Expanding on a thought I posted before on the other site I noticed that one of President Obama’s responses to questions about the NSA’s spying policies when Americans could be involved was effectively “Trust Us“. Obama said this after a week where several of our intelligence agencies secret surveillance programs came to light involving Verizon Business (and later learned basically all wireless companies) and as many as nine big internet companies under PRISM.
- They’ve instituted illegal warrantless wiretapping programs (under Bush) that were later authorized after it they had come to light that are still ongoing.
- We have a super secret FISA court issuing secret warrants to secret government agencies with little or no oversight.
- Government lawyers are fighting the release of an 86 page court opinion that reportedly found that the government, via the FISA Court, had violated the spirit of federal surveillance laws and engaged in unconstitutional spying.
- And even more suspiciously we have the government issuing National Security Letters to individuals and corporations forcing them to turn over non-content information, such as transactional records, phone numbers dialed or email addresses with a gag order attached so they are unable to even disclose that they received the letter.