• July 8, 2021

A Country That Has Lost Its Way: The US Government and Corporations Combine to Strip Citizens of Their Rights, by Philip Giraldi

The Biden Administration is calling on Americans to spy on friends, neighbors and family and report any “extremist” views to the authorities.

The American people have become increasingly aware that government surveillance and corporate censorship have combined to keep people ignorant and in control. What is happening has generated some black humor. A friend of mine, also a former CIA officer, wrote to me recently and jokingly said that he has a lot of respect for the Agency because it is the only major government national security entity that does not read our mail and emails. . Those jobs are the responsibility of the NSA and the FBI. I replied that I imagine the CIA reads a lot of mail when operating abroad, but it probably does it the old-fashioned way, recruiting a poorly paid mail clerk as an agent.

The whole issue of the government illegally spying on its own citizens has again made headlines with claims by conservative commentator Tucker Carlson that the NSA has been spying on him, presumably because he has connections that the government considers subversive or, according to the new calculations, as “extremists” who are possible “national terrorists”. Given the reasonable assumption that anyone who voted for Donald Trump could fall into those categories, that means something like half the American population could be under suspicion.

Mass electronic surveillance of literally trillions of phone calls and messages around the world without a warrant in violation of Fourth Amendment restrictions on searches without probable cause or a proper court order issued by a judge has been the regular procedure authorized by the NSA at least since 9/11 and there. there is no reason to suppose that it is no longer the practice. It is basically initiated by the agency involved (usually the NSA or the FBI) ​​and goes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court or some other appropriate judge to obtain a court order against an individual when there is any cause. probable. The probable cause may be “someone looking for suspicious content on the web.” The Court then gives its approval, which it does in the case of FISA 99% of the time. When that individual is monitored, the names of their contacts are also added to the investigation. And it continues from there, expanding and growing until it includes thousands of phone numbers and email addresses, people who are overwhelmingly innocent of any crime.

Therefore, it is safe to assume that many of us are right at this point to be electronically monitored by the federal government. If you combine that with the June 1 Biden AdministrationS t The announcement of a war on “internal terrorism”, which he clearly sees as a function of “white supremacists”, it is easy to see where this is going. Biden didn’t throw punches, describing the threat of “white supremacy” as the “deadliest threat to the homeland today”, so it would mean that the government is doing everything in its power to end it, whatever it takes and whatever that means.

Analyzing ordinary Americans for what they might be thinking, which is what this boils down to, would be a 1984 George Orwellian short story for our time, updated from when Winston Smith was doing mandatory daily exercises in front of his television. He loosened a bit and the television instantly admonished him. He then wondered if it was possible that he and all the other residents of Airstrip One (once called Great Britain) were under surveillance all the time. He concluded that it was.

So if your TV suddenly speaks to you in the next few months, it might not be Alexa. The other development that has emerged in the last two weeks is increased business cooperation with what the government is saying and doing. The mainstream media have certainly done their share of obfuscation, including the current total suppression from the story that a key witness who gave false testimony against the languishing journalist Julian Assange in a British prison turned out to be a pedophile, a diagnosed sociopath and a serial liar. But the main actor is inevitably social media, which has enormous power in the United States and elsewhere to form opinions and spread false information that serves the government’s agenda. The media have banned numerous groups, individuals and links to sites from their pages, a barrier to freedom of speech and freedom of expression. And, for example, it has enthusiastically and fully cooperated with essentially fraudulent government claims of Russian interference in the two most recent US elections. It is about censoring or denigrating material that is at variance with official policy, including, for example, Facebook pop-ups that appear whenever there is an article refuting the approved version of the response to the COVID virus.

In June, the Biden administration said so I would also be working with some of the large high-tech companies and social networks to “increase information sharing” to help combat radicalization. Biden announced that his Justice Department would create ways for Americans to report radicalized friends and family to the government. One senior official put it this way: “We will work to improve public awareness of federal resources to address worrying or threatening behavior before violence occurs… If you see something, say something. This implies creating contexts in which those who are family, friends or coworkers know that there are ways and avenues to raise concerns and seek help for those who have been perceived as radicalizers and potentially radicalizers towards violence ”.

In other words, in plain English, the Biden administration is asking Americans to spy on friends, neighbors and family and report any “extremist” views to the authorities. Well, Facebook is now fully on board with more of the same, involved in the “hot” war against “white supremacists / extremists / domestic terrorists.” It has blocked or closed many former contributors and has also started posting at least two versions of warnings to users. One targets people who may have personally been visiting an “extremist” site, while the other encourages users to rat out friends or family who might be drawn to such material. The custom popup says the following: “[Name of Recipient], many have recently been exposed to harmful extremist content: violent groups try to manipulate their anger and disappointment. You can take action now to protect yourself and others. Get expert support. Watch for the signs, understand the dangers of extremism, and listen to people who escaped violent groups. “

The snitch’s version of friends reads: “Are you worried that someone you know is turning into an extremist? We care about preventing extremism on Facebook. Others in your situation have received confidential support. How can you help. Hear stories and get advice from people who escaped violent extremist groups. Get support. “

Surely one has to wonder how Facebook knows that one has visited an “extremist” site since they blocked such material. Are they somehow hacking the personal accounts of their own users? The situation is dire, to be sure, but it has sparked a backlash, including this post: “Become the extremist Facebook warned you about!” You also have to wonder how Facebook will deal with people who complain. some other groups with a proven track record of promoting violence, including the lives of blacks, who are unrelated to white supremacy. It will almost certainly do nothing, much like the supine “racially sensitive” response demonstrated by the federal government to a year of riots, fires, looting and killings. In truth, Americans are on the brink of a cliff with only one more “crisis” possibly looming and pushing everyone to the brink, so we end up with a totalitarian government that works hard to keep everyone safe by doing the right thing. contrary. We’re almost there, and if you doubt it, take a look at Facebook.

Philip Giraldi, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Council of National Interest.

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