The FBI and NSA are building the world’s most powerful spy apparatus in history or they just want to see a lot of our selfies, hear our ignorant cell phone conversations and laugh at immature text messages.
How far does government spying go?
But just how far does the government go and does all they spying only occur based on national security concerns? Could certain political issues be behind classification of certain investigations?
Spies among us
In 2006 through reporting on CNET, the FBI’s ability to electronically eavesdrop face to face phone conversation by remotely turning on a cell phone was exposed. Since then revelations of phone monitoring of journalists at the Associated Press, which would have triggered an avalanche of press concern in decades past, is treated with a yawn.
Can the case be made that not only is the government spying on US citizens, but they have been doing so for political purposes?
Is the government actively using electronic eavesdropping techniques to spy on journalists & MF Global political organizers?
Before the Associated Press scandal or the Snowden revelations, certain persons associated with the MF Global Holdings Ltd (OTCMKTS:MFGLQ) justice movement were told they were under electronic surveillance, including one journalist and one leader of a formal protest group fighting for the return of MF Global assets to customers. These concerns are documented in various e-mails, including e-mails within authorities and verbal communications with regulators. Two Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, submitted on behalf of one of the individuals who were told he was spied upon, have been unsuccessful at generating a confirmation or denial of the activity. One request was refused due to the request landing in the wrong DoJ division, the other request has not been answered.
The question of if the government is now spying for political purposes or, in the case of MF Global, spying to determine the likelihood an investigative cover-up will be untangled, doesn’t matter. The larger issue is that a spy machine that could be misused against free speech and even freedom of thought is being built without serious media scrutiny.
Snowden’s intelligent interviews show he’s much more than a low level thinker
Edward Snowden was a high level CIA foreign operative, an intelligent and engaging individual whose media interviews demonstrate he is more than a low level thinker. In what can be described as the blockbuster interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, Snowden weighed in on the cell phone now being used to spy on everyday conversations.
Even when your cell phone is off, the government “can absolutely turn them on with the power turned off to the device,” Snowden said in the interview.
For those seeking to opt out of the ever growing government control grid, Wired recently published an article on how to outsmart the spying class.
For its part the government says they are not collecting US facial images for a facial recognition database of US citizens. Former NSA director James Clapper stands accused of lying to Congress and has not been publically redressed on the issue.