Post by brocktownsend on Jun 18, 2013 13:25:06 GMT -5
A figment of his imagination........?
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Obama: "If You're A U.S. Person The NSA Can't Listen To Your Phone Calls"...
Read more: www.alarmandmuster.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=general&thread=13849&page=2#62195#ixzz2Wb2nMbYI Go to Blacks Legal Dictionary! Then look at FISA in definitions section. The NSA, and the rest of the alphabet agencies can only interact with US CITIZENS. However a blood and bone man or woman is a person or not a legal entity. They are described in the Trading with the enemy act as US Persons. However when you apply for your cell phone account, internet account, or other Government provided service you swear that you are a US CITIZEN by providing your Social Security Account number. Thus you are eligible for the NSA and other alphabet agencies to monitor. Still proud to be a US CITIZEN as described under the 14th Amendment? I prefer to be an american citizen of North Carolina.
Blanket vacuuming up and analyzing metadata is not the same thing and is clearly a seizure of that information. It does not belong to the government; under present law it belongs to the company (although that needs to be addressed as well!) and as such either it is being voluntarily given by the firm in which case we can and should refuse to do business with said firms or it is being seized without suspicion in which case the 4th Amendment clearly applies.
My favorite part of the Netroots Nation confidentiality notice is "destroy all copies of the original communication." How quaint! Remember when we sort of half-believed we could "destroy all copies" of something? Remember when we dreamed we still had some voluntary control over our own personal communications, our own associations, our own lives?
FBI director admits domestic use of drones for surveillance
Published time: June 19, 2013 14:55 Edited time: June 19, 2013 17:01
The FBI uses drones for domestic surveillance purposes, the head of the agency told Congress early Wednesday.
Robert Mueller, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, confirmed to lawmakers that the FBI owns several unmanned aerial vehicles, but has not adopted any strict policies or guidelines yet to govern the use of the controversial aircraft.
"Does the FBI use drones for surveillance on US soil?" Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) asked Mr Mueller during an oversight hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"Yes," Mueller responded bluntly, adding that the FBI's operation of drones is "very seldom."
Report: Read the 'Top Secret' Rules That Allow the NSA to Use U.S. Data Without a Warrant
Jun. 20, 2013 3:51pm Jason Howerton
"Top secret" documents submitted to and approved by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that overseas U.S. intelligence agencies reveal wide-reaching orders that allow the NSA to utilize information "inadvertently" collected from communications in the U.S. without a warrant, the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald reports.
21 Facts About NSA Snooping That Every American Should Know
by Michael Synder, June 18, 2013
There seems to be a lot of confusion about what the NSA is actually doing. Are they reading our emails? Are they listening to our telephone calls? Do they target American citizens or is it only foreigners that they are targeting? Unfortunately, the truth is that we aren't going to get straight answers from our leaders about this. The folks running the NSA have already shown that they are willing to flat out lie to Congress, and Barack Obama doesn’t exactly have the greatest track record when it comes to telling the truth. These are men that play word games and tell lies for a living. So it would be unrealistic to expect them to come out and tell us the unvarnished truth about what is going on. That is why it is so important that whistleblowers such as Edward Snowden have come forward. Thanks to them and to the brave journalists that are willing to look into these things, we have been able to get some glimpses behind the curtain. And what we have learned is not very pretty. The following are 21 facts about NSA snooping that every American should know...
Government could use metadata to map your every move
By Lindsay Wise and Jonathan S. Landay, McClatchy, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - If you tweet a picture from your living room using your smartphone, you're sharing far more than your new hairdo or the color of the wallpaper. You're potentially revealing the exact coordinates of your house to anyone on the Internet.
Bush-Era NSA Whistleblower Makes Most Explosive Allegations Yet About True Extent of Gov't Surveillance
Jun. 20, 2013 8:09pm Jason Howerton
NSA Whistleblower Russ Tice Says NSA Spying, Blackmailing Government Officials
Russ Tice, a former intelligence analyst and Bush-era NSA whistleblower, claimed Wednesday that the intelligence community has ordered surveillance on a wide range of groups and individuals, including high-ranking military officials, lawmakers and diplomats.
He also made another stunning allegation. He says the NSA had ordered wiretaps on phones connected to then-Senate candidate Barack Obama back in 2004.
"They went after–and I know this because I had my hands literally on the paperwork for these sort of things–they went after high-ranking military officers; they went after members of Congress, both Senate and the House, especially on the intelligence committees and on the armed services committees and some of the–and judicial," Tice told Peter B. Collins on Boiling Frog Post News.
