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  • U.S. Senate Blocks NSA Surveillance Bill, Patriot Act Extension

    05/23/2015 1:59:00 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 94 replies
    WSJ ^ | May 23, 2015 | By KRISTINA PETERSON
    WASHINGTON—The Senate early Saturday defeated a string of efforts to extend the Patriot Act as lawmakers splintered over its contentious phone surveillance program and left town with no plan in place to prevent the law from lapsing. After next week’s Memorial Day recess, the Senate will resume its debate over the national security law at 4 p.m. on May 31, eight hours before the law expires at midnight. Lawmakers fractured through the evening, rejecting a House bill overhauling the NSA, a two-month Patriot Act extension and then increasingly short extensions of the law. Primarily due to objections from presidential candidate...
  • Inside the NSA’s Secret Efforts to Hunt and Hack System Administrators

    03/21/2014 6:24:44 AM PDT · by Izzy Dunne · 27 replies
    The Intercept ^ | Mar 20, 2014 | Ryan Gallagher and Peter Maass
    Across the world, people who work as system administrators keep computer networks in order – and this has turned them into unwitting targets of the National Security Agency for simply doing their jobs. According to a secret document provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the agency tracks down the private email and Facebook accounts of system administrators (or sys admins, as they are often called), before hacking their computers to gain access to the networks they control.The document consists of several posts – one of them is titled “I hunt sys admins” – that were published in 2012 on an...
  • N.S.A. Devises Radio Pathway Into Computers

    01/14/2014 6:00:33 PM PST · by John W · 73 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 14, 2014 | DAVID E. SANGER and THOM SHANKER
    WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world that allows the United States to conduct surveillance on those machines and can also create a digital highway for launching cyberattacks. While most of the software is inserted by gaining access to computer networks, the N.S.A. has increasingly made use of a secret technology that enables it to enter and alter data in computers even if they are not connected to the Internet, according to N.S.A. documents, computer experts and American officials. The technology, which has been used by the agency since at least...
  • NSA stores metadata of millions of web users for up to a year, secret files show

    09/30/2013 7:25:05 PM PDT · by RC one · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Monday 30 September 2013 12.35 EDT | James Ball
    • Vast amounts of data kept in repository codenamed Marina • Data retained regardless of whether person is NSA target • Material used to build 'pattern-of-life' profiles of individuals The National Security Agency is storing the online metadata of millions of internet users for up to a year, regardless of whether or not they are persons of interest to the agency, top secret documents reveal.
  • The 'Peace of Mind' Metric

    10/02/2013 1:26:53 PM PDT · by Noremac · 1 replies
    Blasted ^ | October 2, 2013 | Richard Cameron
    In the immediate wake of the initial Snowden revelations about the NSA demanding and receiving millions of phone records of Americans from the telcos, the agency officials and their apologists in Congress reflexively countered the public outcry with the narrative that domestic spying saved us from terror plots and that numerous such plots were thwarted by NSA breaches of privacy. NSA Chief, General Keith Alexander, in testimony before a Senate committee in June, made this statement - “It’s dozens of terrorist events that these (programs)have helped prevent, from my perspective.” Alexander also appeared before a House committee as seen in...
  • The NSA Has Been Creating Maps of American Citizens' Social Networks...

    09/28/2013 6:04:06 PM PDT · by Windflier · 60 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 28 September 2013 | Ryan Gorman
    The NSA has been graphing American’s social networks and plotting them as they do organized crime since at least 2010, according to the latest published Edward Snowden leak. The highly secretive intelligence agency has been mapping out American citizens’ social connections – identifying associates, determining locations, and logging who they talk to – by taking advantage of loosened rules previously meant to restrict surveillance actions. As far back as November, 2010, the agency authorized spies to conduct ‘large-scale graph analysis on very large sets of communications metadata without having to check foreignness,’ the New York Times revealed Saturday. Mapped out:...
  • Balancing Freedom and Security (NSA Investigation by Congressman Morgan Griffith, VA-9)

    08/20/2013 7:57:40 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 7 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | August 20, 2013 | Congressman Morgan Griffith
    I believe that, among other things, what makes America great are the freedoms and liberties our Founding Fathers correctly recognized as part of the natural law and incorporated into our Constitution’s Bill of Rights. The oath I took as your congressman was to support and defend that very Constitution. Revelations that the National Security Agency has been using Section 215 of the Patriot Act to collect records of American citizens who have not been suspected of doing anything wrong troubles me and others from across the political spectrum. Beginning on June 25, I have been requesting access to legal opinions...
  • Get a Life Pentagon wanted searchable database of people's lives as far back as 2003

