Is Government Just Spying Like a Giant Peeping Tom … Or Is It Actively USING that Information in Mischievous Ways?
by George Washington
You know that the NSA and other government agencies are spying on all Americans.
But is the government just passively spying on us like some giant peeping Tom? Or doing something with that information?
U.S. intelligence agencies have given information gained through spying to a handful of giant corporations for many years. This trend is accelerating.
While the NSA is the best-known spy agency at the moment, the IRS, FBI, and many other agencies also conduct their own mass spying on Americans.
Reuters recently broke the story that information gained through spying on Americans is funneled through a special unit within the Drug Enforcement Agency, and then distributed to federal, state and local agencies nationwide.
The agencies are instructed to “launder” the information by pretending that they got it from normal gumshoe investigations, and not spying.
Reuters notes that laundered information gained through spying is being used to prosecute petty crimes, including taxes and drugs … and neither the defense attorneys or even the judges are being told the real source of the information
Top NSA whistleblower William Binney – the former head of the National Security Agency’s global digital data gathering program, and a 32-year veteran of that agency who was a “legend” among NSA workers – says that the NSA database is used to harass and even frame anyone the government doesn’t like.
Another high-level NSA whistleblower (Russell Tice, who worked on satellite spying for the agency for two decades) says that the NSA is spying on – and blackmailing – top government officials and military officers (and see this; and this PBS interview).
Indeed, because government spying has always focused on crushing dissent, it is safe to assume that the government will use the information it gathers.