National Security State

Watching Big Brother, Turning the Tables on the Surveillance State (4/23/2017)

Donald J. Trump and the Deep State, Part 1 (2/6/2017)

A Living Nightmare of Intelligence Groupthink (1/22/2017)

The Deep State Wants to Deep Six Us (1/13/2017)

What You Need To Know About The Government’s Newly Expanded “Hacking” Powers (12/2/2016)

"The Stasi (E German Secret Police) had nothing on us. We have built the most pervasive, and intrusive surveillance apparatus in human history." Chris Hedges
“The Deep State is a shadow government whose career personnel ensures that basically the same policies remain in place regardless of who gets elected,” Mike Lofgren: Deep State.
"When the NSA's surveillance program was exposed by Edward Snowden's revelations, high officials claimed that it had prevented fifty-four terrorist acts. On inquiry, that was whittled down to a dozen. A high-level government panel then discovered that there was actually only one case: someone had sent $8,500 to Somalia. That was the total yield of the huge assault of the Constitution and, of course, on others throughout the world." link cited by Noam Chomsky: Who Rules The World ? pg 158
"The top-secret world the government created in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work." Top Secret America, Washington Post, Dana Priest and William Arkin.
For much of its history, the United States has held itself out as a model of freedom, democracy, and open, accountable government. Freedoms of expression and association, as well as rights to a fair trial, are protected by the Constitution, and US officials speak with pride of the freedom of the media to report on matters of public concern and hold government to account for its actions. Yet, as this report documents, today those freedoms are very much under threat due to the government’s own policies concerning secrecy, leak prevention, and officials’ contact with the media, combined with large-scale surveillance programs. If the US fails to address these concerns promptly and effectively, it could do serious, long-term damage to the fabric of democracy in the country." With Liberty to Monitor All a report from Human Rights Watch 7/2014.
Senator Sanders
Just how did it come to this? Edwards's beautifully written narrative shows how, after 9/11 created a panic, the intelligence agencies overreached in instituting surveillance programs that violate Americans' constitutional rights. Corporations lined up to secure waste-laden government contracts to sell new technologies that grabbed and shared private customer data, all while using the bogus threat of a "cyber war" as justification. This nefarious partnership is exactly why the Justice Department isn't going after the institutions responsible for the financial collapse of 2008. From a review of Beatrice Edwards book "The Rise of the American Corporate Security State: Six Reasons To Be Afraid."
It is difficult to recognize the limits a society places on accepted thought at the time it is doing it. When everyone accepts basic assumptions, there don’t seem to be constraints on ideas. That truth often only reveals itself in hindsight. Today, the basic prerequisite to being taken seriously in American politics is to accept the legitimacy of the new national security state. The new basic American assumption is that there really is a need for a global war on terror. Anyone who doesn’t accept that basic assumption is considered dangerous and maybe even a traitor. The crackdown on leaks by the Obama administration has been designed to suppress the truth about the war on terror. Stay on the interstate highway of conventional wisdom with your journalism, and you will have no problems. Try to get off and challenge basic assumptions, and you will face punishment." James Risen speech at Colby College
No matter the specific techniques involved, historically mass surveillance has had several constant attributes. Initially, it is always the country's dissidents and marginalized who bear the brunt of the surveillance, leading those who support the government or are merely apathetic to mistakenly believe they are immune. And history shows that the mere existence of a mass surveillance apparatus, regardless of how it is used, is in itself sufficient to stifle dissent. A citizenry that is aware of always being watched quickly becomes a compliant and fearful one." Glenn Greenwald: No Place to Hide
There’s a thesis in international relations theory that the prime concern of states is security. But that leaves open the question: Security for whom? If you look closely, it turns out it’s not security of the population, it’s security for privileged sectors within the society – the sectors who hold state power. Noam Chomsky
There is, in fact, a strong case to be made that a prime concern of government is the security of state power from the population. As those who have spent time rummaging through archives should be aware, government secrecy is rarely motivated by a genuine for security, but it definitely does serve to keep the population in the dark. And for good reasons, which were lucidly explained by the prominent liberal scholar and government adviser Samuel Huntington, the professor of the science of government at Harvard University. In his words: “The architects of power in the United States must create a force that can be felt but not seen. Power remains strong when it remains in the dark; exposed to the sunlight it begins to evaporate.” Noam Chomsky
