Ron Paul: Canada Suffers for Turning Militaristic

“Like the US PATRIOT Act, Canadian legislation that had been previously proposed to give the government more authority to spy on and aggressively interrogate its citizens has been given a shot in the arm by last week’s attacks,” Paul said. “Unfortunately Canada has unlearned the lesson of 1968: staying out of other people’s wars makes a country more safe; following the endless war policy of its southern neighbor opens Canada up to the ugly side of blowback.” –Dr. Ron Paul

Even Dr. Ron Paul can see how Prime Minister Stephen Harper has betrayed Canada and what it means to be Canadian. -LW


Published time: October 27, 2014 19:08

 

Ron Paul (Reuters/Mark Makela)

Ron Paul (Reuters/Mark Makela)

Paul, the longtime member of the US House of Representatives and thrice presidential hopeful, said in a tape-recorded address published on Monday this week that Canada’s recent willingness to join America’s fight against the extremist group calling itself the Islamic State marks a major departure from the anti-war ideologies that made the Great White North a destination for draft dodgers during the Vietnam conflict.Canada is quickly becoming an aggressive nation, former United States congressman Ron Paul warns in a recent dispatch, and will risk significant blowback if it continues to intervene in matters overseas.

Although Canada distanced itself from other NATO partners that were involved in the US-led campaign in Vietnam only four decades ago, its recent actions, Paul insists, mark a major departure.

“How the world has changed. Canada’s wise caution about military adventurism even at the height of the Cold War has given way to a Canada of the 21st century literally joined at Washington’s hip and eager to participate in any bombing mission initiated by the DC interventionists,” the former congressman says in a message posted to his toll-free “Texas Straight Talk” telephone hotline.

“Considering Canada’s peaceful past, the interventionist Canada that has emerged at the end of the Cold War is a genuine disappointment. Who would doubt that today’s Canada would, should a draft be re-instated in the US, send each and every American resister back home to face prison and worse?” Paul asked.

The longtime congressman’s remarks come on the heels of the nation’s decision to join the US in the fight against the group also known as ISIS, or ISIL, but also only days after Canada was turned on its side by no fewer than two violent outbursts that are being considered acts of terrorism: a man who recently converted to Islam drove his vehicle into a group of Canadian soldiers in broad daylight last week, killing two, days before another Muslim man opened fire at the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa, killing one.

 

“That is the danger of intervention in other people’s wars thousands of miles away,” Paul responded on Monday, “Those at the other end of foreign bombs – and their surviving family members or anyone who sympathizes with them – have great incentive to seek revenge.”

Adding to his argument, Paul quoted American lawyer-turned-journalist Glenn Greenwald as opining similarly last week that attacks on Canadian soil, as rare as they are, should be expected given the country’s ramped-up military action abroad during the last decade.

“Canada has spent the last 13 years proclaiming itself a nation at war. It actively participated in the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and was an enthusiastic partner in some of the most extremist War on Terror abuses perpetrated by the US,” Greenwald wrote for The Intercept, as quoted by Paul.

“Regardless of one’s views on the justifiability of Canada’s lengthy military actions, it’s not the slightest bit surprising or difficult to understand why people who identify with those on the other end of Canadian bombs and bullets would decide to attack the military responsible for that violence,” the journalist continued.

Glenn Greenwald (AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski)

Glenn Greenwald (AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski)

 

Yet Paul warns that what could come next may indeed be a surprise to Canucks: should Canada follow the precedent sent by post-9/11 America, then the contentious surveillance operations practiced in the US may soon seep north of the border.

“Like the US PATRIOT Act, Canadian legislation that had been previously proposed to give the government more authority to spy on and aggressively interrogate its citizens has been given a shot in the arm by last week’s attacks,”Paul said. “Unfortunately Canada has unlearned the lesson of 1968: staying out of other people’s wars makes a country more safe; following the endless war policy of its southern neighbor opens Canada up to the ugly side of blowback.”

On Thursday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest called the recent events in Canada Despicable terrorist attacks and said it’s important “that when it comes to dealing with terrorist activity that Canada and the United States has to be entirely in sync.”

 

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Ron Paul’s Original Article.

 

 

Meet The Five Eyes Alliance: They’re Spying on You [video]

Before you get to the video, I’d like to comment on the Snowden/NSA topic.

