PRISM: its grimy claws are everywhere
During these past few weeks of scandal after scandal, it seems a new debate has manifested as both left and right try to either play down or aggrandize which turpitude rates to what level. For those who read TPATH and other blogs or news sites, there is no need to go over the entire list. Suffice it to say, it is extensive. Without a shred of doubt, this usurper in the White House, has proved to be worse than we could have imagined more than 5 years ago when we first rang the warning bells.
A very frightening realization has reared its hideous head. It is more than possible and actually quite probable that all the scandals, all the trouble from Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the IRS, the AP, Supreme Court rulings and so many more critical issues that are destroying our country and its culture, have all spawned from one malicious transgressive program under the control of one malicious transgressive man.
And that program is? The massive data base and data collection system known as PRISM.
PRISM is in the wrong hands!
Many people may think this data mining by our government is essential for the security and safety of our country and would only be dangerous if it fell into the wrong hands. In case you missed it, it has.
Obama has used this program for evil. And not to stop the evil, murderous madness of the Muslims, but he has used it as a tool to control his friends and extort his political enemies.
Every American and every aspect of his civil rights are not just in peril of being subverted. They have been. This data gathering monstrosity is so extensive, so encompassing and so invasive, no citizen, no politician, no Military leader and no judge or justice has been immune from it.
Every person who has ever lived has something in their past they are not proud of. Perhaps he made some mistake or some unfortunate decision. There may be information on him that could destroy a long and hard earned reputation, or ruin a relationship or even a marriage or have had cause and effect on his profession, business or political career.
Before going any further it might be a good idea to explain, for those who may not fully understand, the power and the capability this PRISM system has and just how dangerous it is to have it under the control of this man.
For years now this system has been gathering data from every aspect of human communication. Every aspect. It began under Clinton where it was called Echelon and continued with Bush as part of the Patriot Act. As the names changed the gathering capability and the data storing and organizing structure grew to proportions unimaginable just 10 years ago.
How PRISM works
Data, your personal information, is gathered and stored in an almost random fashion and is much too extensive for any one person or even large groups to review. That’s why they deceptively tell you they aren’t reading your emails or listening to your calls. But this is the insidious part. These data bases are built and then linked to allow for “queries” based on algorithms or strings of information or requests. This powerful network of main frame computers can almost instantly search, compile and then create additional queries with just a few keystrokes.
- Suppose there was a Supreme Court Justice who was about to rule on, oh let’s say a massively intrusive and unconstitutional health care bill.
- Or may we imagine a high ranking general was about to dispute an official administration lie?
- Or maybe a Republican Senator is needed to support an illegal immigration amnesty bill.
- Or a government employee in Hawaii may be needed to obscure then verify a birth certificate.
- Or a Social Security honcho might be needed to close the e-verify system to certain searches.
- Or perhaps a University Dean may be required to provide a record showing a certain truant student graduated.
- Or there may be a need to contact someone who could see to it that a particular passport disappears.
- Or perhaps a judge in an eligibility lawsuit may need to be reminded of a few personal deficiencies.
- Or another or maybe the same Senator just might be needed to support arming terrorists in Syria.
- Or the same or another Supreme Court justice might need to be persuaded that voter ID laws are a bad thing.
As you can see, the queries are endless and the output can be amazing and informative. And then, miraculously, every desire of this administration is met, without a peep. And this, with just a few keystrokes entered into a harmless little data base that no one reads. How nice.
As for the many, who over and over again, have asked, “How does this guy get away with this stuff?”
The answer is PRISM.
One of the many and oh so numerous fears for many conservatives concerning the fraudulent re-election of this Marxist was the dread of a conservative on the Supreme Court being replaced by yet another liberal. This of course would be disastrous.
But Obama was not concerned. He didn’t need a retirement to impose his leftist agenda. He has PRISM.
There was a rally in Washington DC June 19th, no doubt the main issue that was “Audit the IRS”, is an important one. TPATH thinks the slogan and demand should be to defund the IRS and fire every last one of them.
But the most important issue now, one that will continue to allow tyrannical governments to dominate the people, is this data base and gathering system.
It needs to be shut down, now! and the data needs to be deleted, now!
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Jeremiah Laments liked this on Facebook.
“It needs to be shut down, now! and the data needs to be deleted, now!”
Not going to happen, and here’s why:
Obama doesn’t own PRISM. The NSA doesn’t own PRISM. Even the USA doesn’t own PRISM. Like ECHELON before it, it’s a joint operation between the NSA, SIS and ASIS. SIS and ASIS are not going to meekly stop listening and delete all their data on the whim of a blog, the TEA Party or even a hypothetical Republican POTUS. They’d simply wave bye-bye to their American colleagues, launch another couple of satellites to make up for the lost feed from NSA listening stations and PRISM would keep right on running. And within weeks the USA would be back, asking for access to the take and offering the use of its stations again.
“This powerful network of main frame computers can almost instantly search, compile and then create additional queries with just a few keystrokes.”
