CIA Doing Mass Surveillance on Americans, Declassified Documents Reveal

One of the biggest threats to our democracy and values is the government not knowing everything you are doing at any moment.

For example, you could be insurrecting or spreading disinfo about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines or the IQ or black people – the government needs to know that, in order to protect our values and who we are.

From US Senator Ron Wyden’s website:

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., both members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, called for new transparency about bulk surveillance conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency, following the release of documents that revealed a secret bulk collection program and problems with how the agency searches and handles Americans’ information.

Wyden and Heinrich requested the declassification of a report by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board on a CIA bulk collection program, in a letter sent April 13, 2021. The letter, which was declassified and made public today reveals that “the CIA has secretly conducted its own bulk program,” authorized under Executive Order 12333, rather than the laws passed by Congress.

The letter notes that the program was “entirely outside the statutory framework that Congress and the public believe govern this collection, and without any of the judicial, congressional or even executive branch oversight that comes from [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] collection.”

“FISA gets all the attention because of the periodic congressional reauthorizations and the release of DOJ, ODNI and FISA Court documents,” said Senators Wyden and Heinrich in response to the newly declassified documents.  “But what these documents demonstrate is that many of the same concerns that Americans have about their privacy and civil liberties also apply to how the CIA collects and handles information under executive order and outside the FISA law.  In particular, these documents reveal serious problems associated with warrantless backdoor searches of Americans, the same issue that has generated bipartisan concern in the FISA context.”

I dunno, man.

We’ve kinda known about this whole “warrantless and unwarranted spying” thing for a while now. The consensus seems to be that the American people simply don’t care.

It’s such a sick voyeuristic porno society that a lot of people probably get off on the idea that the government is using their webcam to watch them jack off.

A large percentage of the American people are decidedly anti-freedom.

The Republicans supported this against Moslems, now leftists support it against white people. There are no principles anymore – just ideologies.

Half of the Twitter responses to this are attacks on ACLU, the other half are “nothing to hide” NPCs.