PRISM: Big Brother Government is Now in the Open



For years at here Vigilant Citizen, I’ve been posting articles about the extreme amount of Big-Brotherish surveillance that is happening in the United States and the world. While some have dismissed these stories as “paranoid conspiracy theories”, recent revelations about the NSA’s project PRISM prove that there were no theories involved – just plain facts.

PRISM is a top-secret program that allows the NSA to directly access the servers of numerous online services and to obtain all kinds of information about its users. Since the story came out, some services such as Facebook denied any involvement with this program, stating that the NSA does not have access to their servers. The Guardian has however published leaked top-secret PowerPoint slides used to trained NSA agents that clearly state that 1- The NSA can directly access these servers and 2- Most major providers are directly involved in the program. Here are the slides.

new prism slide
This slide clearly states “Collection directly from the servers of these U.S. Service Providers”.
PRISM slide crop
Here we see that no stone is left unturned by NSA spies: E-mails, video and voice chats, file transfers and social networking are all targeted. Yes, even Skype calls can be spied on by agents.
Here we see the exact time where each provider joined PRISM. The 1st one to join? Microsoft. In the light of my recent article on Microsoft’s gaming console Xbox One, this is not surprising. Now that it has been confirmed that the Xbox One will require an internet connection EVERY 24 hours, it is quite possible that the data collected by the console (audio and video) will be transferred right to NSA servers.

One might ask: Where does this enormous amount of data get processed? In 2012, I posted an article entitled The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center which stated:

“When construction is completed in 2013, the heavily fortified $2 billion facility will encompass 1 million square feet, including four 25,000-square-foot areas to house endless rows of high-powered servers. The center will be fed data collected by the agency’s eavesdropping satellites, overseas listening posts, and secret monitoring rooms in telecom facilities throughout the US. The incredible processing power of this facility will be used to scan e-mails, phone calls, text messages, tweets or any other kind of communication. As a former NSA officer states, while holding his thumb and forefinger close together “We are that far from a turnkey totalitarian state.”

I guess that the “turnkey totalitarian state” is now fully effective.

The whistleblower that leaked this story is named Ed Snowden and the US Government is looking to severely prosecute him. Here’s a YouTube video of him describing how what’s happening now is WORSE than the novel 1984.

Note this part.

“Because even if you’re not doing anything wrong, you’re being watched and recorded. And the storage capability of these systems increases every year consistently by orders of magnitude to where it’s getting to the point where you don’t have to have done anything wrong, you simply have to eventually fall under suspicion from somebody, even by a wrong call. And then they can use the system to go back in time and scrutinize every decision you’ve ever made. Every friend you’ve ever discussed something with. And attack you on that basis, to derive suspicion from an innocent life, and paint anyone in the context of a wrongdoer.”

So to those who say “If you have nothing to hide, you shouldn’t worry”. You’re wrong. Dead wrong. And, to be honest, it is this kind of attitude that will destroy whatever is left of liberty and privacy in the U.S. and the world. Furthermore, if you are outside of the United States – especially in countries such as Canada, UK or Australia – do not think that you’re safe. The elite knows no national boundaries and what has be revealed in the United States is most likely already happening in many other countries.

It is seriously time to wake up and to let people know that privacy, freedom and democracy are in serious jeopardy here. There is no speculation, no “tin foil hats” and no conspiracy theory. This is what’s happening right now and, if you value your freedom, you better do something about it and get your voice heard.

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337 Comments on "PRISM: Big Brother Government is Now in the Open"

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sorry to disrupt, but there is NOTHING we can do about it, if we rebel then it's what they'd want, more police state which they've been pushing through music videos, fashion, ALL of that. the world is only going to get worse seeing as Satan knows he hasn't got much time, i'm not scared about what's going on NOW, i'm scared about the events that will happen AFTER Jesus returns, people that may be left behind to endure even MORE of this. if you don't believe in Christianity, ask yourself, why they TARGET this religion, because it's the TRUTH. they mock it 24/7, whether its Nicki Minaj's 'exorcism' at the Grammys, teenagers my age thinking its cool to wear inverted crosses, listen to OFWGKTA and curse Christianity and Jesus, they're building up a mind of rebellion for teenagers, and hear it from ME, a teenager myself, do you know how… Read more »

You're adorable. Stop praying for heaven, and realize you ARE living in the Garden of Eden.

