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It Is Time For The International Security Outrage To Be Investigated and Stopped

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It is obviously outrageous that the three branches of U.S. federal government have failed to protect its citizens, and foreign citizens, as well as their countries, from what, in principal, is illegal seizure of sensitive and private information.

It is again obviously outrageous that without publicly announcing any intention to investigate other obvious government officials or government contractors for alleged security violations, the U.S. Justice Department is reportedly pursuing just one. That is Edward J. Snowden, a former federal contract employee, being charged and pursued for allegedly stealing government property, and for disclosing classified information.

Snowden is still said by the press to be waiting for days inside a transit area of a Moscow's Sheremetevo Airport with the blessing of President Vladimir Putin, while Snowden now reportedly awaits for asylum there instead of in hesitant Ecuador.

So Snowden, a three-month employee of the federal consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, was fired in June from his $122,000 a year job for his conduct. He is now reported by The New York Times to have been an infrastructure analyst who "looks for new ways to break into Internet and telephone traffic around the world." So get this now! If The Times' report is correct, The U.S. Government was facilitating burglaries of even its country-allies' confidential data worldwide.

And we, the public, are being told by the highest of government officials to "trust us": even though they admit it is true that while millions of phones and Internet computers in the United States were being monitored, only the few terrorist suspects had their private communications intercepted. Yet the government still collected the identifications, phone numbers and times of calls of all of their citizens supposedly without a single monitoring of those billions of conversations. Foreigners' calls, what about them? Those calls, say government officials, were more closely monitored because of potential terrorism threats. Oh, so again, all the millions of innocent foreigners' calls were not monitored, even once?

We, the public, are expected to believe all that?

For the sake of confidence in these questionable defenses from our government, we the people need a detailed investigation of this extremely questionable security system supposedly aimed at protecting our country from terrorists. And, we don't need that probe from the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Federal court or the office of President Obama. Why? All three of those branches of government were involved in one way or another in the National Security Agency's highly questionable and probably illegal operations. They all approved the operations and since Snowden's expose of them, none of those branches has pronounced serious remedies.

Hopefully, the U.S. General Accountability Office will continue its honest critiques, but the next time with guaranteed action by all three governmental branches to correct the severe problems. Here is what it said in September 2011: " Until the Department of Homeland Security ensures that its components and programs are in compliance..., there will be limited assurance that its data-mining systems have been adequately reviewed, are delivering required capabilities, are appropriately protecting individual privacy, and maintain appropriate transparency to the public." It is this homeland security department that is supposed to lawfully respond to the threats of terrorism. However, its officials apparently did little to actually comply with the GAO's report conclusions all the way back in 2011.

It would seem that the improbable should happen! The United Nations must somehow announce sternly that all nations, especially the United States, need to comply with its written civil rights principals: " No one shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence..." But obviously, the UN's International Law needs enforcement. Where's the announcement?!

" International human rights law lays down obligations which States are bound to respect. By becoming parties to international treaties, States assume obligations and duties under international law to respect, to protect and to fulfill human rights.  The obligation to respect means that States must refrain from interfering with or curtailing the enjoyment of human rights. The obligation to protect requires States to protect individuals and groups against human rights abuses. The obligation to  fulfill  means that States must take positive action to facilitate the enjoyment of basic human rights."

The UN's International Court of Justice needs to step forward and take up the matter of illegal security intercepts worldwide.

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Thomas D. Williams, a freelance writer, worked at The Hartford Courant for almost 40 years before retiring in November 2005 to become an investigative freelancer on Internet news sites. He has written a unique nature book, The Spirits of Birds, (more...)
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