Amy Goodman: Cointelpro, Fisa, and the Patriot Act

In a way it’s too bad Amy chose The Speech’s 50th anniversary to present this piece. Such timing tempts the writer of such a piece to focus on Hoover’s stalking of Dr. King. That stalking was very important, but it takes attention away from the well-established fact that Hoover was stalking EVERYONE of any significant power in the U.S. government — executive, judicial and legislative, getting as much dirt as possible on all of them so as to control them. He was an acknowledged master of the trade. This is not a trivial point, given the rest of Amy’s article. Earlier NSA whistleblower Russell Tice points out that years ago he had has hands on the paperwork authorizing analogous NSA surveillance of powerful people — Barack Obama (a Senator at the time), Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Colin Powell, the military top brass, the heads and members of influential committees (military, intelligence, appropriations and others), and endless other government/military people. There is absolutely no reason for such broad surveillance except for the purpose of blackmail, which is why the NSA’s Director, Gen. Keith Alexander, could arguably be considered the most powerful man in the world at this point. This is directly relevant to Amy’s point that the Amash/Conyers amendment to limit the NSA was defeated by “hawkish members of the congressional intelligence committees.” In actuality, Nancy Pelosi was identified as the principal collarer of Democrats who would have supported it into the opposition camp. She later made some vague statement about how this topic is an important one for further dialogue, but the question sits before us: what does Gen. Alexander have on her? And, given the President’s often perplexing behavior at variance to what one might have thought his principles were, what does the general have on him? _______________________________________________ HCCN mailing list

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