Ben Franklin was right about the NSA

Eric Margolis writes: In 1975, I was invited to join the US Senate’s Church Committee that was formed after the Watergate scandals. Its goal was to investigate massive illegalities committed by the CIA, National Security Agency and FBI.

As a then staunch Republican, and having worked on President Nixon’s reelection campaign developing Mideast policy, I declined.

With the wisdom of hindsight, I should have joined the investigation.

Senator Frank Church warned: “ If this government ever became a tyrant, 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. “

The Church Committee revealed Washington’s role in the assassinations of foreign leaders, CIA collaboration with the Mafia, wide scale subversion around the globe, mail and phone intercepts, spying on Americans by the US Army and intelligence services, collusion with right-wing terrorist groups like Gladio, and much, much more.

Edward Snowden’s revelations of NSA malfeasance have done much the same thing today. Both Church and Snowden were branded traitors by rightwing zealots and flag-wavers. Government security agencies were reined in for decades. But it’s now clear they are not only back to their old tricks, but are out of control. [Continue reading…]

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2 thoughts on “Ben Franklin was right about the NSA

  1. delia ruhe

    I reserve the right to quote Margolis to everyone who’s called me a paranoid wingnut for insisting that membership in “Five-Eyes” protects Canadians from the evil eye of the NSA:

    “One reason we have so far heard little about NSA spying against these nations {the four vassal states of the 5-eyes] is that they spy on their own citizens using NSA technology, then pass the data to Big Brother in the US.”

  2. delia ruhe

    “Snowden may have persuaded between 20 and 25 fellow workers …”

    “may have” is the operative word here. Until recently, a regular series of disclosures has kept the NSA on its back foot, but the series appears to have slowed down considerably. That has given the propaganda machine time for “official leaks” to the new media. Since Snowden has far more credibility than either the US or the UK intel community, I’ll wait for Snowden to comment on this.

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