For secretive surveillance court, rare scrutiny in wake of NSA leaks
By Peter Wallsten, Carol D. Leonnig and Alice Crites, Published: June 22 E-mail the writers
Wedged into a secure, windowless basement room deep below the Capitol Visitors Center, U.S. District Court Judge John Bates appeared before dozens of senators earlier this month for a highly unusual, top-secret briefing.
The lawmakers pressed Bates, according to people familiar with the session, to discuss the inner workings of the United States' clandestine terrorism surveillance tribunal, which Bates oversaw from 2006 until earlier this year.
If you are not yet scared out of your wits, now is the appropriate time
June 21, 2013, By: Anthony Martin
The news today concerning the NSA surveillance program is ominous. A whistleblower has come forward to reveal that the agency has done precisely what conservatives and liberty watchdog groups, such as the Tea Party, have warned about repeatedly for years.
Not only has the NSA engaged in spying on Americans within the context of terrorism, which led to the current scandal engulfing the Obama administration, but it has spied on all Americans, without a warrant, without providing to a court evidence of suspected crimes, and without informing citizens they are under investigation.
From Barack Obama to Karl Rove, the ruling class is in unison: The NSA's collection of data on virtually all Americans is essential to preventing you from "being blown to smithereens on your morning commute" - as the Wall Street Journal editorial put it. In the words of General Keith Alexander, director of NSA, this surveillance has "helped to prevent" "dozens of terrorist events." Later, the tally rose to "over fifty." Project Constant Informant, which tracks essentially all American phone calls, allows matching the account holder's identity with each call's precise location in time and place. Another, PRISM, gives access to all records of email, chat, photos, videos and file transfers from the servers of leading US internet companies. These programs stand between Americans and terrorists. Worries that they will be misused are misplaced or downright kooky.
This chorus' authority depends on ignorance. Here are the facts.
The debate over the U.S. government's monitoring of digital communications suggests that Americans are willing to allow it as long as it is genuinely targeted at terrorists. What they fail to realize is that the surveillance systems are best suited for gathering information on law-abiding citizens.
If you, or I, ask 50 of our friends about the domestic spying and our privacy we would get at best a mixed bag of answers from total denial to it only happens to those whacko's in the Militia.
However we all know better. While they could be selective we know in our hearts that they aren't. We also know that with the technologies available today that listening to our phone calls, and tracking the cell phone in our pockets, and our on-board GPS in the truck is just the tip of the iceberg. We are all in self-induced denial.
If we weren't we would have to admit that while we sit with our significant other watching that new movie on our 67" flat screen TV while fingering his, or her, nipples that in all probability there was an NSA guy watching us through that 100 X 100 led dark area in the margin in the LED screen, and listening in to our sounds and words on the mic. Or perhaps we were just scratching our unwashed butt and looking at the result we picked off before sniffing and flipping it on the wifes clean floor.
If we admitted these possibilities (probabilities) to ourselves the market for TV's and cable service would be reduced drastically.
By JOHN MERLINE, INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY, Posted 08:14 AM ET
That filing describes a new "system of records" that will store names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, taxpayer status, gender, ethnicity, email addresses, telephone numbers on the millions of people expected to apply for coverage at the ObamaCare exchanges, as well as "tax return information from the IRS, income information from the Social Security Administration, and financial information from other third-party sources."
They will also store data from businesses buying coverage through an exchange, including a "list of qualified employees and their tax ID numbers," and keep it all on file for 10 years.
The Complete Annotated History Of Spying (On Ourselves)
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 06/25/2013 19:42 -0400
Presented with little comment - via the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the full timeline of legislation, rulings, and events related to domestic surveillance in the United States (based on credible accounts and information found in the media, congressional testimony, books, and court actions).
In a response from my Representative claiming Snowden is a traitor for coming forward and now the terrorist have altered their tactics:
Rep. Candice Miller, Thank you for your quick response. In your response you say Edward Snowden is a traitor and that because he came forward with the fact that the NSA, our government, is collecting data and spying on the common citizen. You claim that now the terrorist are changing their tactics, I doubt it is because of Snowden. What do I base this accusation on?
When Snowden notified the public of our governments East German Stasi tactics it was old news, many of us have known of this for some time, I have often called your office with these concerns. There have been many articles over the past few years warning the public of these abusive government’s actions, so with this said what news did he break about the NSA sanctioned by you (congress) to spy on and violate the B.O.R? Here is one article in particular.
In the spring of 2012 the Trends Journal reported how Americans are losing their Rights, that the government is data mining, spying on and collecting emails, text messages.
Why is this damaging? The difference is he made the mainstream news and opened the eyes of millions of Americans; he brought to the attention of the people through the mainstream media that the government has become like the East German Stasi.
