Former FBI Agent: Surveillance State Trashing Constitutional Protections
In the video below, a former decorated undercover FBI agent, Mike German, explains how the national security state, in league with local law enforcement, is secretly targeting Americans for political views and activities perceived as a threat to the political establishment.
German concentrates on the constitutional abuses of fusion centers and cites the Missouri Information Analysis Center report targeting Ron Paul and Chuck Baldwin as rightwing terrorists and the 2009 Virginia Terrorism Threat Assessment, produced by the Virginia Fusion Center, that singled out political groups as terrorist threats. Both reports were leaked to the media and covered extensively by Alex Jones and Infowars.com.
German notes that local law enforcement is now used as a weapon against anti-establishment politicians, activists and political organizations – in short, state and local law enforcement is now fully integrated into a larger political secret police apparatus. Efforts by the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, military intelligence and other agencies, including the CIA, in league with private sector contractors, have produced a surveillance state culture and foundation that rivals that created by East Germany’s Stasi.
“We’ve moved away from surveillance based on individualized suspicion, the Fourth Amendment standard of probable cause and a warrant has basically evaporated,” German told Reason.tv last year. “And the government can now collect information about people it doesn’t even suspect of wrongdoing.”
For the establishment and its political elite, traditional criminal “wrongdoing” comes in a distant second to political “wrongdoing” perceived as threatening the political status quo. Fusion centers established by the Department of Homeland Security are not designed to respond to bank robbery and illegal drug trafficking, but work proactively to seek out, identify and “neutralize” (as the FBI described in the 1960s under COINTELPRO) political opposition to the state and the corporate and financial interests it serves.
Government surveillance of political activity considered aberrant by the state has reached a phenomenal level. Earlier this month, we reported on Trapwire, a sophisticated high-tech surveillance software put in place nearly a decade ago.
Earlier this year, NSA employee William Binney said the agency has a dossier on virtually every American and is currently building a mega-spy center in Bluffdale, Utah, that “will contain near-bottomless databases to store all forms of communication collected by the agency, including private emails, cellphone calls, Google searches and other personal data.”
The all-encompassing security state – designed to destroy political opposition and not prevent mundane criminal activity – is the most portentous threat we face as a nation established as a constitutional republic. If meaningful and effective political activity is subtracted from the equation, we will have no option other than abject submission to the state and the fascist corporate and financial interest it serves.