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  • US appeals court reverses ruling that granted defense access to FISA court records

    06/16/2014 7:56:20 PM PDT · by Theoria · 3 replies
    AP ^ | 16 June 2014 | AP
    <p>Attorneys for a 20-year-old man accused of trying to ignite a bomb in Chicago will not be allowed unprecedented access to secret intelligence court records, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday, reversing a trial court and handing a victory to the federal government.</p>
  • The Next Shoe Just Dropped: Court Denies Attorney-Client Privilege

    04/20/2014 12:03:46 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 4/20/14 | Tyler Durden
    Submitted by Simon Black via Sovereign Man blog, In the Land of the Free, people grow up hearing a lot of things about their freedom. You're told that you live in the freest country on the planet. You're told that other nations 'hate you' for your freedom. And you're told that you have the most open and fair justice system in the world. This justice system is supposedly founded on bedrock principles-- things like a defendant being presumed innocent until proven guilty. The right to due process and an impartial hearing. The right to counsel and attorney-client privilege. Yet each...
  • Obama Asks Court To Make NSA Database Even Bigger

    02/26/2014 1:33:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 2/26/26 | tyler durden
    When a hypertotalitarian banana republic takes another turn for the gigasurreal, even Elon Musk is speechless. In the most glaring example of how farcical idiocy has become the new normal, we will remind readers (especially those who do not follow us on twitter), of the following blurb from last night:
  • What Did Obama Tell Us On Spying?

    01/18/2014 1:36:15 PM PST · by SatinDoll · 18 replies
    The Market-ticker ^ | Jan. 18, 2014 | Karl Denninger
    Nice speech yesterday? Well, not really. There are some points on which I agree with the President, which is a shocker all on its own. For instance, I agree that we can spy on people outside the United States who are a threat to the country. We always have as a nation; this is not new. And, I agree with his change requiring a warrant before US phone records are accessed. That's a new one for the President, and it's a good one. However, what I didn't hear today was any reform on mass-collection itself, nor on penalties for lies...
  • Secret court approves three more months of NSA phone snooping

    01/03/2014 4:05:22 PM PST · by ColdOne · 54 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 1/3/14 | Stephen Dinan
    The secret court that oversees the nation’s intelligence activities renewed its approval of the National Security Agency’s telephone-records program on Friday, granting the government a new three-month window to collect data on all Americans’ phone calls. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s office announced the court’s ruling in a statement, though officials didn’t make the ruling itself public, saying it was going through declassification procedures. The decision marks the 36th time the program has been approved by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. “It is the administration’s view, consistent with the recent holdings of the United States District Courts for...
  • NAPOLITANO: Finding a crime for every man (on NSA spying)

    10/02/2013 4:33:18 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 2, 2013 | Andrew P. Napolitano
    While the nation’s political class has been fixated on the government shutdown in Washington this week, the National Security Agency (NSA) has continued to spy on all Americans and, by its ambiguity and shrewd silence, seems to be acknowledging slowly that the scope of its spying is truly breathtaking. The Obama administration is of the view that the NSA can spy on anyone, anywhere. The president thinks that federal statutes enable the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court to authorize the NSA to capture any information it desires about any persons without identifying the persons and without a showing...
  • FISC judge orders review of secret court rulings on NSA phone surveillance

    09/13/2013 4:53:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 13, 2013 | By Warren Richey
    A judge on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has ordered the Obama administration to review for possible public release legal opinions issued by the secret court dealing with the constitutionality of the widespread collection of phone records by the National Security Agency. Friday’s ruling by one of the FISC judges, F. Dennis Saylor IV, a US district judge in Boston, is important, because it could mark a new willingness by the court to permit a level of public scrutiny of its decisions.
  • Docs: Officials misused US surveillance program (for three years, misrepresented actions to FISA)

