“Collect It All”: Glenn Greenwald on NSA Bugging Tech Hardware, Economic Espionage & Spying on U.N.
SYNCHRONICITY UPDATE 06/24/14
Today I experienced an almost completely normal day, I only encountered one single Gangstalker. At first I thought that it was because of the post I put on my blog today,
“Sen. Feinstein: “There Will Be Plots To Kill Americans” – Urges Intelligence effort to “disrupt a plot in this country”“
but now that I’ve read today’s infowars news and come accross Greenwalds announcement, the pieces are starting to come together.
THE GANGSTALKERS ARE SCARED OF WHAT SNOWDEN IS GOING TO REVEAL!!
That has to be it! Usually after I expose one of their evil plans or deeds on my blog, they just lay low for a day or two to analyze what I’ve done. At least this is my best guess of what those douches are doing (shrug). But now, having read that Snowden and Greenwald are going to reveal proof of just who the NSA was specifically targeting, I think it has them nervous.
I can’t wait to get my hands on that document! First of all, it will prove that the government IS in fact, targeting single individuals or groups of individuals like me and second, it hopefully will answer my primary question of why.
Either way, it will be one giant step closer to putting the reality of “Gangstalking”, “Organized Stalking” and COINTELPRO into the consciousness of everyone.
Hopefully, I will no longer get blank stares when I explain Gangstalking to those who genuinely don’t know what it is. Hopefully, I will now have an irrefutable example with which to draw parallels. An example that is hopefully very close to what both myself and millions of others have been suffering through for decades. Documented proof from the perpetrators themselves that Gangstalkers are real, do exist and operate today. A group of people from every walk of life, who care nothing for either the laws of Man, God nor Nature. A group of people that wish to subjugate and enslave all of mankind.
COINTELPRO (an acronym for COunter INTELligence PROgram) was a series of covert, and at times illegal, projects conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) aimed at surveying, infiltrating, discrediting, and disrupting domestic political organizations. National Security Agency operation Project MINARET targeted the personal communications of leading Americans who criticized the Vietnam War, including Senators (e.g., Frank Church and Howard Baker), civil rights leaders (e.g., Dr. Martin Luther King), journalists, and athletes.
Today on MSNBC, Glenn Greenwald told host Ronan Farrow that a new document release from Edward Snowden is “very imminent,” and called it “one of the most important in the archive.” Farrow asked if there were any more disclosures to come that are significant. Greenwald indicated this is definitely the case:
Definitely, including one that is very imminent, that I’ve long considered to be the most important or one of the most important in the archive, which is the question of what kinds of American citizens are actually being targeted by the NSA for the most invasive kinds of surveillance.
Farrow further asked why the documents were being parceled out and released in stages, to which Greenwald answered that they were doing “actual journalism” and that it is time-consuming.
Greenwald also speculated that Russia would extend Snowden’s asylum for at least another year, stated that other nations are debating offering asylum, and said that “for the foreseeable future [Snowden] is safely out of reach of the American penal system.” Greenwald’s revelations follow recent document drops showing the extent of Germany’s cooperation with the NSA in surveillance.
By Vivek Gurungis
Glen Greenwald, the journalist of The Guardian in possession of the leaked classified documents on NSA programs by Snowden, has hinted that the finishing piece of Snowden’slegacy is yet to come. There is more thing that have not been revealed.
“As with a fireworks show, you want to save your best for last. The last one is the one where the sky is all covered in spectacular multicoloured hues,”
With the above statement Greenwald means that, now he is going to publish the list of names of US citizen NSA spied on. And the report will be published on his own site “The Intercept”, a site made after leaving The Guardian. The website is funded by Pierre Omidyar, the billionaire founder and chairman of eBay.
“One of the big questions when it comes to domestic spying is, ‘Who have been the NSA’s specific targets?’ Are they political critics and dissidents and activists? Are they genuinely people we’d regard as terrorists? What are the metrics and calculations that go into choosing those targets and what is done with the surveillance that is conducted? Those are the kinds of questions that I want to still answer,” Greenwald told The Sunday Times of London.
