Pay No Attention to
Those Men Behind the Curtain of the Security State
By William Boardman
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-OR:
"Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of
millions of Americans?"
Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper: "No, sir."
On March 12, 2013, the Director of National Intelligence apparently committed perjury in his sworn testimony to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. There is little likelihood of his being criminally charged, but we'll get back to that.
If it doesn't matter to you (1) that your government can maintain a massive data bank on your life and the lives of everyone you know, and (2) that there is no effective control on how the government uses its data, and (3) that your government lies about its capabilities, then there's no point in reading further.
Does Anyone Know the Full Scale and Scope of the U.S Surveillance State?
This issue is not just about the NSA, which is not the only surveillance agency within the Department of Defense, which is not the only federal cabinet department that gathers intelligence. Intelligence-gathering agencies also exist within the Justice Dept., Treasury, Energy, State, and Homeland Security, as well as the CIA.
Officially, the United States Intelligence Community comprises the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (http://www.dni.gov) and 16 other intelligence entities, most of them military, a re-organization established in 2005. The stated mission of the Director of National Intelligence is to "lead intelligence integration" of the other entities "that work both independently and collaboratively" to gather intelligence.