Recent investigations and/or reports have soundly condemned those practices, as Dredd Blog has also pointed out (see On The Recent Condemnation of Torture and On The Recent Condemnation of Torture - 2).
The Obama regime has kept many of the Bush II officials, so the voodoo continues in the form of the greatest civil rights violations against the American people in the history of the United States of America.
Yesterday, we updated the information on the progress of the ACLU lawsuit taking place in the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York (ACLU vs. Clapper, Alexander, Hagel, Holder, and Mueller - 2, cf. ACLU vs. Clapper, Alexander, Hagel, Holder, and Mueller).
In the United States the military NSA is spying on all Americans, and has been spying on "every square inch" of the planet for over a decade:
If you made a phone call today or sent an e-mail to a friend, there's a good chance what you said or wrote was captured and screened by the country's largest intelligence agency. The top-secret Global Surveillance Network is called Echelon, and it's run by the National Security Agency and four English-speaking allies: Canada, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand.(A Tale of Coup Cities - 4). There is no doubt that certain sections of the U.S. government, specifically the military, has lost its mind and gone over the edge into tyranny.
The mission is to eavesdrop on enemies of the state: foreign countries, terrorist groups and drug cartels. But in the process, Echelon's computers capture virtually every electronic conversation around the world.
How does it work, and what happens to all the information that's gathered? A lot of people have begun to ask that question, and some suspect that the information is being used for more than just catching bad guys.
(Footage of satellite; person talking on cell phone; fax machine; ATM being used; telephone pole and wires; radio towers)
KROFT: (Voiceover) We can't see them, but the air around us is filled with invisible electronic signals, everything from cell phone conversations to fax transmissions to ATM transfers. What most people don't realize is that virtually every signal radiated across the electromagnetic spectrum is being collected and analyzed.
How much of the world is covered by them?
Mr. MIKE FROST (Former Spy): The entire world, the whole planet--covers everything. Echelon covers everything that's radiated worldwide at any given instant.
KROFT: Every square inch is covered.
Mr. FROST: Every square inch is covered.
This was foretold by those who had watched tyranny grow, and who knew that allowing accountability to exit the realms of government would prove disastrous:
"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." - James Madison(see Dredd Blog "Quotes" page). And so here we are with a military that has pulled off a policy coup while the guardians (The Queens of Stalingrad - 2) take off their clothes (Is The Empress Taking Off Her Clothes?).
“Experience has shown that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” – Thomas Jefferson
The militarization of the civilian police forces adds greatly to the danger:
Between about the early 1980s and today, American police forces have undergone some substantial changes. Most notable among these is the ascent of the SWAT team. Once limited to large cities and reserved for emergency situations like hostage takings, active shooters, or escaped(Too Many Cops Are Soldiers Fighting a War, emphasis added). This voodoo domestic and foreign policy is just plain madness.
fugitives, SWAT teams today are primarily used to serve warrants on people suspected of nonviolent, consensual drug crimes.
Military NSA Version 2.0
The numbers are staggering. In the early 1980s, there were about 3,000 SWAT "call-outs" per year across the entire country. By 2005, there were an estimated 50,000. In New York City alone, there were 1,447 drug raids 1994. By 2002, eight years later, there were 5,117 -- a 350 percent increase. In 1984, about a fourth of towns between 25,000-50,000 people had a SWAT team. By 2005, it was 80 percent.
Today, the use of this sort of force is in too many jurisdictions the first option for serving search warrants instead of the last. SWAT teams today are used to break up poker games and massage parlors, for immigration enforcement, even to perform regulatory inspections.
Troubling as all of this is, the problem goes beyond SWAT teams. Too many police departments today are infused with a more general militaristic culture. Cops today are too often told that they're soldiers fighting a war, be it a war on crime, on drugs, on terrorism, or whatever other recent gremlin politicians have chosen as the enemy.