the government does not think you have any right to privacy when it comes who you talk to, or when, or for how long, or where you are while you're talking. Now the government has said, in court, that you don't have any right to the content of private conversations with anyone who is located outside the United States – or to any domestic communication remaining private if it is, at some point, transmitted overseas, which happens often.Trevor Timm (5/17/2014)
Close Fusion Centers That Violate Our Rights
Executive branch authorities can access congressional communications in almost undetectable ways without a warrant, just as they can retrieve emails and phone calls made by other citizens. Elected representatives risk disgrace or worse because many can be accused of fund-raising violations or sexual misconduct. Dossiers and blackmail did not go out of fashion with J. Edgar Hoover's death. Hoover's success merely showcased the effectiveness of the tool." Presidential Puppetry: Andrew Kreig
The National Security Agency (NSA) and some of the other intelligence agencies are out of control. We cannot talk about America as a "free country" when the government is collecting information on virtually every phone call we make, intercepting our emails, and monitoring the websites we visit. Clearly, we need to protect this country from terrorism, but we must do it in a way that does not undermine our constitutional rights. (Senator Bernie Sanders)
"The current level of general surveillance in society is incompatible with human rights. To recover our freedom and restore democracy, we must reduce surveillance to the point where it is possible for whistleblowers of all kinds to talk with journalists without being spotted. To do this reliably, we must reduce the surveillance capacity of the systems we use." Richard Stallman
One month before he was killed, John F. Kennedy, through Arthur Krock, publicly expressed concern that the CIA was plotting a coup to take over the US government. Video: http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/26327.html
... Obama fears what the intelligence community officials may do to him, and the proof is that James Clapper, director of the NSA, lied under oath and was allowed to keep his job. Information Clearing House 3/27/2014
...security is a high priority for government planners: security, that is, for state power and its primary constituency, concentrated private power - all of which entails that official policy must be protected from public scrutiny. In these terms, government actions fall in place as quite rational, including the rationality of collective suicide. Even instant destruction by nuclear weapons has never ranked high among the concerns of state authorities. Noam Chomsky
In the United States, for example, one of our immediate legislative goals should be to sunset the immunity given to the telecommunication operators for assisting illegal listening in the United States. Immunity was extended by legislation in 2008. Barack Obama when he was running for President said that he was going to filibuster that legislation in the United States Senate because it was so Constitutionally well I won t put a word in his mouth. Then, in August 2008, when it became clear that he was going to become the next President of the United States, he changed his mind. Not only did he drop his threat to filibuster the legislation, he flew back from campaigning to Washington D.C. in order to vote for it in the United States Senate one of the few things that he felt was worth his time to vote on in the United States Senate as a Presidential candidate in 2008. Eben Moglen
The eerie dislocations of journalism and criminal justice are only the most recent developments since the passage of the USA Patriot Act, the perpetration of the Iraq War, the capitalist predation and regulatory defaults that have thrown millions of Americans out of their homes and jobs, the revelations about Orwellian state and corporate surveillance that have coalesced into a crisis of legitimacy for the American constitutional system and capitalist republic." Jim Sleeper
"The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church
"...when the Snowden revelations came out, the immediate reaction from the government, the highest level—Keith Alexander, others—was that these NSA programs had stopped, I think they said, 54 or so acts of terror. Gradually, when the press started asking questions, it was whittled down to about 12. Finally, it came down to one. And that act of terror was a man who had sent, I think, $8,500 to Somalia. That’s the yield of this massive program. And it is not intended to stop terrorism. It’s intended to control the population. That’s quite different. You have to be very cautious in accepting claims by power systems. They have no reason to tell you the truth. And you have to look and ask, "Well, what is the truth?" And this system is not a system for protecting terrorism." Chomsky on Snowden & Why NSA Surveillance Doesn’t Stop Terror While the U.S. Drone War Creates It (3/3/2015)