Many claim “Edward Snowden didn’t leak anything we didn’t already know.”

That depends on who “we” is.

Whether Snowden revealed anything or not that insiders and those who’ve studied the surveillance state already knew is completely irrelevant and I’m tired of hearing it.

Snowden’s leaks—whether authentic or staged—had one huge impact we can’t ignore and that was of MAJOR importance in the awakening of Humanity:

IT MADE THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA! 

Now the whole world knows what the cabal/Illuminati has been doing in that regard for decades and it opened their eyes to other things, undermined the blind faith in the American government (thanks in part to the lies from Clapper) and allowed for possibilities in other areas where citizens may need to question their view of what’s really happening in the world and why. 

It got people to question what else the government has lied about. It got people to “Rethink 911”, question who shot Kennedy, was Sandy Hook a false flag, why are they forcing gun control and a host of other suspicious propaganda.

It got many to see that war is a racket that only benefits the ruling elite.  It got thousands of people to protest the treatment of the veterans and march on Washington.

It got people to wonder what else the control freaks have in mind for us in the future and to entertain the idea that maybe we’re not just a bunch of conspiracy theorists.

It got people to devise alternative communication platforms that cannot be hacked by the NSA. It got people to draft bills to cut off utilities to NSA facilities in Maryland and Utah—and that’s just the beginning.

It’s not so much WHAT Snowden shared, but where it went, and it went where it needed to go; to the masses. It was the right information from the right source at the right time. Divine timing. None of this is an accident. 

One incident does not often in itself bring great awareness or change. It’s the synergistic sequence of related events that builds a crescendo to a massive shift in attitude and awareness—and hopefully—reform. 

Did the New World Order create their new world over night? No. They have been incrementally implementing each step as they laid it out decades, even hundreds of years ago; each phase building on the previous. Rome wasn’t built in a day, either.

Many truths have been shared with the public but it took the right one; the one that resonated with the greatest number of people to stop them in their tracks and make them ask how that could possibly be going on without their knowledge.

America was supposed to be about freedom. Suddenly people didn’t feel free any longer.

 A poll in October 2013 showed that only 19% of Americans trust the federal government.

Snowden’s actions were the catalyst for greater acts of valour that will set Earth’s people free. We needn’t diminish the importance of that selfless offering by saying we already knew all that.

Very few knew what the NSA was doing… but now they do, and because they know, they can stop it. ~ BP

And now for our feature film… from Brasscheck TV

How it works It’s illegal, theoretically, for the US to spy on its own citizens, but it’s not illegal for the UK or Canada to spy on them – and visa versa.

Meet the Five Eyes Alliance: The US, the UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia “help” each other out by spying on each other’s citizens.

Actually activists have known about this since the 1980s (Read old issues of Covert Quarterly.) But thankfully this knowledge is now becoming common knowledge.

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Will the NSA Spying End? In Your Dreams…

If you believed Obama’s promises from his speech on Friday, you’re going to be disappointed. They are NOT going to change anything.

The White House ignores most of our petitions, but Obama was forced to respond to this issue due to the press Snowden’s and Greenwald’s surveillance leaks got—even the indignant accusations from world governments—but I didn’t believe a word of it, and neither should you.

That’s not how they operate. They tell us what they know we want to hear, and then they do whatever they want, treading on our laws and the Constitution without fear of reprisal. It’s their MO, and they’re not going to change.

As long as the cabal is in power, they will continue with their grand plan to control the slaves.

It’s one more major issue, however, that’s making the natives restless, and ready to do what needs to be done. The people are seeing more and more reason to distrust the US government and rise up. It’s a process.

I recommend Richard Presser’s summary and articles about this latest tactic to ‘manage’ us and do damage control. Soon there will be so many fires raging they won’t be able to stomp them all out and they’re going to get burned. We’re just now turning up the heat.  ~ BP

http://www.richardpresser.com/wordpress/obamas-nsa-announcements-and-the-reactions-to-it/

Saving Agent Snowden

If you think things “just happen” on this planet, perhaps this will illustrate just how orchestrated everything—EVERYTHING— really is.

