Is Our Guardian Angel Becoming Lucifer?

“Gentlemen do not read each other’s mail,” said Secretary of State Henry Stimson of his 1929 decision to shut down “The Black Chamber” that decoded the secret messages of foreign powers.

“This means war!” said FDR, after reading the intercepted instructions from Tokyo to its diplomats the night of Dec. 6, 1941.

Roosevelt’s secretary of war? Henry Stimson.

Times change, and they change us.

The CIA was created in 1947; the National Security Agency in 1952, with its headquarters at Ft. Meade in Maryland. This writer’s late brother was stationed at Meade doing “photo interpretation” in the years the CIA’s Gary Powers, flying U-2s at 70,000 feet above Mother Russia, was providing the agency with some interesting photographs.

shutterstock_139244717This last week, through security leaks, we learned that the NSA has access to the phone records of Verizon, Sprint and AT&T. Of every call made to, from or in the U.S., NSA can determine what phone the call came from, which phone it went to, and how long the conversation lasted.

While NSA cannot recapture the contents of calls, it can use this information to select phones to tap for future recording and listening.

Through its PRISM program, the NSA can acquire access, via servers such as Apple, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft and AOL, to all emails sent, received and presumably deleted or spammed. And if the NSA can persuade a secret court that it has to know the contents of past, present or future emails, it can be accorded that right.

Our ability to intercept and read communications of foreigners and foreign governments seems almost limitless. In the Nixon years, Jack Anderson reported that we were intercepting the conversations of Kremlin leaders in their limos, and listening in on Mao Zedong and Leonid Brezhnev. Our capacity today is surely orders of magnitude greater.

Last week, we also learned that Barack Obama, by Presidential Policy Directive 20, has tasked our government to prepare for both defensive and offensive cyberwarfare to enable us to attack whatever depends on the Internet anywhere in the world.

Lately, the U.S. and Israel planted a Stuxnet worm that crippled scores of centrifuges and disabled Iran’s nuclear enrichment plant at Natanz. If we can do this in Iran, can we not do the same to nuclear plants all over the world, creating two, three, a hundred Chernobyls and Fukushimas?

Is it too much to imagine that, one day, if not already, the United States will be able to cyber-sabotage the power plants, electrical grids and communications systems of any country on earth?

With its ability to locate and listen in to terrorists, to track by satellite and kill by drone, America has acquired an extraordinary ability to protect its people and prevent and punish terrorist attacks.

But was any of this really surprising? Were we all in the dark as to what the CIA, the NSA and the Pentagon could do?

And as we think back on 9/11, of our doomed countrymen jumping to their deaths from the World Trade Center, the dead and maimed at the Boston Marathon, will not most Americans say, “Thank the Lord we have this power, and God bless the men and women who are using it to defend us”?

While this power is extraordinary, it is still not of the same magnitude as the 50,000 nuclear weapons we had 50 years ago, at the time of the Cuban missile crisis, when war could have led to scores of millions of American dead.

Nevertheless, for a people whose proud boast is that our nation was conceived in freedom, this brave new world is sobering. Our own government has the power to intercept and listen to every phone call we make, to read every email we send or receive, to track us with cameras we cannot see, and to wage secret cyberwar against enemies real or perceived without a declaration of war.

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Pat Buchanan

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Patrick Buchanan is a conservative political commentator and syndicated columnist and author of several books, including Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?.

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  • jeanne

    A lot of our thoughts are predicated on the notion that we were attacked, we have an enemy that wants to kill us and it is foreign and relentless. Instead of thinking that without question think about the implausible notion that we are here because we were staged to be here by evil elements not connected with the obvious bay guys. I know it is hard to imagine, but the true bad guys needed an event(s) to take us into massive submission in order to monitor all our movements and thoughts before they pull the rug on the world economy. They need to disarm us, pacify us, and make us subscribe to the normalcy of impurity.
    The core event was 9/11 and it is not as cut and dried as an outside attack as we all want to believe. Check out what the retired Major General has to say about it and how he came to his conclusions.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0xzsbSbVUE

  • jeanne

    A lot of our thoughts are predicated on the notion that we were attacked, we have an enemy that wants to kill us and it is foreign and relentless. Instead of thinking that without question think about the implausible notion that we are here because we were staged to be here by evil elements not connected with the obvious bay guys. I know it is hard to imagine, but the true bad guys needed an event(s) to take us into massive submission in order to monitor all our movements and thoughts before they pull the rug on the world economy. They need to disarm us, pacify us, and make us subscribe to the normalcy of impurity.
    The core event was 9/11 and it is not as cut and dried as an outside attack as we all want to believe. Check out what the retired Major General has to say about it and how he came to his conclusions.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0xzsbSbVUE

