Ever since former technical assistant for the CIA Edward Snowden told us that he was employed as a Booz Allen Hamilton contractor to help the National Security Agency (NSA) develop vast, federal cyber-network of online spy tools for use against the American people, there is no more doubt that Big Brother is watching our every word, be it spoken or written.
U.S. citizens no longer have any online privacy. American intelligence agencies have conspired to spy on our internet and phone communications on a nonstop basis – for years – without telling us, knowing that doing so is wrong.
This is no wild or hair-brained conspiracy theory. We know all this (and more) is true because, in 2013, then-29-year-old Patriot Snowden managed to download numerous top-secret documents onto a thumb (flash) drive and smuggle them out of the NSA facility where he worked, and ultimately, this country.
Snowden was a federal contractor to the NSA for four years under various agencies, including Booz Allen and Dell. He was four weeks into a contract as a systems administrator at the NSA facility in Hawaii when he requested a leave of absence without pay in late May 2013 and beat hasty tracks to Hong Kong with suitcases carrying four laptops that “enabled him to gain access to some of the US government’s most highly-classified secrets.”
Once he was safe from extradition back to the U.S., Snowden began leaking highly classified CIA and NSA information to the general public through Glenn Greenwald, a reporter for the British Guardian newspaper whom Snowden had contacted earlier in 2013 about publishing his evidence:
“The interviews, combined with the leaked documents, provided the Guardian with four scoops in quick succession, from the court order showing that the US government had forced the telecoms giant Verizon to hand over the phone records of millions of Americans, to the previously undisclosed programme, Prism.”
The court order, published in early June 2013, showed that the NSA was collecting the telephone records of millions of Verizon telecommunications customers. Verizon was copying all of its telephone data to the NSA on an “ongoing daily basis.”
That’s right. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, in all sorts of weather, every email or website action you take after your computer makes an internet connection is detected and shunted to a regional fusion center database for stockpiling.
Project Prism has been gathering up information from the world’s leading technology companies since the 9/11 attacks.
As Americans reeled from shock and awe over the atrocious loss of life and property on September 11, 2001, U.S. President George W. Bush seized the opportunity to declare an unending, unwinnable War on Terror (which in and of itself is ridiculous and deadly NewSpeak since you can’t wage war on a concept – nations wage war on each other) and signing into law the NewSpeak-named Patriot Act to thwart terrorist fundraising through draconian banking laws and other liberty-depriving measures.
What Snowden revealed was nothing short of shocking. However, due to its technical nature, many people still don’t understand the real situation or the dangers it poses to freedoms and liberties everywhere:
“His [Snowden’s] disclosures revealed numerous global surveillance programs, many run by the NSA and the Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance with the cooperation of telecommunication companies and European governments.”
Patriot Snowden gave up a $200,000 annual salary, a girlfriend in his Hawaiian home, his U.S. liberties, and fled the country to avoid being jailed and tried as an enemy of the state. The U.S. government branded Snowden as a traitor who revealed secrets of national security.
Snowden maintained that his personal losses were worth the Greater Good he hoped to achieve through his chilling revelations:
“I’m willing to sacrifice all of that because I can’t in good conscience allow the US government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building.”
“There are more important things than money. If I were motivated by money, I could have sold these documents to any number of countries and gotten very rich,” said Snowden. “The government has granted itself power it is not entitled to. There is no public oversight. The result is people like myself have the latitude to go further than they are allowed to.”
Small wonder the fed still want to keep every-day citizens in the dark, even after the clear light of truth has proven that the U.S. federal government is trampling the Constitution which stands between them and Total Control over us.
We the People are the targets of our own government’s secret – and illegal – data surveillance and data collection. According to Big Brother, We are the enemies of the state.
How does that make you feel?