posted on Jan, 4 2015 @ 12:17 AM
Well First off for some odd reason people think the NSA began spying with the 'Patriot Act'.
The reality is that leaves quite a hell of a lot of American history out.
Working back from the Patriot Act was the Clinton Era Omnibus Counter terrorism Act of the 1990's.
They did 'write' the PA rather quickly. So when people say it was written before 9-11. Well it was.
Because there were already two existing incarnations with the FISA Act of the Carter administration.
Even goes back further to when the cold war began with 'Echelon'.
But then again going back further to the era of J Edgar, and what library books one checked out.
But it even goes back even further to Ma Bell. With telphone monitoring.
Goes back even further as to the real reason the post office was created.
The US government has been spying on us for a very LONG, LONG time.
From anarchists,to fascists, to communists. to the latest 'terrorists'.
The only thing that changes is the medium used to do it.
edit on 4-1-2015 by neo96 because: (no reason given)