EFF on NSA Spying

Good Riddance, James Clapper (11/18/2016)

The Path to Total Dictatorship: America's Shadow Government and Its Silent Coup (10/24/2016)

The NSA won't tell Congress how many Americans it's spying on because our democracy is broken (4/22/2016)

NSA Targets World Leaders for US Geopolitical Interests (2/23/2016)

How the Powers That Be Maintain the "Deep State": (2/21/2016)

Challenge to Military Spying on Antiwar Activists Gains Support of Grassroots and Legal Groups (1/28/2016)

Mass Surveillance Isn’t the Answer to Fighting Terrorism (11/17/2015)

The Deep State: The Unelected Shadow Government Is Here to Stay (11/10/2015)

Snowden Vindicated As Judge Slams "Unconstitutional, Orwellian" NSA Bulk Spying (11/9/2015)

Scrap The Espionage Act (11/3/2015)

EU Parliament Votes for Dropped Charges, Asylum Protection for Snowden (10/29/2015)

The EU could be a global standard setter on surveillance reform, but actions speak louder than words (10/28/2015)

The Fog of Intelligence (10/15/2015)

Advisor to Top EU Court Slams NSA's 'Mass, Indiscriminate Surveillance' (9/23/2015)

NSA Spying Relies on AT&T’s ‘Extreme Willingness to Help’ (8/15/2015)

The Hidden Government Group Linking JFK, Watergate, Iran-Contra and 9/11 (10/5/2014)

Prosecuting Whistleblowers

Thomas Drake and Bill Binney showed us that even if you reveal classic waste, fraud and abuse, frivolous spending, things like that, and you take it to Congress, there’s a very good chance the FBI will kick in your door, pull you out of the shower naked at gunpoint in front of your family and ruin your life. Tom Drake was a senior executive at the National Security Agency, and now he works at an Apple store. Our own inspector generals in the DoD and the NSA are the ones who reported him to the DoJ. Edward Snowden

Harassment, targeting and prosecution of whistle-blowers, journalists and publishers have become a dangerous new normal — one we should refuse to accept, especially in a time when governments are becoming more powerful and less accountable. It's time to end this assault, starting with granting Snowden amnesty and withdrawing the threat of U.S. criminal prosecution of Assange. Michael Ratner (6/17/2014)

"Obama ...campaigned on a vow to have the 'most transparent administration in history,' specifically pledging to protect whistle blowers, whom he hailed as "noble" and "courageous," had done exactly the opposite." Glenn Greenwald: No Place to Hide

[Snowden] should be welcomed as a person who carried out the obligations of a citizen. He informed American citizens of what their government is doing to them. That’s exactly what a person who has real patriotism, not the flag-waving type, but real patriotism, would do. So he should be honored, not just allowed back. It’s the people in the government who should be on trial, not him." Noam Chomsky on Democracy Now.

Pardon Snowden

John Kiriakou

Government Fears Chelsea Manning Disclosures May Lead to Indictments for War Crimes (8/12/2016)

Whistle-Blower, Beware (5/26/2016)

In Defense of a CIA Whistleblower (1/5/2015)

When the Public Has a Right to Classified Information (10/29/2014)

The Obama Administration's pursuit of Whistleblowers is Taking a Toll (12 /14/2014)

Whistleblowers Risking It All in Defiance of the Security State (5/28/2013)

Obama's War on Whistleblowers (6/12/2012)

Assange and Sweden

Government Accountability Project

Suppressing Dissent

FBI

Cointelpro

Burglars Who Took On F.B.I. Abandon Shadows (1/7/2014) See the video

Spying on Americans: Senate Intelligence Authorization Act, Would Allow Arrest of Journalists, Anti-war Activists, Academics and Students (8/8/2015)

The Mass Killer and the National Security State: (8/2/2015).

