Court Rules NSA’s Bulk Phone Data Collection Was Illegal

A National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program has been ruled unlawful, seven years after it was exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

How much power do agencies like the NSA have when they can basically do anything they want to American and other citizens, in completely secrecy, and justify it for "national security" reasons? What Happened: A United States federal appeals court recently determined that the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program that collected data on its own citizens was unconstitutional and illegal. This is great news, but it’s important to mention that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and others before him like William Binney also revealed that the NSA was not only collecting data on American citizens, but citizens around the world in multiple countries. As The Hill reports, “A three judge panel on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the program, which was revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden and officially ended in 2015, violated U.S. surveillance laws and potentially the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution...Snowden, who was cited repeatedly in the court’s decision, revealed the surveillance program’s existence just months after their trial in 2013. Under the program, the NSA collects and analyzes bulk data provided by telecommunications companies.” --> Help Support CE: Bcome a member of CETV and get access to exclusive news and courses to help empower you to become an effective changemaker. Also, help us beat censorship! Click here to join. It’s hard to believe that the program officially ended, and it’s safe to assume, in my opinion, that this type of mass surveillance and data collection continues till this day and operates in extreme secrecy just as it did before. Agencies like the NSA have a tremendous amount of power and have always been “above the law’ in many regards. It’s not just data collection we should be concerned about, but mass surveillance using a variety of high tech techniques that utilize a number of gadgets that all of us have in our homes. Senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, Patrick Toomey, applauded the ruling for condemning the bulk collection program, and stated the following: “Today’s ruling is a victory for our privacy rights...The ruling makes plain that the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records violated the Constitution.

The decision also recognizes that when the government seeks to prosecute a person, it must give notice of the secret surveillance it used to gather its evidence. This protection is a vital one given the proliferation of novel spying tools the government uses today.” Why This Is Important: Over the years here at Collective Evolution, we’ve looked a lot into the ‘war on terror’ and events like 9/11.

These events have always been used to heighten the national security state, and to justify such surveillance programs like the ones the NSA uses. It has been, apparently, for the purposes of our protection and safety. This narrative falls to pieces with the testimony and information that’s been leaked by Edward Snowden, and many others before him, showing that what the NSA was doing did not protect us at all, and was not even for the the purposes of our protection but, as NSA whistleblower William Binney said, for “total population control.” Snowden also recently shared his opinion that governments are also using the novel coronavirus to exercise more control over the the population. “At least 80% of fibre optic cables globally go via the US, this is no accident and allows the US to view all communication coming in. At least 80% of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US.

The NSA lies about what it stores.

The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control.” – Binney Julian Assange and Wikileaks are another organization that exposed the connections between western intelligence agencies and their manufacturing, creating, training and arming of ‘terrorist’ organizations like Al-Qaeda and ISIS. We have to ask ourselves, are the same group of powerful people creating problems,and then proposing the solution and presenting themselves as the ‘saviour?’ What’s really going on here? This is why there is so much controversy and confusion when it comes to ‘terror’ attacks, like the chemical weapons attacks in Syria, that occurred a few years ago, for example. Are measures constantly being taken against the population under the guise of good will? A couple of relevant quotes come to mind here, ones that I’ve used in many of my articles before.

The statesman will invent cheap lies, putting the blame on the nation that is attacked. And every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself the war is just, and will thank god for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self deception” – Mark Twain.

The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits & opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. Our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we’ve never heard of – Edward Bernays (Propaganda 1928) The Takeaway: Prior to the Edward Snowden leaks, despite large amounts of proof and evidence, the idea that governments and government agencies were spying and collecting data on all their citizens, as well as citizens in other countries was considered a “conspiracy theory.” This begs the question, why does something have to become known within the mainstream media for it to be legitimized? Does mainstream media hold this much power over the consciousness and perception of the masses? Are are thoughts, opinions and perceptions of major global events even our own? Why does so much information given out by mainstream media conflict with so much other information that’s not? What is going on here? Why does mainstream media use ridicule and terms like “conspiracy theory” in attempt to debunk anything that does not fit the frame, or the agenda that mainstream media and their partners have? Why is there a digital authoritarian Orwellian “fact-checker” going around the internet and censoring information? Collective Evolution is one of the world's fastest-growing conscious media and education companies providing news and tools to raise collective consciousness. .

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