In a dystopian Big Brother moment ripped straight from the pages of George Orwell’s 1984 – or from the wildest dreams of fascist dictators like Adolf Hitler – the federal government has been maintaining a secret database of Americans’ internet search history, phone records, emails, live chats, social media posts and file transfers.
In fact they’ve been doing it for the last six years – with the most recent reauthorization for this unprecedented domestic spying program coming in December 2012.
According to top secret documents leaked this week, the secret database relies on “collection directly from the servers” of major providers like Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Skype, Yahoo and YouTube, among others.
Wow … welcome to the occupation, people. Further proof we live under the thumb of an “Evil Empire.”
What does this mean? Simple: Anything you’ve ever done on your computer – or your laptop, tablet or smart phone – was observed. And not just observed, saved as part of a massive searchable database.
Ponder that for a moment …
The existence of the government’s vast electronic spying program – operated by the National Security Administration (NSA) under the code name PRISM – first leaked out this week after a British newspaper revealed that wireless provider Verizon had been complying with an order to turn over millions of its phone records.
The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama also rushed to defend its domestic spying, calling PRISM a “critical tool” in prosecuting the so-called “War on Terror.” Obama’s administration also claimed that members of Congress were being provided with regular updates regarding the program.
Is that true though?
Last time we checked Obama’s administration flat out lied to Congress about PRISM’s very existence.
“Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?” U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden asked Obama’s intelligence chief James Clapper three months ago.
“No, sir,” Clapper responded.
“It does not?” Wyden continued.
“Not wittingly,” Clapper responded. “There are cases where they could, inadvertently perhaps, collect — but not wittingly.”
Yeah … that’s called perjury, people.
We can’t believe we actually have to write this but listen up, people: There is never any excuse for your government to monitor and collect your private internet search history, phone records, emails, live chats, file transfers or any other personal information posted in any electronic format.
Obama must immediately call for the discontinuation of the PRISM program – and any other domestic spying initiatives – and destroy any and all files associated with it. Furthermore, in prosecuting the “War on Terror” moving forward, our government must obtain warrants based on probable cause if it wishes to begin collecting the private information of American citizens.
This is not some “at the margins” point that’s up for negotiation either. This is the very fabric of our freedom that’s being ripped apart …