Friday December 16th 2005, 9:06 am
treated as almost a ho-hum subject by the corporate media: Bush allowed
the NSA "without court approval" to spy on Americans, according to the Los Angeles Times.
"For several years after the presidential order was signed in 2002, the
intelligence agency monitored calls and e-mails of hundreds of people
in the country to search for evidence of terrorist activity," that is
to say they "monitored" Americans who have disagreements with the
government, since there aren’t any terrorists (outside of the White
House and the Pentagon) in the United States. "It said the previously
undisclosed decision to permit some eavesdropping inside the country
without court approval represented a major shift in U.S. intelligence
gathering. The NSA, based at Ft. Meade, Md., is authorized to monitor
communications on foreign soil."
If we are to believe the
Times, the NSA engages in "some eavesdropping inside the country," when
it is a documented fact the mega-spy organization has snooped millions
of Americans for years. "In June 1970 Nixon met with Hoover [FBI],
Helms [CIA], NSA Director Admiral Noel Gaylor, and Defense Intelligence
Agency (DIA) representative Lt. Gen. Donald V. Bennett and told them he
wanted a coordinated and concentrated effort against domestic
dissenters," writes Verne Lyon,
a former CIA undercover operative. This confab of spooks engaged in
"black bag operations," wiretapping, and a mail-opening program,
according to Lyon, and ultimately became known as Operation CHAOS.
"Given the power granted to the office of the presidency and the
unaccountability of the intelligence agencies, widespread illegal
domestic operations are certain. We as a people should remember history
and not repeat it." Unfortunately, "as a people," we Americans are a
somnolent lot, more interested in football games and the escapades of
Paris Hilton than remaining vigilant about the behavior of the
Of course, singling out the NSA is like picking
between oranges and apples—it is all fruit. As we know, since nine
eleven, Rumsfeld’s military is more or less in charge of snooping on
Americans deemed a threat to national security, that is to say a
possible threat against the neocons. "On May 2, 2003, Deputy Secretary
of Defense Paul Wolfowitz signed a memorandum directing the military to
collect and report 'non-validated threat information’ relating to U.S.
military forces, installations or missions," writes William M. Arkin.
"His memorandum followed from the establishment of the Domestic Threat
Working Group after 9/11, the intent of which was to create a mechanism
to share low-level domestic 'threat information’ between the military
and intelligence agencies." The Department of Forever War has something
called Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA), "one of the more
mysterious Pentagon agencies … that also has authority to investigate
crimes within the United States such as treason, foreign or terrorist
sabotage or even economic espionage," as Arkin cites Walter Pincus of
the Washington Post. CIFA "constitutes the greatest threat to U.S.
civil liberties since the domestic spying days of the 1970’s," Arkin
continues, and all it will take is a "military gumshoe or over-zealous
commander" to violate the formerly constitutionally protected liberties
of Americans. It is important to note that the Pentagon’s CIFA is not
only a "counter-intelligence" (re counter First Amendment) operation
but also considers itself the "law enforcement arm of the Pentagon," in
other words the Posse Comitatus Act, designed to prevent the military
from engaging in domestic law enforcement, is a dead letter.
in 1952, as Truman went about constructing the now ominous national
security state, the mission of the NSA was to collect intelligence on
"foreign governments," not U.S. citizens per se. Of course, as any
student of history will tell you, government invariably considers its
own citizens as the enemy and directs massive resources into snooping
activity and technology (think Echelon) and "counter intelligence,"
that is to say subverting the liberty of the people and, in many
instances, directing violence and even assassination against opponents,
as all fascists are wont to do.
Thus when the Washington Post
tells us "President Bush signed a secret order in 2002 authorizing the
National Security Agency to eavesdrop on U.S. citizens and foreign
nationals in the United States, despite previous legal prohibitions
against such domestic spying," we can only laugh—if
sardonically—because history is replete with documented instances of
the NSA doing the exact opposite, regardless of meaningless "legal
But then the Washington Post and the New York
Times, the latter having "broke" this story (because the government
wants us to know they are snooping us), were long ago folded into the
CIA’s sprawling propaganda unit under Operation Mockingbird, so it
should be no surprise they would attempt to tell us there are "legal
prohibitions" when in fact various intelligence agencies—now
centralized under the Pentagon and internationalized with spook and
black op operations and outfits elsewhere in the world—are free to run
wild, subverting both indigenous political movements and foreign
resistance efforts against the neocon-neolib version of reality, which
is in fact a global slavery and death camp engineered to service a
miniscule corporate and banking elite.