"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." ~ Fourth Amendment to the Constitution
|He built it. He knows.|
Now we learn from a whistleblower that the NSA is sharing data with the IRS. The IRS, as we know, has been caught going after the administration's political opponents.
This is not funny anymore. Maybe you shouldn't be reading this post. The government has the capacity to know you're reading it, and it has the willingness to share that information with an agency that can target you with an audit.
The whistleblower is William Binney. A 30-year veteran of the intelligence community before retiring from the NSA in 2001, Binney co-founded a unit on automating NSA signals intelligence and served as technical leader for NSA intelligence before his retirement. Binney is credited with helping to modernize the NSA’s worldwide eavesdropping network.
In an interview with a New York radio station, he said:
“For example,” Binney said in response to a question on how the NSA can use data and metadata to identify potential threats, “if you started to communicate with people involved in the tea party … and [the NSA] saw you were talking to somebody who was involved in setting up 501(c)3s, then they could alert the IRS to target you if you came in with a request.”Here's how it works.
“First of all, the IRS has membership on the special operations division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, and that was specifically set up to look into the NSA data to find criminal activity,” Binney said. “See, that’s the major point: It’s not NSA that’s using the data; it’s law enforcement. … They share the results with state and local law enforcement to arrest people, and they also use it in court to convict people.”Now, if you hate the tea party, pay attention. Who will inhabit the White House next? If you really, really hate the tea party, remember that Dick Cheney was once vice president.