Life on Earth is one big theatrical production where we are told what to think, what to do and how to feel. They’ve got us all figured out, and we fall for it—time after time.  Little happens without the Illuminati’s permission.  ~ BP

Saving Agent Snowden from His Handlers Greenwald and Omidyar

by Yoichi Shimatsu

10-24-13

Whistleblower Edward Snowden was taken for a ride by con artists in the service of the US and UK intelligence agencies. Under the cover of “independent journalism”, the scammers conned him out of his trove of secret NSA files, hustled him from Hong Kong ahead of legislature-sponsored public hearings on cyber-espionage, and unceremoniously dumped him, minus documents, in a transit lounge at Moscow Airport. This report shows how the American and British spymasters retrieved the top-secret files by luring  the fugitive into a well-laid trap, while the mass media went along with the deception to aid the authorities in evading public calls to abolish the global surveillance state.

Pierre Omidyar, founder of the online flea market e-Bay, is betting a reported $250 million that the accomplices of whistleblower Edward Snowden can follow up their caper with the launch of an online news site with global reach. The ethnic Iranian tycoon is funding a new media project for the team of Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill because he became “more alarmed about the pressures coming down on journalists with the various leak investigations in Washington.”  (Pacific Business News)

An angel investor committed to press freedom and opposed to government surveillance is every journalist’s dream even though it sounds too good to be true. There are serious grounds for questioning the credibility of Greenwald and his newest patron, whose business venture Omidyar Network is closely connected with NSA contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, Edward Snowden’s erstwhile employer.

Known for his globalist vision and “social-impact” projects in the developing countries, backed by immense personal wealth, Omidyar follows in the footsteps of other billionaires who launched their own electronic media  projects: George Soros with his slew of propaganda organs, Ariana Huffington at HuffPost and Michael Bloomberg with his financial news arm, to name a few. These well-oiled publicity machines hardly qualify as standard-bearers of objective reporting since each of these opinion-shapers has a political agenda, from running City Hall to fomenting uprisings for regime change in support of market economics. Early on, it already appears that Omidyar, for all his sentimental sound bites, could turn out to be the worst of a bad lot.

Partnering Booz Allen

In stark contrast to his libertarian posturing, Omidyar is connected at the hip to the very same intelligence nexus that he publicly condemns, particularly Booz Allen Hamilton, the NSA security contractor that employed Snowden in Hawaii and Japan. One of the major investment partners with Omidyar Network, Salvadore ”Sal” Gambianco, sits on the board of directors of Booz Allen Hamilton Holdings.

As head of Omidyar Network’s human capital operations, Giambanco vets trainees and assesses employee performance for promotion or termination. For more than a decade, Omidyar Network has had a revolving door for its employees with Booz Allen, shuttling staffers and interns for intelligence-related postings. Just a few of these individuals who worked for both Omidyar Network and Booz Allen include:

– Dhaya Lakshminarayan who was sent to Cuba to research development programs;
– Pranay Chulet hired to head Omidyar-backed Quikr in India;
– Patricia Sosrodjojo, Indonesian venture capital expert in Jakarta; and
– Michael Kent, a Booz Allen counter-terrorism specialist who served as a research associate at the Omidyar campus in Redwood City, California.

The relationship, simply put, is corporate collusion, and if businesses could be married, Booz Allen and Omidyar Network are husband and wife.

Inside the NSA’s Big Tent

Booz Allen and Omidyar Network are corporate members of an NSA-linked consortium called Innocentive, a consultancy focused on crowdsourcing (read: data-mining of public-opinion polls, consumer surveys and Internet-based personal data). Other member-companies include In-Q-Tel, a developer of communications monitoring software spawned with millions in start-up capital from the CIA.

Also represented is the In-Q-Tel spin-off Palantir, which creates fictive personas or virtual trolls to mount smear campaigns to debunk or threaten journalists and critical websites online and in letters to editors. Palantir, which refers to itself as an “electronic warfare” firm, has created a meta-data collection program similar to the NSA’s PRISM. Michael Leiter, former head of the National Counter-Terrorism Center, is the executive counsel to Palantir.

Another corporate partner in Innocentive is Lilly Ventures, the investment arm of Eli Lilly pharmaceuticals, which produced LSD for the MK-ULTRA mind-control program and is now the lead partner in the Obama-sponsored national brain-mapping project. Full-spectrum surveillance is advancing from wireless electronics into the bio-network of the human synapses, the last frontier for total mind control. The objective of pre-crime pre-cognition, that is, the detection of criminal tendencies, for instance, resistance to authority, and intervention before the crime can happen. Using drugs to impair the mental capabilities of individuals is, of course, only a part of a wider and larger program of social engineering to ensure domination of the globalist elites over any increasingly dependent and expendable population.

