Senator Frank Church: The NSA could enable a dictator to impose total tyranny

Jan. 10, 2006

Senator Frank Church chaired the Senate Hearings on the FBI’s Cointelpro operation, which spied upon & attempted to INFILTRATE, DISRUPT & DISCREDIT the peace movement, even Martin Luther King Jr.

if a dictator ever took over, the NSA "could enable [him] to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back."

From James Bamford’s NSA, the agency that could be Big Brother, Senator Church:

"That capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter. There would be no place to hide."

He added that if a dictator ever took over, the NSA "could enable [him] to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back."

At the time, the agency had the ability to listen to only what people said over the telephone or wrote in an occasional telegram; they had no access to private letters. But today, with people expressing their innermost thoughts in e-mail messages, exposing their medical and financial records to the Internet, and chatting constantly on cellphones, the agency virtually has the ability to get inside a person’s mind…

"I don’t want to see this country ever go across the bridge," Senator Church said. "I know the capacity that is there to make tyranny total in America, and we must see to it that this agency and all agencies that possess this technology operate within the law and under proper supervision, so that we never cross over that abyss. That is the abyss from which there is no return."

MLK had informants on his staff. I wonder who has informants on their staff, travelling with them today…

BushCo is trying to bury the significance of their illegal spying, why aren’t the Democrats "screaming to the rafters"?

hmmm- just read this on PDA, "John Conyers (D-MI), a leader in the Watergate and Iran-Contra investigations"… interesting to note that NO Accountability came out of those.

He also led the election fraud investigation in 2004 which concluded there was reasonable doubt of fraud, but nothing came of it… and Conyers led the Downing Street Memo investigation, McGovern’s testimony alone (mp3) should have been enough to force impeachment… yet Conyers focused on collecting signatures asking Bush for more information…

If I were Bush or Cheney, I would certainly be pushing for Conyers to be the lead "investigator" as long as possible.

Think about it- after the explosive DSM hearing, there was no action until mid July when Barbara Lee introduced a Resolution of Inquiry on the DSM, which has to be acted on in 14 working days, but she introduced it "too late" and shucks, they had to wait til after vacation in Sept to deal with it… and by then Katrina had it and it was buried. It’s like they were stalling for Bush…

"The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists." ~ J. Edgar Hoover

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