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Nov 05, 2013

NSA-program-PRISM-spying-foreign-leaders-snooping-scandal-snowden-terrorism-truth-frequency-radio-chris-geo-sheree-geo-alternative-media-news-informationAmerica as Economic Spy: NSA’s Mission Is Self-Aggrandizement, Not Fighting Terrorism

John Glaser

Huffington Post

The government justifies the National Security Agency’s expansive domestic and foreign surveillance with essentially one argument: security.

As we learned from FOIA documents published recently, the NSA’s official talking points encouraged officials to use the threat of another 9/11 to justify the surveillance programs leaked by Edward Snowden.

But this has always been a disingenuous and thinly veiled attempt to shut out legitimate criticism of programs that collect the call records of all Americans in bulk or that suck up internet communications of millions of Americans. Back in June, Gen. Keith Alexander claimed that NSA’s bulk collection of call records and internet activity disrupted 54 “terror plots.” In October, the Senate Judiciary Committee got Alexander to admit that this claim was wrong and misleading.

Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Mark Udall (D-CO) said the NSA dragnet call data program “played little or no role” in these 54 cases.

It’s not just the lies about this spying having foiled terror plots. NSA conducts surveillance that could not conceivably have anything to do with fighting terrorists. Take, for example, the tapping of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s personal cell phone for 10 years. Or the fact that NSA has been spying on the Brazilian oil company Petrobras. In the latest news, President Obama ordered the NSA to halt surveillance of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

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