Before 9/11, the idea of the U.S. government tapping its citizen's phones, reading their emails and killing them with drones seemed unbelievable.
However, John Kiriakou, a former CIA agent, claims those extraordinary tactics are now the norm and few Americans seem to object, reports RT.com (video below).
Kiriakou famously exposed the Bush administration's waterboarding torture to the U.S. media in December 2007, after President Bush and Vice President Cheney denied it multiple times.
Kiriakoui is now waiting to start a two-and-a-half year prison sentence for revealing the name of an undercover agent to the New York Times.
Kiriakoui also claims that President Obama has declared war on whisteblowers by using an archaic almost-forgotten World War I law called "The Espionage Act."
Kiriakou said: "I think that President Obama just like President Bush has made a conscious decision to allow the torturers, to allow the people who conceived of the tortures and implemented the policy, to allow the people who destroyed the evidence of the torture and the attorneys who used specious legal analysis to approve of the torture to walk free. And I think that once this decision has been made, that’s the end of it and nobody will be prosecuted, except me."
"In this post 9/11 atmosphere that we find ourselves in we have been losing our civil liberties incrementally over the last decade to the point where we don’t even realize how much of a police state the United States has become."
"Ten years ago the thought of the National Security Agency spying on American citizens and intercepting their emails would have been anathema to Americans and now it’s just a part of normal business."
"The idea that our government would be using drone aircraft to assassinate American citizens who have never seen the inside of a courtroom, who have never been charged with a crime and have not had due process which is their constitutional right would have been unthinkable. And it is something now that happens every year, every so often, every few weeks, every few months and there is no public outrage. I think this is a very dangerous development."