Invasion of Privacy: The Secret War Against Free-Thinkers

Written and Narrated by Ethan Hay

The USA PATRIOT (1) Act. Officially called the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism. This act was written just after the tragic 9/11 attack that was orchestrated by the Islamic terrorist organization, al-Qaeda. The Act passed the House of Representatives (2) by a vote of 357-66 with 9 not voting. The Senate (3) approved it in a vote of 98-1, with one member not voting. President George W. Bush (4) signed the bill into law on October 26th, 2001. It’s express purpose, according to the office of the Director of National Intelligence (5) and the language of the act itself, is to ‘deter and punish terrorist acts in the United States and around the world.’ One of the key aspects in the PATRIOT act is authorizing enhancing surveillance procedures so as to prevent terrorist events from occurring. 

The question that has to be asked is, who qualifies as a terrorist threat and can be subjected to federal government surveillance? If you ask the Internal Revenue Service, and Lois Lerner, (6) conservative political organizations should be under surveillance. The current mood of the democratic party bigwigs, or Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, is that anyone who attended the January 6th, 2021, Stop the Steal rally in support of President Trump should be investigated. Which is precisely why a house select committee (7) has been approved in the House of Representatives. But a previously unknown National Security Agency sub-contractee by the name of Edward Snowden (8) argues that all American citizens are being surveilled by the unchecked administrative branch of the federal government. He backed this claim up by releasing, according to the NSA’s Director Keith Alexander, anywhere from fifty thousand to two-hundred thousand documents. (9) He released these files to journalists like Glenn Greenwald. 

Which is where Tucker Carlson comes in. Tucker Carlson (10) is a Fox News political commentator, journalist, co-founder of the Daily Caller, and host of the most highly watched cable news show in America, Tucker Carlson Tonight. (11) He has also claimed that he is the victim of a spying NSA (12), that wants desperately for him to be taken off the air, and are reading his emails. (13) Fox News, his employer, has remained largely quiet throughout this whole affair. The NSA issued a statement on their twitter (14) account flat out denying the claim, saying that the agency has never ‘had any plans to take his program off the air,’ and that Carlson has never been an ‘intelligence target.’ Notice how the agency is not denying Carlson’s claims of surveillance. Furthermore, the NSA, FBI, CIA, the intelligence community, and the federal government have a habit of denying these types of claims, only for the claims to then be proven true. For instance, the FBI spied on the Trump 2016 presidential campaign due to claims that there was collusion (15) between the campaign and Russia. These claims were disproved through the anti-Trump Mueller report, (16) so much so that Robert Mueller could not even recommend prosecution against then President Trump. What is being done regarding Carlson’s case? Florida’s US Representative Matt Gaetz, (17) himself the victim of a smear campaign by the media, has called for an investigation. 

The Pravda mainstream media has lapped up what the NSA has said like a true believer. Media outlets, such as the Washington Post, (18) are saying that Tucker is losing credibility due to his claim. Vox has said that his claims are ‘dubious’ (19). Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, we no longer have a free press that seeks to provide information and knowledge so as to help the common men and women make their own decisions based on fact. Rather, news/media has become based on personality, rather than fact. Ironically, Carlson is himself a personality, but at least he dares to question the established norms that the mainstream media lays out. We must do the same. At least until they try to do to him and us, what they did to John McAfee. (20) We can never stop speaking out.

Sources:

  1. https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/PLAW-107publ56/html/PLAW-107publ56.htm
  2. https://clerk.house.gov/evs/2001/roll398.xml
  3. https://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=107&session=1&vote=00313
  4. https://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2001/10/images/20011026-5.html
  5. https://www.dni.gov/index.php/who-we-are/organizations/ise/ise-archive/ise-additional-resources/2116-usa-patriot-act
  6. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/irs-admits-targeting-conservatives-for-tax-scrutiny-in-2012-election/2013/05/10/3b6a0ada-b987-11e2-92f3-f291801936b8_story.html
  7. https://www.npr.org/2021/06/30/1011415934/the-house-will-vote-on-a-select-committee-to-investigate-the-jan-6-riot
  8. https://www.vanityfair.com/news/politics/2014/05/edward-snowden-politics-interview
  9. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-security-nsa/nsa-chief-says-snowden-leaked-up-to-200000-secret-documents-idUSBRE9AD19B20131114
  10. https://www.foxnews.com/person/c/tucker-carlson
  11. https://www.forbes.com/sites/markjoyella/2021/04/27/tucker-carlson-leads-fox-news-to-big-win-in-april-prime-time-ratings/?sh=16bef4f96cb2
  12. https://www.boisestatepublicradio.org/2021-06-30/tucker-carlson-says-the-nsa-wants-him-off-the-air-does-fox-news-believe-it
  13. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfB_QNtNgTQ
  14. https://twitter.com/NSAGov/status/1410025399032193027?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1410025399032193027%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.businessinsider.com%2Ftucker-carlson-still-claims-nsa-spying-despite-denial-2021-6
  15. https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/509002-more-willful-blindness-by-the-media-on-spying-by-obama-administration
  16. https://www.justice.gov/archives/sco/file/1373816/download
  17. https://news.yahoo.com/matt-gaetz-calls-inspector-general-161600123.html
  18. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/06/30/tucker-carlson-is-credibility-battle-with-nsa-so-far-hes-losing/
  19. https://www.vox.com/2021/7/1/22557453/tucker-carlson-nsa-emails-spying
  20. https://www.reuters.com/world/autopsy-shows-john-mcafee-committed-suicide-spanish-prison-cell-el-pais-says-2021-06-28/
  21. https://media.nbcboston.com/2019/09/cARLSON3.jpg?fit=1200%2C675
  22. https://img.thedailybeast.com/image/upload/c_crop,d_placeholder_euli9k,h_1439,w_2560,x_0,y_0/dpr_1.5/c_limit,w_1044/fl_lossy,q_auto/v1492181024/articles/2015/05/28/the-patriot-act-may-be-dead-for-good/150528-harris-patriot-act-tease_ph3nro