NSA adds “watching” to its list of “listening” and “reading” privacy intrusions

In its never-ending quest to turn the United States into a Big Brother society, the Obama Administration’s National Security Agency has been putting together a collection of electronic facial images of millions of people.

That’s not really news to most people who have known for years that this is the direction our country is heading. After all, we’ve learned over the past couple of years that the NSA listens to our phone calls and reads our emails. They tell us that they are only searching for terrorists, but then why aren’t they targeting specific people? Why are they gathering everyone’s information?

The New York Times has acquired documents showing that the NSA’s facial recognition program is growing at a rapid pace globally. The new software that the NSA is using is capable of processing huge amounts of digital communications such as emails, text messages and video conferences to build its facial recognition technology. It’s estimated that the agency intercepts millions of images daily.

Because there are federal privacy and surveillance laws protecting the images of Americans, the NSA claims that it is only capturing images of people overseas and not those of Americans living in one of the 50 states, unless that American is communicating with someone overseas. I’d love to know how many people actually believe that.

Even if the Obama Administration’s only goal was to protect Americans from terrorists – and I don’t believe that for a minute – it would still be an enormous invasion of our privacy to build a database of our images and it would only be a matter of time before this administration or a future one used those images to target and harass political opponents, just as the IRS and EPA has already done.

Do you trust the NSA to only use our images in a way that protects us? I’d love to hear from you about this subject.

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