Documents Published by WikiLeaks Reveal the NSA's Corporate Priorities (7/18/2015)

Big Brother is Watching (7/6/2015)

Surveillance Will Cost US Tech Sector Over $35B by 2016 (6/10/2015)

Breaking News: Fear is a big winner for the permanent USA Police State. (6/7/2015)

Even If Patriot Act Expires, Government Will Keep Spying (5/31/2015)

Militarizing Ourselves Toward a New Dark Age (5/19/2015)

How NSA turns phone calls into searchable text (5/5/2015)

Top 5 Homeland Security Contractors Spend $107M Lobbying Congress and Federal Agencies, Receive $9B in Contracts (2/27/2015)

NSA Spied on Americans for Over a Decade: Report (12/25/2014)

Edward Snowden wins Swedish human rights award for NSA revelations (12/1/2014)

The Trials Of Growing Up In A Police State (10/5/2014)

The Snowden Reboot (10/19/2014)

Jane Mayer Interview with Edward Snowden (10/11/2014)

A Trillion Ways to Build a New Military Industrial Complex (10/11/2014)

Government Surveillance Threatens Journalism, Law and Thus Democracy (7/29/2014)

The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist (7/23/2014)

The Human Price of Neocon Havoc (7/17/2014)

The Ultimate Goal of the NSA is Total Population Control (7/10/2014)

Snowden Leak Is Devastating to NSA Defenders (7/7/2014)

Snowden Docs Expose Near Global Reach of NSA (7/1/2014)

Sunset the Patriot Act

Revealed: 'Collect It All' NSA Targets Those Seeking Web Privacy (7/4/2014)

Al Gore: NSA's Law-Breaking Worse Than Snowden's (6/11/14)

A Surveillance State Beyond Imagination Is Being Created in One of the Freest Countries in the World (6/2/2014)

Snowden Speaks (5/30/2014)

Everyone should know just how much the government lied to defend the NSA (5/17/2014)

Edward Snowden and Laura Poitras Take on America’s Runaway Surveillance State

Heading Toward A Police State (4/18/2014)

Merkel ally blasts US assurances on spying as ‘insufficient’ (4/7/2014)

10 Shameful Ways America Abuses Its Own Citizens (3/14/2014)

Former Church Committee Chief Counsel Pushes for New Investigation Into Secret Government (3/13/2014)

How the NSA Plans to Infect ‘Millions’ of Computers with Malware (3/12/2014)

You Know Who Else Collected Metadata ? The STASI (2/11/2014)

A Person Under Surveillance is No Longer Free”: Why We Care About Obama’s Speech Today (1/17/2014)

We Have to Destroy Our Constitution to Save It (1/12/2014)

Believe it or Not: A National Security State (1/5/2014)

Urban Shield, SWAT, and the Domain Awareness Center (10/24/2013)

How Much Surveillance Can Democracy Withstand? (10/14/2013)

The Origins of Our Police State (9/16/2013)

Is the top echelon of the "Intelligence Community" running the show ? (9/6/2013)

NSA Efforts to Evade Encryption Technology Damaged U.S. Cryptography Standard (9/18/2013)

You Are Our Secret (6/16/2013)

Making Alberto Gonzales Look Good (6/11/2013)

The CIA wants to spy on you through your TV: Agency director says it will 'transform' surveillance (3/16/2012)

Facebook and its connections to the CIA and DARPA (1/19/2012)

Universal Surveillance

Snowden's revelation that Washington has used Google, Facebook, Apple and other giants of consumer technology to spy on almost everyone, is further evidence of modern form of fascism - that is the "abyss". Having nurtured old-fashioned fascists around the world - from Latin America to Africa and Indonesia - the genie has risen at home. Understanding this is as important as understanding the criminal abuse of technology. John Pilger

Edward Snowden in his own words: "You're being watched"

Tracking Censorship and Surveillance

Spies in the Skies (4/6/2016)

Mass surveillance: EU citizens' rights still in danger, says Parliament (10/29/2015)

How the CIA made Google (1/22/2015)

See this video of Jacob Appelbaum

How the NSA Hacks Cellphone Networks World Wide (12/4/2014)

NSA Said to Exploit Heartbleed Bug for Intelligence for Years (4/12/2014)