    07/01/2013 11:50:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/2/13 | Josh Peterson
    Ten years before the recent global panic over the U.S. government’s domestic spying program, the Pentagon solicited contractors for a searchable database of people’s lives. In 2003, the Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) hoped to create a database that would amass everything about the life of a person participating in the project, ranging from GPS coordinates to every email and phone call sent and received. The participant would wear a camera, microphone and sensors to record the minutia of everyday life. The program, called Lifelog, would act as a person’s digital diary.
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: NSA of the Financial World

    06/30/2013 10:50:56 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 10 replies
    The New American ^ | 30 June 2013 | Michael Tennant
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been vacuuming up data on Americans' financial transactions in direct violation of both the Constitution and the law that created the bureau. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: NSA of the Financial World The New American 30 June 2013 While the National Security Agency's (NSA) unconstitutional spying on Americans' communications has been getting most of the press lately, another federal agency has been quietly -- and illegally -- vacuuming up Americans' financial data: the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, the CFPB has been operating for just under two years...
  • Snowden Snowballs Into Colossal Embarrassment for Obama and his Foreign Policy

    06/25/2013 4:09:34 AM PDT · by NCjim · 37 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 24, 2013
    Not even a week ago, President Obama was at the Berlin Wall vowing to scale back the U.S. arsenal in good faith that Moscow would follow suit in “negotiated cuts.” Before that, Obama was meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Palm Springs for a bilateral sit-down that he confidently branded as a positive step forward in U.S.-China relations. Buoyed by NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s revelations of U.S. intelligence activities and after reportedly milking the hard drives of four laptops he carried into his Hong Kong hotel, the Chinese government defied a Washington extradition request and let Snowden leave the former...
  • "NSA Should Come Clean About Domestic Spying": Ray Kelly

    06/18/2013 3:33:06 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 3 replies ^ | June 18, 2013 | Jennifer Bain
    Police Commissioner Ray Kelly launched a stinging rebuke to the federal government’s secret phone and Internet monitoring campaign — and suggested leaker Edward Snowden was right about privacy “abuse.” “I don’t think it ever should have been made secret,” Kelly said today, breaking ranks with US law-enforcement officials.
  • U.S. to let spy agencies scour Americans' finances

    03/13/2013 11:35:13 AM PDT · by madison10 · 51 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 3/13/2013 | Reuters
    The Obama administration is drawing up plans to give all U.S. spy agencies full access to a massive database that contains financial data on American citizens and others who bank in the country, according to a Treasury Department document seen by Reuters...
  • NSA Whistleblower Details How The NSA Has Spied On All US Citizens Since 9/11

    08/24/2012 10:02:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 183 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Aug. 24, 2012 | Michael Kelley
    National Security Agency whistleblower William Binney explains how the secretive agency run its pervasive domestic spying apparatus... Binney—one of the best mathematicians and code breakers in NSA history—worked for the Defense Department's foreign signals intelligence agency for 32 years before resigning in late 2001 because he "could not stay after the NSA began purposefully violating the Constitution." In a short video called "The Program," Binney explains how the agency took part of one of the programs he built and started using it to spy on virtually every U.S. citizen without warrants under the code-name Stellar Wind.
  • Gazillions

    08/09/2012 7:10:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | August 9, 2012 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    Gazillions. That's the number of times the federal government has spied on Americans since 9/11 through the use of drones, legal search warrants, illegal search warrants, federal agent-written search warrants and just plain government spying. This is according to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who, when he asked the government to tell him what it was doing to violate our privacy, was given a classified briefing. The senator -- one of just a few in the U.S. Senate who believes that the Constitution means what it says -- was required by federal law to agree not to reveal what spies and...
  • Whistleblower: NSA is watching all of us

