SCANDAL WEEK DAY 1: The NSA

Several full blown scandals have bombarded the Obama administration in the past few weeks alone, building on an already impressive list of past scandals. So much has happened recently that one might easily forget about Operation Fast & Furious, the dozens of spectacular green ‘investment’ failures like Solyndra, or even garden variety intimidation like Vice President Biden forcing a veteran ABC news reporter into a storage closet for more than an hour.

It’s basically a full-time job to keep track of all the corruption in this administration, and since we know you are far too busy to pick up a second job chronicling Obama’s lies & abuses, we will attempt to do it for you this week on GlennBeck.com. 

DAY 1: Domestic spying, NSA

When President Obama told graduating students to dismiss the voices who warn of government tyranny, he did so knowing full well that just days earlier his administration had obtained a secret court order requiring Verizon to hand over all call data on millions of regular Americans. Not calls from terrorists, but all call logs “between the United States and abroad” or “wholly within the United States” must be handed over to the NSA, no matter what the content of the calls.

But that was just the beginning. Here’s a timeline with all the key dates and information you need to know (to date) on the NSA scandal:

  • June 5, 2013: The Guardian runs story revealing the NSA is collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily.
  • June 6, 2013: The Washington Post runs story revealing both the U.S. & the British are intelligence mining data from nine U.S. Internet companies in a very broad & very secret program.
  • June 10, 2013: U.S. ‘disappointed’ to learn Hong Kong allowed Snowden to leave country, asks Russia to extradite him.
  • June 23, 2013: Surprise! Former Facebook security officer joins NSA.
  • June 28, 2013: Feds previewed NSA leaks before Guardian printed story, but didn’t raise any security concerns about content of NSA leaks, seemingly contradicting Boehner & Obama’s security concerns.
  • June 29, 2013: Report: NSA technology designed to ‘destroy privacy’ can store one billion cell phone calls every single day.
  • June 30, 2013: The new cold war? NSA bugged European Union offices.
  • July 5, 2013: Bolivian president threatens to close U.S. Embassy after Snowden plane incident.
  • July 5, 2013: Venezuela & Nicaragua offer asylum to Snowden.
  • July 8, 2013: Snowden interview: he totally predicted exactly how U.S. would respond to his whistleblowing.
  • July 14, 2013: Snowden has docs containing an ‘instruction manual’ detailing inner workings of the NSA.

Be sure to check back all this week for comprehensive roundups of the IRS scandal, the DOJ targeting of journalists, and much more.

  • Anonymous

    Tea Partiers love to wet their buttholes over this stuff

  • windtalker700

    I can’t believe so many
    people in this country don’t understand how bad this is and don’t see what no
    one is talking about. This is not just about my private information or yours.
    Try to understand that you now live in a world where there are no secrets from
    the NSA or federal government. No  Industrial
    secrets, no commercial secrets, and knowing what will happen in the economic
    world before it happens. Having the power to influence or blackmail pretty much
    anyone or any business or nation for that matter.  There will never be another individual who
    will set in the oval office who is not NSA friendly. It’s over.

    Most of America’s wealthy
    now own property where there is plenty of farm land and fresh water. They know
    what’s coming and they have already surrendered. The question is what will we
    do or become after the storm?

  • JETS#1

    Uh just out of curiosity why is it so bad for the government to have this information but its ok for companies like Apple and our phone companies to track us and keep our personal records?

  • Anonymous

    Some “storm”, I made ten grand in the stick market last Friday

  • Anonymous

    The only ‘scandal’ I see in the NSA thing is Glenn Beck supporting a traitor like Snowden. Calling this traitor a “hero”, man, Beck is lower than worm shit

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    The crimes of this administration grow darker and darker by the hour; they have hit such a state that history shall mark it not only as the most corrupt to date in our nations history, but one of the most corrupt in world history.

    Given all that has come into the daylight already in the last five years, how much more waits to be discovered and why has this administration already been brought down?

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    What most people declares as a storm I see more as a combination of earthquakes and a tsunami of epic proportions already inbound: social, economic, political, military and much more that will hit one upon the next within a period of weeks.

    It will not be good, nor pretty and a mess will come about. Yet Americans as a whole and as families, individuals have weathered these before and survived to rebuild and to make the nation better.

