The US Constitution clearly guarantees:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. – The Bill of Rights, 4th Amendment, in the US Constitution.
The NSA is clearly incompetent:
In the days leading up to 9/11, the accused hijackers were living 2 blocks away from NSA headquarters in Maryland, they sent money back to Bin Laden via the Safeway across the street from the NSA. And they missed it?! Are we really supposed to believe this?
Despite the US Constitution and NSA’s incompetence . . . Check out the breathtaking scope of government domestic spying, ignoring the 4th Amendment, and in violation of the US Constitution:
- The US government has adopted a secret interpretation of the Patriot Act which allows it to pretend that “everything” is relevant … so it spies on everyone. For example, the NSA “oversight” court believes the mere claim that terrorists use the phone system is enough to show that all phone records are relevant . . . essentially everything we do.
- Misuse of NSA spy data is rampant:
- NSA Employees Super Cyber-Stalk Lovers, Neighbors, etc; NSA employee secretly intercepted the phone calls of nine women for six years without ever being detected by his managers; more here, and here.
- NSA surveillance can be used to frame you if a government employee happens to dislike to you.
- An NSA whistleblower says that the NSA is spying on – and blackmailing – top government officials and military officers (and see this). For example, NSA threatened Congress about ‘wrong decisions’ on NSA’s spying.
- NSA is Spying on the U.S. Congress, Presidents, Journalists, and the U.S. Supreme Court: In Other Words, All 3 Branches of Government Plus the 4th Estate
- The NSA spying program is being used for industrial espionage, by spying on large foreign corporations, and the biggest financial payments systems such as VISA and Swift. NSA also spies on Americans’ credit card transactions. Indeed, “Economics” is one of the main justifications for spying. NSA and others are using the information to profit from this inside information.
- The heads of the intelligence services have repeatedly been caught lying about spying. For example, the government claimed that most spying programs ended in 2011, when – in fact – they were expanded that year. Sen. Ron Wyden claims, NSA ‘repeatedly deceived the American people.’ Even liberal publications say that Obama has been intentionally lying about spying.
- There is no real oversight by Congress, the courts, or the executive branch of government. And see this and this. Indeed, most Congress members had no idea what the NSA is doing. Even staunch defenders of the NSA – and congress members on the intelligence oversight committees – now say they’ve been kept in the dark.
- The government has abruptly ended an inquiry into NSA’s warrantless eavesdropping programs because the NSA refused to grant Justice Department lawyers the necessary security clearance to probe the matter. (nbcnews.com)
- A Federal judge who was on the secret spying court for 3 years says that it’s a kangaroo court. Even the current judges on the secret spying court now admit that they’re out of the loop and powerless to exercise real oversight. When these judges raised concerns about NSA spying, the Justice Department completely ignored them. Yet, whistle blowers on illegal spying have no “legal” way to get the information out.
- U.S. Government may – on a whim – label ANY American as a potential terrorist (and here).
- Private contractors can also view all of your data (and the government isn’t keeping track of which contractors see your data and which don’t). And private contractors are involved in spying on behalf of foreign governments world-wide.
- The NSA not only shares our information with other American agencies, it also gives personal, sensitive unfiltered information on Americans to Israel and other foreign nations.
- Counter-terror experts say that the government’s mass spying doesn’t keep us safe . Indeed, they say that mass spying actually hurts U.S. counter-terror efforts (more here and here).
Domestic spying on you is about making you afraid.
So deny them.
“I WOULD REMIND YOU THAT EXTREMISM IN THE DEFENSE OF LIBERTY IS NO VICE. AND LET ME REMIND YOU ALSO THAT MODERATION IN THE PURSUIT OF JUSTICE IS NO VIRTUE.” ~ BARRY GOLDWATER
- Months Before the Snowden Revelations, FBI Agent Tim Clemente Accidentally Admits on CNN that *ALL* Digital Communications Are Recorded, Stored, and Accessible to the U.S. Government
- NSA chief defends collecting Americans’ data
- Spy Agencies Are Doing WHAT? (washingtonsblog.com)
- NSA stories around the world | Glenn Greenwald (theguardian.com)
- What 4th Amendment? (lewrockwell.com)
- Spying and Lying (wchildblog.com)
- The FISA Court Knew the NSA Lied Repeatedly About Its Spying, Approved Its Searches Anyway (motherboard.vice.com)
- The Domestic Spying State (lewrockwell.com)
- 12 True Tales of Creepy NSA Cyberstalking (wired.com)
- N.S.A. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens (nytimes.com)
- Apple admits, ‘iPhone 5s Fingerprint Database To Be Shared With NSA’
- US senators prepare bill to end NSA cyber spying on Americans