  • tommy

    I agree with jeanne, 911 was a deception of biblical proportions we cannot be cowards and not talk about it being a false flag we cant shy away from it bc its taboo humanity is on the line here this is for all the marbles , bldg 7 WAS brought down in a controlled demo its not debatable to say otherwise proves a cowardly ignorance , 911 is the escuse for our enslavement and the federal reserve bank rolls it all there is no more freedom we are living in 1984 , I just shudder to think what are future will be bc its just getting started , dollar crash guaranteed, dhs locked and loaded, mass spying not just phonrs but our own tvs and appliances spy on us, ever have sex in front of your smaet tv well some perv might be wacking off to it at nsa or laughing at it, fast, pray, and repeny thank God there is life after death

  • Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum!

    Yep, “Al Qeada” is a tool of US “new world order” elite!

  • peacebwu12

    Muslims that kill “non-believers” are not unusual, they are pious (at least according to the Koran). The US does not need to make up the concept of Al Qaida, as jihad is present in many forms already.

  • pnyikos

    Neat sarcasm. Sure, the USA bears some minor amount of indirect responsibility for 911 by exporting numerous secular and immoral ways to the rest of the world, thereby offending millions of Muslims. But to go further than this is kooky.

  • FMHJ

    Isn’t it interesting that once again mankind spares no expense to commit a great sin, following Satan’s promptings to try to be God, by trying to take for himself one of God’s attributes: to know all, see all, and hold all accountable for words and deeds. But where God is merciful, slow to anger and rich in compassion, mankind is punitive and quick to scandalize and destroy. These are evil times.

  • waiting for JC

    When my son was little I taught him how to play chess. To help him learn moves and minimize his frustration I use to make obtuse moves or ignore pieces that were in jeopardy. The same is how our government was complicite in 911. You don’t need to actually do any planning with some covert false flag event, that is too risky. All you need is to find someone that hates you (no shortage of them), simplify their goals by opening doors for them or turning a blind eye to their maneuvering. Instant chaos with nothing to implicate you.

  • Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum!

    Bingo!

  • Richard III

    “I verily think that a man buyeth Hell here with so much pain, that he might have Heaven for less than one-half.” – St. Thomas More

  • TerryC

    Leaving aside the bizarre 9-11 conspiracy theories the real point here is that the U.S. government cannot be trusted. Governments are made up of people. If they are moral trustworthy people, who in the United States, at least, believe in the Constitution and the governance of law they will not make perfect decisions nor even make the ones that some people would prefer, but they will at least do the best they can. If they are not moral people and seek to tear down the Constitution and actively seek to carry forth an immoral agenda then they will make bad things happen for American citizens, especially those who disagree with their agendas.

    The IRS scandal, Fast & Furious, the chilling of free speech through the seizing of reporters and news organization records all point to a government which is not made up of moral people who will follow the Constitution. These kinds of people will not let court findings and warrant requirements stop them from using collected information against their political enemies or regular citizens who don’t agree with them.
    These collection methods did not prevent Boston or Ft. Hood. They would not have prevented 9-11, I’m quite sure. Heck existing TSA procedures wouldn’t have prevented 9-11. Box cutters weren’t brought on board by passengers, they were smuggled on by airport workers, who can still smuggle them on under the present system. Locked cockpit doors only work if the crew is willing to let passengers be killed while they ignore demands to open the doors. The only action that has been taken that would have prevented 9-11 is arming pilots. None of this massive intrusiveness is necessary to prevent terrorism and the possible downsides, even if not blatantly misused is still great. How would you like your life crawled through by the NSA because some terrorist mis-dialed your number, or you got an unsolicited email? How would you like your life history crawled through because your reading this posting that doesn’t support NSA snooping? That is where we’re going, heck that is where we’re at.

  • Attila the Hun

    i’m to the right of attila the Hun but anyone who thinks 9-11 was
    anything other than an Al Quaeda attack is seriously misled
    & possibly seriously paranoid. U must believe: It just so happened that two days before the attack, Osama Bin Laden & his troops packed everything up and took off like bats out of hell for the caves of
    Pakistan/Afghanistan. U can’t believe that to be a coincidence. & then he was taped bragging about how they were so pleased that the two buildings came down.

  • Ron Turner

    Well, we know at least 7 kooks visit this site.

  • JimmyChonga

    All this over-zealous need to protect strikes the mind and heart as the actions of a P A R A N O I D government – bent on control.

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