    09/10/2013 7:15:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 9/10/13 | Paul Elias - AP
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — U.S. officials for nearly three years accessed data on thousands of domestic phone numbers they shouldn't have and then misrepresented their actions to a secret spy court to reauthorize the government's surveillance program, documents released Tuesday show. The government's explanation points to an enormous surveillance infrastructure with such incredible power that even the National Security Agency doesn't fully know how to properly use it: Officials told a judge in 2009 that the system is so large and complicated that "there was no single person who had a complete technical understanding" of it. The documents, which the...
  • Obama administration had restrictions on NSA reversed in 2011

    09/08/2013 6:59:34 AM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 91 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Ellen Nakashima
    The Obama administration secretly won permission from a surveillance court in 2011 to reverse restrictions on the National Security Agency’s use of intercepted phone calls and e-mails, permitting the agency to search deliberately for Americans’ communications in its massive databases, according to interviews with government officials and recently declassified material. In addition, the court extended the length of time that the NSA is allowed to retain intercepted U.S. communications from five years to six years — and more under special circumstances, according to the documents, which include a recently released 2011 opinion by U.S. District Judge John D. Bates, then...
  • FISA Court: An NSA email program that went on for years found unconstitutional

    08/22/2013 6:47:26 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Aug 22, 2013 | Rick Moran
    What's the NSA to say when they illegally and unconstitutionally snarf up emails they have no business looking at? Ooops: For several years, the National Security Agency unlawfully gathered tens of thousands of e-mails and other electronic communications between Americans as part of a now-revised collection method, according to a 2011 secret court opinion. The redacted 85-page opinion, which was declassified by U.S. intelligence officials on Wednesday, states that, based on NSA estimates, the spy agency may have been collecting as many as 56,000 "wholly domestic" communications each year. "For the first time, the government has now advised the court...
  • Secret court OKs continued US phone surveillance

    07/20/2013 6:39:52 AM PDT · by Earthdweller · 33 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 07/20/2013 | LARA JAKES
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A secret U.S. intelligence court renewed an order Friday to continue forcing Verizon Communications to turn over hundreds of millions of telephone records to the government each day in its search for foreign terror or espionage suspects. The order by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has been in place for years but must be renewed every three months. It was exposed in June after former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden leaked details of two top secret U.S. surveillance programs that critics say violate privacy rights. The order was set to expire Friday, and its renewal...
  • Fort Hood shooting suspect Nidal Hasan barred from seeing evidence obtained by FISA spying...

    07/14/2013 5:33:42 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    CBS News ^ | 7/12/13
    The Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, cannot access evidence obtained through secret electronic surveillance, a federal appeals court ruled. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans also denied Maj. Nidal Hasan's motion to suppress the evidence the government plans to use against him. The court's decision Wednesday upheld a lower court's ruling issued before Hasan recently began serving as his own attorney. Hasan faces execution or life without parole if convicted in the 2009 rampage that left 13 dead and nearly three dozen wounded on the Texas Army post. Jury selection...
  • Microsoft Worked Closely with NSA, Documents Show

    07/11/2013 8:18:27 PM PDT · by haffast · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva7 - Israel National News ^ | First Publish: 7/12/2013, 5:13 AM | Elad Benari
    Microsoft has collaborated closely with U.S. intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, top-secret documents obtained Thursday by the British Guardian show. The files provided by Edward Snowden illustrate the scale of co-operation between Silicon Valley and the intelligence agencies over the last three years. They also shed new light on the workings of the top-secret Prism program, which was disclosed by the Guardian and the Washington Post last month. According to the Guardian, the documents show that: snip
  • A Little Known Court

    07/10/2013 10:41:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 10, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    In 1978, Congress created an 11-member Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA), purportedly as a check against wiretapping abuses by the government. In practice, FISA only hears one side of the case, that of the government. Thus it should be no surprise to learn In Secret, Court Vastly Broadens Powers of N.S.A.  In more than a dozen classified rulings, the nation’s surveillance court has created a secret body of law giving the National Security Agency the power to amass vast collections of data on Americans while pursuing not only terrorism suspects, but also people possibly involved in nuclear proliferation, espionage and cyberattacks,...
  • Meet The Chief Justice Of America’s Secret Supreme Court (FISA)

