NSA Surveillance

Eight years ago, the Guardian newspaper confirmed that the United States National Security Agency was conducting widespread, untargeted, domestic surveillance on millions of American citizens. In a report by Glenn Greenwald, the paper published an order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court directing Verizon to give the National Security Agency (NSA) a record of every Verizon customer’s call history, regardless of whether the individual was suspected of any wrongdoing.

Shortly after Greenwald exposed this unconstitutional surveillance, NSA contractor Edward Snowden provided proof that Big Brother not only eavesdrops on you, it also reads your mail. Specifically, Snowden exposed a program called PRISM. This was a spying program in which nine major tech companies (AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, PalTalk, Skype, Yahoo and YouTube) provided the NSA and Federal Bureau of Investigation with their users’ e-mail messages, audio and video recordings, photographs, documents and location data.

Why did the government need this data? A recent NSA scandal involving talk show host Tucker Carlson sheds light on why government agents may be reading your texts.

Carlson accused the National Security Agency of searching his e-mails for damaging material that would force Fox News to take his television show off the air. “It’s not just political protests that the government is spying on,” he said. “Yesterday, we heard from a whistleblower within the U.S. government who reached out to warn us that the NSA, the National Security Agency, is monitoring our electronic communications and is planning to leak them in an attempt to take this show off the air.”

Carlson’s claim elicited a rare public denial from the NSA. “This allegation is untrue,” read a statement posted on the NSA’s Twitter account. “Tucker Carlson has never been an intelligence target of the Agency and the NSA has never had any plans to try to take his program off the air.” Yet the most significant thing about this denial is what it does not mention.

Former Central Intelligence Agency analyst Fred Fleitz noted that the NSA has not actually denied reading Carlson’s e-mail. Rather, it emphasized that Carlson was not an “intelligence target” and that the NSA “never had any plans to try to take his program off the air.” But since the NSA is conducting untargeted surveillance on millions of Americans, it did not have to target Carlson to get his e-mails—it already had them.

So the real question is not: Was the National Security Agency monitoring the electronic communications of Tucker Carlson? The real question is: “Why did the National Security Agency pull Carlson’s file?”

According to Axios political correspondent Jonathan Swan, Carlson was talking to U.S.-based Kremlin intermediaries about setting up an interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin shortly before he found out about the spying scandal. Journalists routinely reach out to world leaders to request interviews, but Carlson did not tell anyone other than his executive producer about the potential interview.

So how did Swan find out about it? Swan cited anonymous sources “familiar with the conversations,” and the whistleblower who talked to Carlson told him that sources in the intelligence community had revealed the content of his e-mails to a reporter in Washington, D.C.

The practice of revealing the names of American citizens corresponding with foreign nationals under NSA surveillance is called unmasking, and it can only be done at the request of officials with proper security clearance, provided they have a good reason.

According to Fleitz, the order to unmask Carlson probably had to come from senior U.S. officials. Only a small cadre of trusted staff at the NSA is part of the unmasking process, so the order to leak Carlson’s e-mails to a D.C. reporter almost certainly came from the White House.

Fleitz says he cannot think of a valid reason why a White House official would want to unmask the name of a U.S. journalist, but Carlson claims to know the reason. He says the NSA leaked his e-mails in a premeditated effort to “paint me as a disloyal American, a Russian operative (I’ve been called that before), a stooge of the Kremlin, a traitor doing the bidding of a foreign adversary.”

If this was the NSA’s motive, it would not be the first time it spied on an innocent American and then leaked out-of-context information to the media to destroy his political career.

President Obama met with some of his top intelligence officials on Jan. 5, 2017, to discuss the dangers Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn could pose to his legacy. Handwritten notes from FBI agent Peter Strzok show that Obama brought up details about private conversations between General Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. This shows that Obama’s NSA had been monitoring General Flynn’s phone calls and relaying the details to the president.

Seven days after this meeting, the Washington Post’s David Ignatius published a story about Flynn’s contacts with the ambassador. How did Ignatius know about the content of Flynn’s phone calls? The Obama administration illegally leaked that information to him in an attempt to frame General Flynn.

Now the Biden administration is attempting to do the same thing to Tucker Carlson. It does not take much imagination to visualize how the Biden administration could use mass surveillance technology against a lot more political opponents than just Donald Trump, Michael Flynn and Tucker Carlson.

In Communist China, the government assigns citizens a “trustworthiness” score based on data gathered by mass surveillance. If a Chinese citizen makes a political post online without a permit or questions a government decision, his trustworthiness score goes down and the police may show up at his door.

That is the power the Chinese Communist Party has garnered by trawling through troves of social media and online shopping data. And the U.S. government has the same power if it chooses to use it.

When Sen. Frank Church led an investigation into CIA, FBI and NSA activities in the 1970s, he warned that technological advancements were giving these agencies unprecedented surveillance powers. “If this government ever became a tyranny, if a dictator ever took charge in this country, the technological capacity that the intelligence community has given the government could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back because the most careful effort to combine together in resistance to the government, no matter how privately it was done, is within the reach of the government to know,” he said on NBC’s Meet the Press. “I don’t want to see this country ever go across the bridge. I know the capacity that is there to make tyranny total in America, and we must see to it that this agency and all agencies that possess this technology operate within the law and under proper supervision so that we never cross over that abyss.”

More recently, NSA whistleblower William Binney told James Bamford that the NSA was building a turnkey totalitarian state, where all the government had to do was turn the key and start up a totalitarian dictatorship far worse than the one in China.

Many believe that if Hillary Clinton had won the 2016 presidential election, the “deep state” officials who were building the turnkey totalitarian state Binney warned about would have been able to continue running the country behind the scenes, thus ending our constitutional republic. The only reason this did not happen is that God showed mercy and raised up President Donald Trump to expose what was happening. Now the Biden administration has picked up where the Obama administration left off and is targeting all who oppose its agenda to fundamentally transform America.

Millions of Americans are waking up to the threat the deep state poses to the nation, but they still do not understand the root causes behind the crisis. The Bible reveals that the serious problems in America’s government are not caused by one man or a group of government officials. Ultimately, they are caused by the sins of the American people as a whole (Isaiah 1:4-7).

Only repentance by the people can prevent the sickness in America’s government from escalating into full-scale revolution and civil war.

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