NSA Spying

A Guide to the Deceptions, Misinformation, and Word Games Officials Use to Mislead the Public About NSA Surveillance (8/14/2013)

The NSA's Prism remains Opaque (6/13/2013)

NSA knows

NSA Grid

United States of Secrets (PBS Frontline 5/20/2014)

Dragnet Nation

Stingray

XKeyscore - NSA mass surveillance & espionage

The New Domestic Surveillance Regime: Ineffective Counterterrorism That Threatens Civil Liberties and Constitutional Separation of Powers


Echelon


It is clear that not only international communications, but also virtually all forms of US communications are monitored: by the NSA, internet companies, phone companies, or even the post office. It has certainly damaged the US reputation among other countries, it can cause suspicion of the internet itself since it is mostly US controlled, it is dangerous for any serious journalism, it will stop all but the most determined whistleblowers, it is very bad for U.S. business, history shows abundantly that it degrades our politics. and it most likely will bring down the law on dissenters (See Seth Rosenfields "Subversives" for an example.).

Glenn Greenwald's book, With Liberty and Justice for Some, describes how the law is used to destroy equality and protect the powerful. The elite in the US are too big to prosecute no matter how grave their crimes.

Without change we are headed for a state that makes Orwell's vision look pale. See the NSA files

For an example of rogue surveillance Seth Rosenfeld's book, Subversives, details Ronald Reagan's rise to the Presidency as an informer for the FBI who furnished McCarthy' HUAC with the identities of dissidents and destroyed their careers.

Chilling Journalism

That national security state officials routinely mislead and deceive the public should never have even been in serious doubt in the first place – certainly not for journalists, and especially now after the experience of the Iraq War. That fact — that official pronouncements merit great skepticism rather than reverence — should be (but plainly is not) fundamental to how journalists view the world. Glenn Greenwald (6/14/2014)

Barrett Brown’s sentence is unjust, but it may become the norm for journalists (1/28/2015)

How Edward Snowden Changed Journalism (10/24/2014)

The Government War against Reporter James Risen (10/8/2014)

Stop the Attacks on Journalists and their Families

Jacob Applebaum (Video) Keynote for the Free Software Foundation

Real Journalism v. Big Brother (12/5/2013)

The NSA Debate Is As Much About Journalism As Surveillance (10/4/2013)

When the State Attacks Journalism (8/20/2013)

With Liberty to Monitor All (PDF from Human Rights Watch.)

Sabotaging the Dissident Press: The untold story of the secret offensive waged by the U.S. government against antiwar publications(pdf)



Assuring Conformity

No matter the specific techniques involved, historically mass surveillance has had several constant attributes, Initially, it is always the country's dissidents and marginalized who bear the brunt of the surveillance, leading those who support the government or a merely apathetic to mistakenly believe they are immune. And history shows that the mere existence of a mass surveillance apparatus, regardless of how it is used, is in itself sufficient to stifle dissent. A citizenry that is aware of always being watched quickly becomes a compliant and fearful one." Glenn Greenwald: No Place to Hide

Intelligence Services Block Activists’ Emails … And Frame Them With Fake Emails (3/24/2015)

Secret Law

"The Tea Party talks about government intrusion as if it were a Holy Grail, and yet they ignore the NSA. I would think that if you’re a true conservative that there would be nothing that would bother you more. Maybe that makes me a true conservative." Oliver Stone

Death of Privacy

Killing the internet

Militarizing Police

growing militarization now threatens American liberty. This threat is evident from
the increasing arsenal of weapons available to police units, the changing image of the police within
communities, and the growing idea that the police can and should use any means necessary to
maintain order. When viewed in a historical context, these patterns bear resemblance to those
observed in the early stages of the world's past police states. The increasing militarization of the
police poses a real threat to American civil liberties, especially First and Fourth Amendment
freedoms. In the face of the threat of an increasingly powerful police force, the American populace,
with the help of a vigilant media, must inform themselves about the issues at stake and ensure that
the police protect the order but also the liberty in their communities." Rutherford Institute

The War Comes Home (5/5/2015)

Law

FISA Court

America's Authoritarian Police Violently Enforce the 1%'s Rule (12/31/2014)

7 Positive Solutions to Rein in Our Out-of-Control Police State (12/01/2014)

What Are the Limits of Police Subterfuge? (12/17/2014)

SCOTUS ruled that people have robust, personal gun rights, so why be surprised that police want protective gear. It's a new arms race between people and the police. Charles Derber had it right in his book: The Wilding of America.