    07/09/2013 10:31:19 AM PDT · by ruralvoter · 33 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 7/7/13 | John Stanton
    The chief judge of America’s most powerful secret court is a 64-year-old man who has said his path toward the law began in part when he was stopped by police in the early 1960s simply for being black, and who once said he became a lawyer to “make an impact on the quality of life for people of color in this country.” Reggie Walton is the presiding judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, whose 11 members are appointed directly by the chief justice of the Supreme Court. Revelations of broad spying by the National Security Agency have drawn unusual...
  • In Secret, Court Vastly Broadens Powers of N.S.A. (almost a parallel Supreme Court)

    07/06/2013 9:00:30 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 131 replies
    The 11-member Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, known as the FISA court, was once mostly focused on approving case-by-case wiretapping orders. But since major changes in legislation and greater judicial oversight of intelligence operations were instituted six years ago, it has quietly become ALMOST A PARALLEL SUPREME COURT, serving as the ultimate arbiter on surveillance issues and delivering opinions that will most likely shape intelligence practices for years to come, the officials said.
  • Record shows U.S. officials misled public on NSA programs

    07/02/2013 12:00:27 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 11 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 07/02/2013 | Greg Miller
    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. “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.” The remark by Litt, general counsel for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, was aimed at...
  • Secret-court judges upset at portrayal of ‘collaboration’ with government

    06/30/2013 6:38:57 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | No Date Given | Carol D. Leonnig, Ellen Nakashima and Barton Gellman,
    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.A classified 2009 draft report by the National Security Agency’s inspector general relayed some details about the interaction between the court’s judges and the NSA, which sought approval for the Bush administration’s top-secret domestic surveillance programs. The report was described in The Washington Post on June 16 and released in full Thursday by The Post and the British newspaper the Guardian....
  • The Ruling Class Consensus On Domestic Spying (Must Read)

    06/24/2013 12:22:53 PM PDT · by mojito · 15 replies
    Library of Law and Liberty ^ | 6/23/2013 | Angelo M. Codevilla
    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...
  • Barack Obama says the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court 'is transparent'

    06/22/2013 6:27:14 AM PDT · by memyselfandi59 · 29 replies
    Obama said that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court "is transparent." We don’t doubt that there are good reasons for secrecy at the court, but if you’re going to operate a mostly secret court, you also don’t get to crow about how "transparent" it is. The president can’t have his cake and eat it, too. We rate his claim Pants on Fire.
  • Obama: I’m not Dick Cheney

    06/17/2013 2:28:32 PM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 71 replies
    Politico ^ | June 17, 2013 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    President Barack Obama used a television interview set to air Monday night to defend his administration’s use of far-reaching surveillance programs as carefully supervised and controlled. Obama also appeared to reject comparisons between himself and Vice President Dick Cheney, who strongly backed similar surveillance efforts in the George W. Bush administration and has defended Obama’s continuation of national security-related programs similar in many respects to those pursued by the previous administration.
  • From the "Trust 'Em?" files: a federal judge says faith in judicial "oversight" is misplaced

    06/15/2013 6:38:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Hullabaloo ^ | June 15, 2013 | Digby
    This strikes me as, I don't know, important: A retired federal judge warned Friday against blind faith in the secret court deciding the scope of U.S. government surveillance. During a panel discussion on constitutional privacy protection in the wake of a leaked Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court decision that revealed widespread NSA data collection, U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner stood up in the audience to counter the statements of conservative law professor Nathan Sales that secret surveillance requests are subject to meaningful judicial review. She cautioned: "As a former Article III judge, I can tell you that your faith in the...
  • Senators receive closed-door briefing on NSA surveillance (47 get briefed!)