Greenwald expressed concerns over the abilities of the US intelligence system in preventing Snowden while stealing data as huge as 1.7 million documents and yet go undetected. He also pointed at the failure of the intelligence and the government in safeguarding the data as well as their limited success in figuring out the lost data.
“There is this genuinely menacing [spy] system and at the same time, [they] are really inept about how they operate it. Not only was he out there under their noses downloading huge amounts of documents without being detracted, but to this day, they’re incapable of finding out what he took,” said Greenwald.
Controversial intensive scrutiny of political groups
Beginning in March 2010, the IRS more closely scrutinized certain organizations applying for tax-exempt status under sections 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code by focusing on groups with certain words in their names. In May 2010, some employees of the “Determinations Unit” of the Cincinnati office of the IRS, which is tasked with reviewing applications pertaining to tax-exempt status, began developing a spreadsheet that became known as the “Be On the Look Out” list.
The list, first distributed in August 2010, suggested intensive scrutiny of applicants with names related to a number of political causes, including names related to the Tea Party movement and other conservative causes. Eventually, IRS employees in at least Cincinnati, Ohio; El Monte, California; Laguna Niguel, California; and Washington, D.C. applied closer scrutiny to applications from organizations that:
- referenced words such as “Tea Party“, “Patriots”, or “9/12 Project“, “progressive,” “occupy,” “Israel,” “open source software,” “medical marijuana” and “occupied territory advocacy” in the case file;
- outlined issues in the application that included government spending, government debt, or taxes;
- involved advocating or lobbying to “make America a better place to live”;
- had statements in the case file that criticized how the country is being run;
- advocated education about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights;
- were focused on challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — known by many as Obamacare;
- questioned the integrity of federal elections.
Over the two years between April 2010 and April 2012, the IRS essentially placed on hold the processing of applications for 501(c)(4) tax-exemption status received from organizations with “Tea Party”, “patriots”, or “9/12” in their names. While apparently none of these organizations’ applications were denied during this period,[Note 2] only 4 were approved. During the same general period, the agency approved applications from several dozen presumably liberal-leaning organizations whose names included terms such as “progressive”, “progress”, “liberal”, or “equality”. However, the IRS also selected several progressive- or Democratic-leaning organizations for increased scrutiny. An affiliate of the liberal group Emerge America had its request for tax-exempt status denied, leading to a review (and the eventual revocation) of the larger Emerge America organization’s tax-exempt status. Nevertheless, the conservative National Review claims that a November 2010 version of the IRS’s BOLO list indicates that liberal and conservative groups were in fact treated differently because liberal groups could be approved for tax-exempt status by line agents, while tea party groups could not.
Ryan Chittum of the Columbia Journalism Review reported in 2011 that a number of non-profit news organizations saw their applications delayed for years after being flagged for additional review. In 2013, Chittum linked that scrutiny to the investigation, reporting that non-profit news organizations and Tea Party groups were placed in the same “Emerging Issues” category by IRS reviewers, which was a category flagged for additional questioning. He stated that “Rather than the Nixonian conspiracy that George Will and The Wall Street Journal editorial page so darkly warned about—with zero evidence—you have a routine bureaucratic procedure meant to bundle potentially problematic applicants together for further review.”
Media Trackers, a conservative organization, applied to the IRS for recognition of tax-exempt status, and received no response after waiting 16 months. When the organization’s founder, Drew Ryun, applied for permanent tax-exempt status for an existing tax-exempt organization with what he said was a “liberal-sounding name” (“Greenhouse Solutions”), that application was approved in three weeks. Ryun has stated he believes that Greenhouse Solutions benefited from its name (although the quick approval might also be due to the fact that Greenhouse Solutions was already operating as a nonprofit and was already on-file with the IRS.) Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of conservative group True the Vote, filed a lawsuit claiming that her organization’s tax-exempt status was unfairly delayed for three years, and alleging that she and her family’s small manufacturing business were chosen for retaliatory investigations by the IRS, OSHA, the ATF, and theFBI.
