Ever wonder why the public and their politicians are willing to fund and approve invasive spy programs like PRSIM and MUSCULAR?
What leverage do Agencies like the NSA have over us that let them continue snooping in complete disregard of the Constitution?
That leverage comes from the fear the government is able to foster in Americans in the wake of isolated terror attacks
A newly released internal NSA document reveals that officials at the spy agency were advised to deliberately invoke the specter of the 9/11 attacks when talking to members of Congress, the media, or when making public addresses, as a way of justifying mass surveillance of Americans.
The 29 page document, obtained by Al Jazeera writer Jason Leopold via the Freedom of Information Act, appears to be part of a mad rush to organise a PR campaign following the Edward Snowden leaks.
In sections entitled “Sound Bites That Resonate”, and “Media Leaks One Card”, suggested talking points include the following phrases:
- “I much prefer to be here today explaining these programs, than explaining another 9/11 event that we were not able to prevent.”
- “NSA and its partners must make sure we connect the dots so that the nation is never attacked again like it was on 9/11.”
- “These programs have helped prevent over 50 terrorist events since 9/11, while also carefully protecting civil liberties and privacy of our citizens.”
- “First responsibility is to defend the nation.”
- “Post-9/11 we made several changes and added a number of capabilities to enable us to connect the dots.”
The document also notes that when replying to questions regarding privacy and civil liberties violations, officials should say that there have been no “willful violations” and that the NSA is bound to “upholding the privacy and civil liberties of the American people.”
“NSA employees are acutely aware of the importance of protecting the 4th Amendment. We are, ourselves, private citizens.” the script also states.
Of course, while illegally monitoring the communications records of untold numbers of Americans, the reality is that NSA spying has not resulted in a SINGLE foiled terrorist plot.
The NSA has refused to comment on the document.
Whenever you hear a statement from a government agency explaining why they must limit or ignore another one of your freedoms protected by the Bill of Rights, listen for this tactic of fear-mongering. Certainly terrorists have attacked America and continue to harbor hatred against our nation, but they still win if we're convince ourselves to give up our liberty voluntarily, hoping that it might make us somehow safer.
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