Trump Only Notices Mass Surveillance When He is the Victim

From Donald Trump’s perspective, the intelligence operation directed against his presidential campaign is “one of the biggest political scandals in U.S. history.” 

The Donald doesn’t like to read. He prefers his information in small digestible chunks, delivered verbally by aides, who are increasingly neocon in orientation. Fox News is his primary source of political information. 

SpyGate, as Trump calls it, has gone on for more than a century. It began in earnest after the First World War when the state read telegrams in direct violation of the Fourth Amendment and continued and increased and accelerated this process as the FBI became the state’s political police force.

It really came into its own in the 1960s when COINTELPRO began “neutralizing” (as FBI boss Hoover put it) opposition to the establishment. Thousands of citizens were victimized by this illegal operation and others, including Operation CHAOS run by the CIA. 

The NSA has perfected the art of surveillance—reading our emails, chats, DMs, texts, following us around on the web, and listening in and tracking our phones, which are described as “smart.” 

For Donald Trump, this massive unconstitutional surveillance is not a problem.

In January he signed into law a bill renewing the NSA’s warrantless internet surveillance program. For the president, there are different kinds of surveillance—the kind that concerns him, and the other kind that victimizes the rest of us. 

“This is NOT the same FISA law that was so wrongly abused during the election,” Trump tweeted after signing the bill. “I will always do the right thing for our country and put the safety of the American people first!”

The liberal side of the establishment media howled and screeched when Trump was elected. Imagine this man in control of the NSA! they cried. 

It really is quite remarkable supposedly educated and intelligent people actually believe the president has control over the NSA or for that matter the FBI and the CIA. These are elements of the national security state, now in place for over seventy years. Presidents come, presidents go—and yet the agenda of the Deep State remains unaltered, unassailable, locked in a protective cocoon beyond myriad laws that apply to the rest of us. 

I don’t know if the liberals and their conservative counterparts—both supporting the establishment by playing its political game of parties and distraction—are capable of fully understanding what’s really going on. 

We live in a police state. In many respects, it doesn’t resemble a police state. Our collective perception of a police state is goose-stepping Nazis and Gestapo thugs in trench coats crashing through the door at three o’clock in the morning. 

That’s old school tyranny. 

Now the state monitors “persons of interest” without Stasi agents in the next room tapping the phone or installing listening devices. It continues to utilize HUMINT—human intelligence—and build interpersonal relationships with targeted individuals to enhance its intelligence gathering and sabotage, similar to what Stasi agents did in East Germany. 

Most of us are oblivious, we don’t notice the insidious presence of a Nazi-like military occupation—unless we go to the airport, buy a ticket to the Super Bowl, or the state suspects we have something to do with the drugs they import. 

In fact, many of us are supportive, we buy into the war on terror ruse exaggerated to grotesque dimension by a corporate propaganda media. We stand when the state anthem is played and cheer on the troops while oblivious to their actual role—invading and occupying nations of strategic value to the national security state and its corporate partners. 

The absurdity of Donald Trump complaining about spies in his campaign while signing legislation to spy on average Americans is lost on most of us, especially the Make America Great crowd that—with only minor complaint and dissent—accepts whatever the president does. 

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