Posts tagged “Vicki McKenna

Think that the Word “Gullible” Can’t be Found in the Dictionary? Then You’ll Believe the NSA, Too.

The controversy surrounding the National Security Agency’s (NSA) metadata collection of the telephone records of Americans has resulted in statist politicians, both Democrats and Republicans, alleging that the NSA is not examining the content of our communications.

With history as our guide, Americans should know that the NSA is an agency that, to put it mildly, has a track record of being less than truthful, not only to the American people, but also to congress.  This is because its leaders believe that the misinformation they provide is justifiable under the ‘noble lie’ doctrine.

A “noble lie”—as defined by Plato in his book The Republic—is misinformation disseminated by members of the elite and/or governing classes to reduce social anxiety or to advance a hidden agenda. As those who have worked in law enforcement know it is perfectly lawful for an agent of the government to lie to the public, but a crime for a member of the public to lie to an agent of the state.  This is the ultimate ‘do as I say, not as I do’ rule of the governing class.

Last Friday, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) appeared on WISN radio to discuss, in part, the NSA controversy.  Talk-show host Vicki McKenna, though, came to the table, figuratively, with both guns loaded.

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Sen. Johnson, when pressed, stressed that the purpose of the NSA’s use of a foreign intelligence court to gather and store the domestic telephone records of American citizens did not involve the seizure of content.  However, while I do not believe Sen. Johnson is being at all untruthful, he is basing his response on information spoon fed to him by the NSA and/or members of U.S. Senate carrying water for intrusive domestic surveillance initiatives.

William Binney is a former NSA engineer turned whistleblower.  While employed with the NSA, he designed a program that would have allowed the spy agency to identify the electronic communications of terror suspects while protecting the privacy of law-abiding Americans.  The NSA rejected this program outright.  Binney has emphatically stated that the NSA is retrieving the domestic telephone, e-mail, and Internet content of Americans.

Author and NSA expert James Bamford mentioned a few of the NSA’s eavesdropping programs in his outstanding book, The Shadow Factory. Because much of the world’s electronic communications has shifted from satellites to ocean-buried fiber optic cables, the NSA has sought and obtained access to these cable links.  One example is the AT&T center in San Francisco, where, with that company’s consent, the NSA established a so-called listening room; whereby, NSA operatives installed software that records and catalogs the electronic content of Americans’ communications.

Ironically, while the federal government requires companies to provide consumers with privacy notices, the same government has granted telecoms that violate these privacy agreements, by turning over users’ information to the NSA, immunity from civil and criminal prosecution.  Moreover, the government further forbids these telecoms from informing their customers that these privacy policies are worth no more than the paper that they are written on.

In other words, our own government is feeding its citizens one noble lie after another.

This is precisely why those who pay attention to the NSA believe that the agency has recorded, cataloged, and stored between 21 – 25 trillion telephone conversations, many involving Americans, since 9/11.  The purpose of the 1,000,000 square foot Utah Data Center, built at a cost of $2 billion, is to retrieve, record, and store telephone conversations, e-mails, credit card transactions, faxes, and even encrypted data.  That way, should an individual later be identified as a person of interest, federal investigators can obtain a warrant from a FISA judge to access the content of their NSA dossier.

As we learned during the Nixon administration and, now, during the current Obama administration’s IRS scandal, sensitive information in government hands can be used by political hacks to gather dirt on political opponents of the government or to embarrass those who dare speak out (as the FBI’s J. Edgar Hoover did to Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.).

So, no, I am not buying the line from politicians like Lindsay Graham, John McCain, and Diane Feinstein.  I am, however, surprised that Sen. Johnson was willing to pinch hit for these statists.



Steve Spingola is an author and retired Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective. His latest print edition only book, Best of the Spingola Files, Volumes I & II, is now available at

If your organization is on the lookout for an outstanding guest speaker, please consider the Spingola Files’ Psychology of Homicide presentation.

For more information, visit and click the “seminars & presentations” icon.

© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI, 2013

Spingola Files’ Shout Outs

Sometimes, there are people who—for whatever reason—just get it right. They’ve either found a way to communicate a message that clicks with the American public’s 24-hour news cycle attention span or have gone the extra mile to assist those no longer with a voice. To acknowledge their achievements, a new feature—SF Shout Outs—debuts today; whereby, the crew at Spingola Files’ HQ administers a pat on the back to those who’ve managed to see the forest through the trees.

Coming in at #1, WISN and WIBA radio talk-show host Vicki McKenna.

After the Boston bombings, the mainstream media cluttered the airwaves with excuses and over analysis. For years, others in the media have regurgitated the nanny-state, Michael Bloomberg line that, as a nation, Americans needed to let go of  their reasonable expectations of privacy in the name of security. The failure of the FBI’s Next Generation Identification biometric facial recognition software—part of a $1.2 billion initiative—to locate the bombers, both of whom where in the system’s database, as well as the federal government’s inability to link information about one of the bombers provided by Russian and Saudi authorities, is proof that the federal government bureaucracy is broken.

In the days after the blast, Vicki McKenna made the case that high-tech initiatives failed to protect Boston, while noting that our nation has spent $500 billion creating a surveillance state that monitors Americans, 99.999 percent of whom will never commit an act of terror, while ignoring the obvious: radical Islamic Jihadists.

Climbing the charts at #2, Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

Rarely, in the course of our nation’s history, has a first-term senator impacted the overall psyche of the U.S. Senate in the manner Cruz has.  During a committee hearing, the freshman senator called out and make a fool of Sen. Diane Feinstein, who, absent a coherent reply, did what those without the law or the facts on their side do—she personally attacked her opponent.

This week, Cruz challenged Vice President Joe Biden to an hour long debate on crime control.  “If Vice President Biden really believes that the facts are on his side … then I would think he would welcome the opportunity to talk about the sources, the causes of violent crime, who is carrying it out, and how we can do everything humanly possible to stop it.”  Cruz correctly noted that one of Biden’s ideas on self-defense, discharging a shotgun into the air, “is very useful, if it so happens that you’re being attacked by a flock of geese.”

While advocating a senate filibuster on gun control, Cruz claimed some senior GOP senators communicated their disapproval by shouting at him.  Unfazed, the Texas senator referred to these been-drinking-the-beltway Kool-Aid-too- long politicos as “squishes.”

UPDATE: “I think he is the most talented and fearless Republican politician I’ve seen in the last 30 years,” Democrat Party strategist James Carville, appearing on ABC’s This Week, said about Sen. Ted Cruz.  “Well, there’s one thing this guy is not – he ain’t squishy, not in the least.”

At #3, former South Milwaukee native Kyle Olson.

Working behind the scenes in southern California’s entertainment industry—institutions dominated by celebrities that carry water for high-profile political causes—Kyle Olson is using his talents and abilities to speak for a person no longer with a voice—Milwaukee homicide victim Ashleigh Love, a 19-year-old woman gunned down inside her northwest side home in 2009. Olson has gotten together with the Love family to create “Letters to Ashleigh,” a documentary he hopes will foster a dialog about senseless acts of violence.

Kyle Olson’s efforts are very important, as raising the profile of a criminal investigation can jog the memories of witnesses or, as one’s station in life changes, cause someone with additional details to come forward. Like any other venture, however, the making of this documentary requires financial capital.

In the past, I’ve communicated with the Love family. They are caring parents in search of justice and in need of the inner peace that comes with closure. If you find it in your heart, take that jar full of change to the bank and then make a contribution to this worthy cause by visiting the below link.

Moreover, in an effort to assist this worthwhile cause, I will donate my portion of the proceeds from any sales of Best of the Spingola Files, Vol. I & II, purchased from the link below, to Ashleigh’s documentary.


Steve Spingola is an author and retired Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective. His latest print edition only book, Best of the Spingola Files, Volumes I & II, is now available at

If your organization is on the lookout for an outstanding guest speaker, please consider the Spingola Files’ Psychology of Homicide presentation.

For more information, visit and click the “seminars & presentations” icon.

© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI, 2013