The name of the program is PRISM. This is something that has been implemented by the NSA (National Security Agency). It goes well bey0nd what is required with regard to terrorist threats and according to at least one source, the use of PRISM affects your 6th Amendment rights.
When it comes to surveillance on possible terrorists, I have no problem with measures being taken to “eavesdrop” on their activities. However, under the Soetoro Administration, the eavesdropping has spread and involves snooping on individuals who have no proclivity towards terrorism. Under the Soetoro Administration the terrorists are the ones who are being protected, and in the meantime ordinary citizens are being treated like mushroom fodder.
I think that there is good reason to look upon this revelation about PRISM as something that is another step towards tyranny.
Interestingly enough, the CEOs of the HiTech companies such as Apple, Facebook and Microsoft have stated that they have not heard of PRISM. Facebook went one step further and stated that all requests for information by governmnet for whatever reason are scrutinized to assure that such requests do not contravene any laws.
It looks like the security laws need to be tightened so that there is no government snooping against law abiding citizens.
Is PRISM the next shoe to drop?
The author of the Patriot Act says that this form of surveillance is not covered:
Did Maxine Waters give the game away prior to the news report from Glen Greenwald? If you recall, it was Maxine Waters who was crowing about Soetoro have a big database. If PRISM is that big data base then Maxine Waters, and Soetoro need to do some explaining.
As it stands, and as an outsider, I disagree with the individuals who are downplaying the importance of PRISM and this form of data collection. I repeat: I have no problem with surveillance if the intention is to catch terrorists. However, the FBI etc have been cooling their heels with regard to the real risk in our individual societies i.e. the risk that is posed by the adherents of Islam. For the record, I accept that there are Muslims who are not terrorists, nor are they likely to become terrorists unless they are sorely provoked (it can happen as was proved in Libya). However, there are other Muslims who should be on surveillance 24/7 because of the deadly potential of their activity. I would start with the surveillance on any of the Muslims who wear the white garments of the shaheed. If they are wearing those white garments then they need to be watched!!
It should be noted here that Nidal Hassan wore the white garments of the shaheed. It defeats me as to why this was not commented upon by anyone who knew the man. Those white garments are the biggest sign the person is a “radical” or as I would phrase it “a pure Islamist”. My meaning of “Islamist” here is that the person is an adherent to the literal meaning of the Koran, as opposed to those like the Ismailists (followers of the Agca Khan) who do in fact subvert the meaning of jihad. Sunni Muslims and Shia Muslims tend to be more purist than the others.
On top of that if PRISM was being used properly, why was it that the NSA did not know about either the Tsarnaev brothers or Nidal Hassan who was in contact with Anwar al-Awlaki? Why did the army top brass do nothing about Nidal Hassan when there were warning signs that he was a “pure follower of Islam”?
The USA, the UK, Germany, France, Australia, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Norway etc are all being slack when it comes to the adherents of Islam. Those in authority have failed to understand the real meaning of Islam is SUBMISSION. Islam does not mean peace, at least not in the way that Christians and Jews understand that word. I do not want to get into anything else here regarding Islam because it is a very contentious subject. (I have other blogs to take care of the subject).
Whilst there might be a few other potential terrorists out there, I also point out that even Timothy McVeigh was tainted by someone associated with Islam, aka John Doe #3 who is most likely an Iraqi associate of the late Saddam Hussein. In other words the bombing of the Murrah building was not a simple act of domestic terrorism and there are in fact ties to Islam that the US Government has kept hidden.
The current US government is totally dishonest and it is especially dishonest where its own people are concerned.
I agree with the people who are pointing out that this surveillance is indicating more and more that the USA is lunging towards Fascism. (Fascists are in fact on the Left, but they are to the extreme right of left of centre.)
I will once again state here that I am not against surveillance of terrorist suspects. At the same time I have to admit that I am not totally against the surveillance of those involved in criminal activity including Kim dotcom. From this angle I am commenting upon this angle because this “scandal” is the one that has the Left very upset.
One of the sites that I regularly visit is TalkLeft because Jeralyn does an excellent job of commentary in the Zimmerman case. Her site is also a mine of information with regard to how some leftists are thinking, especially with regard to this particular scandal. Needless to say the Left are starting to ramp up the rhetoric about the “snooping” even though most of them would never be the subject of such snooping in the first place (unless they were members of the Weather Underground).
Hence I have learned from TalkLeft that the ACLU are in a fighting mood. Yes, it looks like this is the one scandal where a constitutional challenge is on the way. Whose civil liberties are they protecting anyway? Since there will be a constitutional challenge, it means that this scandal is not going to die a quick death, but it will be around for some time to come. (BTW I am willing to bet that the Supreme Court is ok with most of the surveillance, but it might strike down anything that relates to domestic surveillance going too far).
Legal Insurrection is also covering this story about the ACLU constitutional challenge, and in a lot more detail. It is worth a read.
There is another excellent post from Legal Insurrection and it is well worth a read because it highlights the mythology of Edward Snowden. It also mentions that it could be that Snowden was fed information from someone else. It is worth noting that Snowden lied about his salary package.