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NSA spying on Americans just ‘tip of the iceberg’

By JOHN WESTON - Capitol Hill Blue
August 5, 2013

The National Security Agency: Yes, they can hear you now

The National Security Agency: Yes, they can hear you now

Widespread spying on Americans by the National Security Agency is just “the tip of the iceberg,” says intelligence officials, and the Obama administration is scrambling to find ways to stop Congress before it learns just how much probing of U.S. citizens is standard operating procedure authorized by the White Hosue.

“Americans don’t have privacy,” former intelligence officer David Shapiro tells Capitol Hill Blue.  “The illusion of privacy and protection by our government disappeared long ago.”

As President Barack Obama faced growing voter anger and distrust over revelations of gathering of data on most Americans by the government, Congressional staff members charged with probing the abuse of power by the President are finding increasing administration-produced roadblocks constantly in their way.

Obama, they say, is using executive orders, claims of national security and other tricks to block any and all serious attempts to get to the bottom of the everyday intrusion into the lives of Americans.

A growing number feel that Edward Snowden, the NSA contractor who revealed the program to a British newspaper reporter, could emerge as an American hero unless the Obama administration succeeds in stopping him before more secrets are revealed.

“The White House has pulled out all the stops to try and arrest Snowden,” says a former NSA staffer who asked not to be identified.  “If they are successful, he may just disappear and never be heard from again.”

Snowden, currently in Russa where leaders of that country are protecting him, gave up a lucrative job, a pole-dancing girlfriend and a hedonistic life style in Hawaii when he went public about the everyday collection of phone records and other data on American citizens.  Critics label him a traitor but other feel he is more of a patriot.

“The true story on Edward Snowden may never be known,” says Waring.  “The Obama administration will stop at nothing to keep him quiet and away from those who want to know the truth.”

The truth, intelligence professionals tell Capitol Hill Blue, is that the collection of data and phone records is just a small part of everyday government snooping into the lives of Americans.

Other ongoing projects, they say, is the former Total Information Awareness System (TIA), which Congress thought it killed but was just buried in the Pentagon’s “black bag” program to hide its funding and existence during the administration of former President George W. Bush.

TIA, developed by the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA), allows real time government access of financial, travel and other information of any and all Americans on a 24/7 basis.

“TIA continues to function today and gathers data of Americans around the clock,” says a former NSA analyst.

Capitol Hill Blue has learned that TIA’s massive computer operation runs out of a nondescript building in the 3800 block of Fairfax Drive in Arlington, Virginia.   The only tip-off that something is going on inside that building is the presence, day and night, of police cars outside the building and threats by officers to arrest anyone observed taking photos of the structure.

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7 Responses to NSA spying on Americans just ‘tip of the iceberg’

  1. Bill Cravener

    August 5, 2013 at 7:18 am

    A growing number feel that Edward Snowden, the NSA contractor who revealed the program to a British newspaper reporter, could emerge as an American hero. . .

    Hero? You have to be kidding! Giving away NSA secrets to China and Russia for his own safety makes Snowden a hero? He is the perfect example of a traitor and a coward!

    Where was the public outcry when the three former NSA employees William E. Binney, Thomas A. Drake, and J. Kirk Wiebe reported the facts about the NSA’s domestic spying program? Binney, Drake and Wiebe were originally accused by the federal government of leaking information about the NSA program to the New York Times years ago. But these men were neither cowards nor traitors because unlike Edward Snowden they did not run to our enemies seeking asylum where he Edward Snowden has certainly spilled the beans on NSA secret operations. My hope continues to be that this yellow bellied coward Snowden is soon found floating face down in the Moskva River!

    • David

      August 5, 2013 at 11:46 am

      Not surprising Bill is still howling for Snowden’s blood. Savages never were much for due process.

      But the other NSA employees Bill brings up show why Snowden is a hero…those guys followed proper channels, and were ignored. It took Snowden’s heroic escape and epic chase to catch people’s attention, and now everyone knows what the NSA is up to. For that we owe Snowden a great debt.

      I will point out Bill does not speak for me when he says China and Russia are “our enemies”. They may be his enemies, but as an American I can state for myself Russians and Chinese are not my enemies. They are my friends.

      • Jon

        August 6, 2013 at 9:04 pm

        Hear hear.

        I am a human being, and a participant in a civilization; as are Russians and Chinese. They are my friends too.

        Jon

        • Jon

          August 7, 2013 at 12:35 am

          Incidentally, it’s not entirely impossible that we are being trolled. Mr. Cravener has not replied to nor acted upon suggestions that his real name might be ‘William’, not ‘Bill’, and if there is a confusion between Bill D. Cravener or Bill P. Cravener or Bill F. Cravener then it’s his own fault for being anonymous.

          Finally, the name ‘Cravener’ does somewhat imply ‘more craven than you’, an ideal handle for a troll.

          It could very well be his real name. His opinions could be perfectly honestly held. But as far as I can prove, he’s as anonymous as I.

          J.

  2. David

    August 5, 2013 at 11:47 am

    By the way….”stripper girlfriend”? According to Salon she is most likely not a stripper, even though she uses pole dancing with her dancing troupe.

  3. Wayne K Dolik

    August 5, 2013 at 11:50 am

    I would like to see the psychopaths running these programs brought up on charges, (presumed innocent until proven guilty) and then convicted and thrown in jail for violations of U.S. Law and the Constitution. The Military leaders accused of these crimes need to be charged and convicted by a military court. Hope this clears up any misunderstanding of right and wrong in official United States policy.