New Breaking NSA: Illegal, Unconstitutional Collection of Innocent Americans’ Complete Digital Data
by Jesselyn Radack on June 17, 2013 ( The Whistleblogger / 2013 )
Last night, AP had a blockbuster story on the recently-revealed NSA Prism program, disclosed by American whistleblower Edward Snowden, We knew that Prism seizes records from the 9 biggest Internet companies–massive secret domestic surveillance that goes far beyond what Americans know. But it turns out that Prism is a relatively small part of a much broader, even more intrusive domestic surveillance effort.
Soon after the AP story broke, the Washington Post had another blockbuster article on how the U.S. surveillance architecture includes collection of revealing Internet and phone metadata. It’s breathtaking.
Instead of trying to prosecute Mr. Snowden, we should be prosecuting the government officials who turned the U.S. into a massive surveillance state. And instead of letting the government use fear-mongering about faux terrorism plots to justify every new illegal and unconstitutional intrusion we find out about, Americans should instead be afraid of how willing the government has been to engage in illegal, unconstitutional dragnet surveillance of its own people under the guise of protecting them.