This is the garden of Eden? I thought humans were kicked out lol… If this is the garden of Eden then I am praying for Heaven too!

Oh and Kristina leave people's faith alone. She has the right to pray for Heaven and believe. Just because you can't see something with your eyes right now that does not mean it isn't real. If there's no proof for it, there's no proof against it.

Its not to help you, I can testify to that….probably blackmail….public polling, who likes the new word order (dummmie) and stuff like that, it doesn't come from a place of love….in my own experience they use it to creep me out….and it ended up messing up my program as I refuse to associate with folks who can repeat my phone conversations….but don't seem to be doing a lot to help me, FTS :))

have a happy!

Is it me or PRISM kinda sounds like PRISON… Well played, guys, well played…

What about People from PAKISTAN? will they be affected if the even mention a word like ZION or ILLUMINATI or SATAN or anything like that or use them with a HASH?

Katy Perry's newest album? Prism.

Interesting analysis, surprisingly from mainstream media

Don't be afraid of whats happening and have faith to god, Because God is powerful above all. He is THE KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. Romans 8:31 – What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us?

Okay media, next up, NSA Edward Snowden, exploit now! Eat it up America because actually while you're concerned shitless about your violation of freedom and privacy which in fact has already been destroyed years ago while you were eating your TV dinners watching Dick Clarkes ball drop, we'll be starting WWIII if that's okAy. Oh it's not? Well we don't really value your opinion, anyways I the meantime keep talking about this topic like its ground shaking information. Syria here we f*****g come! Deploy the drones.


The saddest part of this are the people who have such a high level of faith in the government and Constitution that they believe there will be a way to fight it. If you are still asleep I feel sorry for you. If you are semi-awake, WAKE UP completely!

Hahahaha, the sheeple said conspiracy theorists are fear mongering lonely people. Now I wonder how they are taking this. Its about time we stop depending so much on electronic communications. We simply have to go back to the days of traditional folders, papers and pens, post office and "joint" families if we want this spying to fail. They don't give us 100 percent privacy, but at least will make things difficult for them.

"you better do something about it and get your voice heard" Um… I've been watching sites likes this for a while. Talk talk talk. Exactly when is anyone going to actually do something… Talking about it and revealing it won't mean anything when this supposed "plan" is unfolded by the government. Personally, I don't believe any of this. If the government is as crooked as you say, and I believe they are more than capable of being, wouldn't all of this more than likely be a distraction? Planned. I mean, doesn't this all seem way too much like a movie? I mean for crying out loud, a book was written about this and it's happening now. It just all seems like a huge plan for something much bigger and these conspiracy things that somehow "leaked" are obviously "leaked" purposely to distract from what's really going on. You guys are blogging… Read more »

I have the same opinion. Snowden is actually fake. I would have believed him if he allowed his identify to be hidden and media showed less interest in this story. The things he said is nothing new. We all know it already. Its been going on for a long time and the presentation has "unsuspecting" names. Blah, just see their titles:
windows: means someone can watch all our activities. its not in singular form, but plural. that says a lot.
google: googlee eyes, again someone seeing us.
iphone: needs no explanation
facebook: face? identification?
aol: find out what Americans are doing online

I agree with you that we need to take action. Protesting will get us in trouble though. In fact, it will get us "beheaded". Changing our lifestyle is the only action that is best right now.

Freaky, went from weird conspiracy website that's fun to kill time on to news site with this story about Edward Snowden. Btw isn't that like the fakest freaking name ever? Edward SNOWden…yeah right.

The terrorist we should all be truly fighting: The False-Flag-Government of the United States.

I think it is utterly ironic and almost funny that a defense from them would be "If you have nothing to hide, you shouldn’t worry." Well, if THEY have nothing to hid then why are all these programs being built in secret? Why are they hiding what they are doing, if it is only in "the public's best interest"? If it is, then there shoudl be nothing that should be secret… Because its for our interest anyways. NOT. This defense from them – it is OUR defense too people! IF THE GOVERNMENT HAS NOTHING TO HIDE, WHY IS IT CONDUCTING EVERYTHING IN SUCH SECRECY? Aks questions. Not for answers, but if you keep questioning, others will too. They are afraid of us, people. They were afraid of the people revolting in the 30's and 40's and 50's with the rise of feminism, demand for equality, the black panthers, the weathermen,… Read more »

I just want them to use it to catch REAL criminals instead of manipulating politics, media, and marketing!