    07/25/2012 10:40:37 AM PDT · by JOAT · 62 replies
    Roger Hedgecock dot com ^ | 7/25/2012 | Roger Hedgecock
    The TSA, DHS and countless other security agencies have been established to keep America safe from terrorist attacks in post-9/11 America. How far beyond that does the feds' reach really go, though? The attacks of September 11, 2001 were instrumental in getting the US government to establish counterterrorism agencies to curb future tragedies. Some officials say that they haven't stopped there, though, and are spying on everyone in America. Testimonies delivered in recent weeks by former employees of the National Security Agency suggest that the government is going beyond what most of America thinks they do in order to keep...
  • Suspicious Activity Reports From U.S. Malls Being Processed By Police State Fusion Centers

    12/29/2011 12:43:54 PM PST · by JohnKinAK · 25 replies
    SHTFPlan ^ | 12/29/2011 | Mac Slavo
    It didn’t take long for the See Something, Say Something campaign initiated by the Department of Homeland Security last year to show promising results. According to a report from St. Paul Minnesota’s KARE11 and NPR, actionable human intelligence is on the rise at the nation’s largest mall, and it’s being cross-referenced with personal information and threat assessments via the recently made public nationwide network of government Fusion centers. While a mystery to most Americans, the existence of Fusion centers recently made waves when they were brought to the mainstream public’s attention by talk show host Alex Jones and former governor...
  • NSA CS Man: My Tracking Algorithm Was 'Twisted' By the Government [gov't spying on you]

    05/16/2011 5:53:27 PM PDT · by Clint Williams · 17 replies
    Slashdot ^ | 5/16/11 | Soulskill
    decora writes "Crypto-mathematician Bill Binney worked in the Signals Intelligence Automation Research Center at the NSA. There, he worked on NSA's ThinThread program; a way to monitor the flood of internet data from outside the US while protecting the privacy of US citizens. In a new interview with Jane Mayer, he says his program 'got twisted. ... I should apologize to the American people. It's violated everyone's rights. It can be used to eavesdrop on the whole world. ... my people were brought in, and they told me, "Can you believe they're doing this? They're getting billing records on US...
  • U.S. Program [Called "Perfect Citizen"] to Detect Cyber Attacks on Infrastructure

    07/07/2010 5:25:50 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    WSJ online ^ | SIOBHAN GORMAN
    The federal government is launching an expansive program dubbed "Perfect Citizen" to detect cyber assaults on private companies and government agencies running such critical infrastructure as the electricity grid and nuclear-power plants, according to people familiar with the program. The surveillance by the National Security Agency, the government's chief eavesdropping agency, would rely on a set of sensors deployed in computer networks for critical infrastructure that would be triggered by unusual activity suggesting an impending cyber attack, though it wouldn't persistently monitor the whole system, these people said. Defense contractor Raytheon Corp. recently won a classified contract for the initial...
  • The Government Is Monitoring Facebook And Twitter

    12/14/2009 9:15:40 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 160 replies · 4,203+ views
    The Government Is Monitoring Facebook And Twitter By Noel Sheppard Created 2009-12-14 11:59 "The government is increasingly monitoring Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites for tax delinquents, copyright infringers and political protesters." So ominously began an editorial [1] in Sunday's New York Times. Those with accounts at such websites should pay attention, for according to the Times, and other sources, Big Brother is watching you: The Wall Street Journal reported this summer that state revenue agents have been searching for tax scofflaws by mining information on MySpace and Facebook. In October, the F.B.I. searched the New York home of...
  • White House Seeks Renewal of Surveillance Laws

    09/16/2009 6:20:04 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 11 replies · 434+ views
    Washington Post ^ | September 16, 2009 | Carrie Johnson and Ellen Nakashima
    The Obama administration has for the first time set out its views on the controversial USA Patriot Act, telling lawmakers this week that legal approval of government surveillance methods scheduled to expire in December should be renewed, but leaving room to tweak the law to protect Americans' privacy. In a letter from Justice Department officials to key members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the administration recommended that Congress move swiftly with legislation that would protect the government's ability to collect a variety of business and credit card records and to monitor terrorism suspects with roving wiretaps. But Assistant Attorney General...
  • Fishy sites and fishy material for White House

    08/09/2009 2:06:54 PM PDT · by airedale · 17 replies · 645+ views
    The White House has asked people to send them fishy material. I think we should oblige them. Send them every fishing site in the world along with anything that mentions fish. Shame they couldn't be subscribed to mailing lists that involve fishing and fish. Of course the downside is the do get your ip address and an email address. The site is probably robust enough so it won't crash. I suppose that you could also send them any material produced by the Democrats as fishy as well
  • What Sarah Palin Experienced Was Surveillance (Hacked Emails) [Good Read]

