Anyone who thinks we’ve “heard it all” when it comes to the National Security Agency (NSA) spying on us hasn’t been paying attention. There’s plenty more to learn about this blatant overreach of government power. As the leaks continue, we’ll learn more and more about how our government has been wasting incredible amounts of time and money spying on innocent people who just want to live their lives in peace.
The latest revelation, this time from the Washington Post, is that the NSA has been collecting hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal email and instant messaging accounts worldwide – including those of many Americans. That way, if they decide you are a security risk because, for example, you have conservative viewpoints, they can go after all your contacts as well.
Unable to deny what is obviously true, the NSA did what it usually does in these circumstances…telling Americans that they have nothing to worry about. A statement from the agency said that it is focusing on “discovering and developing intelligence about valid foreign intelligence targets like terrorists, human traffickers and drug smugglers.”
“We are not interested in personal information about ordinary Americans,” the statement continued. “Moreover, we operate in accordance with rules approved by either the Attorney General or the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, as appropriate, designed to minimize the acquisition, use, and dissemination of any such information.”
Right. And the IRS and EPA are not interested in making the lives of conservatives miserable. And the Department of Justice is not collecting the phone records of journalists. And the Department of Homeland Security is buying up millions of bullets purely for target practice. And the countless drones in the sky are not spying on us. And nobody’s trying to take away our right to own guns. Sure, whatever you say, guys.
How do you feel about NSA spying? Do you think it’s necessary for our national security, or do you think it’s an overreach that serves to undermine the relationship between the government and U.S. citizens? Please chime in with your thoughts.