Yes it can. That’s what databases do. Do you want the world’s intelligence agencies to go back to cabinets full of 3×5″ index cards? Yeah, that’s REALLY going to give us an edge against internet-enabled terrorism, isn’t it?
PRISM is an essential tool in the fight against islamist terrorism. It’s far too valuable to get shut down because of silly paranoia like this.
Or maybe… maybe… they need a “Tea Party activist” to post something so demented, it will make the entire Tea Party movement look complete bonkers!
Do you like the idea of the government listening to YOUR telephone conversations, or reading YOUR e-mail?
Or do you think you’re immune because you’re allied with the government?
Remember what Jack Kennedy said about people who ride tigers.
“Many people may think this data mining by our government is essential for the security and safety of our country and would only be dangerous if it fell into the wrong hands. In case you missed it, it has.”
Exactly whose hands do you think this information _would_ be safe in?
If you read the article a bit more carefully than you seem to have done, you’ll understand the author doesn’t think it’s safe in anyone’s hands.
“If you read the article a bit more carefully than you seem to have done, you’ll understand the author doesn’t think it’s safe in anyone’s hands.”
Thanks for being condescending, but if he meant to espouse that position, it’s not in the text of the article. In fact, the next sentence is “Obama has used this program for evil,” implying it has the capability to be used for good if used properly, which is apparently to “stop the evil, murderous madness of the Muslims.”
So again, who exactly should have this power?
Read it all the way through. In the last sentence, the author recommends shutting it down completely.
“Read it all the way through. In the last sentence, the author recommends shutting it down completely.”
I did read the whole article. That last bit isn’t at odds with my interpretation of his position (i.e. “I don’t like who is running this operation, so it should be shut down”). After all, he spends most of the article railing against Obama specifically.
Wrong. If he had said, “I don’t like who’s running the operation, so let’s change the man at the top,” that would be in accord with your interpretation. But he said: shut it down and throw away the data. And then you couldn’t start it up again if you wanted to.
“Do you like the idea of the government listening to YOUR telephone conversations, or reading YOUR e-mail?”
That’s not really relevant, because that’s not what’s happening. Communications are automatically filtered for keywords. Each of these keywords is assigned a coded value. Think of it as a numerical value; it’s easier. Each message has a total score based on the keywords in it; if it contains too many, or certain keywords in certain combinations, it gets recorded and run through an expert system for analysis. If it still exceeds the threshold score it gets flagged and sent to a human analyst.
It’s a good system. It works. And unless you plan to revert international communications to operator-controlled switchboards and snail mail, we would be utterly screwed without it.
It is happening. The government is listening to telephone conversations and reading e-mails. If it s capable of such, then it is doing such. A government that selectively applies the tax laws, shows by so acting that it has no compunctions about lying to its citizens. Or should I now say subjects? For that is what Americans have allowed themselves to become.
“In the last sentence, the author recommends shutting it down completely.”
Good for him. If he’s really lucky he’ll get a nice letter that says this:
“Dear Mr Kehoe,
Shutting down PRISM is not something that’s in the power of the US government. It’s not going to happen, and nor should it. The NSA is only one of the three agencies that runs the system, and the other two aren’t even slightly interested in what the US religious right thinks.
Well, we’ll see what Mr. Kehoe and my other contributors think of that one. If it is now your position that the United States of America is no longer a sovereign nation, then someone, somewhere, is manifestly guilty of treason against the United States. And if it is further your position that those two other agencies will continue to spy on United States citizens, then you have just declared war in their names.
Have. A. Care.
I weigh my words with the same exquisite care with which a nuclear weaponist weighs weapons-grade plutonium.
And any commmenter who fails to weigh his own words by that standard, deserves whatsoever he might receive in reply.
“If it is now your position that the United States of America is no longer a sovereign nation”
Uh no, that’s not my position at all. What I’m saying is that the USA is one partner in an intelligence operation running at a level known as AUSCANUKUS – Australiasia, Canada, UK and USA. In this particular operation three of the partners – NSA, SIS and ASIS – are doing the lion’s share of the work. The USA certainly is a sovereign nation; you can withdraw from the operation any time you like. But it won’t stop. SIS and ASIS will continue it.
“And if it is further your position that those two other agencies will continue to spy on United States citizens, then you have just declared war in their names.”
Oh bollocks. The USA spies on other countries’ nationals, doesn’t it? Is THAT a declaration of war? No, I don’t think it is actually. Your country isn’t special, Terry. The same rules apply to you as to everyone else.
BND, SIS and ASIS spy on American citizens. CIA and NSA spy on British, Australian and German citizens. Nobody cares. Frankly, as far as I’m concerned, if any US citizen has attracted the attention of SIS to the extent that they’re monitoring him it’s likely he deserves the tragic car accident that’s part of his immediate future.
“Well, we’ll see what Mr. Kehoe and my other contributors think of that one.”
I couldn’t care less. I don’t see why my country of birth should lower its defences just to assuage the paranoid fantasies of Mr Kehoe.
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