    09/25/2008 8:25:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies · 1,386+ views
    NewsMax ^ | September 25, 2008 | Celia Farber
    I rarely partake in either political discussions or mob rage, but what has transpired with the Palin “hacker,” and Gawker, is to my mind the very dead end, the very suicide, of the media cogniscenti, of anybody who touches it with a bargepole, or pretends it is anything short of a lynching of everything this country aims to stand for. This is not “hacking.” Hacking sounds kind of cute, like surfing, like something faintly nerdy and ingenious. No — the word is “surveillance,” and the cultures that invented it and perfected it were dictatorships, most of which have crumbled and...
  • Immunity likely for phone companies in spy bill (Bush wins again)

    06/19/2008 6:50:23 AM PDT · by tlb · 16 replies · 295+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jun 18, 2008 | Thomas Ferraro
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. phone companies would be shielded from potentially billions of dollars in lawsuits under an anti-terror spy measure that appears headed toward approval, congressional sources said on Wednesday. House of Representatives Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer, a lead negotiator on the bill, said, "We're very close to having an agreement," and a House vote could come as early as Friday. Democratic and Republican aides and a lobbyist familiar with negotiations said the House would likely approve the measure overwhelmingly. Despite opposition from its top two Democrats, the Senate would then likely give it final approval, clearing the way...
  • 2 Coups in the past six months in Syria? Hear the latest on Covert Radio.

    04/17/2008 4:25:18 PM PDT · by RadioCirca1970 · 3 replies · 76+ views
    Brett ^ | 4/17/08 | Brett Winterble
    This week, Aaron Mannes from CT Blog and Terror Wonk and the University of Maryland checks into answer the question: is Hugo Chavez seeking a nuke? Did you know that there have been 2 coup attempts against Berhsar Assad in the last 6 months? Where is the MSM on this? Olivier Guitta from The Croissant.Com checks in to break it all down. Finally, I debate with Cloud Morris an attorney based in Maine, who focuses on the civil rights issues surrounding domestic spying--this isn't FISA, this is actual spy satellites being used to snoop.
  • Domestic spying inquiry restarted at DoJ (a long dormant inquiry into eavesdropping - BOHICA Alert!)

    11/13/2007 1:26:20 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 102+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/13/07 | Devlin Barrett - ap
    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department has reopened a long-dormant inquiry into the government's warrantless wiretapping program, a major policy shift only days into the tenure of new Attorney General Michael Mukasey. The investigation by the department's Office of Professional Responsibility was shut down after the previous attorney general, Alberto Gonzales, refused to grant security clearances to investigators. "We recently received the necessary security clearances and are now able to proceed with our investigation," H. Marshall Jarrett, counsel for the OPR, wrote to New York Rep. Maurice Hinchey. A copy of the letter, dated Tuesday, was obtained by The Associated Press....
  • Telecom Firms Helped With Government's Warrantless Wiretaps

    08/24/2007 12:03:03 PM PDT · by SubGeniusX · 15 replies · 386+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 24, 2007 | By Ellen Nakashima
    The Bush administration acknowledged for the first time that telecommunications companies assisted the government's warrantless surveillance program and were being sued as a result, an admission some legal experts say could complicate the government's bid to halt numerous lawsuits challenging the program's legality. "[U]nder the president's program, the terrorist surveillance program, the private sector had assisted us," Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell said in an interview with the El Paso Times published Wednesday. His statement could help plaintiffs in dozens of lawsuits against the telecom companies, which allege that the companies participated in a wiretapping program that violated Americans'...
  • Did the Clinton Administration Engage in “Domestic Spying” Against Princess Diana ?

    12/12/2006 2:03:45 PM PST · by SirLinksalot · 34 replies · 1,505+ views
    National Review ^ | 10/12/2006 | Byron York
    Did the Clinton Administration Engage in “Domestic Spying” Against Princess Diana? What the new revelations could mean. By Byron York The first thing to remember in trying to evaluate reports that U.S. intelligence services wiretapped Princess Diana is that British press accounts can be notoriously unreliable. We’ll know more about the story on Thursday morning, when results of the Lord Stevens inquiry into Diana’s death are released to the public. But if the reports out now are accurate, the Diana case could raise questions for veterans of the Clinton administration similar to those facing the Bush administration today. Some versions...
  • HP's Dunn stepping down in January

