This week in the Wrap-Up, we’re going to play “connect the dots” to see what kind of picture is developing in America. Let’s start with NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden. He has released information that shows a gigantic government surveillance program that is spying on millions of Americans. It’s not only in the U.S., but this surveillance program is reaching into Asia and Europe according to reports. Many say he’s a hero, some say he’s a traitor. Snowden says he’s just an American, and he says, he’s “here to reveal criminality.” The White House says the intense spying program is fighting terrorists and perfectly legal. It’s also perfectly outrageous, and many think it’s perfectly unconstitutional.
As far as fighting terrorists, how is it we can arm al-Qaeda in places like Syria, and kill al-Qaeda with a drone strike in places like Yemen? Senator John McCain even had his picture taken with known al-Qaeda terrorists in Syria recently. What gives? All this spying must be more than to just thwart terrorists if you are spying on this many Americans. It’s about control.
If you want more evidence of a government seeking control, look no further than the IRS scandal where the Obama administration was using the IRS to stop conservatives and religious groups from organizing opposition. This is an absolute attack on First Amendment rights. It is also more proof of a government wanting to assert control over its people.
Then, there are the stories that are now confirmed in many mainstream sources that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is buying nearly two billion rounds of ammunition and buying thousands of assault rifles. Congress is even putting up legislation to stop DHS from buying any more ammunition. Senator Inhofe from Oklahoma recently said DHS is buying ammunition to dry up supply. The only reason for that is to assert more physical control over the population.
Just this week, Congressman Jeff Duncan from South Carolina revealed he recently toured a DHS facility and found IRS agents training with AR-15s. He didn’t give any further information but stated on his Congressional web page he is going to investigate further. Why would IRS agents be training with assault rifles? Is this how they are planning to collect taxes?
How about the recent investigations into members of the press being secretly spied upon by the government? This is about asserting control over the message and not about protecting the country from terrorists. Please keep in mind, terrorists such as al-Qaeda have been and are being armed by our government!
Former Congressman Ron Paul said, this week, that the reaction to the Boston bombing was really a test run for martial law. He pointed out the massive terror attack that killed 3,000 people did not usher in martial law in New York City in 2001. The terror attack in Boston was horrible and ugly, but only 3 people were killed there, and yet, the entire city of Boston was locked down, and there was a house-to-house search the bombers.
Put all these stories that have been reported in the news and what picture do you see taking shape? What does the government see coming? What are they getting ready for? All the signs appear to show a government that is preparing to take control and stay in control by force, if necessary. Why? That’s what you all should be asking yourselves.
Join Greg Hunter as he looks at these stories and more in the Weekly News Wrap-Up.
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Greg is the producer and creator of USAWatchdog.com. The site’s slogan is “analyzing the news to give you a clear picture of what’s really going on.” The site will keep an eye on the government, your financial interests and cut through the media spin. USAWatchdog.com is neither Democrat nor Republican, Liberal or Conservative. Before creating and producing the site, Greg spent nearly 9 years as a network and investigative correspondent. He worked for ABC News and Good Morning America for nearly 6 years. Most recently, Greg worked for CNN for shows such as Paula Zahn Now, American Morning and various CNN business shows.