Read the rest of this lengthy article…

Glenn Greenwald: It’s Gangsters All the Way Down

Thanks to ForgottenMan.

Honestly? The sheisters think they should be able to prevent the media from telling us about their illegal, corrupt practices? I don’t think so. They really ARE insane.

For those who believed the end times are here and would be marked by plague and pestilence—this is it. The global elite/Illuminati/New World order is just that, running roughshod over every freedom and right the peoples of this planet believed they enjoyed.

THEY are a pandemic virus destroying the world as we know it on so many levels and they must be quarantined and eradicated.

By failing to address their practices decades ago we allowed the disease to grow to epic proportions. They are almost unstoppable now because they trample every law put in place to protect us from tyrants like they are and make new ones to suit themselves. Now we have to clean up the mess we created in ignorance and apathy. 

It had to get really personal for their cronies in other countries, like Angela Merkel of Germany to realize the surveillance is out of control; that the US is spying even more than THEY are! That tells us how slimy and underhanded Big Brother is.

It took something this big for the US presstitutes—the government’s bosom buddies—to speak up and actually expose it, too. Interesting. Seems like the USA has a target on their back. The bullies have very few friends left in the ‘hood.

Glenn Greenwald has announced he is leaving ‘The Guardian’ at the end of the month. Be safe, Glenn. ~  BP

NSA director Gen Keith Alexander.

NSA Director Keith Alexander earlier this month. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

As Europe erupts over US spying, NSA chief says government must stop media

With General Alexander calling for NSA reporting to be halted, US and UK credibility as guardians of press freedom is crushed

The most under-discussed aspect of the NSA story has long been its international scope. That all changed this week as both Germany and France exploded with anger over new revelations about pervasive NSA surveillance on their population and democratically elected leaders.

As was true for Brazil previously, reports about surveillance aimed at leaders are receiving most of the media attention, but what really originally drove the story there were revelations that the NSA is bulk-spying on millions and millions of innocent citizens in all of those nations. The favorite cry of US government apologists -–everyone spies! – falls impotent in the face of this sort of ubiquitous, suspicionless spying that is the sole province of the US and its four English-speaking surveillance allies (the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand).

There are three points worth making about these latest developments.

First, note how leaders such as Chancellor Angela Merkel reacted with basic indifference when it was revealed months ago that the NSA was bulk-spying on all German citizens, but suddenly found her indignation only when it turned out that she personally was also targeted. That reaction gives potent insight into the true mindset of many western leaders.

Second, all of these governments keep saying how newsworthy these revelations are, how profound are the violations they expose, how happy they are to learn of all this, how devoted they are to reform. If that’s true, why are they allowing the person who enabled all these disclosures – Edward Snowden – to be targeted for persecution by the US government for the “crime” of blowing the whistle on all of this?

If the German and French governments – and the German and French people – are so pleased to learn of how their privacy is being systematically assaulted by a foreign power over which they exert no influence, shouldn’t they be offering asylum to the person who exposed it all, rather than ignoring or rejecting his pleas to have his basic political rights protected, and thus leaving him vulnerable to being imprisoned for decades by the US government?

Aside from the treaty obligations these nations have to protect the basic political rights of human beings from persecution, how can they simultaneously express outrage over these exposed invasions while turning their back on the person who risked his liberty and even life to bring them to light?

Third, is there any doubt at all that the US government repeatedly tried to mislead the world when insisting that this system of suspicionless surveillance was motivated by an attempt to protect Americans from The Terrorists™? Our reporting has revealed spying on conferences designed to negotiate economic agreements, the Organization of American States, oil companies, ministries that oversee mines and energy resources, the democratically elected leaders of allied states, and entire populations in those states.

Can even President Obama and his most devoted loyalists continue to maintain, with a straight face, that this is all about Terrorism? That is what this superb new Foreign Affairs essay by Henry Farrell and Martha Finnemore means when it argues that the Manning and Snowden leaks are putting an end to the ability of the US to use hypocrisy as a key weapon in its soft power.

