“These Programs Were Never About Terrorism: They’re About Economic Spying, Social Control, and Diplomatic Manipulation. They’re About Power”

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
By Paul Martin

WashingtonsBlog.com
December 17, 2013

Snowden Gives the Big Picture

Edward Snowden wrote yesterday about mass surveillance by the NSA:

These programs were never about terrorism: they’re about economic spying, social control, and diplomatic manipulation. They’re about power.

He’s right.

These Programs Were Never About Terrorism

The NSA started mass spying on Americans before 9/11 … and various excuses have been used over the years.

The NSA was already spying on American Senators and prominent Americans who spoke out against the Vietnam War more than 40 years ago.

The NSA has also been conducting industrial espionage for many decades.

There is no evidence that mass surveillance has prevented a single terrorist attack. And see this confirming opinion by a federal judge. On the contrary, top counter-terror experts say that mass spying actually hurts U.S. counter-terror efforts (more here and here).

The Rest…HERE

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