    09/12/2006 7:24:39 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 506+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/12/6 | Benjamin Pimentel
    07:11 PDT -- Embattled Hewlett-Packard Chairwoman Patricia Dunn will give up her post in January, and will be replaced by CEO Mark Hurd, the company said this morning. The announcement follows two days of board meetings as HP reeled from a corporate spying scandal that has rocked Silicon Valley. Dunn will remain as director. Another director, Richard Hackborn, who has served on the HP board since 1992, was named lead independent director effective January. Dunn continued to defended her decision to investigation the leaks of confidential board deliberations to the media. But she apologized for the use of false identities...
  • Police paying brokers for telephone records - Practice raises civil liberties questions, some say

    06/21/2006 6:49:13 AM PDT · by Cat loving Texan · 4 replies · 275+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 6/21/2006 | John Solomon
    Police paying brokers for telephone records Practice raises civil liberties questions, some say. By John Solomon ASSOCIATED PRESS Wednesday, June 21, 2006 WASHINGTON — Federal agents and local police across the country — as well as some of the nation's best-known companies — have been gathering Americans' phone records from private data brokers without subpoenas or warrants. These brokers, many of whom market aggressively on the Internet, have broken into customer accounts online, tricked phone companies into revealing information and sometimes acknowledged that their practices violate laws, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. Legal experts and privacy advocates...
  • A Domestic CIA (We need a spy agency that operates inside the U.S.)

    05/15/2006 11:14:31 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 36 replies · 825+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 15, 2006 | RICHARD A. POSNER
    Assuming that Michael Hayden is confirmed as CIA director, the agency will be in strong hands--especially if, as rumored, Stephen Kappes is appointed his deputy. General Hayden is the nation's senior intelligence officer (his current boss, John Negroponte, the director of national intelligence, is a career diplomat rather than an intelligence professional). Mr. Kappes, a former director of the operations (human intelligence) division of the CIA, is highly respected throughout the intelligence community. These appointments will not "recenter" the beleaguered Central Intelligence Agency, which is being squeezed from three sides: The Defense Department, the FBI and the director of national...
  • It’s Legal: The solid legal basis for the administration’s surveillance program

    03/15/2006 6:52:15 AM PST · by oldtimer2 · 47 replies · 2,475+ views
    NRO (National Review Online) ^ | March 15, 2006 | Byron York
    It's legal In early September 2002, just before the first anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, a group of lawyers gathered in a heavily protected, windowless room in the Department of Justice building in Washington. There were three federal appeals-court judges, Laurence Silberman, Edward Leavy, and Ralph Guy. There was Theodore Olson, the U.S. solicitor general. There was Larry Thompson, the deputy attorney general. And there was John Yoo, the Justice official who had closely studied questions of war powers and presidential authority. The purpose of the meeting was to argue a case whose details remain so classified that...
  • Clinton's Other Domestic Spying Program

    02/22/2006 7:36:36 AM PST · by rellimpank · 1 replies · 473+ views
    By Lowell Ponte February 22, 2006 Leftist politicians, by criticizing President George W. Bush’s wiretapping of overseas telephone calls with al-Qaeda suspects, have left the impression that Democrats are too fastidious to ever use such methods to eavesdrop on terrorists. This impression is wrong. We should give Democratic leaders their due. President Bill Clinton used questionable government surveillance in ways more sweeping than any Republican president would even consider doing.
  • CRS attacked again on wiretap bias

    02/20/2006 6:04:00 AM PST · by Wuli · 2 replies · 460+ views
    UPI ^ | 2/20/2006 | SHAUN WATERMAN
    Another House GOP committee chair has joined criticism of the Congressional Research Service for its legal analysis of the administration's program of ...
  • FreepThis Poll

    01/24/2006 6:08:17 PM PST · by capers_for_freedom · 25 replies · 813+ views
    WABC Radio ^ | 1-24-2006 | WABC Radio
    What did you think of President Bush's defense of the NSA wiretaps? I agree- whatever it takes to keep us safe! I disagree- it's wrong and unlawful! I'm not sure how I feel?
  • Gen Hayden, NSA, National Press Club 1/23/06, Full Transcript (MUST READ!)