Speaking of an inability to maintain claims with a straight face, how are American and British officials, in light of their conduct in all of this, going to maintain the pretense that they are defenders of press freedoms and are in a position to lecture and condemn others for violations? In what might be the most explicit hostility to such freedoms yet – as well as the most unmistakable evidence of rampant panic – the NSA’s director, General Keith Alexander, actually demanded Thursday that the reporting being done by newspapers around the world on this secret surveillance system be halted (Techdirt has the full video here):

The head of the embattled National Security Agency, Gen Keith Alexander, is accusing journalists of “selling” his agency’s documents and is calling for an end to the steady stream of public disclosures of secrets snatched by former contractor Edward Snowden.

“I think it’s wrong that that newspaper reporters have all these documents, the 50,000 – whatever they have and are selling them and giving them out as if these – you know it just doesn’t make sense,” Alexander said in an interview with the Defense Department’s “Armed With Science” blog.

“We ought to come up with a way of stopping it. I don’t know how to do that. That’s more of the courts and the policy-makers but, from my perspective, it’s wrong to allow this to go on,” the NSA director declared. [My italics]

There are 25,000 employees of the NSA (and many tens of thousands more who work for private contracts assigned to the agency). Maybe one of them can tell The General about this thing called “the first amendment”.

I’d love to know what ways, specifically, General Alexander has in mind for empowering the US government to “come up with a way of stopping” the journalism on this story. Whatever ways those might be, they are deeply hostile to the US constitution – obviously. What kind of person wants the government to forcibly shut down reporting by the press?

Whatever kind of person that is, he is not someone to be trusted in instituting and developing a massive bulk-spying system that operates in the dark. For that matter, nobody is.

Leaving

As many of you likely know, it was announced last week that I am leaving the Guardian. My last day here will be 31 October, and I will write my last column on that date.

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NY Times Releases Latest on NSA Spying re Social Connections in Print Edition [video]

I’m not liking what I’m hearing at all. They have created profiles of everyone, everything we do, everywhere, with whom, and when. And I mean ‘US’—not criminals or terrorism suspects. Everyday, average, honest citizens of the USA. Completely unconstitutional—but of course all in the name of ‘national security’. It sounds like much of the data is compliments of the beloved cell phone and smart phone. Too smart for our own good.

N.S.A. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens

WASHINGTON — Since 2010, the National Security Agency has been exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans’ social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information, according to newly disclosed documents and interviews with officials.

Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press
Gen. Keith Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency
testified on Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Documents on N.S.A. Efforts to Diagram Social Networks of U.S. Citizens

This slide from an N.S.A. PowerPoint presentation shows one of the ways the agency uses e-mail and phone data to analyze the relationships of foreign intelligence targets.

The spy agency began allowing the analysis of phone call and e-mail logs in November 2010 to examine Americans’ networks of associations for foreign intelligence purposes after N.S.A. officials lifted restrictions on the practice, according to documents provided by Edward J. Snowden, the former N.S.A. contractor.

The policy shift was intended to help the agency “discover and track” connections between intelligence targets overseas and people in the United States, according to an N.S.A. memorandum from January 2011. The agency was authorized to conduct “large-scale graph analysis on very large sets of communications metadata without having to check foreignness” of every e-mail address, phone number or other identifier, the document said. Because of concerns about infringing on the privacy of American citizens, the computer analysis of such data had previously been permitted only for foreigners.

The agency can augment the communications data with material from public, commercial and other sources, including bank codes, insurance information, Facebook profiles, passenger manifests, voter registration rolls and GPS location information, as well as property records and unspecified tax data, according to the documents. They do not indicate any restrictions on the use of such “enrichment” data, and several former senior Obama administration officials said the agency drew on it for both Americans and foreigners.

N.S.A. officials declined to say how many Americans have been caught up in the effort, including people involved in no wrongdoing. The documents do not describe what has resulted from the scrutiny, which links phone numbers and e-mails in a “contact chain” tied directly or indirectly to a person or organization overseas that is of foreign intelligence interest.

The new disclosures add to the growing body of knowledge in recent months about the N.S.A.’s access to and use of private information concerning Americans, prompting lawmakers in Washington to call for reining in the agency and President Obama to order an examination of its surveillance policies. Almost everything about the agency’s operations is hidden, and the decision to revise the limits concerning Americans was made in secret, without review by the nation’s intelligence court or any public debate. As far back as 2006, a Justice Department memo warned of the potential for the “misuse” of such information without adequate safeguards.

