Thursday, June 27, 2013

On The Origin of Security - 3

We Have Your Papers
The Obama Administration says that you need to be watched, along with all of your fellow citizens.

This watching includes gathering all of your private data available to the Military, granted to them by secret courts (On The Origin of Security - 2).

Courts so secret that if you release any of their opinions to the public like other court opinions, it is a violation of law to the point that you could be prosecuted for espionage under a law passed in 1917, or other laws against revealing government secrets.

Like Richard Nixon did to Daniel Ellsberg for leaking the Pentagon Papers.

Only, as Dredd Blog pointed out, the Obama Administration has done more to stop whistleblowing than all other administrations combined (Obama Administration Rides Into The W Sunset - 2).

Some evidence indicates this is because they need to hide more than other administrations because they are more egregious than other administrations:
The Obama administration for more than two years permitted the National Security Agency to continue collecting vast amounts of records detailing the email and internet usage of Americans, according to secret documents obtained by the Guardian.

The documents indicate that under the program, launched in 2001, a federal judge sitting on the secret surveillance panel called the Fisa court would approve a bulk collection order for internet metadata "every 90 days". A senior administration official confirmed the program, stating that it ended in 2011.

The collection of these records began under the Bush administration's wide-ranging warrantless surveillance program, collectively known by the NSA codename Stellar Wind.
(Guardian, emphasis added). The NSA mentioned in that quote, is a military outfit that is taking our private information for its own use:
The National Security Agency (NSA) is ... of the United States Department of Defense ... The NSA is directed by at least a lieutenant general or vice admiral ... The Director of the National Security Agency serves as the Commander of the United States Cyber Command ... (USCYBERCOM) ... an armed forces ... command subordinate to United States Strategic Command ... led by General Keith B. Alexander... USCYBERCOM ... synchronizes defense of U.S. military networks ... United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) is one of nine Unified Combatant Commands of the United States Department of Defense ... charged with ... military satellites ... information warfare ... missile defense, global command and control, intelligence, surveillance ... global strike and strategic deterrence ... nuclear arsenal ... Strategic Command [is] a successor to Strategic Air Command (SAC). It is headquartered at Offutt Air Force Base south of Omaha, Nebraska.
(Wikipedia: "National Security Agency", "U.S. Cyber Command", "U.S. Strategic Command"; see also On The Origin of Security - 2). What use can the military have for spying on American citizens as if they were an occupied enemy?

They have planned for a long time to commence military operations within the U.S. if we protest too loudly about economic conditions:
A new report by the U.S. Army War College talks about the possibility of Pentagon resources and troops being used should the economic crisis lead to civil unrest, such as protests against businesses and government or runs on beleaguered banks.

“Widespread civil violence inside the United States would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order and human security,” said the War College report.

The study says economic collapse, terrorism and loss of legal order are among possible domestic shocks that might require military action within the U.S.
(Will The Military Become The Police - 3). That data would help them know a lot about those we were not happy with their use of our taxpayer dollars (MOMCOM - A Mean Welfare Queen).

And it would help them perpetuate the domestic and foreign policy coup that has clearly taken place (A Tale of Coup Cities - 4).

The next post in this series is here, the previous post in this series is here.

Ode to Snowden and Greenwald.


  1. The Army has blocked the Guardian so that its soldiers can't see these files: Link

  2. The U.S. Post Office is spying on the snail mail of Americans: Link