Lol keep dreaming

I believe that the more truth that comes out the harder things will become for us. when they can no longer be wolves in sheeps clothing thats when all hell is gonna brake loose.

The answer seems to be to put tin foil on everything, credit cards, licenses, cellphones computers, tvs, the passenger side of your after 2004 vehilce, computer games, and oh yea say no to smart meters.

just watch. the number of amish people will multply thousand of times over in the next few years.

The land of the free*
and the home of the brave

*void where prohibited

HAHAHA! Not gonna lie, a world with no influence from government or technology is starting to seem quite appealing… 😉

sign me up would love to turn amish.

max keiser, an economy analyst, pointed to the possible motive of corporate espionage as related to a chart of activities of data collecting systems. of course there are more motives

Vigilant, what do you think of the recent and horrible demise of Michael Hastings? His very last article was "Why Democrats Love to Spy on Americans." The article is less than a month old.

Keep informing the masses of the truth…they are arrogant. They think they've won,they haven't. They lose. Its already been written. Fight the Power!

I find it weird how facebook asks for more personal information every now and then. It creeps me out when facebook actually tells me that only 60 percent of my profile is updated.

I am completely face book free for a year now quite happy. deactivate the account I have been alot happier since doing that

Is ever occurred to anyone that maybe the Government is just as paranoid as you if not more?
Satan is attacking and dividing everyone. Our government as a whole is not the all out enemy like many think. Even if there is some inside that are knowingly engaging in the evil..
Peace, respect but most important trust in Jehovah and his son as the ones in control.
What better ones to have your back?
Agape love

I came onto your site this morning after hearing Power 96 radio station in Miami make a statement on their morning show this morning saying "Your Gov't is watching u" Of course they made it sound like a joke, but it just made me want to follow up on the latest happenings in the wonderful world of our gov't and I came across this article which is so on point with the statement I heard this morning.

it got worse everyday

you should mention illuminati in the disney movies also the old ones

He has. Many times. Does anyone actually read the massive amount of articles on this site? I've been visiting it for over 4 years and there's still stuff I haven't gotten to.

Sigh. Everyone is so lazy and mindless and just wants to be told everything instead of seeking truth themselves. The people on these comments are just as bad as the sheep they claim to make fun of. Following the words of one unknown person, taking it as the ultimate truth, not doing any research on their own, mindlessly repeating to others word for word what their small mind heard.

Hey VC – I think its time you wrote your own Bible! You surely have enough blind faith followers at this point lol

More money on your personal lives instead of spending on the poor or the economy, damn peeping toms

My friends in their sociology class have been talking about the Illuminati Conspiracy and society. Some believe their is an a secret society controlling everything others believe it's pretty much bullshit while some are not sure and are on the fence. Personally I rather do my own research than have people tell me what is true or not. I even discuss this with my mom and she says people need to stop worrying about a New World Order coming because it's already here. I even decided to make a youtube channel where I will post my findings if you will – because some things I find don't make any logical sense whatsoever and some stuff i find on the illuminati and pagan and satanic practices I can't find the origins of.

Facebook did what the CIA couldn't in a matter of years, but now that they have been established for a while and billions using social media, the govt. just says hand over the data in the name of national security, this world is getting more screwed everyday.

One day they might track me down to this comment, but will see!!!

Don't get it twisted. This guy was given this information to leak just like Julian Assange was given the info to create Wiki leaks. All that he is talking about has been already been capable and operational for by the government now for at least 5 years. But remember how someone once said that even how diabolical the Illuminati/elite satanic agenda operate, they still operate based on karmic responsibility, meaning they will often announce their plans in some form of media before they actually do them, in hopes of awakening your inner karmic responsibility to fight them, When you knowingly refuse your responsibility or allow stuff like this to continue, turning a blind eye to their active crusade of wrongdoing, then you become a passive participant in such destruction by not standing up for what is good in this world, and thus render yourselves to be judged. Thus satanist, and… Read more »

I love it when I find a little shred of intelligence amongst the sea of mindless sheepie comments on here.

