They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin
Last February, Maxine Waters in an interview stated “The President has put in place an organization with the kind of database that no one has ever seen before in life,” She continued to reveal “That database will have information about everything on every individual on ways that it’s never been done before”. This week, Americans were surprised to learn that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting phone call information of American Verizon customers. Like all of the recent Obama Administration scandals, this story wasn’t released by the American media but by the British Press.
“PRISM” is a corporate partnership between the FBI, NSA, and several large Internet providers to collect any and all electronic communications, including those between Americans. In accordance with federal law, American internet companies are required to provide user information to government and law enforcement officials upon request. PRISM is a back door to allow the NSA and FBI direct access to commercial servers at any time with the “assistance of communications providers in the US”. This program is a blatant violation of the Fourth Amendment and represents the death of privacy. We have lost our security and liberties. This is the Obama database that Rep Waters described.
National Security Agency
The National Security Agency (NSA) was created as part of the Department of Defense, its purpose to collect electronic communications from hostile foreign nations. The Agency’s task is to safeguard the United States from external attack. In addition to collection, the NSA is responsible for protecting America’s secure communication networks. One of the Agency’s core values is to operate as a “Responsible Citizen”. Being a “Responsible Citizen” is to “carry out missions in ways that are consistent with the Nation’s values and laws. Earning the American public’s trust is paramount”. As of this week, the NSA has lost American public’s faith and trust.
The NSA was not created to spy on Americans, but it clearly has; and this week, the leadership of the Agency must do some soul searching. These people have besmirched the legacy of the NSA and the Department of Defense.
The left will spin this story to deflect blame from the Obama Regime by placing it on the previous Administration. The fact is Obama and Holder ignored the intent of the Patriot Act and used government resources against American Citizens. If it were not for the British Press, Americans would have never learned of the NSA’s corrupt dealings. Once again, a thoroughly biased American media has failed to do its job. The American people have lost their right to privacy as a result.