Militarized Police and the Threat to Democracy. (8/18/2014)

Police Militarization, Citizen Journalism And The Suppression Of Free Speech: The Ferguson Fiasco Highlights Systemic Problem (8/14/2014)

More Americans Killed By Police Than By Terrorists: With Crime Down, Why Is Police Aggression Up? (3/20/2014)

War Gear Flows to Police Departments (6/8/2014)

Towns Don't Need Tanks, but they have them. (3/7/2013)

Fusion Centers

The Inauguration of Police State USA 2012

The Posse Comitatus Act

Military Industrial Complex

Managed democracy is a powerful solvent for any vestiges of democracy left in the American political system, but its powers are weak in comparison with those of Superpower. Superpower is the sponsor, defender and manager of American imperialism and militarism, aspects of American government that have always been dominated by elites, enveloped in executive-branch secrecy, and allegedly beyond the ken of ordinary citizens to understand or oversee. Superpower is preoccupied with weapons of mass destruction, clandestine manipulation of foreign policy (sometimes domestic policy, too), military operations, and the fantastic sums of money demanded from the public by the military-industrial complex. (The U.S. military spends more than all other militaries on Earth combined. The official U.S. defense budget for fiscal year 2008 is $623 billion; the next closest national military budget is China's at $65 billion, according to the Central Intelligence Agency.) Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism: Sheldon S. Wolin

Alienating Allies

"The US government now faces a stark choice. Policymakers can continue down a path toward an ever-more intrusive security state, risking billions of dollars in economic harm to the US tech sector, undermining US diplomatic relationships, threatening the architecture of the internet, and imperiling the US Internet Freedom agenda. Or, policymakers can enact real NSA reforms designed to restore America's role as a global leader on internet security and openness, and a trusted partner to its friends and allies around the world." Sam Gustin 7/29/2014

Video

NSA Surveillance and What To Do About It - Bruce Schneier

America’s Surveillance State 1 (The Surveillance Machine)

Lawrence Lessig interviews Edward Snowden

Citizen4

Dirty Wars

United States of Surveillance 

Bibliography

Wages of Rebellion, the Moral Imperative of Revolt: Chris Hedges

Rogue Justice, The Making of the Security State: Karen J. Greenberg

The Snowden Reader: Edited by David P. Fidler

The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government.: Mike Lofgren ( an insider’s account of who really runs Washington regardless of which party is in power.)

Pay Any Price: James Risen

Top Secret America, the Rise of the New American Security State: Dana Priest and William M. Arkin

Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single Superpower World: Tom Engelhardt

Dragnet Nation: Julia Angwin

The Rise of the American Corporate Security State: Six Reasons to be Afraid: Beatrice Edwards

Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces by Radley Balko (Jul 9, 2013)

National Security Agency Surveillance: Reflections and Revelations, 2001-2013: Wayne Madsen

The Rise of the Computer State, a Chilling Account of the Computer's Threat to Society: David Burnham

No Place To Hide: Glenn Greenwald (Download it for free.)

Border Patrol Nation: Todd Miller

National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism: Mel Goodman

Crossing the Rubicon, The Decline of the American Empire and the End of the Age of Oil: Michael C. Ruppert

The Shadow Factory: James Bamford

Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance: Heidi Boghosian, Lewis Lapham

Thinking In An Emergency: Elaine Scarry

Subversives: Seth Rosenfeld

A Government of Wolves: the Emerging American Police State: John W. Whitehead

The age of surveillance : the aims and methods of America's political intelligence system: Frank J. Donner

Present at the Creation: Dean Acheson

Creating the National Security State: Douglas T. Stuart:


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