by Scott Creighton
Language is a tricky thing and to fully comprehend what it is your are hearing or reading, you have to hear and feel the nuance that makes the real message crystal clear.
I was reading an article by Michael Syner over at Economic Collapse called “22 Nauseating Quotes From Hypocritical Establishment Politicians About The NSA Spying Scandal” when it occurred to me that Michael, for all his good intentions, doesn’t quite understand what it is he is angry about. He thinks he does because he sees these quotes he puts up and on the surface level they seem outrageous, but the reality is vastly more horrifying than he knows.
The truth is, for the most part, these quotes that he uses to add to the growing outrage in America (exactly what the NSA and the CIA and the administration wants by the way) are not lies. They aren’t.
I picked only 4 to make my point but if I had more time I could do this with all of them, the ones that aren’t just statements of someone’s opinion, which again, aren’t lies.
In these four “nauseating quotes from hypocritical establishment politicians” I will show you they aren’t really being hypocritical and they certainly aren’t lying about anything. You can be nauseated or you can be stunned or just simply saddened that this is what our country has devolved into. I won’t presume to instruct you as to your reaction.
There’s been enough of that surrounding this fabricated hero.
That’s not a lie. The program as exposed long before the manufactured hero and two complicit globalist publications (Guardian and Washington Post) brought PRISM to light (again) is not about someone sitting there listening to your phone calls. They process millions of calls everyday but they don’t listen to them. They would have to employ every American over the age of 2 in order to do that. So of course nobody is listening to your telephone calls. They are collecting them like some kind of commodity. And that’s the problem.
Think about that for a second… what they have done is to financialize and monetize stuff that was just floating around out there. It’s being collected by contractors (privatization) traded, bought and sold across a vast network of various markets. You thing they only sit on that stuff and use it in the off chance they need to blackmail you in the future? That would be a waste. They sell it, barter it, trade it to companies who use it for… marketing. Hell, there may even be derivatives out there based on your sexting Tweets to your secret lover.
But is this a lie? No. That’s what is even worse about it… they aren’t concerned about you possibly being a dissident or a trouble-maker in the future, they know all of us by now… they are getting your information to create a marketing profile they can pawn off to their crony companies which they can sell or trade as they see fit. That’s called fascism folks, when the government is a wholly owned subsidiary of the marketplace. And that is what this is.
How could somebody who has risen to the top of a fascist agency like the NSA possibly see the world any differently? If you are nauseated by this, you haven’t been paying attention over the past 60 years or so. The NSA and the CIA are all instruments of international capital and massive conglomerates. They make the world safe for our “national interests”
That’s like telling people to be nauseated because the head of the Klan hates black people and Jews.
#17 An exchange between NSA director Keith Alexander and U.S. Representative Hank Johnson in March 2012…
JOHNSON: Does the NSA routinely intercept American citizens’ emails?
JOHNSON: Does the NSA intercept Americans’ cell phone conversations?
JOHNSON: Google searches?
JOHNSON: Text messages?
JOHNSON: Amazon.com orders?
JOHNSON: Bank records?
ALEXANDER: No. Michael Snyder
This is an interesting one and this is where the understanding of language and the law comes into play.
It has been exposed a while ago that the NSA redefined the way they define the term “intercept” According to their internal regulations, they don’t consider the collection of anything to be an “intercept” rather they only consider something to have been intercepted when they actually have a person listen to it after the program, the computer program, filters it and processes it and makes determinations about it.
So they don’t “routinely intercept” any of the things Johnson asked about.
Several reasons this is scary.
One – In order for Alexander to be able to TRUTHFULLY (according to the NSA definition of the term “intercept”) answer the questions in the manner he did, Johnson had to ask a very specific question. He couldn’t ask the head of the NSA if they COLLECT calls or bank records or emails to use later… he had to ask if they “intercept” them.
That means the entire “nauseating” exchange was scripted in advance… BY THE NSA.
That is scary. The NSA telling congressmen what they are to ask and HOW they are to ask it prior to a congressional hearing.
Two – Back to privatization. Technically the NSA doesn’t even collect this stuff, a contractor does. If you’ve ever built a house for yourself you can run around and tell everyone that you “built” it, but you actually just PAID for it to be built. The contractor BUILT it.