Before Snowden came on the scene, many Americans already knew of the government’s actions, thus so did the terrorist, you can’t tell the people that the bad guys suddenly changed their tactics when this is old news. So why is there such an outrage by the government? It is because it made the mainstream media, this info reached the ears of all citizens and the distrust grows between the People and its government.
D.C’s talking point is to label Snowden as a traitor; these marching orders are to deflect the image of Snowden is a traitor and not a hero. We need more Oath Takers coming forward, in fact we encourage it!
If D.C see’s Snowden a traitor, then what are the politicians who voted for policies and laws such as the Patriot Act and NDAA which goes directly against the B.O.R? What are these same politicians who sanctioned the Stasi tactics against the American people?
There has been news that the NSA has data and info on officials in the three branches of government, how can you assure the public that you and many if not most of our elected official and SCOTUS have not been compromised? Prove to the public that not one vote has been blackmailed to vote a certain way!
So before you claim Snowden a traitor for warning the public thru the mainstream media, D.C best look in the mirror first.
Declassified gov't report details decades of NSA computer spying
By Jeremy A. Kaplan, Published June 26, 2013, FoxNews.com
The clandestine National Security Agency is partly responsible for the modern PC era, a newly declassified document reveals, thanks to decades of custom computers built for one thing: espionage.
Declassified by the NSA on May 29 and posted online on Monday, the 344-page report "It Wasn't All Magic: The Early Struggle to Automate Cryptanalysis, 1930s â€“ 1960s," details the unknown high-tech history of computers so secretive even their code names were kept confidential.
With Friends Like These How your friends, family, and co-workers are secretly helping social networks gather intelligence on you.
By Will Oremus|Posted Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at 4:53 PM
Congratulations: You've just donated all of your friends' and colleagues' email addresses and phone numbers to that social network's internal database. If you're lucky, its employees will treat your friends' contact information with more respect than you just did.
posted at 10:06 am on June 28, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
Get ready for another front on the debate over privacy, consumption, and the trade-off between them. Yesterday, Judicial Watch announced that they had received data through a FOIA demand that showed warrantless surveillance on 5 million American consumers -- not for national-security reasons, but for the new Consumer Financial Protection Board. The documents show that the controversial panel has contracted out the service of trawling through millions of transactions, emphases in original:
CIA Agents Were Embedded With NYPD And Had "No Limits"
By: DSWright Friday June 28, 2013 5:54 am
According to a recently declassified Inspector General report the CIA embedded four intelligence officers inside the New York Police Department even though an Executive Order and the National Security Act of 1947 explicitly forbid the CIA from conducting domestic surveillance. The report, completed in 2011, says that officers believed there were no limitations on their activities and the scope of their work went beyond foreign intelligence.
The real concern: why are so many US government documents classified? By keeping too many secrets, America has created fertile ground for government distrust and more leaks.
Ronan Farrow, guardian.co.uk, Friday 28 June 2013 10.37 EDT
Senators Mark Udall and Ron Wyden are upset about something, they just can't say what. In a letter sent to the National Security Agency this week about a fact sheet on its surveillance programs, the senators complained about what they refer to only as "the inaccuracy". The inaccuracy is "significant". The inaccuracy could "decrease public confidence in the NSA's openness and its commitment to protecting Americans' constitutional rights". But, because the information underlying it is classified, the inaccuracy can't be described.
This is either a frustrating illustration of the absurdities of America's secrecy regime, or the start of a pretty solid vaudeville act.
New PRISM Slides Appear to Reveal Number of Active Surveillance Targets
Jun. 30, 2013 8:34am Madeleine Morgenstern
The Washington Post on Saturday published four new top-secret government slides with details about the National Security Agency program known as PRISM, including the number of individual surveillance targets being monitored in the database.
NSA reportedly has secret data collection agreement with several European countries UPDATE: The Guardian has taken down its story on the NSA's deal with EU countries "pending an investigation"
Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 9:33 PM UTC, By Prachi Gupta
Editor's Note: Since Salon published this story, The Guardian has taken down its report with the note, "This article has been taken down pending an investigation." Business Insider has a link to a cached version of the initial story.
The Guardian has since published a follow-up story that reports that "The president of the European parliament has called for full clarification from the US over claims it bugged EU offices in America and accessed computer networks."
Attacks from America: NSA Spied on European Union Offices
By Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach, Fidelius Schmid and Holger Stark
America's NSA intelligence service allegedly targeted the European Union with its spying activities. According to SPIEGEL information, the US placed bugs in the EU representation in Washington and infiltrated its computer network. Cyber attacks were also perpetrated against Brussels in New York and Washington.
