– Top NSA Officials: U.S. Has Turned Into Stasi Germany or Soviet Union (Washington’s Blog, June 30, 2014):
What the Heck Happened to America?
Senior NSA executive Thomas Drake is an expert on spying in Stasi Germany … having studied it for years.
Drake told Washington’s Blog that the U.S. has adopted the Stasi model:
“Collect it all, know it all” [the NSA’s model] is actually the Stasi model. It’s not just know everything; we have to be able to keep everything that we want to know, even if we don’t know it yet.
It’s a collect it all first mentality … and then we’ll get to know it all. I call it “feeding the beast”.
I keep shuddering because I’m intimately familiar with the East German surveillance state mentality.
A lieutenant colonel for the Stasi East German’s – based upon his experience – agrees. And German Chancellor Angela Merkel – who grew up in Stasi Germany – says the NSA is exactly the same. Top American constitutional experts also say that the Obama and Bush administration are worse than the Stasi East Germans.
Senior NSA official Bill Binney – the senior technical director within the agency who headed NSA’s global digital data gathering program and managed thousands of NSA employees – is an expert on Soviet spying.
Binney spent decades studying – and trying to counter – the repressive Soviet program of mass surveillance.
Binney says that – after 9/11 – America implemented the same type of system used by the Soviets and other authoritarian regimes:
You’ve got the NSA doing all this collecting of material on all of its citizens – that’s what the SS, the Gestapo, the Stasi, the KGB, and the NKVD did.
Postscript: Unfortunately, it’s not just spying …
In the decade after 9/11, the U.S. used specialized communist torture techniques specifically aimed at extracting false confessions.
Under Obama, whistleblowers and dissidents are treated as ruthlessly as in the Soviet Union.
When bad government policy leads to bad results, the U.S. government does what the Soviets did: manipulate the data.
The Soviets had Pravda … similarly, propaganda is now being used within the U.S. The U.S. government pumps out massive amounts of propaganda through the mainstream and “gatekeeper” alternative media, movies, video games, and other venues.
And the American economy has gone from capitalism to socialism … at least for the fatcats.
What the heck happened to American ideals?