    06/14/2013 4:47:38 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 32 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 13 | Ed O'Keefe
    Forty-seven U.S. senators attended a closed-door briefing with top national security officials Thursday to learn more about how telephone and Internet-tracking programs used by the National Security Agency have thwarted multiple terrorist attacks — details that lawmakers said the general public will begin learning more about by Monday. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, said it is taking longer to release the information as top NSA officials work to ensure that any information released publicly is as accurate as possible.
  • Inside the NSA's Ultra-Secret China Hacking Group

    06/13/2013 11:49:34 AM PDT · by Fred · 2 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 061013 | MATTHEW M. AID
    This weekend, U.S. President Barack Obama sat down for a series of meetings with China's newly appointed leader, Xi Jinping. We know that the two leaders spoke at length about the topic du jour -- cyber-espionage -- a subject that has long frustrated officials in Washington and is now front and center with the revelations of sweeping U.S. data mining. The media has focused at length on China's aggressive attempts to electronically steal U.S. military and commercial secrets, but Xi pushed back at the "shirt-sleeves" summit, noting that China, too, was the recipient of cyber-espionage. But what Obama probably neglected...
  • The Left’s Phony Defense of Freedom

    06/13/2013 10:04:22 AM PDT · by Fred · 1 replies
    Human Events ^ | 061213 | David Harsanyi
    There are many idealistic progressives who’ve remained opposed to the National Security Agency’s data mining programs regardless of who is in the White House. (We can’t surrender our freedom for safety, you know!) It’s only a shame that these same people have such little reverence for constitutional liberties in other areas of public life. Really, it’s worse than that. Consider the central case of the left these days: “Unfettered” freedom is a tragedy — decadent, unfair and un-American. So if, as liberals like to argue, it’s a moral imperative for Americans to scale back personal liberty to build a cleaner,...
  • 'I'm neither a traitor nor a hero... I'm an American': NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden..

    06/12/2013 8:51:18 AM PDT · by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost · 81 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | June 12, 2013 | Lydia Warren
    (FULL TITLE: "'I'm neither a traitor nor a hero... I'm an American': NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden finally breaks cover - and vows to expose MORE secrets") Newspaper said he has exposed more details about surveillance targets He said he will remain in Hong Kong and fight any extradition bidSnowden's whereabouts in Hong Kong are still unknown Edward Snowden, the former CIA analyst behind one of the most significant government leaks in U.S. history, has vowed to expose further surveillance secrets as he speaks out again. The 29-year-old whistleblower remained defiant in an interview with the South China Morning Post on...
  • Nine Companies Tied to PRISM, Obama Will Be Smacked With Class-Action Lawsuit Wednesday

    06/11/2013 5:08:43 PM PDT · by Fred · 18 replies
    US News ^ | 61113 | Steven Nelson
    Former Justice Department prosecutor Larry Klayman amended an existing lawsuit against Verizon and a slew of Obama administration officials Monday to make it the first class-action lawsuit in response to the publication of a secret court order instructing Verizon to hand over the phone records of millions of American customers on an "ongoing, daily basis." Klayman told U.S. News he will file a second class-action lawsuit Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia targeting government officials and each of the nine companies listed in a leaked National Security Agency slideshow as participants in the government's PRISM...
  • Traitor [Snowden]

    06/11/2013 12:38:40 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 127 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | June 11, 2013 | Arnold Ahlert
    Edward Snowden, 29, a former CIA technical assistant and current employee of military contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, went to the Guardian and the Washington Post newspapers and spilled national security secrets that he had promised not to divulge. U.S. Ambassador John Bolton puts that effort in the proper perspective:
  • NSA Whistleblower Details How The NSA Has Spied On US Citizens Since 9/11

    06/11/2013 6:59:21 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 21 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | Aug. 24, 2012 | Michael Kelley
    National Security Agency whistleblower William Binney explains how the secretive agency runs its pervasive domestic spying apparatus in a new piece by Laura Poitras in The New York Times. 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....
  • Meet the NSA leaker, Edward Snowden

