U.S. President Barack Obama’s National Security Agency (NSA) routinely listens to domestic phone calls (and snoops through emails and text messages) without prior court authorization, a congressman who attended a secret briefing said last week.
U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-New York) says he was told the NSA can – and does – regularly tap the contents of phone calls “simply based on an analyst deciding that.”
“I was rather startled,” Nadler said, according to the website c|net.
Nadler’s comments confirm statements made previously by former analyst Edward Snowden, who courageously disclosed the existence of the NSA’s massive snooping operation last week. It also makes a liar out of Obama, who earlier this month sought to assure Americans regarding the scope and purpose of the domestic spy program.
“Nobody is listening to your telephone calls,” Obama said. “That’s not what this program’s about.”
Except that’s exactly what this program is about.
Obama also sought to reassure Americans about the safety of their private data, promising them that “federal judges are overseeing the entire program throughout.”
That’s apparently bullsh*t, too.
Listen up sheeple: You are being lied to .. and not only that, according to a couple of congressmen we’ve spoken with your elected officials are being lied to as well.
Here’s the bottom line: All that’s standing between the federal government and every single byte of your personal data is a promise from Obama – the same guy who said he’d never raise taxes on you, that he’d let you keep your health care plan, that he’d cut the deficit in half, etc.
So be afraid. Be very afraid. Or just keep tuning out … and tuning into your favorite reality TV program.