Why Isn’t NSA Surveillance an Election Issue?

henrymakow.com — Nov 2, 2016

Trump’s support of mass surveillance reveals his real loyalties. Mass surveillance isn’t designed to protect the population from terrorists. It’s designed to protect the one per cent from the population.
This is the same one per cent Hillary represents.

by Henry Makow Ph.D.

The plantation is stirring in anticipation of Donald Trump’s election victory next week. Trump has many policies (see meme above) popular with an electorate feeling increasingly disenfranchised.  The exception is Trump’s support for police-state mass-surveillance, and support for the bogus war on terror, the Patriot Act and Muslims Did 9-11 hoax.
Since both he and Hillary Clinton are on the same page, mass surveillance has not been an issue in the current election. This is surprising since Edward Snowden caused a sensation when he first drew attention to this in 2013.
Trump portrays himself as the dragon slayer who is going to “drain the swamp” and “make America great again.”
What would be more popular than a pledge to restore civil rights? What could be more fundamental to a “free” country than the right to privacy?
Yes, NSA powers were supposedly curtailed by the Freedom Act in June 2015, but not even Donald Trump believes communications are private. In a December 2015 interview, he says, “I assume when I pick up my telephone, people are listening to my conversations anyway, if you want to know the truth. It’s pretty sad commentary, but I err on the side of security.” (The NSA hasn’t stopped spying on anybody.)
How hard would it be for Trump to pledge to end the surveillance of hundreds of millions of loyal patriotic Americans? He has already pledged to treat Muslim immigrants differently. Why couldn’t he pledge to restrict surveillance to suspicious characters?
Instead he fear mongers to justify “erring on the side of security”:  “When you have people that are beheading you if you’re a Christian… when you have the world looking at us and would like to destroy us as quickly as possible, I err on the side of security, and so that’s the way it is, that’s the way I’ve been, and some people like that, frankly, and some people don’t like that.”



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