    06/10/2013 3:14:09 PM PDT · by Fred · 47 replies
    Human Events ^ | 61013 | John Hayward
    The UK Guardian revealed the source for its stories on the NSA phone-monitoring story (and, evidently, the Washington Post story about the PRISM Internet snooping program) is a 29-year-old IT specialist for defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton named Edward Snowden. He says he enlisted in the Army with an eye towards fighting in Iraq because “I felt like I had an obligation as a human being to help free people from oppression,” ended up spending three years as a CIA security technician, and voted for Barack Obama. He now claims to be deeply disillusioned about Iraq, the CIA, and Obama....
  • Sensenbrenner: Collecting phone records abuses Patriot Act(The Author)

    06/10/2013 12:14:45 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 17 replies
    Wispolitics ^ | Thursday, June 6, 2013
    U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Menomonee Falls and the author of the Patriot Act, said today that the federal government's collection of millions of phone records as part of counter-terrorism efforts violates the controversial 2001 law, calling the effort "excessive and un-American." "While I believe the Patriot Act appropriately balanced national security concerns and civil rights, I have always worried about potential abuses," Sensenbrenner said in a statement. "The (FBI's) broad application for phone records was made under the so-called business records provision of the Act. I do not believe the broadly drafted FISA order is consistent with the requirements of...
  • Can Obama blame Congress if it didn't know about April FISA Court ruling? (Verizon/Snowden/NSA

    06/09/2013 8:13:58 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 3 replies
    6/9/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    How can Obama blame Congress if the April FISA ruling concerned Verizon, and if it was a secret ruling until the Snowden leak (that is if Edward Snowden did leak it)? I mean, if it WAS until recently a secret, how could Congress have known and thus possibly be to blame for any part of this?
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 9 June 2013

    06/09/2013 4:50:27 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 261 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 9 June 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows June 9th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis.; Michael Hayden, former head of the CIA and the National Security Agency. MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Pre-empted by coverage of the French Open.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.; Reps. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., Michael McCaul, R-Texas, Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and John Dingell, D-Mich.THIS WEEK (ABC): Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Mark Udall, D-Colo.; Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Keith Ellison, D-Minn.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Udall,...
  • Boundless Informant: the NSA's secret tool to track global surveillance data

    06/08/2013 12:56:02 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 30 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Saturday 8 June 2013 15.10 EDT | Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill
    The National Security Agency has developed a powerful tool for recording and analysing where its intelligence comes from, raising questions about its repeated assurances to Congress that it cannot keep track of all the surveillance it performs on American communications. The Guardian has acquired top-secret documents about the NSA datamining tool, called Boundless Informant, that details and even maps by country the voluminous amount of information it collects from computer and telephone networks.
  • Liberals Can't Ignore the Verizon Phone Records Scandal (Al Gore outraged!)

    06/08/2013 3:06:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 6, 2013 | JORDAN FABIAN
    Today's stunning report that the National Security Agency is collecting the phone records of millions of U.S. Verizon customers is beginning to spark a backlash against the Obama administration from the left. The Guardian reported that the NSA issued an order that allows it to collect phone records from Verizon customers "indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing." Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca.) confirmed that the order, which was issued in April, was a three-month renewal of an ongoing practice. The Washington Post reported that practice dates back to 2006... --snip--...
  • Guardian: PRISM “collection directly from the servers”

    06/08/2013 11:53:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 8, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Well, golly, this might be just a tad inconvenient for the establishment spin on PRISM, if true. After the Washington Post and then the Guardian exposed the NSA’s Internet snooping program, a few of the named Internet companies denied giving the NSA any access to their servers. Instead, they told the New York Times that they provided blocks of information pursuant to FISA court orders and placed them in virtual dropboxes for the agency to access. That would, as Red Alert Politics notes, make the program legal and narrower than originally thought, although still a worrisome development for privacy. However,...
  • Justice Department Fights Release of Secret Court Opinion Finding Unconstitutional Surveillance