    The Democrats and Republicans are imploding; the death knell has already sounded, now its up to us to ensure what comes beyond is worth the cost our idiot leaders have caused.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    What most people declares as a storm I see more as a combination of earthquakes and a tsunami of epic proportions already inbound: social, economic, political, military and much more that will hit one upon the next within a period of weeks.

    It will not be good, nor pretty and a mess will come about. Yet Americans as a whole and as families, individuals have weathered these before and survived to rebuild and to make the nation better.

    The Democrats and Republicans are imploding; the death knell has already sounded, now its up to us to ensure what comes beyond is worth the cost our idiot leaders have caused.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    -10

  • Anonymous

    No you didn’t. In fact, you can’t even save up $1,000 for first month’s expenses to move out of your mother’s basement yet.

  • Anonymous

    Sadly, due to the Patriot Act, this is the one thing that Democrats CAN rightfully blame Bush for.  I don’t think Romney would have taken any less advantage of this power but he would have used it for different purposes than Obama to be sure.  This is one of those things that we can blame both parties for.  It’s really up to us as voters to ask our Senators and Representatives what they think of the NSA scandals, and let them know our votes depend on it.

  • Anonymous

    Say something intelligent…please.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htXuNPBko3Q Sam Fisher

    The only scandal I see is that you have your head shoved so far up Obama’s rear that you can’t see that Obama is shredding the Constitution or even care about your first amendment rights. But I am sure you are going to take the first Amendment and some other amendment out of context to prove your point like you always do.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htXuNPBko3Q Sam Fisher

    Not to argue with you but I think his IQ is 100 times lower than that.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htXuNPBko3Q Sam Fisher

    So now you resort to lying. Gee who would see that coming? Oh that’s right everyone!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htXuNPBko3Q Sam Fisher

    Ladies and gentleman classic case of liberal debating you
    know if you can’t win a debate name call. 

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htXuNPBko3Q Sam Fisher

    Not possible with these liberals. 

  • Anonymous

    A nice list but I think it’d be better to add in the dates that parts of these programs started or were altered. This is more like a timeline of Snowden rather than a timeline of the programs involved.

  • Anonymous

    That’s an insanely good question I must admit.

  • Anonymous

    I know.

  • Anonymous

    I want you just to share an opinion with me on this one…do you personally feel that any of said dates will ever be revealed?  My opinion is this stuff has been happening way before any of us know and we’ll never know just how far back it goes.

  • Anonymous

    Some details have been revealed (like Snowden revealed a presentation that showed dates that various companies joined into PRISM and we roughly know when PRISM started). Other details we don’t know.  So it’s hit or miss.

  • Anonymous

    I guess a lot of folks are having 2nd opinions about Snowden being a traitor now.  If we wanted to look for traitors to our country, folks that are doing much more damage to out security, we need to look at our administration..

  • Anonymous

     The media loves O, so everyone looks the other way. People do not see the truth. The crafting of the Zimmerman narrative (which never should have gone to trial) is a small microcosm of how the media has crafted everything surrounding O. Maybe something must happen to the media first, before people’s eyes are opened. I don’t know the answer.

  • Anonymous

    I hope you did. But, it can disappear just as easily before you turn it into real wealth.

  • Anonymous

    Americans know that big business constantly collects and analyzes loads of data on Americans.  In fact, people seem perfectly willing to hand over all sorts of personal information for free or in return for some online trinket.  But when the Government tries to use the data to thwart terrorist plots, many call it a “scandal” or “corruption”.  Personally, I’m glad 50 or so terrorist plots were derailed and an unknowable amount of American lives were saved with help of the data. 

  • windtalker700

    The Democrats are socialists, the republicans are Federalists
    “ all most socialist” ! We have no voice in Washington. The republic! You can’t even use
    the word without it being attached to the republican “ Federalist “ party. We
    live in a country where you can choose between a democrat or a Federalist. If
    the Republican party were to change it’s name and call its self the Federalist
    party there might actually be hope.  And
    alas there is the Independents, well the conspiracy folks pretty much ruined
    that one as legitimate.

