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Friday, 20 September 2013 09:22

Why NSA Surveillance Will Never Foil Mass Murders

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The deputy director of the National Security Agency (NSA) must be a magician; in August, he made 53 planned but foiled terrorist attacks disappear.

In July, NSA director Keith Alexander claimed that the wholesale surveillance of American electronic communications had “disrupted” 54 terrorist plots. Later, in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Alexander’s deputy, John Inglis, admitted that in reality only one such “plot” was thwarted thanks to the bulk collection of phone records.

Given their pathological habit of lying — even under oath — it is impossible to know how many, if any, planned attacks on the United States have been avoided. We do know, however, that at least two mass killings described by the Obama administration or its mouthpieces as “domestic terrorism” have happened despite its assertion that the surveillance in keeping us safer.

The first of these atrocities was the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three and injured at least 260 others on April 15, 2013.

The latest such massacre occurred just days ago when decorated former Navy electrician Aaron Alexis killed 12 people and injured three others at an attack at the Washington Navy Yard in the nation’s capitol.

Today, despite promises that we have given up our fundamental liberties in exchange for security, there are 15 people dead, many more injured, and scores of families who must feel as if their sacred freedom was sacrificed in vain.

Did the federal government fail to prevent these tragedies because the NSA and other agencies were monitoring the wrong people? No. These evildoers slipped through the cracks of the surveillance because the federal government is watching everybody, and therefore the individual, legitimately dangerous cases, are going unnoticed.

Rather than devote its immeasurable resources to monitoring those with demonstrably threatening behavior giving rise to actionable “probable cause” as mandated by the Fourth Amendment, the NSA watches everybody — including millions who go about their lives giving no reasonable doubt as to their innocence.

Paradoxically, the president and his congressional claque point to these acts of “homegrown terrorism” as pretexts for the expansion of the surveillance and the corresponding contraction of civil liberty.

Then, again, perhaps it is no paradox; perhaps the president’s push to collect every movement — virtual and real — under the never-blinking gaze of the federal government has nothing to do with safety at all. 

Could it be that selling the necessity of the surveillance state and the accompanying loss of liberty is made proportionately easier as the number of “national tragedies” multiplies along with the number of victims?

After each of them, President Obama addresses the nation promising to bring the perpetrator to justice or to conduct a thorough investigation into how such an unthinkable act happened.

It is unlikely that any investigation, no matter how thorough, will ever discern how evil gets into the heart of man. The federal government is powerful, but it is not powerful enough to unravel the mysterious thoughts that cause a person to snap and commit cold-blooded murder.

What’s within everybody’s capacity to appreciate, however, is that despite secretly monitoring the blameless behavior of millions of Americans, the NSA has used none of this information to truly make this country safer, when that very thing was purportedly within its power.

In the wake of these unconscionable massacres, there may yet be found something good. Perhaps the federal government’s failure to prevent these acts — whether purposeful or negligent — should be enough to convince a majority of Americans to stop buying the “liberty is the only currency that can be traded for safety” lie being told by so many of our elected leaders.

In the meantime, the government goes on abridging the freedom of speech, prohibiting the free exercise of religion, infringing on the right to keep and bear arms, taking private property and enacting thousands of regulations restricting the legal use of it, forcing Americans to purchase health insurance policies and then exempting themselves from that law’s economic ravages, all the while compounding the tyranny by breaking the back of the middle class with a crushing tax and debt burden that can never be repaid. 

The answer to the constant assault on our constitutionally protected liberties is found in the Constitution itself. The 10th Amendment reserves to the states and to the people all powers not explicitly granted to the federal government. When state legislators begin en masse to appreciate the leverage this provision gives them, then states will once again be the bulwarks of liberty our Founding Fathers intended them to be. And, after the pendulum of power begins to sway back toward the people and the states, the federal government will find that the excuses for the exchange of invaluable liberty for illusory security no longer work.

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Joe A. Wolverton, II, J.D. is a correspondent for The New American and travels frequently nationwide speaking on topics of nullification, the NDAA, and the surveillance state. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3 comments

  • Comment Link rprew Friday, 20 September 2013 21:04 posted by rprew

    @James Smith. I guess when you have nothing to say you need to say it three times so that the truth which you refuse to accept can be hidden from others. Therefore, I will repeat truth so that others may see. Are you really so trite and full of hate that you will pull the same childish stunt again?

    The original post which you do not want others to read is as follows:
    "It is unlikely that any investigation, no matter how thorough, will ever discern how evil gets into the heart of man."

    I have to disagreed. After a very short bit of research, this is what I have found:
    Romans 5:12 (KJV)
    12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:


    Romans 3:23 (KJV)
    23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

    Romans 3:10-18 (KJV)
    10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
    11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
    12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
    13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
    14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
    15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:
    16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:
    17 And the way of peace have they not known:
    18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.

    Jeremiah 17:9 (KJV)
    9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

    Isaiah 64:6 (KJV)
    6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

    Psalm 51:5 (KJV)
    5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

    Matthew 15:19 (KJV)
    19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

    Mark 7:21 (KJV)
    21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

    Summing it all up, because of sin, evil is born into the heart of man. We all have murderous hearts, but these tendencies have always had certain restraints. As we continually shift away from God, His teachings, absolute moral standards, and a graying of the lines between good and bad, we can see these tendencies acted upon more frequently. We can see this trend repeated when we study history and the ebb and flow of various civilizations

    Matthew 15:14b (KJV)
    14 And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

    This last quote is precisely why the NSA will never be able to foil a mass murderer.

  • Comment Link James Smith Friday, 20 September 2013 18:12 posted by James Smith

    @rpew When I see someone trying to justify their opinion with biblical quotes, I know that all rational discourse is impossible.

    If you base your thinking upon a collection of badly translated, poorly written collection of myths and lies, you have clearly discarded facts and logical reasoning in favor of unfounded beliefs and impossibilities.

  • Comment Link rprew Friday, 20 September 2013 17:39 posted by rprew

    "It is unlikely that any investigation, no matter how thorough, will ever discern how evil gets into the heart of man."

    I have to disagreed. After a very short bit of research, this is what I have found:
    Romans 5:12 (KJV)
    12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:


    Romans 3:23 (KJV)
    23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

    Romans 3:10-18 (KJV)
    10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
    11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
    12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
    13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
    14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
    15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:
    16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:
    17 And the way of peace have they not known:
    18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.

    Jeremiah 17:9 (KJV)
    9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

    Isaiah 64:6 (KJV)
    6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

    Psalm 51:5 (KJV)
    5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

    Matthew 15:19 (KJV)
    19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

    Mark 7:21 (KJV)
    21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

    Summing it all up, because of sin, evil is born into the heart of man. We all have murderous hearts, but these tendencies have always had certain restraints. As we continually shift away from God, His teachings, absolute moral standards, and a graying of the lines between good and bad, we can see these tendencies acted upon more frequently. We can see this trend repeated when we study history and the ebb and flow of various civilizations

    Matthew 15:14b (KJV)
    14 And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

    This last quote is precisely why the NSA will never be able to foil a mass murderer.

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