The NSA’s “Lone Wolf” Justification for Mass Spying Is B.S.
2013 12 16

Washington’s Blog | BlacklistedNews

The NSA’s main justification for Constitution-shredding mass surveillance on all Americans is 9/11.

In reality:


* Top security experts say that mass spying interferes with U.S. counter-terror efforts (more here and here)

* American presidents agree

* The chairs of the 9/11 Commission say that the spying has gone way too far (and that the Director of National Intelligence should be prosecuted for lying about the spying program)

* Top officials say that the claim that the government could only have stopped the attacks if it had been able to spy on Americans is wholly false

* The NSA was already conducting mass surveillance prior to 9/11

But we want to focus on another angle: the unspoken assumption by the NSA that we need mass surveillance because “lone wolf” terrorists don’t leave as many red flags as governments, so the NSA has to spy on everyone to find the needle in the haystack.

But this is nonsense. The 9/11 hijackers were not lone wolves.

The former Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, outside adviser to the CIA, and Co-Chair of the congressional investigation into 9/11 – Bob Graham – says:
I have personally talked to the other cochair of the Congressional Joint Inquiry, a man who was a very distinguished congressman and, later, director of the CIA [Porter Goss], I have talked to the two chairs of the … 9/11 Commission, asking them, what do you think were the prospects of these 19 people being able to plan, practice, and execute the complicated plot that was 9/11 without any external support?

All three of them used almost the same word: “Implausible”. That it is implausible that that could have been the case.

Yet that has now become the conventional wisdom to the aggressive exclusion of other alternatives.



[...]

Read the full article at: blacklistednews.com



READ: Congress Backs Terrorists In Syria … Then Says We Need NSA Spying Because There are Terrorists In Syria





Related Articles
Napolitano says "lone wolf terror" threat growing
U.S. police have killed over 5,000 civilians since 9/11
NSA officials told to evoke 9/11 sympathies when justifying mass surveillance
9/11’s First Victim: An Israeli Elite Counter Terrorism Super Soldier and Billionaire IT Genius?
9/11 Government Conspiracy Theory "Because Ignorance is Strength"
Reality Check: More Americans "Rethinking" 9/11?
Susan Lindauer: Bush & Cheney Knew About 9/11 Months Before It Happened
Is the Spectre of the Lone Gunman A Figment, A Shadow?


Latest News from our Front Page

Google’s New Computer With Human-Like Learning Abilities Will Program Itself
2014 10 30
In college, it wasn’t rare to hear a verbal battle regarding artificial intelligence erupt between my friends studying neuroscience and my friends studying computer science. One rather outrageous fellow would mention the possibility of a computer takeover, and off they went. The neuroscience-savvy would awe at the potential of such hybrid technology as the CS majors argued we have nothing to ...
Former Cop Headed to Trial for Raping a Child While Other Officers Watched
2014 10 30
Pharr, TX — Trial is set to begin December 1, in the case of former Pharr police officer Erasmo Mata, Jr., accused of repeated first-degree felony sexual assaults of a child. A federal civil lawsuit filed with Texas Southern District Court back in May accused Mata of assaulting the minor five times, on five separate occasions, all while on duty. ...
It Has Been Decided; Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton in ’16
2014 10 28
NY Times: The Bushes, Led by W., Rally to Make Jeb ‘45 ’ As Jeb Bush nears a decision to become the third member of his storied family to seek the presidency, the extended Bush clan and its attendant network are largely rallying behind the prospect and pulling the old machine out of the closet. Rebuttal by The Anti-New York ...
Putin at Valdai - World Order: New Rules or a Game without Rules
2014 10 28
From Youtube: Russian President Vladimir Putin is delivering a speech at the plenary session of Valdai International Discussion Club, a forum involving the world leading experts at foreign and domestic policy.
Hillary – Says Business does NOT Create Jobs – Washington Does?
2014 10 28
We have a very serious problem with Hillary. I was asked years ago to review Hillary’s Commodity Trading to explain what went on. Effectively, they did trades and simply put winners in her account and the losers in her lawyer’s. This way she gets money that is laundered through the markets – something that would get her 25 years today. People ...
More News »