An agency spokeswoman, asked about the analyses of Americans’ data, said, “All data queries must include a foreign intelligence justification, period.”

“All of N.S.A.’s work has a foreign intelligence purpose,” the spokeswoman added. “Our activities are centered on counterterrorism, counterproliferation and cybersecurity.”

The legal underpinning of the policy change, she said, was a 1979 Supreme Court ruling that Americans could have no expectation of privacy about what numbers they had called. Based on that ruling, the Justice Department and the Pentagon decided that it was permissible to create contact chains using Americans’ “metadata,” which includes the timing, location and other details of calls and e-mails, but not their content. The agency is not required to seek warrants for the analyses from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

N.S.A. officials declined to identify which phone and e-mail databases are used to create the social network diagrams, and the documents provided by Mr. Snowden do not specify them. The agency did say that the large database of Americans’ domestic phone call records, which was revealed by Mr. Snowden in June and caused bipartisan alarm in Washington, was excluded. (N.S.A. officials have previously acknowledged that the agency has done limited analysis in that database, collected under provisions of the Patriot Act, exclusively for people who might be linked to terrorism suspects.)

But the agency has multiple collection programs and databases, the former officials said, adding that the social networking analyses relied on both domestic and international metadata. They spoke only on the condition of anonymity because the information was classified.

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NSA-CIA Spying is Central to Carrying Out the Obama Administration’s Assassination Program

“The President’s Private Army“: NSA-CIA Spying is Central to Carrying Out the Obama Administration’s Assassination Program

 

Global Research, September 29, 2013

Intelligence Agencies Central In Assassination Programs Carried out Without Oversight

We’ve previously documented that the NSA isn’t just passively spying like a giant peeping tom, but is actively using that information in mischievous ways … such as assassinations.

A lot more information is about to come out on the topic. AP reports:

Two American journalists known for their investigations of the United States’ government said Saturday they’ve teamed up to report on the National Security Agency’s role in what one called a “U.S. assassination .”

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Jeremy Scahill, a contributor to The Nation magazine and the New York Times best-selling author of “Dirty Wars,” said he will be working with Glenn Greenwald, the Rio-based journalist who has written stories about U.S. surveillance based on documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

The connections between war and surveillance are clear. I don’t want to give too much away but Glenn and I are working on a project right now that has at its center how the National Security Agency plays a significant, central role in the U.S. assassination program,” said Scahill ….

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“Dirty Wars” the film, directed by Richard Rowley, traces Scahill’s investigations into the Joint Special Operations Command, or JSOC. The movie, which won a prize for cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival, follows Scahill as he hopscotches around the globe, from Afghanistan to Yemen to Somalia, talking to the families of people killed in the U.S. strikes.

nsaJSOC , as well as the CIA, have been described as “the President’s private army“, which operate at the President’s beck-and-call with no real oversight.

But a fourth agency is also centrally involved in both intelligence-gathering and assassinations: the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). NCTC is responsible for generating the “disposition matrix” of who to murder using drones or other means.

As Greenwald noted last year:

The ACLU has long warned that the real purpose of the NCTC … is the “massive, secretive data collection and mining of trillions of points of data about most people in the United States” …. In particular, the NCTC operates a gigantic data-mining operation, in which all sorts of information about innocent Americans is systematically monitored, stored, and analyzed. This includes “records from law enforcement investigations, health information, employment history, travel and student records” – “literally anything the government collects would be fair game”. In other words, the NCTC – now vested with the power to determine the proper “disposition” of terrorist suspects – is the same agency that is at the center of the ubiquitous, unaccountable surveillance state aimed at American citizens.

Worse still, as the ACLU’s legislative counsel Chris Calabrese documented back in July in a must-read analysis, Obama officials very recently abolished safeguards on how this information can be used. Whereas the agency, during the Bush years, was barred from storing non-terrorist-related information about innocent Americans for more than 180 days – a limit which “meant that NCTC was dissuaded from collecting large databases filled with information on innocent Americans” – it is now free to do so. Obama officials eliminated this constraint by authorizing the NCTC “to collect and ‘continually assess’ information on innocent Americans for up to five years”.

But don’t worry, the government would never assassinate Americans living on U.S. soil … would it?

And even if it would, it would only consider truly bad guys to be terrorists … wouldn’t it?

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