Jun. 11, 2013

Spying Appears to be the Cost of Doing Business in U.S.

Spying, according to Websters Dictionary: 

  1. Work for an organization by secretly collecting information about enemies or competitors.
  2. Observe (someone) furtively.

Here are some examples of spying in America:

1. In the 1940's Alger Hiss, who had accompanied FDR to Yalta was imprisoned for espionage. This was the case that made Richard Nixon into a household name. Nixon with help of Time Magaine's Whitaker Chambers did a number on Hiss and he was imprisoned without being convicted for espionage. Hiss died in 1996 and it turns out through de-classified documents, he probably WAS a spy.

2. In the 1950's Julius & Ethel Rosenberg were convicted and sentenced to death for "Atomic Espionage." They too were guilty. They were executed in a very public and political case.

3. On May 1, 1960, a U-2 spy plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers was shot down near in the Soviet Union. This put a huge strain on U.S. - U.S.S.R. relations. The details surrounding this event are to this day still shrouded in mystery. Powers worked for the CIA and was convicted of espionage and sentenced to 3 years imprisonment and 7 years of hard labor. He only served 1 year 9 months and 9 days before being traded for the Soviet spy Colonel Rudolph Ivanovich Abel.

4. Daniel Ellsberg was a U.S. Military Analyst who leaked the Pentagon Papers, a study of U.S. government decision-making in relation to the war in Vietnam. President Nixon went apeshit over this case (in 1970) and really put his political machine into action trying to smear Ellsberg, even raiding Ellsberg's psychiatrist's office.

5. Watergate (1972): President Nixon's administration was rocked to it's core for trying to bug the DNC in the Watergate building. Nixon wanted info on Ted Kennedy. The U.S. government was caught spying for the first time in this case. Nixon resigned and others went to prison.

6. Iran Contra (1987): More of a scandal with traces of spying to get info on Iran to gauge their willingness to dump hostages for arms. There were a lot of backchannel conversations between U.S. cels and Iran in this deal. The goal Reagan had was to arm the drug-dealing Contra rebels. Oy veh.

7. The NSA Leak. The jury is obviously out on this one, but it is hard to comprehend that over 1 million people in the U.S. knew about "Prism" for YEARS before Edward Snowden leaked the program. This thing is going to explode. ALL of the major tech companies are involved and have lied, just like the Bush and Obama administrations have since 2006. U.S. citizens have been spied on just as NON-U.S. citizens have been. There has been a 51% accuracy that U.S. citizens were or were not spied on by accident. According to Gizmodo.com: "The Protect America Act of 2007 made it possible for targets to be electronically surveilled without a warrant if they were "reasonably believed" to be foreign. That's where that 51% comes in. It was followed by the 2008 FISA Amendments Act, which immunized companies from legal harm for handing information over to the government. And that's the one-two punch that gives PRISM full legal standing."

What does this all mean?

The Constitution of the U.S. is really a bunch of BS in this Info Data/24-hour-Newscycle Age.

Our government always has done what it wants, despite a document that states otherwise. It doesn't matter if it is Obama, Nixon, Dracula, or Scooby Doo in the White House. The Senate Republican Senators like Lindsay Graham and John McCain are being VERY careful to play it down. Democratic California Senator Diane Feinstein has been so matter-of-fact about "Prism" and other murky programs, that most of America is confused.

Is this a scandal or the cost of doing business in America?