situation this has become. It appears that President Obama has acquiesced to the powers that run Washington and is submissively following their agenda to take control of this society and its people. That is clearly evidenced by his staunch support of the NSA spying program, the Insider Threat Program, the government's war against whistleblowers, and numerous restrictions on our Constitutional rights and freedoms.

Many frustrated, angry Americans blame the government for the many adverse conditions currently present in our country, and with good cause. But there is far more to this situation than just the government. These same Americans should stop to realize that many of the less than honorable actions that we accuse the government of taking are actually being performed by thousands upon thousands of American people who work for the government and carry out its specific objectives.

Who are those many thousands of Americans who operate the NSA spy agency? They're people just like you and I; they are our fellow Americans, maybe some of our friends or neighbors, or those with whom we attend church.  

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The NSA spying program is not being run by a bunch of robots, it is operated by Americans who are directly engaged in gathering the communications of their fellow Americans. They may be very uncomfortable and uneasy about what they are doing, just as Edward Snowden was, but the reality of the situation is that they need and want those government paychecks upon which they are so dependent. Of course, we will see more and more Edward Snowden types emerge but most of these government employees will remain silent and submissive and do what they are told.

I wonder how many of those individuals feel trapped and helpless as they knowingly spy on their fellow Americans; do they feel any sense of guilt about how they are invading their privacy and possibly putting them in harm's way if the government is prompted to investigate them?

Here's McClatchy's revealing article that discusses how Big Brother Obama's government Insider Threat Program works. And here's a quote from the Crooks and Liars website about this spying system: "Even before a former U.S. intelligence contractor exposed the secret collection of Americans' phone records, the Obama administration was pursuing a largely secretive program in which government employees are instructed to watch the actions of their fellow employees and then report any suspicious activities to their superiors. Additionally, department managers have been instructed to punish those employees that they feel are failing to report their suspicions." Unbelievable, this is straight out of "1984."

Besides these government spying systems, what about the giant, unscrupulous wall street banks and mortgage lenders who have perfected the art of fleecing their fellow Americans by employing their deceitful, fraudulent schemes and tactics to earn obscene profits? Those who have escaped major investigations or prosecutions by the woeful Obama Justice Dept. Well there are many thousands of Americans working in those financial institutions who knew exactly what they were doing as they became directly involved in the preparation of unethical and often fraudulent documents that initially created the housing bubble; that caused its bursting in 2008, followed by the multi-millions of home foreclosures.

My only advice to these people who were caught up in this web of deceit, such as the robo-signing of fraudulent foreclosure documents, and knew that what they were doing was clearly legal is -- that if they continue on that path, they may face grave consequences, for they should remember that, in those rare cases of government prosecutions of white collar crimes, those that get caught and prosecuted are generally the smaller fish because the big ones always get away.

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This is a massive conundrum, one in which these Americans are, without a doubt, harming their fellow Americans and have let themselves become directly involved in the system of corporate greed and corruption that is running rampant in this country. They are a part of this civil war in which Americans are, in effect, working against other Americans.

What America is becoming is more than tragic; this is a country that seems have been infected with an insidious disease of deceit and corruption that knows no bounds. This disease has contaminated Wall Street; it has spread through the corporate world like a plague, and into the government, especially the Senate and the U.S. House.

Wait, I almost forgot to mention the most egregious example of Americans working against their fellow Americans. It's none other than the leaders of the Republican Party that no longer even try to hide the fact that they have no use whatsoever for those Americans who are not like themselves; namely, African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian-Americans and other groups who refuse to accept their twisted ideology and demented thinking.

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