Written by Jack Ferm
The National Security Agency (NSA) was only the beginning: Congress—along with the Executive Branch—is so paranoid that we are on the verge of a revolution, that they’re expanding the Surveillance State to watch us even more closely. Watch for the coming Cyber-Security Information Sharing Act (CISA). This Act is going further in watching us than even the NSA ever dreamed.
If you believe Congress will ever rein in the NSA, think again. The NSA is never going to stop its illegal activities. In fact, what the NSA has done is in its infancy. The new Cyber-Security Information Sharing Act will take the NSA to the next level in watching and listening to us. Too much money and political muscle have been invested in the NSA to create levels of control and ability that monitor each of us 24/7. The NSA has proven itself over and over incompetent where terrorists are involved but very fluent where U.S. citizens are concerned.
The NSA has never stopped one terror plot, or attack. Not one. And the Government doesn’t want it to! But the government has a real interest in us; the important things like when we have breakfast and yes, even when and if we have recreational sex! They probably even have photos to back up their watchful eye.
The NSA does have its purpose, though, like gathering information against the States’ enemies to be used to neutralize them and an arrogant press that needs to be muzzled!
Edward Snowden, who brought the illegal spying program to the attention of the general public, is now one of many “Enemies of the State.” Fortunately, he is still alive. Snowden, however, is not the only NSA official or contractor to come out and expose this corrupt federal agency. Take as further examples:
Thomas Drake: A former senior executive at the NSA ended up working retail at an Apple store! Drake was prosecuted under the Espionage Act of 1917 and is facing 35 years in prison after disclosing unclassified information about Trailblazer, a $1.2 billion dollar NSA Program that infringed on people’s right to privacy. Not unlike Edward Snowden.
Russell Tice: NSA/Defense Intelligence Agency. Tice backs up Edward Snowden’s and Thomas Drake’s exposures. According to Tice, an ex-NSA intelligence officer, “The National Security Agency had access to all Americans’ communications, faxes, phone calls, and computer communications.” It didn’t matter where you were in the country or that you never made foreign communications. They monitored all communications from everyone! Tice also disclosed the NSA program to spy on judges, military officials, members of Congress and, a soon to be Senator from Chicago, named Barack Obama. Tice was labeled “paranoid” by the NSA, demoted, and finally fired.
Gary Webb: Webb, a reporter for the San Jose Mercury, wrote “The Dark Alliance,” a series of articles exposing the U.S. drug supply chain involving the CIA, which went all the way to the White House. Webb wasn’t as lucky as the NSA officials who exposed surveillance; he went into an area that is forbidden, the CIA Drug Operations, which involved protecting cocaine traffickers in Los Angeles under the Reagan Bush Administration. Webb was murdered in 2004; it has been considered by many to be a government hit because Webb would not be silenced.
Barry Seal: (July 16, 1939 – February 19, 1986) A CIA drug runner with Air America, Seal was involved with the Iran/Contra Operation and running drugs into Mina, Ar. He had agreed to testify against some very important individuals involved with the CIA, the Mexican Cartels, and even the White House.
Bunnatine (Bunny) Greenhouse: Another Whistleblower with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who made the mistake of exposing Halliburton’s no contract bid for the oil fields in Iraq and how they were inflated. She received poor performance reviews, was demoted, and stripped of her top secret clearance. She later sued the government and was awarded $970,000.00.
Coleen Rowley: While government agencies claimed to have been surprised about the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Centers, FBI Special Agent Coleen Rowley immediately came forward explaining that her Minneapolis Field Office knew Zacarias Moussaoui (one of the 9/11 conspirators) had paid $8,000 in cash for Boeing 747 flying lessons and was planning a suicide hijacking. However, her requests to search Moussaoui’s room and computer were denied by her superiors. She retired from the agency in 2004.
Bradley Manning: U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning is responsible for the biggest leak of secret military data ever. His actions also put WikiLeaks on the map. One of the reasons Manning is in jail is for exposing the U.S. government paying a company that sold child slaves.
Theodore L. (Ted) Gunderson (November 7, 1928 – July 31, 2011): Gunderson was an FBI Special Agent in charge of the Los Angeles Federal Bureau of Investigation. He worked on the Marilyn Monroe and the John F. Kennedy cases. He was murdered with fast acting arsenic poisoning, after years of exposing CIA and FBI corruption. He exposed the CIA child sex kidnapping ring, and the satanic cults within the CIA, and military.
Peter Buxtun: Exposed the Tuskegee Syphilis experiments. Between 1932 and 1972, the U.S. Public Health Service tricked people into becoming human guinea pigs. The U.S. Public Health Service teamed up with the Tuskegee Institute to study the long-term effects of syphilis on the human body. They obtained 600 volunteers who were promised free health care, 399 of whom had syphilis. They never provided the health care and failed to even notify the 399 individuals that they had the disease, which since 1940 was curable with Penicillin.
In 1972, a 27 year old employee at the U.S. Public Health Service exposed the 40-year study to the Washington Star. He went public after filing multiple complaints within the agency that went nowhere. His exposure caused the program to shut down. At the time of his public exposure, dozens of men had already died, and their wives and children were already sick with the disease.
A rogue government will not tolerate exposure. That’s the main reason Snowden will never be allowed back in the U.S. unless he agrees to face a criminal prosecution and a long jail confinement as an example to others. The NSA spy program has been found to be illegal. Since the program is illegal, why is Snowden a criminal for exposing it?
It’s time we stopped bowing to criminals that have taken over our government and considered how we are going to reclaim our Republic!
Jack Ferm earned a J.D. Degree from Bernaden University in 1989. He is a businessman and commercial loan broker, with an extensive knowledge of politics, business and law bring an additional dimension to our opinion section. Mr. Ferm’s background is varied and interesting, having been a radio talk show host from 1995 to 2008. He was also the editor and managed CRWE Newswire during 2010.