Sunday, November 27, 2005

Major Increase In Surveillance of Innocent People

The evolution of the National Security State is proceeding apace with the enhancement of the powers of the Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA).

CIFA is a Pentagon intelligence agency which will now be permitted to "investigate crimes within the United States such as treason, foreign or terrorist sabotage or even economic espionage."

According to an article by Walter Pincus in today's Washington Post:

"We are deputizing the military to spy on law-abiding Americans in America. This is a huge leap without even a [congressional] hearing," Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said in a recent interview.

This whole expansion of government spying is a by-product of the "chickenshit nation" syndrome arising from the trauma felt by many from 9-11. The powers that be have encouraged the psychological dependence of the fearful population to further their nefarious agenda.

Kate Martin, director of the Center for National Security Studies, said the data-sharing amendment would still give the Pentagon much greater access to the FBI's massive collection of data, including information on citizens not connected to terrorism or espionage.

The measure, she said, "removes one of the few existing privacy protections against the creation of secret dossiers on Americans by government intelligence agencies." She said the Pentagon's "intelligence agencies are quietly expanding their domestic presence without any public debate."

" Among domestic targets listed are people in the United States who it "is reasonably believed threaten the physical security of Defense Department employees, installations, operations or official visitors."

The security enthusiasts are making use of technical talismans to ward off "evil":

One CIFA activity, threat assessments, involves using "leading edge information technologies and data harvesting," according to a February 2004 Pentagon budget document. This involves "exploiting commercial data" with the help of outside contractors.

For CIFA, counterintelligence involves not just collecting data but also "conducting activities to protect DoD and the nation against espionage, other intelligence activities, sabotage, assassinations, and terrorist activities," its brochure states.

The Bush administration is taking sinister advantage of a nation still quietly shitting itself.

2 Comments:

Blogger stonefruit said...

I used to be paranoid about surveillance and worse but now I think what we are all doing is each in its small way critical to stopping the profoundly anti-planet, anti-future, anti-human agenda of a handful of twisted psychopaths who cannot be allowed to prevail. So fuck them.

You can jail/kill a truthteller but you can't jail/kill the truth.

Just look at all of the "liberal" sites purging their "conspiracy theorists." Their new members have the same questions about 911 and other topics. You can't police the boundaries of acceptable discourse/convetional wisdom/consensual reality to please your "betters" and earn you rank in the punditocracy when the acceptable discourse/convetional wisdom/consensual reality makes no fucking sense.

PS I agree RI is the best on the internets.

11/27/2005 2:53 PM  
Blogger Effwit said...

Stonefruit:

You make some good points vis a vis the necessity of stopping the whack-jobs who are running this country.

I share your interpretation of their agenda, and I find their exploitation of the "fear of terrorism" particularly egregious.

If you have spent any time looking at my site, you can see the dim outlines of my program to subvert the active paradigm.

RI is especially valuable because it deals with (among other things) deep politics; the intersection of conspiracy theory and politics. As you know, most people can't handle that kind of thing, it scares them too much.

Always remember: Fear is failure and the forerunner of failure.

Thanks for taking the time to comment.

11/27/2005 3:40 PM  

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