|COMMENT Bob Weaver|
A New York Times article just reported that the CIA has been paying AT&T more than $10 million a year to access the telecommunications giant's phone records, all in the name of counter-terrorism.
Heidi Boghosian, author of "Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power, and Public Resistance," says the government is working with corporations to illicitly spy on virtually all of us, not just suspected terrorists.
Boghosian said, "The Obama administration has built on the worst abuses of Bush's anti-terrorism surveillance agenda, expanding and institutionalizing warrantless domestic surveillance, criminalizing certain Internet activity, and tightening government secrecy, all based on increasingly opaque interpretations of laws like the USA PATRIOT Act. Recent revelations are likely just the tip of the iceberg."
The spy machine goes back to the Reagan administration, which secretly began high-tech surveillance on American citizens.
So far, most American's don't seem to mind the government's massive intelligence machine monitoring and collecting virtually all phone calls, e-mails, Twittering, Facebooking, Internet traffic and financial transactions.
Mass media hubris of the latest Washington debacle continues to de-focus the issue.
Washington politicos have made some noise, mostly blaming others, but the gloiath spy machine goes on without checks and balances.
So far, the problem has been the traitorous actions of bringing it to light by Edward Snowden, although it was already known.
See WARNING: THE GOLDEN AGE OF SURVEILLANCE - Homeland Snooping, America Doesn't Mind