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If the NSA Needed to Spy on Every Citizen in the World, Why Are Terrorist Attacks Rising? Proof of Failure

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September 11th, 2001

September 11th, 2001 (Photo credit: cliff1066™)

It is perhaps clear to everyone paying attention to the news that the NSA went way overboard in its surveillance reach. Using the 9/11 attacks as justification, the NSA has practically spied on every phone call and internet activity in the world. Because the NSA has been very unaccountable with increased powers under the so-called Patriot Act, no one has dared verify whether in fact the spy agency really needed to spy on every man, woman and child on the planet in order to protect us from terrorists, mainly cave-dwelling Al Qaeda members who are popularly blamed for carrying out the 9/11 attacks. Now that Edward Snowden‘s leaks have opened the floodgate on the outrageous activities of the NSA, we can now ask if spending billions of taxpayer dollars to spy on billions of people to fight thousands of cave dwelling terrorists who allegedly killed under 3,000 people on 9/11/2001 is even worth all of the loss of privacy? The evidence says a resounding NO!!

English: World map about terrorist attacks of ...

English: World map about terrorist attacks of al-Qaeda. Español: Atentados atribuidos a Al Qaida Dansk: Verdenskort med alle de terror angreb der påstås at været begået af al-Qaeda. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Oct. 29, 2013, CNN cited a START report on an increase in terrorist activities since 2011. START stands for the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism. CNN mentioned the following:

More than 8,500 terrorist attacks killed nearly 15,500 people last year as violence tore through Africa, Asia and the Middle East, according to the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism.

That’s a 69% rise in attacks and an 89% jump in fatalities from 2011, said START, one of the world’s leading terrorism-trackers.

Six of the seven most deadly groups are affiliated with al Qaeda, according to START, and most of the violence was committed in Muslim-majority countries.

The previous record for attacks was set in 2011 with more than 5,000 incidents; for fatalities the previous high was 2007 with more than 12,800 deaths.

English: Site of the 1920 Wall Street bombing....

English: Site of the 1920 Wall Street bombing. Marks still visible today. Hand shows scale of the marks. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Clearly, these facts show that either the NSA is extremely incompetent in protecting us from terrorism, or it has another agenda in collecting so much information on every aspect of all of our lives. Such a startling increase in attacks and fatalities suggests a colossal failure of the worst kind in history, and is more than enough reason to not only dismantle NSA, but to also add a constitutional amendment permanently protecting individual privacy rights.

While we see that the NSA was far more focused on spying on world leaders and corporations, and too busy to spy on the terrorists effectively, it is interesting that some NSA agents find time to spy on their lovers ( But perhaps their lovers are Al Qaeda (but then that would bring up other disturbing background check issues).

The Washington Post wrote the following interesting conclusion about NSA’s effectiveness and focus:

A confidential government memo admits that the spying didn’t help prevent terrorism:

The memo acknowledges that eavesdropping on the numbers had produced “little reportable intelligence”.

Because the leaders of allies such as Germany, Brazil, Mexico, the EU and G-20 have no ties to Al Qaeda terrorists, the spying was obviously done for other purposes.

The NSA conducts widespread industrial espionage on our allies. That has nothing to do with terrorism, either.

Indeed, there is no evidence that mass surveillance has prevented a single terrorist attack. On the contrary, top counter-terror experts say that mass spying actually hurts U.S. counter-terror efforts (more here and here).

If NSA spying were really focused on terrorism, our allies and companies wouldn’t be fighting back so hard against it.

It would be advisable for the NSA to rethink it’s mission and techniques. Using traditional law enforcement and investigation techniques are enough. The investigators and law enforcers during the 1920 Wall Street bombing were far more effective than today’s NSA, FBI and CIA in investigating that crime. So there is simply no excuse to trash individual privacy rights to “protect” us from cave dwellers.


Written by voiceoftruthusa

October 29, 2013 at 4:42 pm

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