Thursday an NSA source informed the world of a primary and egregious lie by President Obama about the information collected by the program called PRISM. Obama’s ‘Spygate’ will force the end of the NSA operation, and end the invasion of privacy by our elected officials.
Obama claimed that the collection of information was only related to terrorist threats. An informant working for the NSA admitted that it is impossible to collect data from foreigners without first retrieving it from U.S. citizens.
A senior official of the NSA confirmed the information leaked by Edward Snowden. The process was anonymously given to the New York Times.
According to Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) regulations from 2008, “the NSA is only allowed to track communication between foreign suspects, or a foreigner and an American, without a warrant. Collecting data exchanged between US citizens that way is illegal.”
The informant says it is impossible to filter out the needed information without accessing records of U.S. citizens. And the gathering of information from ‘non-suspect’ citizens is unlawful.
The source said the amount of time data can be stored is limited, the same claim made by Snowden. The time appears to be limited to three days.
However, the NSA insider said that some of the information gathered ‘inadvertently’ escapes the filtering mechanism and is stored for lengthy periods of time. The source claims this ‘over-collection’ is reported, and eventually modified to be more specific in its retrieval.
In response to the revelations, NSA spokesperson Judith A. Emmel told The Times that the agency “collects only what it is explicitly authorized to collect,” and that its targets are “foreign powers and their agents, foreign organizations, foreign persons or international terrorists.”
Earlier this week, the President defended the program on the ‘Tonight Show.’
“We don’t have a domestic spying program. What we do have are some mechanisms where we can track a phone number or an email address that we know is connected to some sort of terrorist threat,” the President said.
What the President claims is based on semantics. Much as former President Bill Clinton stated ‘what the definition of is, is.’
The information gathered through the PRISM program is more extensive than the government is willing to admit.
The fourth amendment has been ignored, and the privacy of individual citizens has been, and continues to be violated.
Washington’s anger and attacks on whistleblower Edward Snowden are no more than a cover-up for the fact that they have been exposed.
“Spygate” will end the NSA program and the invasion of privacy by our government. It may portend the end of an administration.