President Obama did not invent surveillance. But it’s no secret that his administration that promised to be the most transparent in history has been anything but. A new report has now surfaced that the U.S. Department of Justice is using airplanes and fake cellphone towers to gather information from Americans’ cellphones so that they can track us wherever we go.
They say this secret surveillance program is only intended to be used for the collection of information about criminals, but it’s monitoring just about anybody and everybody. The technology was created for military and intelligence purposes back in the 1990s by the U.S., mainly for the purpose of gathering information on potential threats overseas. But like many things with this administration, they’ve turned it on Americans in order to build the Big Brother society they have long envisioned.
Lieutenant Colonel Tony Schaffer of the Center for Advanced Defense Studies said, “This is military grade technology now being adapted for use against criminal elements in the United States.” Critics of this policy, including members of the American Civil Liberties Union, say it is another example of the dragnet surveillance that this administration has gotten into the habit of executing.
In explaining why it could not comment on the record regarding this activity, a Justice Department representative said to Fox News, “Discussion of sensitive law enforcement equipment and techniques would allow criminal defendants, criminal enterprises, or foreign powers to determine our capabilities and limitations in this area. In deploying any such equipment or tactics our federal law enforcement agencies comply with federal law,
including by seeking court approval.”
Actually, all we want to know is, are you spying on and collecting date about ordinary, law-abiding citizens? If so, why? Answering those questions has nothing to do with national security.
When you make or receive a call on your cellphone, do you ever think about who else might be listening to your conversation?
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