Except when the patriot act was put in congress had strict oversight, the spying was much more focused in scope on you know actual suspects, was not until obama took office that either the white house or the congress just skipped the whole oversight bit and let them go nuts.
Recall when anon posted that supposed fbi files with a ton of apple user meta data on it. How they blew it off as fabricated.
Snowden comes out and reveals the scope of the spying going on and documents a number of abuses due to it.
White house plays dumb.
Congress acts shocked.
Who is calling the shots in washington? who ordered all this to go on? who skipped all that pesky reporting to congress stuff, why was congress not more demanding in the first place of finding out what the hell was going on over there.
They denied everything up and down, then came out and say well its for your own good.
What a load of bs if i ever heard of it, if they were so proud of all this they would have come out and publically debated it, seems a pretty big deal mass gathering meta data on the vast majority of your citizens for their protection.
No we need a "traitor" to even bring this to light.
The amount of data they can mine out of cell phone records location data is well beyond the scope of the government powers to know where you are and a general idea of what your doing practically ever minute of your life.
Orwell would be so proud of you all saying "oh well i do not mind they promise it makes us safer."
You know what? Lately armed forces and national guard have been conducting exercises around major cities in riot control exercises, they are practicing for mass riots within our nation, or seizing control of major cities.
What a better tool to have then to have every one profiled, categorgized, know their daily habits and vices, you know what doors to knock on first if your going to impose martial law or put down riots.
Do we even recall the tapping by this white house of press laptops and phones?
If you think they are doing this stuff to make you safer, i have a bridge i want to sell you.
Now we have a nation that has 17 trillion in debt, we have a currency that is increasingly more inflated, because our debt is so large noone wants to buy it.
Not a huge deal we are printing money to cover our debt spending at the moment cept printing more money once again increases inflation and makes the currency less valuable, basic economics 101.
As we cannot move our junk debt by selling bonds, we are stuck in printing ourselves out of our debt spending.
What a nice cycle we have set up here.
One big sticking point however, we can only print ourselves out of debt because of our protected currency status, the world is increasingly fed up with our debt spending and our low value of the dollar, which will continue to get worse as time goes on, see above. China, russia,and france have championed the removal of our protected status as the world currency, and there are currently several proposals as replacements of the us dollar as the currency.
You do the math what would happen overnight in this nation if our status was removed, our economy would crash way way way worse than anything during the banking crisis or the housing bubble or the internet bubble. Our government would not be able to print its way out of debt anymore and could not even come close to affording its running costs.
Any wonder why all the war games around major cities?
And in related news, our wonderful all knowing wise president hijacked the great IT summit to sell health care and not talk about privacy concerns at all. Brilliant just brilliant.