Greenwald on 'coming' leak: NSA can obtain one billion cell phone calls a day, store them and listen
Published time: June 29, 2013 20:03, Edited time: June 30, 2013 09:03
The NSA has a "brand new" technology that enables one billion cell phone calls a day to be redirected into its data hoards and stored, according to the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, who said that a new leak of Snowden's documents was 'coming soon.'
Calling it part of a "globalized system to destroy all privacy," and the enduring creation of a climate of fear, Greenwald outlined the capabilities of the NSA to store every single call while having "the capability to listen to them at any time," while speaking via Skype to the Socialism Conference in Chicago, on Friday.
Oh, they are collaborators alright, their treachery knows no bounds. Secret-court judges upset at portrayal of 'collaboration' with government
By Carol D. Leonnig, Ellen Nakashima and Barton Gellman, Published: June 29
Recent leaks of classified documents have pointed to the role of a special court in enabling the government's secret surveillance programs, but members of the court are chafing at the suggestion that they were collaborating with the executive branch.
Government big data creates crisis-level complications. Any reading of the Fourth Amendment - whereby we instructed the government to never conduct unreasonable searches or to do so without a warrant via due process - is flattened by NSA/BATF activates as surely as the road kill you saw on your morning commute. The Fourth Amendment was ratified by people with recent memory of the "colonial epidemic of general searches" whereby British soldiers could ransack your home or workplace on a whim. Abuse of knowledge was part of the problem and why we required being "secure in [our] persons, houses, papers, and effects."
Trying to change the subject from the programs being unconstitutional, to the programs being "misrepresented"... Textbook Alinsky; misdirect, deflect, or change the target.
Misinformation on classified NSA programs includes statements by senior U.S. officials
By Greg Miller, Published: June 30 E-mail the writer
Amid the cascading disclosures about National Security Agency surveillance programs, the top lawyer in the U.S. intelligence community opened his remarks at a rare public appearance last week with a lament about how much of the information being spilled was wrong.
"A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on," said Robert Litt, citing a line often attributed to Mark Twain. "Unfortunately, there's been a lot of misinformation that's come out about these programs."
Record shows U.S. officials misled public on NSA programs Speaking about classified information is 'mine field'
by Greg Miller, The Washington Post, Jul 2, 2013
WASHINGTON – Amid the cascading disclosures about National Security Agency surveillance programs, the top lawyer in the U.S. intelligence community opened his remarks at a rare public appearance last week with a lament about how much of the information being spilled was wrong.
7 Stats to Know About NSA’s Massive Utah Data Center as It Nears Completion
Jul. 1, 2013 5:54pm, Liz Klimas
Although the National Security Agency (NSA)'s Utah Data Center had a ribbon-cutting in late May, it wasn't the official opening of the massive data facility. The center located in Bluffdale, just over 20 miles from Salt Lake City, is expected to open its doors - at least to a very select group with the appropriate security clearances - this fall.
NSA in Utah: Mining a mountain of data NSA Leaks shed light on how spy agency may use supercomputers, gigantic hard drives.
By Tony Semerad, The Salt Lake Tribune, First Published Jun 29 2013 11:34 pm - Last Updated Jul 01 2013 02:13 pm
Exact numbers on how much data the NSA is preparing to store at Bluffdale is, not surprisingly, a fiercely guarded secret. In interviews, NSA officials would only say they built the center's capacity with an eye on Moore’s law, the notion that computing power - and the data it yields - doubles every 12 to 18 months.
President Obama's Data Harvesting Program: NSA as Pollster, PRISM as MISO
By John Stanton, National Security Writer
Indeed, the membership of President Obama’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NTSAC) reflects the close proximity of the President to critical cyber/telecom/ISP leaders who likely get advanced warning of the incoming nukes. Some of the NSTAC members include Verizon Business Group, Raytheon, AT&T, Vonage, Intelsat, Avaya, Microsoft and Lockheed Martin. And they did not know that their networks, switches, routers, and packets were being violated? Of interest is the presence of FireEye, a cybersecurity firm. One of FireEye's Board members is Robert Lentz who has an excellent DOD/NSA pedigree. "Robert has served as a member of the board of directors since March 2010. He has served as the president of Cyber Security Strategies since October 2009. He served as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber, identity, and information assurance in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Networks and Information Integration/Chief Information Officer from November 2007 to October 2009. Since November 2000, he has also served as the chief information security officer for the U.S. Department of Defense. He previously worked at the National Security Agency from 1975 to 2000, where he served in the first National Computer Security Center."
President Barack Obama brushed aside sharp European criticism on Monday, suggesting that all nations spy on each other as the French and Germans expressed outrage over alleged U.S. eavesdropping on European Union diplomats. American analyst-turned-leaker Edward Snowden, believed to still be at Moscow's international airport, applied for political asylum to remain in Russia.
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