    01/24/2006 9:49:57 AM PST · by Stultis · 22 replies · 6,085+ views
    REMARKS BYGENERAL MICHAEL V. HAYDEN PRINCIPAL DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCEANDFORMER DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY ADDRESS TO THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUBWHAT AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE & ESPECIALLY THE NSA HAVE BEEN DOING TO DEFEND THE NATION NATIONAL PRESS CLUBWASHINGTON, D.C. 10:00 A.M. ESTMONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2006MR. HILL: Good morning. My name is Keith Hill. I'm an editor/writer with the Bureau of National Affairs, Press Club governor and vice chair of the club's Newsmaker Committee, and I'll be today's moderator. Today, we have General Michael Hayden, principal deputy director of National Intelligence with the Office of National Intelligence, who will talk...
  • Illegal wiretapping by Pellicano alleged

    01/23/2006 9:30:42 PM PST · by SmithL · 35 replies · 816+ views
    Copley News Service ^ | 1/23/6 | Matt Krasnowski
    LOS ANGELES – After months of behind-the-scenes maneuvering, a federal probe into the alleged illegal wiretapping activities of private investigator to the stars Anthony Pellicano appears to be ready for its close-up. Prosecutors revealed recently that Pellicano's former girlfriend and a veteran police officer pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the investigation. The girlfriend, Sandra Will Carradine, 58 – once married to actor Keith Carradine – pleaded guilty to a perjury count for lying to a grand jury about whether she knew about Pellicano tapping her former husband's phone. Former Beverly Hills police Officer Craig Stevens, 45, of Oak...
  • New Fox News Poll Totally Contradicts AP Poll... What happened?

    01/13/2006 9:17:56 AM PST · by rabair · 11 replies · 565+ views ^ | 1-13-06 | Randy @
    Here are the most important parts... but my blog post goes deep in to what seems to have happened here, etc. (from AP-Ipsos, a couple days ago) 56 percent of respondents in an AP-Ipsos poll said the government should be required to first get a court warrant to eavesdrop on the overseas calls and e-mails of U.S. citizens when those communications are believed to be tied to terrorism. Agreeing with the White House, some 42 percent of those surveyed do not believe the court approval is necessary. (from Fox News-Opinion Dynamics poll out today) By 58 percent to 36...
  • Does anyone have a link to an op ed written by an appeals court judge regarding the NSA issue?

    01/08/2006 2:24:56 PM PST · by LSUfan · 10 replies · 283+ views
    None ^ | 8 Jan 06 | Myself
    Soon after the NSA story was revealed by the NY Slimes, an appeals court judge wrote and op ed saying that due to the nature of electronic monitoring and eavesdropping, warrants were not only unnecessary, but practically undoable. Could someone please direct me to that article? Thanks
  • British, U.S. spying draws us closer to Orwell's Big Brother

    01/01/2006 6:28:55 PM PST · by JTN · 231 replies · 2,695+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | Dec. 29, 2005 | T.J. Rodgers
    My waking thought on Christmas Day was that George Orwell's vision of Big Brother was no longer a hypothetical possibility but an actual near-term threat. That realization was synthesized from two news events, one here and one in Britain. In Britain, the government recently decided to deploy global positioning system (GPS) technology to track every vehicle in the U.K. every minute of the day. Just as GPS sensors are mandated for use in every cell phone in the near future in the United States (for our safety, of course), Britain will mandate the use of a GPS sensor in every...
  • There Will Be No Civil Liberties If We Lose This War

    01/01/2006 2:55:51 PM PST · by SunSetSam · 418 replies · 4,616+ views
    The New Media ^ | December 30, 2005 | Frank Salvato
    December 30, 2005 - The argument over whether President Bush has the authority to direct the National Security Agency to listen in on the conversations of suspected terrorists on US soil is split primarily into two camps; those who believe we are engaged in a war for our very survival against radical Islam and those who believe – and always have – that terrorism operates under a set of rules that govern its actions and therefore should be treated as a law enforcement issue. This is just another example of why there should have been a formal declaration of war...
  • Justice Dept. Probing Domestic Spying Leak

    12/30/2005 6:47:59 PM PST · by Brilliant · 21 replies · 877+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 12/30/2005 | TONI LOCY
    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department has opened another investigation into leaks of classified information, this time to determine who divulged the existence of President Bush's secret domestic spying program. The inquiry focuses on disclosures to The New York Times about warrantless surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, officials said. The newspaper recently revealed the existence of the program in a front-page story that also acknowledged that the news had been withheld from publication for a year, partly at the request of the administration and partly because the newspaper wanted more time to confirm...
  • Disorder in the Court (FISA)

