Lawless Domestic Spying
Big Brother watches virtually everyone in America.
by Stephen Lendman
Years ago, domestic spying was common. Post-9/11, it became institutionalized. Police states do it. So do faux democracies. America is no exception.
In 2007, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) established a new domestic spying operation. It's called the National Applications Office (NOA).
It's described as "the executive agent to facilitate the use of intelligence community technological assets for civil, homeland security and law enforcement purposes within the United States."
It provides sophisticated satellite imagery. Eye in the sky drone spying supplies more.
The FBI, CIA, NSA, and Pentagon spy domestically. So do state and local agencies.
In the new millennium, spies are us and other lawless practices define America's agenda. Obama exceeds the worst of his predecessors.
Everyone is suspect unless proved otherwise. It's a national sickness. With other repressive tools and harmful policies, it's destroying the fabric of society. America the beautiful doesn't exist.
It never did, in fact, except in songs, verses, slogans, and other rhetoric. They wore thin long ago.
On July 9, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) headlined "Law Enforcement Agencies Demanded Cell Phone User Info Far More Than 1.3 million Times Last Year."
On July 8, The New York Times covered the same story. It headlined "More Demands on Cell Carriers in Surveillance," saying:
In the last year, federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies demanded "text messages, caller locations and other information in the course of investigations."
Rep. Edward Markey (D. MA) disclosed it. What's going on reveals "an explosion in (domestic) cellphone surveillance."
He expressed shock at how extensive and pervasive it's become. He chairs the Bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus.