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FORUM: Freedom on the rocks: Tyranny versus terrorism

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I called out this domestic eavesdropping abuse in an Oct. 30, 2010, Journal Forum op-ed:

“For national security purposes, Americans are already subject to warrantless wiretaps of calls and emails, the warrantless GPS ‘tagging’ of their vehicles, the domestic use of Predators or other spy-in-the-sky drones, and the Department of Homeland Security’s monitoring of all our behavior through ‘data fusion centers.’” (Google that, it’s an eyeopener.)

Where was the hue and cry or outrage?

“I told you so” isn’t seemly, but it can be instructive. My warning then was accurate, my claims now confirmed by the NSA, and my conclusion vindicated.

However, we’re still not being told the full truth.

Our phone calls, GPS locations, emails, audios, videos, photographs, Google searches, Facebook postings, and domestic drone surveillance data are all being recorded for key words and patterns and then electronically “fused” (merged and collated) with a master data file that includes our banking records, credit card charges, travel records, store purchases, etc.

Still evolving technically, the secret national security goal is to build, over time, a detailed mathematical 3-D model of every citizen’s psychographic patterns for behavior analysis and prediction purposes (seriously “Big Brother” -- go rent the sci-fi film “Minority Report”).

How do I know this? Simple, two Israeli firms with deep Mossad connections, Narus (now wholly-owned by Boeing) and Verint, drop-dead technical experts in behavior prediction modeling, are closely working with the NSA, DHS, etc. Narus’ corporate website home page clearly touts its advanced analytics as “Fusing together hundreds of data dimensions for deep, focused insight and control.”

As former Booz Allen Hamilton NSA technical consultant, now fugitive whistleblower, Edward Snowden recently said, “they are intent on making every conversation and every form of behavior in the world known to them.”

The NSA is just now commissioning a massive $2 billion data fusion center in Bluffdale, Utah, where avatars (images used to represent each of us in their virtual world) will soon reside, subject to on-demand, retroactive digital strip searches of every aspect of our lives ... all without our knowledge or permission.

Worse, we’re already being digitally censored; when I tried to share the already released Anonymous web links to Snowden’s recently-revealed NSA documents proving we’re all being bugged, Facebook blocked my post.

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution clearly states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Our rights trashed, Americans’ freedoms on rocks, the federal government insists all its snooping actions are legal under the Patriot Act, FISA, the NDAA and their extensions.

We’re given a choice of false alternatives: either submit to electronic tyranny ... or risk more terror attacks. Hint: The hidden agenda is control.

The dollar bill in our pocket or purse carries our nation’s symbolic “all-seeing eye” on its reverse side; how ironic it’s now been replaced by the NSA’s real “all-seeing eye” attached to our lifestyles and smart phones.

Political philosopher Montesquieu said: "There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of justice."

The scandals now in Washington make it clear power is being abused for political purposes. Who’s watching the watchers? Wake up, America!

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