    06/07/2013 3:33:15 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 80 replies
    mother jones ^ | 6/7 | corn
    In the midst of revelations that the government has conducted extensive top-secret surveillance operations to collect domestic phone records and internet communications, the Justice Department was due to file a court motion Friday in its effort to keep secret an 86-page court opinion that determined that the government had violated the spirit of federal surveillance laws and engaged in unconstitutional spying.
  • Obama continues, extends some Bush terrorism policies

    06/06/2013 7:34:38 PM PDT · by haffast · 25 replies
    NBC ^ | 6/6/2013 | Tom Curry
    President Barack Obama has continued to pursue some of the same anti-terrorism policies as the Bush administration, and, in at least one instance, expanded upon them. In the clearest example, Obama has authorized more than 300 overseas drone strikes against suspected terrorists as president – that’s compared to an estimate of roughly 50 such strikes under President George W. Bush – even as Obama has proposed new restrictions governing the policy. And on Wednesday, it was revealed that the Obama administration has requested wholesale collection of data from Verizon related to routine phone calls many Americans make, a continuation of...
  • Puzzlin' Evidence

    06/06/2013 6:42:53 PM PDT · by sitetest · 4 replies
    From the movie "True Stories." Apologies for the forced commercial at the beginning of this YouTube excerpt.
  • NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily

    06/06/2013 3:22:23 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 6-5-2013 | Glenn Greenwald
    Exclusive: Top secret court order requiring Verizon to hand over all call data shows scale of domestic surveillance under Obama The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America's largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April. The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an "ongoing, daily basis" to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries. The document shows for the first...
  • Enemy Combatants in Boston, Was there a FISA order issued for Tamerlan Tsarnaev?

    04/22/2013 4:20:50 AM PDT · by quimby · 28 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4-21-13 | Opinion
    A row has broken out over whether the Obama Administration is violating the legal due process of Boston terror suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by not reading him his Miranda rights before questioning. The more relevant question for the safety of the U.S. homeland is why the Administration has declined to designate him as a terrorist enemy combatant. With Dzhokhar wounded and in custody and his brother Tamerlan dead, the focus is shifting to how the brothers became radicalized and whether they had links to foreign or domestic terror networks. It's becoming clearer by the day that elder brother Tamerlan had become...
  • Court Won't Allow Challenge To Surveillance Law

    02/26/2013 9:54:14 AM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 35 replies
    AP ^ | 02/26/2013 | Jesse J. Holland
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A sharply-divided Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out an attempt by U.S. citizens to challenge the expansion of a surveillance law used to monitor conversations of foreign spies and terrorist suspects. With a 5-4 vote, the high court ruled that a group of American lawyers, journalists and organizations can't sue to challenge the 2008 expansion of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) because they can't prove that the government will monitor their conversations along with those of potential foreign terrorist and intelligence targets.
  • Muslim group blasts judge over "sea monster" comparison (Judge tosses CAIR and ACLU lawsuit)

    08/15/2012 10:14:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/15/12 | Dan Whitcomb - Reuters
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Muslim rights group criticized a federal judge on Wednesday, complaining he had compared the civil liberties of Muslim Americans to a "hideous sea monster" while tossing out a lawsuit over the infiltration of California mosques by an FBI informant. U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney dismissed the lawsuit on Tuesday, which charged that the undercover FBI informant had violated civil liberties of U.S. Muslims by spying on them, ruling that allowing the case to proceed could risk disclosure of government secrets. In his 36-page order, Carney invoked the fictional Greek hero Odysseus, who was forced to...
  • Loophole in Law May Allow Warrantless Surveillance of Americans

    06/12/2012 7:48:03 PM PDT · by Theoria · 11 replies
    FAS ^ | 11 June 2012 | Steven Aftergood
    Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee are divided over whether there is a loophole in current law which would permit government agencies to monitor the communications of American citizens without any kind of warrant or other judicial authorization.The dispute was presented but not resolved in a new Senate Intelligence Committee report on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments Act (FAA) Sunsets Extension Act, which would renew the provisions of the FISA Amendments Act through June 2017.“We have concluded… that section 702 [of the Act] currently contains a loophole that could be used to circumvent traditional warrant protections and search for...
  • Democrats cite U.S. security in pushing Justice job nominee