An investigation by The New York Times reported that several organizations selected for scrutiny by the IRS engaged in activities that could be construed as political. The Ohio Liberty Coalition, whose application was delayed in excess of two years, sent emails to their members regarding Mitt Romney presidential campaign events and handed out Romney “door hangers” while canvassing neighborhoods. Former IRS officials and tax experts say this type of behavior would provide a “legitimate basis” for additional scrutiny. Ohio State University law professor Donald Tobin said: “While some of the I.R.S. questions may have been overbroad, you can look at some of these groups and understand why these questions were being asked.”
Congressman Darrell Issa (R–CA), Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, refused to release the IRS interview transcript. On June 9, 2013, Congressman Elijah Cummings (D–MD) released portions of an interview transcript wherein an anonymous IRS manager who described himself as a “conservative Republican”, told Congressional investigators that it was he who had initiated the selected reviews, without any involvement from the White House, and that the extra scrutiny was not politically motivated. In an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, Cummings said, “Based upon everything I’ve seen, the case is solved. And if it were me, I would wrap this case up and move on.” Issa responded in a statement, “The testimony excerpts Ranking Member Cummings revealed today did not provide anything enlightening or contradict other witness accounts. The only thing Ranking Member Cummings left clear in his comments today is that if it were up to him the investigation would be closed.”
Examples of questions from the IRS
Some flagged organizations were required to provide further documentation that Rep. Bill Flores called “overreaching and impossible to comply with”. Documentation requested varied among different groups but, in some cases, included copies of “any contracts” or “training material” the groups may have exchanged with Koch foundations. Some organizations were asked what books their members were reading, as well as what they had posted on social networking websites, according to Politico. Organizations were informed that if they did not provide the information sought, they would not be certified as tax-exempt.
Another question asked of some unidentified applicants was:
Provide the following information for the income you received and raised for the years from inception to the present. Also, provide the same information for the income you expect to receive and raise for 2012, 2013, and 2014.
a. Donations, contributions, and grant income for each year, which includes the following information:
- The names of the donors, contributors, and grantors. If the donor, contributor, or grantor has run or will run for a public office, identify the office. If not, please confirm by answering this question “No”.
- The amounts of each of the donations, contributions, and grants and the dates you received them.
- How did you use these donations, contributions, and grants? Provide the details.
If you did not receive or do not expect to receive any donation, contribution, and grant income, please confirm by answering “None received” and/or “None expected”.
The Tennessee organization Linchpins of Liberty, which mentored high school and college students, was asked the following:
- 23. Has any person or organization provided educational services to you? If yes, provide the following:
- a) The name of the person or organization.
- b) A full description of the services provided.
- c) The political affiliation of the person or organization.
- 24. Provide all details regarding training you have provided or will provide. Indicate who has received or will receive the training and provide copies of the training material.
Another unidentified applicant was asked to “Please provide copies of all your current web pages, including your Blog posts. Please provide copies of all of your newsletters, bulletins, flyers, newsletters or any other media or literature you have disseminated to your members or others. Please provide copies of stories and articles that have been published about you.”
The Coalition for Life of Iowa, a pro-life group, was asked to “Please explain how all of your activities, including the prayer meetings held outside of Planned Parenthood are considered educational as defined under 501(c)(3). Organizations exempt under 501(c)(3) may present opinions with scientific or medical facts. Please explain in detail the activities at these prayer meetings. Also, please provide the percentage of time your group spends on prayer groups as compared with other activities of the organization.” While questioning then-Acting Commissioner of the IRS, Steven T. Miller, on May 17, 2013, Congressman Aaron Schock (R–IL), referring to a report by the conservative, non-profit law firm, the Thomas More Society, misquoted one of the questions asked of the coalition as “please detail the content of the members of your organization’s prayers.” Schock went on to ask, “Would that be an inappropriate question to a 501(c)(3) applicant? The content of one’s prayers?” Miller replied, “It pains me to say I can’t speak to that one either.” Upon further questioning by Schock, Miller stated that it would “surprise him” if that question were asked. Schock’s characterization of the question was included in news reports and was repeated by conservative commentators.