If it wasn’t time already, it may now be advantageous to fit yourself for one of those tin foil hats. In fact our founding editor has already called up lid-maker New Era and asked its employees to get busy on a custom-fitted, tin foil-lined hat in his 7-3/8″ size.
Why? Because the federal government’s massive domestic spying program is much more expansive and invasive than anyone initially suspected – just as Edward Snowden promised. Meanwhile the administration of Barack Obama continues to deliberately lie to the public about its scope and capabilities
According to Snowden – the heroic former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who first exposed our government’s Orwellian spy network – he could “wiretap anyone, from you or your accountant, to a federal judge or even the president, if I had a personal email.” Oh, and do so without permission from our rubber stamp, secretive spy court.
The federal government denied this claim – and called Snowden a liar. Who was correct? Once again, Snowden was.
According to documents obtained by The (U.K.) Guardian, the NSA uses a program called “XKeyscore” to track internet searches, emails, online chats and “nearly everything a typical user does on the internet.”
The exposure of “XKeyscore” comes as the Obama administration pushes back against its critics regarding the nation’s domestic spying program – selectively releasing a handful of documents in advance of a congressional hearing into the issue.
“We need straightforward answers and I’m concerned we’re not getting them,” U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) said. “I think the patience of the American people is beginning to wear thin, but what has to be of more concern in a democracy is the trust of the American people is wearing thin.”
We concur wholeheartedly …
Astoundingly, the White House is standing by its original denials – attacking the credibility of The Guardian, which has been dead-on in its reporting.
“Some of the claims made in that article are false,” Obama spokesman Jay Carney told reporters. “As we’ve explained, and the intelligence community has explained, allegations of widespread, unchecked analyst access to NSA collection data are false.”
Really? Then what’s this? Snowden has provided meticulous documentation in support of his claims to the contrary. All the Obama administration has provided is lies. And that leaves just one unnerving, unmistakable conclusion to draw from all this: They are tracking everything.