Why I’m not surprised by the NSA Encroachments on Personal Freedom

First some facts:

Taken from here

The FBI's interest in the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. intensified after the March on Washington in 1963.
The FBI’s interest in the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. intensified after the March on Washington in 1963.

FBI wiretaps have “given us the most powerful and persuasive source of all for seeing how utterly selfless Martin Luther King was,” as a civil rights leader, according to a leading civil rights scholar. When King learned he would be the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, the FBI decided to take its harassment of King one step further, sending him an insulting and threatening note anonymously. A draft was found in the FBI files years later. In it the FBI wrote, “You are a colossal fraud and an evil, vicious one at that.” The letter went on to say, “The American public … will know you for what you are — an evil, abnormal beast,” and “Satan could not do more.” The letter’s threat was ominous, if not specific: “King you are done.” Some have theorized the intent of the letter was to drive King to commit suicide in order to avoid personal embarrassment. “King, there is only one thing left for you to do,” the letter concluded. “You know what it is … You better take it before your filthy, abnormal fraudulent self is bared to the nation.”

The Reality of Our Times

Mes amis, a global spying network doesn’t spring up over night. Think about it. Do you think the government started spying on it’s citizen after 9/11 ? The war in Iraq was the perfect excuse or should I say venue to sell the American people the narrative that the gradual diminishing of civil liberties is justifiable in the face of impending terror albeit real or manufactured.

When the war in Iraq occurred, I got heat for asking “Why didn’t the news outlets mentioned that we sold the Iraqis chemical weapons and were silent when they used them against the Iranians? Can we be sure we didnt sell them weapons of mass destruction?” [I also talked about our dubious history with selling the iraqis Chemical weapons in a post entitled: Iran, Chemical Warfare, and Ronald Reagan.] I was labelled anti-American for asking, “How come no one mentioned our role in arming various warring factions in Afghanistan during the cold war and then pulling out suddenly after Russia pulled out leaving a major power vacuum and armed fighters?”

Screen-Shot-2013-08-21-at-9.52.26-PMI wonder about given how expansive this international spying ring was and is , to what extent did the Intelligence committee fail us, on the weapons of mass destruction ?

What I am trying to get at is that there are many questions we should be asking ourselves. Like for example how was the CIA able to topple so many governments. Recently The CIA Has Officially Admitted To Overthrowing Seven Foreign Governments : Guatemala 54′ – Congo 60′ – Dominican Republic 61′ – S.Vietnam 63′ – Brazil 64′ – Chile 73′. These countries weren’t toppled because they were at war with America. In the same way most of all the countries we spy on are not at war with us. Many of them are our allies actually.

Look at our history of regime changes which I have post below after the end of the post and then really wonder if you should be surprised. To be a self appointed world police force, you need a world wide spanning intelligence and spying network. The question I have in my mind is which came first domestic or international spying ? Perhaps they both developed concomitantly.


Side Notes

this comes from the same wiki page, click any link below to be brought to it

The United States has been involved in and assisted in the overthrow of foreign governments (more recently termed “regime change”) without the overt use of U.S. military force. Often, such operations are tasked to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Regime change has been attempted through direct involvement of U.S. operatives, the funding and training of insurgency groups within these countries, anti-regime propaganda campaigns, coups d’état, and other activities usually conducted as operations by the CIA. The U.S. has also accomplished regime change by direct military action, such as following the U.S. invasion of Panama in 1989 and the U.S.-led military invasion of Iraq in 2003.


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