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NSA Pictures Of You Naked Smash The Metadata Myth. Yahoo!

Apologists for the Obama Administration’s Big Brother electronic spying have spent much of the last year wagging their heads at concerns about privacy, saying that gosh, the age of privacy is just plain over, and we all need to accept that some of our private information will end up in government hands, because we need to be secure from terrorist evildoers who might be out there somewhere, planning evil things. Besides, they’ve said, the Big Brother spying systems are only collecting metadata. No cause for concern!

Today, these excuses have been smashed by the revelation that the British GCHQ teamed up with Barack Obama’s National Security Agency to infiltrate the Yahoo messaging system…

take and store millions of photographs of people who were not suspected of any crime, without a search warrant, and an estimated 3 to 11 percent of these photographs show people partially or fully naked.

That’s not metadata, folks!

Barack Obama promised that he would be transparent about NSA spying activities, but he never told us that he was having military spies take pictures of nude Americans using their webcams, and storing them on Pentagon computers for later use.

A President who won’t admit that he has been secretly helping the British snap pictures of unclothed Americans has no place in the White House. This sort of thing is not specifically mentioned in the Constitution, I know, but it’s just not at all in the spirit of 1776.

We can’t trust the Obama Administration, or any future President, with this kind of power.

The Patriot Act and the FISA Amendments Act need to be repealed, fully. Nothing short of that will protect us.

The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution of United States of America, part of our Bill of Rights, promises:

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

There is no way in hell that our government, taking pictures of millions of people, naked, without suspecting them of a crime, without a search warrant, counts as a constitutionally-permissible search and seizure.

Barack Obama ought to get on television tonight, apologize, and resign.

4 comments to NSA Pictures Of You Naked Smash The Metadata Myth. Yahoo!

  • Tor

    Did anyone actually buy that “it’s just the metadata” bullshit? And didn’t we already have confirmation earlier that they were collecting more than just metadata?

    • J Clifford

      Yes is the answer to both questions, Tor. Remember back last June, “it’s just metadata” was a line we got in response to our articles on the subject. I remember so-called liberal talj radio host Ed Schultz ripping Edward Snowden apart for daring to expose the lies of Barack Obama. Schultz kept repeating the new lie, that Big Brother Obama was only seizing metadata, which was essential for the security of the Homeland.

      The Democratic party, limp-brained voters included, will continue to pretend that this isn’t happening.

      Yes, we have long had multiple sources of information proving that much, much more than metadata is being routinely searched and seized. The secret photography of Americans, naked within the walls of their own homes, is just the most sensational piece of such proof so far.

  • Tom

    I wouldn’t mind Obama resigning, but that won’t shut off the surveillance, and whoever replaces him isn’t going to change that. It’s a rogue agency, like the CIA (only worse, if that’s even possible), and isn’t held accountable by anyone.
    Also, the first comment wasn’t from me (but I would have asked a similar question).

    The question remains, regarding the corporatocracy – what are we going to do about it? Voting clearly has no effect (except to validate their misfeasance) since all the “playas” are vetted by the two-party machine and are all sock-puppets who do what they’re told (and given “campaign contributions” – ie. legal bribes – as reward). As we’ve seen, third party options aren’t allowed. Until the private money is taken out of politics, this is what we get.

  • Mark

    It’s absolutely wrong for the government to intercept and store these photos from unsuspecting people. However, you implied that the government has hacked into Yahoo and individuals’ webcams to take photos of them. This is not the case. The photos sent via Yahoo were voluntarily uploaded by the individuals making it very easy for the government to access them. They apparently value their individual privacy less than we do. I think we can agree that they are fools, but they do not deserve to have their photos captured by any third parties (government, business, etc.).

    In this age of social media, most people couldn’t care less about their privacy until it’s been violated. They willingly allow all sorts of personal information to be collected on them, and are suddenly outraged when it comes back to hurt them. Take the security breach at Target for example.

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