I tend to to view anytime I see something like this they have known about at least ten years same trend with the technology we only get the technology that is rendered obeselte by the elite and I fear and slightly know that if the majority are going on killjoy over the latest and greatest gadget, I like my smartphone without my smartphone I would never be able to juggle all that I do nor glean as much information about the elite that I have. Do not like the spying though at all hence I put off as long as I did. I would like to know what they are really doing and how advanced they really are.

Snowdon hasn't exactly whistleblown anything new. This media addiction with the story is likely just another pre planned release with a groomed actor to guage and shape public opinion and further a voluntary slavery. But on the other hand that could be considered a bit too conpiratorial.


This is the most disturbing article that I've ever read. The fact that this is being recorded by some "zero" government slave-geek is laughable. To those recording this…I pray for you. God is bigger than all of this and he will have his way. I pray that you all will open stoney hearts to Jesus before you perish. You are either for God, or you are against him. Suffering for eternity is pretty serious stuff…
Blessings on all of those involved in the satanic, elite plan to enslave humanity…

I'm currently watching Gossip Girl and Netflix and it got me thinking…that show definitely made being watched seem trendy!

Just because you made it home safely today or 2 weeks from now doesn't mean you should read this article and dismiss it's point.

See you when its time.

God Bless

America is turning into communist China I'm moving to Canada.

That is because China now owns many of our corporations and politicians and they are pushing this on us!

Seriously! Am now remembering hs social studies classes where we were being taught about Chinese communism and I remembering how I predicted this was to be out future, too.

This is actually very frightening. Even with this leaked info., people will be mad, yet, they will forget about it in a matter of days. The government has everyone too blinded by everyday tasks, that even if anyone actually cared, they have bills, food, and work to worry about first. To say that Americans are a national security threat is hypocritical. How did they get from Al Qaeda being the number one targets, to spying on their own citizens? How are we a threat? Is it that some of us refuse to be brainwashed into believing false agendas? Is it because we choose to think for ourselves? Is it because we can see through the b.s that the media spews day in and day out? Is it because we're tired of war? Is it because we can see that communist USA is rising? Is it because we see that our… Read more »

I refuse to believe that we as a society( a global society) would just give up this beautiful planet without a fight. We demand answers!! Their plan didn't and doesn't work! Goodness shall prevail.

People here are just trying to find some truths, which is very difficult with all the crap we are bombarded with.
There are seven billion different people on the planet all with different views, chances are most of us are wrong and that also might include you. None of us should be so arrogant as to think we have the correct ideology, and we cannot dismiss others as morons. We should listen to what everyone has to say.

The PRISM program is just one little tentacle. The biggest one is the ECHELON program which started before the NSA was even created. The GCHQ is/was spying on the USA, and the CIA/NSA is/was spying on the UK – this way they can work around the law and act "legally". This is an agreement between the two governments…. I say that PRISM is just the tip of the iceberg and there should be more digging into this..

Interesting, as I've never heard of "echelon" before but I am a female musician and have recently heard rap songs from popular "conscious" rappers (talib kweli) titled 'upper echelon' where the chorus yells Echelon repeatedly. Conscious rappers and older rappers don't appeal to this generation so there is another popular young artist that also has the same song title. Still can't believe a pop tart would actually title a song about echelon as I'm sure the song was ghost written anyways. I find that conscious rappers that were once deemed "reliable sources" have been replaced with younger artists who can easily influence our youth!

Yes, I agree that pop culture (and the music industry in general) has a very big influence on the younger generation, although I don't really listen to mainstream "hip-pop" and the rest that follow. Many underground artists are well known among the "real" crowds of music lovers and those people are not influenced that much by the CEOs and producers of multibillion dollar music factories. Also, ECHELON has many other names too.

If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.

Famously said by most tyrants!

I think "batman" forgot to read the thread and he is just here to be a "bot" and post disinformation and propaganda. If he would have actually read the entire article, he would have seen Snowden's own words: “Because even if you’re not doing anything wrong, you’re being watched and recorded. And the storage capability of these systems increases every year consistently by orders of magnitude to where it’s getting to the point where you don’t have to have done anything wrong, you simply have to eventually fall under suspicion from somebody, even by a wrong call. And then they can use the system to go back in time and scrutinize every decision you’ve ever made. Every friend you’ve ever discussed something with. And attack you on that basis, to derive suspicion from an innocent life, and paint anyone in the context of a wrongdoer.” I guess I DO have… Read more »

So why are they hiding? Why are they conducting all the research in secrecy? Building everything in secrecy? This logic goes both ways.