That might seem like splitting hairs, but legally, it’s a world of difference. The contractor has a contract and insurance and he is on the line. If he were to do something like start dumping toxic waste on your property as he was building the house and later someone next door dies of cancer and his hideous wife looks to sue you, you can bet your bottom dollar (and you will) that you will no longer tell all your drinking buddies that you built that house. Nor will you tell the judge that.
That’s why when the telecom spying program was exposed in 2006, congress had to enact a bill, FISA 2008, to protect the companies involved… because they were illegally transferring your protected information to the NSA, all of it, so they needed retroactive immunity for THEIR crimes, not the crimes of the NSA.
It’s like a pyramid scheme with a tangled web of shell companies to hide the actual trail of criminality.
The other big problem with that is the fact that the companies doing this collection and processing are mainly located outside the United States, mostly Israel, which makes holding them accountable or seeing what they are doing all the more difficult.
So is the NSA routinely intercepting all of this stuff? No. A perfectly legit answer in the way they interpret the language of the question. And the language in this case is the cold, calculating slippery language of law and business.
#18 Deputy White House press secretary Dana Perino: “The intelligence activities undertaken by the United States government are lawful, necessary and required to protect Americans from terrorist attacks” Michael Snyder
Lawful does not mean “constitutional” nor does it mean “just” which is downright terrifying to me. And these activities are “necessary” if the transition they envision is to take place.
“required to protect Americans from terrorist attacks” now that’s the biggie because…
1. … all of this tracks back to 9/11. We had the Amerithrax attacks since then in order to push the Patriot Act through and the FBI has been steadily fabricating one fake terrorist attack after another over the years, all in a concerted effort to produce the narrative of the scary boogie-man and his sleeper cells hiding around every corner. And for years I and others have been writing about that being done for a reason… a very specific reason… so in the end when we devolve into an absolute totalitarian police state, they could use the history of “terrorists attacks” as a foundation for their inevitable Domestic War on Terrorism and “Extremists”. The history of neoliberalized nations is replete with one flavor of death squad to the next. Suharto had them, the Shah of Iran had them, Papa Doc had them, Pinochet had them… and we have them flying above Yemen and Afghanistan and Pakistan and Libya right now. You think they aren’t coming home to America you are painfully mistaken. But the point here is, the allusion to 9/11 without saying it is crucial… because it all boils down to 3 building collapsing into their own footprints at near free-fall acceleration due to office fires.
2. … if you understand that the terrorist attacks in the past that this is protecting us from actually came from within the ranks of well placed soulless sycophants to power, then you REALLY understand what that statement means.
Back when Hillary Clinton was destroying Libya on behalf of the global elites, she warned Gadhafi that more of his people were going to die if he didn’t give up and run away to London or somewhere and live out the rest of his life in luxury (we probably would have put him up in Miami). On the surface she was saying the conflict would kill those people, those innocent civilians, but under the surface, the real message, was that SHE and NATO were going to kill more and more until Gadhafi had enough and left or died. It was blackmail. It was terrorism. And in the end NATO killed 50,00o between their bombs and the terrorists they hired to destabilize that country.
Now think about that statement.
If we were to hold the NSA and the CIA under a microscope, let’s say some legitimate congressman or state’s attorney actually gets a wild-hair and decides to stand up to the Washington Consensus on this issue and they actually start issuing subpenas, and the general population starts to rise up and stand not for Edward Snowden, but for themselves and their rights.
What do you think those people are going to do in order to maintain their grasp on power and the fascist agenda they have been working on for decades?
They will resort to the exact same tactics that got them where they are today: terrorism. It’s the ONLY trick they have in their bag and with the complicit media on their side along with most of the so-called “alternative” journalists, it would be easy for them to finger anyone or any group they choose. No investigation, no trial, no accountability.
So, in order to protect Americans from the terrorists, we have to give into them. And to understand that bit of language which is clearly what he is saying on a deeper level, you have to understand who the terrorists really are.
So Michael Synder put together a nifty little list of quotes to rile up the angry mob. Unfortunately he didn’t take the time to explain just how angry they should be and where they should direct that anger.
Instead, he basically does what the NSA and the CIA want all of us “alternative” investigative journalists to do with this subject they created: stir up the dissident pot in a kind of directionless frenzy while helping them maintain the all important illusion of the terrorist boogie-man lurking ever lurking in the shadows.