    05/08/2011 7:59:41 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 8, 2011 | Sean Lengell
    With a key test vote in the Senate on Monday, Democrats are playing the national security card in their push to get the No. 2 man at the Justice Department confirmed. Democrats argue that acting Deputy Attorney General James Cole, whom President Obama wants named to the post permanently, needs full congressional backing if the treasure trove of intelligence from Osama bin Laden’s killing can be fully put to use. “There’s a heightened need for him now, given all the new work that’s going to come forward,” Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, said during a SenateJudiciary Committee hearing...
  • The Press at War ___ The patriot reporter is passé.

    11/26/2006 12:45:04 AM PST · by Lorianne · 6 replies · 458+ views
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2006 | James Q. Wilson
    We are told by careful pollsters that half of the American people believe that American troops should be brought home from Iraq immediately. This news discourages supporters of our efforts there. Not me, though: I am relieved. Given press coverage of our efforts in Iraq, I am surprised that 90 percent of the public do not want us out right now. Between January 1 and September 30, 2005, nearly 1,400 stories appeared on the ABC, CBS, and NBC evening news. More than half focused on the costs and problems of the war, four times as many as those that discussed...
  • Virginia Man Accused of Providing Material Support to Terrorists [Update: GUILTY!]

    07/21/2010 3:42:49 PM PDT · by Cindy · 41 replies · 1+ views
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Virginia Man Accused of Providing Material Support to Terrorists ALEXANDRIA, VA—Zachary Adam Chesser, 20, of Fairfax County, Va., was arrested today on charges that he provided material support to al Shabaab, a designated foreign terrorist organization. Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Shawn Henry, Assistant Director in Charge (ADIC) of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after Chesser was arrested and the charging documents were made public. “This case exposes the disturbing reality that extreme radicalization can happen anywhere, including Northern Virginia,” said U.S. Attorney...
  • Group challenging enhanced surveillance law faces uphill clim

    04/22/2010 8:48:23 AM PDT · by Palter · 3 replies · 163+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 19 April 2010 | Ellen Nakashima
    A group of lawyers, human rights activists and journalists argued in a federal appeals court on Friday that a 2008 update to U.S. surveillance law has made their e-mails and phone calls more susceptible to government interception and that, as a result, they are forgoing conversations and flying overseas rather than making phone calls or writing e-mails. Those in the group are trying to show that they have suffered harm because of the revised law, which dropped a requirement that the government identify the subjects of its surveillance. The group must prove harm in order to challenge the law's constitutionality...
  • Democrats Trying To Take Back Immunity For Telecoms Counter-terrorism Efforts

    10/08/2009 10:37:01 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 2 replies · 243+ views
    Heritage Center/The Lid ^ | 10/8/09 | The Lid
    Nothing pisses off progressives more, than a perceived infringement on people's rights especially if it has the potential of saving thousands of lives. To those progressive the FISA bill (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) was the definition of evil. The bill prescribed prescribes for the physical and electronic surveillance and collection of "foreign intelligence information" between "foreign powers" and "agents of foreign powers." This is the bill that was made famous because it allowed for "warrantless wiretaps" under certain conditions. Last summer, after much debate. FISA was renewed. The debate centered around a provision which granted immunity from prosecution for the...
  • The bombmakers' friend

    10/01/2009 7:41:05 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 549+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/1/9 | Debra J. Saunders
    On Tuesday, Najibullah Zazi, a 24-year-old Afghan immigrant who was a teenager in Queens during the Sept. 11 attacks, pleaded not guilty to federal terrorism conspiracy charges in New York. This is a scary story. Police stopped and searched Zazi's rented car on the George Washington Bridge on Sept. 10, as the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks loomed and President Obama was about to join world leaders at a U.N. confab. According to the U.S. attorney's office, Zazi flew to Pakistan in August 2008 to receive bombmaking instructions, returned to use the Internet and nine pages of handwritten bombmaking...