  • Anonymous

    The only thing we are looking forward to is Obama behind bars for the rest of his worthless life, he is nothing but a SCANDAL.

  • Anonymous

     you must be speaking with experience, how do you know there is some thing lower than worm shit? have you or are you still there?

  • Anonymous

    Republicans are Constitutionalists, just like every human being in America should be.  The Democratic party HAVE turned socialist and used the pejorative “Neocon” as a moniker for anyone anywhere who opposes them and votes Republican.  

  • Anonymous

    That’s precious, that last sentence there.  When Bush was president people were up in arms over waterboarding, but now that a Democrat is in power, things like that are okay, including the Patriot Act.  The difference between a big business collecting data and the government doing so is that one of them is researching while the other is spying.

  • Anonymous

    Spying for what purpose, really? I understood the necessity for the Patriot Act. We have a choice to make in this country. Use the resources we have to prevent terrorist plots, or significantly increase the risk terrorism by ignoring the information. I haven’t heard of any Americans suing the government for taking their data. BTW, Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Schumer helped introduce the Patriot Act.

  • Anonymous

    Golly, I don’t see any felonies or misdemeanors here.  I’m sure the NSA did all this innocently with no ill intent (cough cough) towards American Citizens.  It just can’t be the almighty and powerful OZbama would abuse executive powers, break Constitutional Law, attack conservative Americans through the IRS, NSA, FBI, CIA, EPA, DOJ and the ultra-secret FISO courts held 12 stories underground.  Nahhhhh…. it’s just a conspiracy.  Nothing to see here folks.. move along.  Hey did you see the verdict in the Zimmerman case?  What was the skimpy thing JLo was wearing?  You get the picture.  Welcome to Communism 101.  We are ass deep in you know what and it’s rising fast.  Sure glad to see Congress working hard.  I have no idea what they are actually doing, but certainly not what they were sent to Washington to do…. that is, represent the American People according to the Rule of Constitutional Law.  (Oooops!!!  I’ll bet that’s gonna put me on some terror watch list now.)   I’m so sick of this crap I don’t know whether to laugh hysterically at the irony of it all, or cry myself to sleep at night.  Please God, bring back George Washington or some one like him!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Lines are not being drawn
    Lines are being formed
    Make the only line that matters all of us against them

  • nutt

    You hold Snowden up as a traitor for exposing this sort of shit? You think that Snowden should be hunted down for this? You really don’t see the irony in an American fugitive blowing the lid on a massive state spying program seeking refuge in China? You don’t see anything wrong in the US demanding that the plane carrying the President of a sovereign state be denied airspace *in another country’s airspace*? I could go on; but what the NSA is doing is beyond appalling. Maybe you’re too young to remember the Cold War; but back then, it was the Bad Guys who spied on their populations relentlessly.  If Beck’s stance is the only scandal you can perceive, you might want to visit an optition.

  • nutt

    (btw – next time you bemoan left-wing, European media – remember who broke this story…)

  • greywolfrs

    It’s not OK for companies to have the information, but there is a difference. You can choose not to buy products from those companies, you can not choose for the government to collect this information.

  • greywolfrs

    So, Julian Assange is a hero, but this guy is a traitor. Hypocrite.

  • greywolfrs

    There is NO reason to go against Constitution. If you really believe we should use every resource to stop terrorist attacks, then profiling should be used, that would be the best way to stop it.

  • Anonymous

    Speaking for myself, I don’t mind having my phone record scanned as part of a search to connect the dots for a suspected terrorist plot. I don’t feel like that’s any particular invasion of my privacy compared to the volumes of my information that banks, grocery stores, the internet, merchants, etc. have on me. Heck, the IRS knows a lot more about me than the NSA intends to. Profiling, on the other hand, infringes freedom without real evidence or suspicion other than ones ethnicity, age and sex.

  • greywolfrs

    Except the part you missed, it isn’t young, white males doing these terrorist acts. And nevermind the fact the government has no right to take away freedom simply because people like you think it’s a good idea. That goes against the Constitution, whether you agree with it or not.

