Proof that NSA Spying Is Not Very Focused On Terrorism
It came out this week that the NSA spied on the headquarters of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and United Nations.
It was also alleged that the NSA spied on the Vatican and the Pope.
Congressman Rand Paul asks whether the NSA might be spying on President Obama as well.
Congressman Devin Nunes said in that the Department of Justice was tapping phones in the Congressional cloak room.
Sounds crazy …
But it is well-documented that the NSA was already spying on American Senators more than 40 years ago.
And a high-level NSA whistleblower says that the NSA is spying on – and blackmailing – top government officials and military officers, including Supreme Court Justices, high-ranked generals, Colin Powell and other State Department personnel, and many other top officials. And see this:
He says the NSA started spying on President Obama when he was a candidate for Senate:
Another very high-level NSA whistleblower – the head of the NSA’s global intelligence gathering operation – says that the NSA targeted CIA chief Petraeus.
Of course, the NSA also spied on the leaders of Germany, Brazil and Mexico, and at least 35 world leaders total.
The NSA also spies on the European Union, the European Parliament, the G20 summit and other allies.
A confidential government memo admits that the spying didn’t help prevent terrorism:
The memo acknowledges that eavesdropping on the numbers had produced “little reportable intelligence”.
Because the leaders of allies such as Germany, Brazil, Mexico, the EU and G-20 have no ties to Al Qaeda terrorists, the spying was obviously done for other purposes.
The NSA conducts widespread industrial espionage on our allies. That has nothing to do with terrorism, either. And the NSA’s industrial espionage has been going on for many decades.
Indeed, there is no evidence that mass surveillance has prevented a single terrorist attack. On the contrary, topcounter-terror experts say that mass spying actually hurts U.S. counter-terror efforts (more here and here).
If NSA spying were really focused on terrorism, our allies and companies wouldn’t be fighting back so hard against it.