Jason Leopold, also known in government circles as the "FOIA Terrorist" (not fondly, I might add), due to his continued attempts to gain the release of important documents hidden under the cloak of "security", has just released his latest piece on the NSA.
His latest article for Al Jazeera, "Revealed: NSA pushed 9/11 as key 'sound bite' to justify surveillance: An internal document recommended that officials use fear of attack when pressed to explain agency's programs," adds to the mounting evidence of a government gone rogue through its "security" and "national defense" agencies...
Criminal conspiracy to justify spying through manipulation of fear...
We know Bush did it to set the people up for the war on Iraq...
This is not such a stretch for the NSA...
Now Jason has the proof.
From the article:
..."Invoking the events of 9/11 to justify the controversial NSA programs, which have caused major diplomatic fallout around the world, was the top item on the talking points agency officials were encouraged to use.
Under the sub-heading, 'Sound Bites that Resonate,' the document suggests the statement: 'I much prefer to be here today explaining these programs, than explaining another 9/11 event that we were not able to prevent.'
NSA head Gen. Keith Alexander used a slightly different version of that statement when he testified before Congress June 18 in defense of the agency’s surveillance programs."
Well General, you and Clapper have some explaining to do.
If the current president (and his DOJ) is really "of the people" then he would demand accountability...
I'm not holding my breath.
"The fact that other countries spy on their own people or spy on each other does not address the fact that the US is engaged in massive, bulk collection to the tune of 70.3 million telecommunications a month in France of perfectly innocent people. That has nothing to do with protecting the United States, and has nothing to do with really gathering any kind of meaningful intelligence on France. It is an overreach ... and I think the other countries are justifiably outraged .... As one of our founders said: Those who choose between liberty and security deserve neither."
~ Jesselyn Radack, the national security and human rights director of the Government Accountability Project, a whistleblower organization; and Gene Arthur Coyle, a professor at Indiana University and a former CIA agent