It was just a little comment in a much bigger story that led me to connect two dots into a very crooked line.
Writing about President Obama’s expansion of Bush’s programs to spy on Americans within the USA without a search warrant the New York Times writes, “the issue appears focused in part on technical problems in the N.S.A.’s ability at times to distinguish between communications inside the United States and those overseas as it uses its access to American telecommunications companies’ fiber-optic lines and its own spy satellites to intercept millions of calls and e-mail messages.”
Spy satellites? Oh, that brings me back, way back to the summer of 2007, when it was revealed that Bush’s spy chief Michael McConnell announced that military spy satellites designed to counter the Soviet Union would now be used to watch Americans within the borders of their own country, and that the information from those satellites could be accessed by local law enforcement officials. The upshot was that Sheriff Cooter on down the block might have access to satellites looking down on your back yard. What’s more, your hometown super snoops wouldn’t need a search warrant to get a nice overhead view of your street.
Now I’m reading that President Barack Obama is still using these spy satellites as part of its massive electronic spying dragnet, the Total Information Awareness system, with information about your phone calls, emails, web surfing, credit card use and more matched up with spy satellite images. It struck me that we’ve never heard any announcement from the Obama Administration that it was cancelling Michael McConnell’s program of satellite spying against Americans. It shouldn’t have come to me as a surprise, but dumb old me, with the echoes of Yes We Can still ringing in my ears, I was surprised.
These spy satellites were intended to spy against the Communist USSR. Now, under Barack Obama, they’re pointed at the USA. Apparently, President Obama thinks that we the people of the United States are a secret sleeper cell left over from a 20th Communist plot?
These are military satellites, and now they’re being used against American civilians. That’s as good a sign as I could imagine that Yes We Can was never intended to apply to anyone but the powerful.