Wednesday, June 19, 2013
emptywheel: NSA has been spying on us for more than a decade
by Larry Geller
I asked the other day, “Will anyone make the NSA stop spying on us?” The answer, of course, is no. They’ll simply weather this crisis as they have done before.
Here’s a snip from an article on the excellent emptywheel blog:
• The effort to spy on Americans, violating their privacy and taking their communications content, has been underway since before the Bush administration. (Yes, you read that right: BEFORE the Bush administration.)
• Three presidents have either failed to stop it or encouraged it (Yes, including Bill Clinton with regard to ECHELON).
• The program has been growing in physical size for more than a decade.
[emptywheel, The Truth: The NSA Has Been Working on Domestic Spying for Ten-Plus Years, 6/18/2013]
The same article lists the names of some people who have tried to stop the program by going through channels. Obviously, it didn’t work. Undoubtedly, the path chosen by whistleblower Edward Snowden has proven much more effective.
Check out the blog. If you want a laugh, there’s a short article just before the above snip remarking on how Congress does oversight, with a link to a discussion on Politico.