The Secret Plan to End Democracy in America
Implications of the Patriot Act
We would do well to review elements of the USA Patriot Act, passed by Congress a month after the September 11th attacks. Among other things, the new law made it a crime for anybody to contribute money or material support for a group that appeared on the Terror Watch List. It allowed the FBI to monitor and tape-record conversations between attorneys and clients, once considered privileged. It let the FBI order librarians to turn over information about peoples reading habits. And it opened the door for government surveillance on our e-mails and snail-mails.
So its no surprise that the Bush Administration soon embarked on an illegal wiretapping program, a story that the New York Times sat on for a year before finally publishing it. The National Security Agency (NSA) set up a secret room in downtown San Francisco under the auspices of AT&T, where the NSA could tap into the telecom giants fiber-optic cables. These werent just part of AT&T, but connected their network to Sprint, Global Crossing and other companies (including Qwest, which had refused to play ball).
According to former AT&T technician Mark Klein, the result was a complete copy of the data stream. It all went through NSA headquarters at Fort Meade, ten miles outside D.C., where the agency has a colossal Cray supercomputer, code-named the Black Widow. (Dont you love all these black designations?) This supercomputer is capable of scanning millions of domestic and international phone calls and e-mails per hour performing hundreds of trillions of calculations per second. [It] searches through and reassembles key words and patterns, across many languages. They targeted certain journalists and basically vacuumed in all the domestic communications of Americans, including faxes, phone calls and Internet traffic. Code-named Pinwale, the NSAs secret database even scooped up the private e-mails of former President Clinton.
[ Jesse Ventura's Take ]
The federal government and elements of the military have used 9/11 as an excuse to put in place the means to impose martial law and lock up dissenters in "camps" if they deem it necessary. Our Constitution and Bill of Rights have never been in greater peril than now. The technology exists to further erode our democracy and basically make slaves of those who won't go along with the program.
[ Chapters ]
- Implications of the Patriot Act
- The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
- The US Government's History of Totalitarian Schemes
- A Flood of Repressive Measures