Someone please tell me if it's wise to share this to someone on Facebook?

Probably not a good idea Camila. Best thing to do… snail mail or talk to them face to face if possible

I share everything on Facebook and I work for the government! What are they gonna do, get us all? Don't let them intimidate you. Post it EVERYWHERE!

Oh my god. It is true that the world is ending. We are now getting to see the worst of corruption. Now, it's even legal to see women naked in the streets, where I'm from. Sin is the most popular thing in the world now 🙁

You poor thing. Your mind is closed off.
You live in a Garden of Eden, my love. But whether you choose to see that, or Hell, is completely in your control of your reality.
It makes me sad to see so many people who are just as brainwashed as the general public, brainwashed to see nothing but negativity, brainwashed to think that the world is ending rather than ENTERING A NEW BEGINNING!

it's not that its obvious. Everyone suspected and 100% believed it to be true but it's hard to get people on board with just very strong suspicion. Now though, we see that it is complete fact but most people still don't know what to do with these information. No one will stop using the internet and no one will stop giving their information on the web. My mother still does not put any of our mail in the garbage without ripping it up and yet she works at a desk 5 days a week and is inherently put into a system. Deep down people care and are worried they just don't know how to be or where to start. Nothing will stop there spying unfortunately and they aren't really watching but everything is being stored. The only justice that can be served at this point is making sure this guy… Read more »

Did people really not know this? Like I thought it was obvious. Well to everyone who calls me a cynic for not trusting the government this is proof (which I thought was obvious) that I'm not, just an intelligent realist

They're trying to build a prison……….. Following the rights movements You clamped down with your iron fists, Drugs became conveniently Available for all the kids. I buy my crack, my smack, my b***h, Right here in Hollywood, Nearly 2 million Americans are incarcerated In the prison system, prison system of the U.S. They're trying to build a prison Minor drug offenders fill your prisons You don't even flinch All our taxes paying for your wars Against the new non-rich, I buy my crack, my smack, my b***h, Right here in Hollywood, The percentage of Americans in the prison system, prison system has doubled since 1985 They're trying to build a prison for you and me… Oh baby, you and me… All research and successful drug policy shows That treatment should be increased! And law enforcement decreased While abolishing mandatory minimum sentences! Utilizing drugs to pay for secret wars around the… Read more »

I LOVE System of A Down! 'Prison Song' is fantastic.

I miss System of a Down with classics like "F**k the System"! That was before this Interscope Jay-Z/ Beyonce/ Nicki/ Kanye/ Maroon 5 trainwreck BS!

Come on everyone, the government had these powers since the 60s if not earlier and this was before the internet was invented. If you are still complaining about it in 2013 then you are really off the mark. I wonder how a western media source could leak classified intel regarding a top US intel agency…hmmm….I'm pretty sure if you leak something that is really classified then it's off with his/her head. Are we coming to a police state? Not even close, with Chinese and Russian intelligence going rampant, the middle east, we are millenias off a police state. Is mass surveillance bad for civil liberty? Of course it is, but things weren't any better since post-colonial times when people had to cheat, stab and steal from others to survive. Even in ancient Rome, the elite class was constantly plotting against each other. Am I pro-surveillance? No, I'm in the middle,… Read more »

So what can we do? Riot and rally like Turkey's doing? What can I do?

I don't enjoy demonstrations as some disruprive thugs get the opportunity to play around. Let's have a silent demonstration. Those ones are more efficient.

What’s Next asked about public reaction to such revelations.

One need look no further than the local reaction in Boston right after the bombing, during the manhunt & captures….. A full scale run at implementing at street level our on-going state of post 9/11 emergency, martial law.

Boston was a great laboratory for showing how far properly sewn fear can eviscerate liberties & due process, and still yield crowd support.

Welcome to the new USA!

Might sound off-topic from your comment…

But take a listen to Neil Young's "Keep on Rockin' in the free world". Cool song. Sad song. Sad because things aren't like that anymore – not that the entire world was completely free back then – but it must've been better than the world we live in today.

The music that came out back then… damn it's good. Wish I was there.