  • Anonymous

    Yea, I know the profile of Islamist terrorists isn’t a young white male. My point is that detaining someone because of sex, age and ethnic appearance is a clear infringement on freedom as opposed to looking at phone records to follow up on established suspected terrorist activity. The PATRIOT Act has ever been found unconstitutional as the constitution weighs heavily on the Governments role to provide national security. Again, I’m glad the data was used to derail 50 terrorist plots.

  • greywolfrs

    Except you are wrong, the Patriot Act goes directly against the Fourth Amendment. A warrant must be obtained to tap a phone or obtain records. You may not like that, but you need to read the Fourth Amendment again and comprehend it this time. The NSA collecting large amounts of phone records and storing them goes against the Fourth Amendment also. The NDAA goes against the Fourth and Fifth Amendments.

    By the way, you do realize the Israelis have been profiling the whole time. Now, go out and find how many Israeli airlines have been highjacked. As you originally stated, you are for anything that stops terrorist attacks. Profiling would be the BEST way to accomplish that. Now, you are all indignant and say that is wrong, as you are OK with the government taking away freedom for your own safety. So, you are being a hypocrite.

    You may be willing to give up freedom for some security, but I am not.

    Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
    -Benjamin Franklin

  • greywolfrs

    Republicans are NOT Constitutionalists. If that were true, so many would not have voted for the Patriot Act or the NDAA.

  • Anonymous

    I agree the Constitutionality of the Patriot Act is questionable, but it hasn’t been challenged in court. The data is not accessed without a warrant. In 2006, with the renewal of the Patriot Act, Congress allowed FISA to grant surveillance warrants to search communication data without naming the communications carrier and other third parties involved in the tap. Apparently, Congress and people thinks national security is a higher priority than any infringement on privacy caused by having phone numbers scanned. If the country wanted to do away with that tool, someone would surely sue the government.

  • Anonymous

    It goes far deeper than outlined here in Glen’s timeline…check this out…listen to the podcast linked within the site…by Russ Tice…the entire system has been corrupted!!!  http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/2013/06/19/podcast-show-112-nsa-whistleblower-goes-on-record-reveals-new-information-names-culprits/

  • ThorsteinVeblen2012

    Regardless of Democrat or Republican Administration, this country is run by Bureaucrats government Apparatchiks who aren’t elected and covet the power they hold.

    Glen Greenwald, who broke the story of NSA spying has been a harsh critic of both Republicans and Democrats  -  as you should be too.

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    In 2006,the Patriot Act was reinforced and allows FISA to issue warrants to search electronic communication data on suspected terrorist activity.  The constitutionality of the Patriot Act has not been challenged in court.  The investigation has not revealed breach of the Patriot Act.  If anything, the opposite is happening.  Measures are being put in place to tighten security regarding private contractors.  The government has decided to build public trust by revealing its practices to an extent, which of course educates terrorists and undermines security efforts.  So much for the “scandal”.  If anyone was seriously concerned about warrants to use communication data as a tool to fight terrorism, surely they would sue the government over unconstitutionality as it relates to the Fourth Amendment.  But so far, the Patriot Act has been ruled constitutional because warrants are issued by FISA and the Constitution weighs heavily toward government responsibility to provide security to the country.

  • Anonymous

    Bla bla bla.  You write the same good vs evil response to anything Beck publishes.  What are your thoughts on the Patriot Act or whether the NSA violated its latitude under the Act?  Do the warrants issued by FISA violate the Fourth Amendment?  Why has nobody challenged this in court?

  • Anonymous

    True ‘dat.

  • Me

    I don’t know where to put this but this is creepy.  I’m just going to randomly post it here:
    Literal “Smart Dust” Opens Brain-Computer Pathway to “Spy on Your Brain” http://bit.ly/154Dh82 

  • Anonymous

    The real scandal here is Beck calling a Russian spy a “hero”.  Snowden, a man who stabbed his own country in the back and then defected to Russian while Beck hailed him as a hero, is a scumbag traitor, and so are those who support him, like you, you traitorous bitch.

  • Anonymous

    ^ This moron doesn’t even know the market has been hitting all time highs all week while gold sinks into the toilet. How much Beck Gold Scam did you get fucked on, chump ass?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htXuNPBko3Q Sam Fisher

    This moron thinks we are in a recovery despite that fact unemployment is still at 7.6% but nice try moron. oh and by the way gold went up this week not down.

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