“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. If you like your privacy, you can go screw yourself, I wanna see what you folks are up to.” Surprise, newly declassified NSA memos show how the Obama Administration spied on Americans:
“Americans should be alarmed that the NSA is vacuuming up their emails and phone calls without a warrant,” said Patrick Toomey, an ACLU staff attorney in New York who helped pursue the FOIA litigation. “The NSA claims it has rules to protect our privacy, but it turns out those rules are weak, full of loopholes, and violated again and again.”
Hold the bullshit phone, Batman. You mean the government said they were protecting our privacy, but they told a fib? Imma need to breathe in a paper bag to get over the shock.
Section 702 empowers the NSA to spy on foreign powers and to retain and use certain intercepted data that was incidentally collected on Americans under strict privacy protections. Wrongly collected information is supposed to be immediately destroyed.
Note “supposed to be” phrase. That’s key. We’re talking about government here. An entity run by people who thirst for power. Blind loyalty to government is one reason my eyes roll out of my head every time some leftist smurf monkey says “I totes trust government.” Some people are too stupid to operate machinery. Many of them go to work in government.
The Hill reviewed the new ACLU documents as well as compliance memos released by the NSA inspector general and identified more than 90 incidents where violations specifically cited an impact on Americans. Many incidents involved multiple persons, multiple violations or extended periods of time.
Yet more proof the government tends to do things poorly. When I say “poorly” I mean “different ways of screwing you sideways.” Without your consent. Or buying you dinner first.
Like entitlements, when government weasels its way into you’re life, it rarely pulls back. Rather like offering a certain household rodent a delectable snack. Hantavirus incoming.
Once you give them a foothold, you almost never get that freedom back.