The wiretap debacle is ever more insane. You basically have the government calling itself a liar in an attempted massive laughable coverup to rewrite history and pretend Snowden never leaked the evidence that he did.
On Jan 20 of 2017, wiretapped data was in the news on the front page of the New York Times. (See image).
One minute there is evidence, sucking up and contrition, the next full denial and smear.
May 06, 2015 “Schiff has been an outspoken critic of collecting Americans’ phone records. He was in the first wave of lawmakers to propose reforms after Snowden’s disclosures, pushing to end the program entirely and to overhaul the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the secret judicial body that supposedly rules on most Obama administration surveillance programs.”
Oh, some guy named Schiff is proposing reforms thanks to Snowden leaks, that sounds good… but what is he saying now?
DEC 22 2016 “Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said he doesn’t expect to see any evidence of the president’s explosive and unsubstantiated allegation last weekend that President Barack Obama illegally wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign, which the White House has called on Congress to investigate.”
But wait, what’s this now from Schiff? A whistleblower isn’t one? Evidence is not evidence? Private data has nothing to do with privacy?
DEC 22 2016 “Snowden and his defenders claim that he is a whistleblower, but he isn’t,” Schiff said. “Most of the material he stole had nothing to do with Americans’ privacy, and its compromise has been of great value to America’s adversaries and those who mean to do America harm.”
Now that’s a really wild conspiracy theory, Mr Schiff, because you already acted on it as true and the substantiation already happened. The personal data from thousands of innocent people leaked by Snowden and reviewed by reporters could not have existed unless the above statement is false. Nor could this:
I’ve seen the NSA’s Utah Data Center. Are all those buildings on the hill empty? Unless you can show evidence of a massive disinformation conspiracy where Snowden is a brilliant liar in league with the NSA to fake a leak, we have to assume the mass wiretapping is still happening, right now. Fiber optic cables are tapped by the NSA. They are tapping your data from Yahoo, Microsoft, Google, Apple, Skype and more … but it seems the only way to prove it (again) would be for a president to send troops to take over NSA data facilities. That’s not going to happen, so you get this blustering, “prove it again, or shut up” attitude.
“…the president must either come up with the evidence or retract his claim”
Well, there are a few more ways. A formal investigation could officially reveal details of the system already revealed by leaks. Don’t hold your breath. After another big coverup, which we expect from history, there will be more anger and then more leaks. The denial is fueling insider ire. It was denial of the truth about wiretapping of innocent Americans, lies to Congress, that made Snowden give up an easy high paying job in Hawaii and risk his life to leak what he did.
So, here again is all the evidence you need of wiretapping. It was published by the Guardian that $20 million per year is spent collecting and cataloging everything we say. Given the source, this is solid proof. The slides were confirmed as authentic by the Guardian:
The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, according to a top secret document obtained by the Guardian.
The NSA access is part of a previously undisclosed program called Prism, which allows officials to collect material including search history, the content of emails, file transfers and live chats, the document says.
The Guardian has verified the authenticity of the document, a 41-slide PowerPoint presentation – classified as top secret with no distribution to foreign allies – which was apparently used to train intelligence operatives on the capabilities of the program. The document claims “collection directly from the servers” of major US service providers.
That’s just one NSA program. There are others which get your data from phone companies, etc.
So, what, we are supposed to ignore, forget and allow this to continue?
Glenn Greenwald, who has had access to all of the data Snowden leaked, regarding meddling in the last US presidential election, recently said he believed that the FBI, the CIA, and the Russians had a hand in it.
Repurpose the program, wipe the unlawfully collected data, and give people back their privacy. Without privacy, you have no other rights.
Fire every person who pretends Snowden never happened. Here’s how to be a politician: Like McCain, learn how to say two completely contradictory things at the same time, like, the people were captured on wiretaps, they were not targeted by wiretaps. If the whole damn country is targeted, then no one is targeted? Brilliant. Fire McCain.
… Trump fired off a series of tweets with no special knowledge, based on a resurrection of months-old news stories that said, not that Trump or his aides or residence had been targeted by wiretaps, but that aides had been captured on wiretaps – most likely wiretaps targeting Russians. I have seen nothing to change that conclusion, and much since to bolster it. We don’t know what Obama did or didn’t do, but Trump had no secret knowledge. It was just Trump popping off the way he does.
Special knowledge is something everyone in the world who read what Snowden leaked now has. It doesn’t get much more special than that, folks.