by Justin Raimondo
August 12, 2013
Antiwar.com

In its response to Edward Snowden’s revelations about the nature and extent of NSA spying on Americans, the Obama administration has by this time gone through all the stages of grief: denial, reluctant acknowledgment, and – finally – acceptance of the reality that the jig is up.

Initially, we were told that this is really not anything new, and that we should all just move along. When that didn’t work, we were told that, yes, these programs are potentially intrusive, but we needn’t worry – since it’s all “legal,” our government is on the job, and “oversight” of the process is firmly in place. When this was exposed by Glenn Greenwald and the Guardian team as a palpable falsehood, the President himself went out to sell the Kool-Aid, assuring us that, although he is satisfied the NSA isn’t doing anything untoward, he understands why someone would assume so – and vaguely promised to put “reforms” in place.

To recap: whenever government officials have tried to reassure the public everything is right with the Fourth Amendment, claiming critics are simply exaggerating, they have been shown to be liars.

Their campaign of deception is underscored by recent revelations about the NSA funneling “intelligence” gathered from spying on Americans to two of the federal government’s most repressive agencies: the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Methinks there are some other NSA whistleblowers who haven’t “come out,” so to speak, or else Greenwald and the Guardian are generously sharing material given to them by Snowden with other news outlets, because Reuters came out with the DEA-NSA connection, citing documents which show:

“A secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans.

“Although these cases rarely involve national security issues, documents reviewed by Reuters show that law enforcement agents have been directed to conceal how such investigations truly begin – not only from defense lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges.”

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