A reader suggested I post the links to some of the stories that were known long before Snowden said anything about PRISM. Now, while these stories do not reveal the name of the operation (i.e. PRISM), they do make it clear that it was well known that the U.S. Intelligence Agencies have been conducting domestic spying for many years. It was also known that this spying was on the majority of the American public, and that a great deal of it was being done without any warrant or real oversight. What’s more, those who have been paying attention also know that this spying has not been limited to federal intelligence agencies, but extends to federal bureaucratic and regulatory agencies, State law enforcement and even local authorities. What we should learn from this is that, because we, THE PEOPLE, refused to defend our rights, government at all levels has assumed they have the authority to spy on us and collect massive amounts of data for their databases. When viewed through the proper lens of a free and self-governing society, that this is happening is actually our fault and not that of an out of control and tyrannical government. Tyrants will naturally do what tyrants do if no one bothers to stand up to and stop them.
This post has a critical link in it showing a timeline of NSA spying – including the exploitation of your XBox:
And this post lists just a few of the other links I have collected related to this issue:
This is an important issue because, left unchecked, it provides anyone who would use it for the purpose of exploitation, coercion and political control with EVERYTHING they need to track, silence and/or destroy their enemies – as Obama has so clearly demonstrated he can and will do (i.e. IRS, reporteragte, etc). We now live in a world that – for all practical purposes – is the love child of “1984” and “Brave New World.” Whatever “freedom” you think you have is as much an illusion as the life people live in “The Matrix.”