Allegations of spying by the National Security Agency, and its failure to provide vital information to Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee, are sending red flags to GOP leadership.
House Republic Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said recent allegations that the NSA was being used to spy on Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson were a disturbing trend and called for an investigation of the agency.
“Now, there is a public report that NSA read the emails of Fox News host Tucker Carlson. Although NSA publicly denied targeting Carlson, I have serious questions regarding this matter that must be answered,” McCarthy said Wednesday. “The NSA cannot be used as a political instrument, and House Republicans will ensure accountability and transparency.”
During Monday’s broadcast, Carlson accused the Biden Administration of spying on him and was reportedly warned by a whistleblower that the NSA had accessed his emails in an effort to have his show canceled, all of which was confirmed by Fox News.
Carlson added that the whistleblower, who was in a “position to know,” provided information to the network implicating the NSA, and that the information could only have been gleaned from his email account and text messages.
“Now, that’s a shocking claim, and ordinarily we’d be skeptical because it is illegal for the NSA to spy on American citizens. It’s a crime. It’s not a third-world country. Things like that should not happen in America,” Carlson said.
The NSA refuted Carlson’s explosive revelation in a Tweet that posted the following day.
A statement from NSA regarding recent allegations: pic.twitter.com/vduE6l6YWg
— NSA/CSS (@NSAGov) June 30, 2021
Shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, President George W. Bush implemented a domestic spying program known as the President’s Surveillance Program, that authorized the spy agency to obtain access to cell phone records with customers account information from providers such as AT&T, Sprint, and MCI, and allowed the NSA to monitor calls through access centers around the US.
While Bush claimed in 2005 that the program was established to ensure America would remain safe from further terrorist attacks.
Regardless, the NSA isn’t just looking for terrorists but is allegedly spying on so-called political enemies. The NSA easily obtains the information with the help of big tech companies like Facebook, Google, Apple, and others that censor conservatives and conservative groups, willingly provide customer data to the NSA. The NSA can also access your cell phone and laptop computer, according to Express VPN.
In April, The U.S. Postal Service Chief Postal Inspector Gary Barksdale revealed to members of the House Oversight Committee that the law enforcement arm of the postal service was using a program called iCOP to monitor the social media accounts of conservative Americans and reported inflammatory posts to other government agencies.
Former President Barack Obama politicized various organizations to dig up dirt on his so-called political enemies, including the IRS scandal that targeted Tea Party conservatives between 2010 and 2013, and in 2016 when the Obama administration wiretapped the Trump campaign hoping to help Hilary Clinton win the presidency.
Did Obama spy on @realDonaldTrump‘s campaign? Here is proof the Obama administration spied on our journalists https://t.co/R1wSTtahJL pic.twitter.com/wo9vEGzSZB
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) March 6, 2017
In July 2017, declassified memorandums revealed that the FBI and the NSA spied on Americans during the Obama Administration and violated civil liberty protections through improper searches.
That practice may continue with the Biden Administration who is exploring the option of warrantless spying and the use of outside agencies to help government agencies like the NSA, FBI, CIA, and the Department of Homeland Security to Americans.
“The DHS will use the new workers to infiltrate organizations and spy on them from the inside, while also collecting electronic information relating to their activities,” Philip Giraldi, a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer said. “That intelligence will then be used by the Justice Department to go after the groups legally in an attempt to break them up and imprison their leaders.”
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