Senator Warned in ’75 that NSA Could Be Turned on American People

Back In 1975, Senator Frank Church, who famously chaired the “Church Committee” into the unlawful FBI Cointel program, and who also chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said this:

“The National Security Agency’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter. There would be no place to hide. If a dictator ever took over, the N.S.A., it could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back.”

If you don’t know it yet, the NSA (National Security Agency) is building a $2 billion dollar facility in Utah which will use the world’s most powerful supercomputer to monitor virtually all phone calls, emails, internet usage, purchases and rentals, break all encryption, and then store everyone’s data permanently.

Startingly enough, the former head of the program for the NSA recently held his thumb and forefinger very close together and said:

We are, like, that far from a turnkey totalitarian state

While you might assume that the NSA’s spying on Americans is a response to 9/11, the government’s illegal spying on Americans actually began before 9/11.

The U.S. National Security Agency asked AT&T Inc. to help it set up a domestic call monitoring site seven months before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, lawyers claimed June 23 in court papers filed in New York federal court.

In other words, the NSA’s trashing of the constitutional rights of American citizens had nothing to do with 9/11.

Just remember this as we continue to lose our rights as each day passes.

 

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