It’s Official: NSA Data Will Soon be Used by Domestic Law Enforcement

NSA is watching youBy Joshua Krause

If you’re reading this, then I’m willing to bet that you’ve been called many different names throughout your life. If I were to hazard a guess, I would say they were names like kook, paranoid, conspiracy theorist, alarmist, insane, or gullible. And after this week, you can go by a new name: Vindicated.

I’m of course talking about recent revelations from the NSA. Long before Edward Snowden came along, it was no secret that the NSA was spying on everyone without good cause. Anyone who believed that fact was called a conspiracy theorist, but their fears were eventually validated.

These same people also understood that the NSA’s surveillance powers would never be used exclusively against terrorists and hostile governments. The power they have is just too tempting for any government. If various government agencies weren’t using the NSA’s surveillance apparatus to solve domestic crimes, it was only a matter of time before it was used for just that.

And again, they called us conspiracy theorists for believing that. And again, we were right all long.

A while back, we noted a report showing that the “sneak-and-peek” provision of the Patriot Act that was alleged to be used only in national security and terrorism investigations has overwhelmingly been used in narcotics cases. Now the New York Times reports that National Security Agency data will be shared with other intelligence agencies like the FBI without first applying any screens for privacy. The ACLU of Massachusetts blog Privacy SOS explains why this is important:

What does this rule change mean for you? In short, domestic law enforcement officials now have access to huge troves of American communications, obtained without warrants, that they can use to put people in cages. FBI agents don’t need to have any “national security” related reason to plug your name, email address, phone number, or other “selector” into the NSA’s gargantuan data trove. They can simply poke around in your private information in the course of totally routine investigations. And if they find something that suggests, say, involvement in illegal drug activity, they can send that information to local or state police. That means information the NSA collects for purposes of so-called “national security” will be used by police to lock up ordinary Americans for routine crimes.

Anybody who knows anything about how governments work, should not surprised. You can’t give them any kind of power, and expect them to use it responsibly. You can’t give them any stipulations. Eventually they’ll find a legal loophole to work around any limitations that have been placed on them.

In other news, the Pentagon admitted this week that they’ve been deploying military drones over the United States for domestic surveillance purposes. Much like the NSA’s surveillance apparatus, we were assured that drones were for terrorists in faraway lands. Nothing so Orwellian would ever be used against ordinary American citizens at home. Yet here we are, with more to come.

Perhaps you’re beginning to see a pattern. Everything our government uses against foreign enemies, eventually makes its way back home. Every war is an opportunity to try out new technologies, before turning around and using them against American citizens. It just goes to show, that war really is the health of the state.

Joshua Krause is a reporter, writer and researcher at The Daily Sheeple. He was born and raised in the Bay Area and is a freelance writer and author. You can follow Joshua’s reports at Facebook or on his personal Twitter. Joshua’s website is Strange Danger.

  • Lawrence Ambrose

    That’s because all of it was mainly about controlling “us”; the foreign terrorist boogeyman only served as a pretext for that. The premise of a couple of novels I’ve written, by the way .:)

  • Demonocracy

    This is the application of the military doctrine known as “Full Spectrum Dominance” that was originally meant to be used in a geo-strategic global military theater abroad for the purpose of total control. As this article implies, The U.S. decided probably from the beginning, it would be good to test this on foreigners first, then apply it to the American people since they are considered armed with the constitution and dangerous to the NWO.

    The sole purpose is total control and the prize is America. Americans are/were the freest in the since they have/had constitutional protections from a criminal government. Since their government stopped obeying the constitution, they have been a lawless government. Terrorism is a contrived notion by the state that serves the purpose of facilitating this agenda just the same as the war on drugs is an excuse to steal from Americans via “civil asset forfeiture”. Behind every evil work performed by the American government is an excuse, i.e. lie.

    We were told a lie when the government told it’s citizens the imaginary bogeymen terrorist hate us because we’re free. How do the terrorist have the ability to change you from free to “not free”? In order to do this they would have to have the ability to change or abolish the constitution. They cannot do this with box cutters or anything else. The only people that can do this is the American government. Suffice it to say then, the only one’s who hate you for your freedoms are the American government. Nobody hates the
    American people more than their own government. The box cutter fairies are laughing at us!!

  • As long as these unmitigated criminals are in charge of our wealth, health and future…we have neither wealth, health or a future.

    • Nathan Hale

      A matter of perspective my friend . Are “we” subjects or creators, stewards in fact for our lawful inheritance?
      Are “we” trustees aka public servants or oath sworn,
      or grantors and beneficial interest holders for the original jurisdiction?

  • ignasi

    Those who love Truth be called terrorists

  • OldeSoul

    Every American who supported nuclear warfare, drones, torture, and biowarfare for “others” and “the enemy” were stupid to think it would never come back to haunt them personally. To them it’s okay if we kill someone else’s kids, so long as me and mine are safe. The problem is that some of us were always against these measures. The names we’ve been called have changed over time, but the sneering derision was always there: hippies, anarchists, pacifists, domestic terrorists, and unpatriotic pansies who just don’t understand how the world works. So now we are vindicated, isn’t that great, but we’re still subject to the blowback caused by all those who believed that “the enemy” is always someone else, far, far away. I hope you’re happy.

  • Ricky Ross

    “Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves”

    – William Pitt, (Speech in the House of Commons, November 18, 1783)

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