    12/27/2005 12:53:13 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 154 replies · 2,391+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | January 2, 2006 | David Tell, for the Editors
    Since shortly after September 11, 2001-and under the terms of a formal order signed by the president of the United States sometime early the following year-the Pentagon's giant signals--intelligence division, the National Security Agency, has monitored "the international telephone calls and international email messages of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people inside the United States without warrants." So reported the New York Times more than a week ago. Official Washington is appalled.Isn't this sort of thing supposed to be illegal-unconstitutional, even? And why would the president think such unilateral domestic spying necessary to begin with? Why couldn't the Justice Department first...
  • The Valerie Plame Precedent

    12/21/2005 10:43:04 PM PST · by XHogPilot · 34 replies · 1,766+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 22, 2005 | Jack Kelly
    Finally, some good may come from the Valerie Plame kerfuffle -- if President Bush and Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez have the stones to do what's right. A grave crime was exposed Dec. 16th when New York Times reporters James Risen and Eric Lichtblau published a story revealing President Bush authorized the National Security Agency to listen in on conversations between al Qaida suspects abroad and people in the United States without first obtaining a warrant. "We're seeing clearly now that (President) Bush thought 9/11 gave him license to act like a dictator," wrote Newsweek's Jonathan Alter. But the scandal was...
  • Domestic Defense

    10/05/2005 6:00:07 PM PDT · by Hal1950 · 2 replies · 358+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 5 October 2005 | Michael Isikoff & Mark Hosenball
    Could proposed new intelligence-gathering powers for the Pentagon lead to spying on U.S. citizens? The question is being asked as the White House considers new roles for the military inside America's borders. The Pentagon would be granted new powers to conduct undercover intelligence gathering inside the United States—and then withhold any information about it from the public—under a series of little noticed provisions now winding their way through Congress. Citing in part the need for “greater latitude” in the war on terror, the Senate Intelligence Committee recently approved broad-ranging legislation that gives the Defense Department a long sought and potentially...
  • Is Bush son of Big Brother?

    12/31/2002 6:05:24 AM PST · by LibertyBelt · 49 replies · 395+ views
    News Max ^ | Sunday, Dec. 29, 2002 | Carl Limbacher
    Bush Policy's Newest Critics - Conservatives It's not the left that is sounding some of the harshest criticism against the president's tactics in fighting the war on terrorism, it's many of the nation's most solid Republican conservatives. So says Michelle Goldberg, writing for, claiming that "rock-ribbed" Republican conservatives are the "newest, most outspoken critics of the war on terrorism and Iraq." While the administration isn't surprised when it's being assailed by left-wingers for what liberals claim are increasingly draconian assaults on civil liberties, it has been surprised by a similar chorus from more and more members of the traditional...
  • I Spy

    07/18/2002 10:53:51 AM PDT · by white trash redneck · 8 replies · 153+ views
    NRO ^ | 18 jul 02 | Robert A. Levy
    IPS, or Terrorism Information and Prevention System, is the latest brainchild of the Bush administration in the war against terrorism. If the media accounts are to believed, TIPS is crafted to transform us into a nation of meddlers, busybodies, and snoops — each of us spying on the rest. By next month, the administration plans to recruit a million volunteers to serve as government informants in ten test cities. If the plan works, the goal is to enroll four percent of all Americans, or about eleven million domestic spies across the nation. <!-- .subscribebox { width: 90px; margin-top: 0px;...
  • Domestic spying: Where to begin? (Ithaca barf alert)

    06/17/2002 4:39:08 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 10 replies · 259+ views
    Ithaca Journal ^ | Monday, June 17, 2002 | Jud Kilgore
    <p>A new FBI? The proposed reorganization looks as if it were designed by a bureaucratic Rube Goldberg, but it is the purpose, not the flow chart that bothers me: Domestic spying.</p> <p>I am glad no FBI agent was in my church, First Baptist, when our courageous minister discussed involvement with Clergy Counseling, a group helping frightened teenagers with problem pregnancies in the '70s, when abortion was not legal. Also glad none were there in the '80s when our church was part of the Sanctuary movement, helping terrified refugees from Central America, many who fled their homes as a result of Reagan's policy of helping any nation described as anti-Communist, death squads included.</p>