This is not a warning. This is not a joke, this is happening, according to former Government officials turned whistleblowers. Diane Raurk, former professional monitor on House Intelligence Committee, William Binney, Technical Director of the NSA World Geopolitical and Military Analysis Reporting group, Kirk Wiebe, chief of staff for the agency's Signals Intelligence Automation Research Center (SARC), and Tom Drake, the former NSA executive who was charged under the Espionage Act have been shouting about this to Americans. The Daily Kos reports that these individuals "have repeatedly warned us about waste, fraud, abuse and illegal domestic spying at NSA." The NSA was granted more power under the Bush Administration. President Bush, at that time, was criticized for potential intrusive policies that would spy on Americans, but this takes the cake! Why is the mainstream media silent on this obvious intrusion?
The Utah Data Center's stated rationale is the vague purpose to "provide intelligence and warnings related to cybersecurity threats, cybersecurity support to defense and civilian agency networks, and technical assistance to the Department of Homeland Security," according to Glenn Gaffney, deputy director of national intelligence for collection, who is responsible for oversight of cyber intelligence activities in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. He assured his audience, "We will accomplish this in full compliance with the U.S. Constitution and federal law and while observing strict guidelines that protect the privacy and civil liberties of the American people."
Apparently, the reason the NSA is able to say that privacy will not be intruded upon is because the data is encrypted. However, the data can be accessed, if needed. With some questionable laws that make growing a vegetable garden a crime, for example, what will happen in the future when other things are criminalized? Can they access the data to determine if a United States citizen has ever planted basil and sent an email or had a conversation about their tomatoes? Will this be a tool to bring people down that do not toe the line? What if a blogger criticized a government official? What if a person cheats on his or her spouse? Will political opponents have access to all financial data, for example? For the government to have access to citizen's google searches is intrusive and Americans need to stand up against it!
One article in Wired states:
"Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trailsÂ—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital 'pocket litter.'"
Constitutional attorney Gary Kreep, president of the United States Justice Foundation, believes the U.S. government is using the guise of "Internet protection" to infringe on personal privacy, according to a story by onenewsnow. He said, "I've been involved in politics [since] 1964, been a lawyer since 1975; this is the first time in my life where I genuinely fear for the future of our republic because of the actions of the federal government."
Currently, the government already has access to every tweet ever posted. "The Library of Congress and Twitter have signed an agreement that will see an archive of every public Tweet ever sent handed over to the library's repository of historical documents." The story declared excitedly that researchers will be able to "data-mine" the archives for "interesting information." Unfortunately, these types of overt privacy infringements are not being reported by the mainstream media. Americans need to demand answers and fight for their right to privacy.
Watch the partial interview with the Whistleblowers discussing the data complex here: