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  • New Leak Reveals the Fun and Follies of the NSA

    05/18/2016 9:56:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | May 18, 2016 | Rachel Marsden
    Former National Security Agency contractor, Central Intelligence Agency employee and hide-and-seek champion Edward Snowden has been holed up in Russia for nearly three years, engaged in perhaps the longest-ever game of show-and-tell. Meanwhile, The Intercept -- an online publication that has served as a clearinghouse for data Snowden pilfered from the NSA -- has just dropped another stash of once highly classified material onto the Internet. This time, the leak consists of content from an internal NSA newsletter, SID Today. ("SID" is the abbreviation for "Signals Intelligence Directorate.") What can we learn from these newly released documents? Apparently, NSA culture...
  • NY Cops Shame the Democrats

    01/05/2015 6:30:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | January 5, 2015 | John Ransom
    Since the election of Barack Obama in 2008, and his inauguration in 2009, Democrats have increasingly shown no shame. They showed no shame when they passed the trillion dollar stimulus bill that was so full of pork that it failed to produce jobs; they showed no shame when they handed out Department of Energy “green” loans to their cronies; they showed no shame when they pandered to Hispanics, while not providing them the comprehensive immigration reform that Democrats say they favored; they showed no shame by giving Al Sharpton his own TV show; they showed no shame in the way...
  • The Government and Freedom

    10/16/2014 12:00:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | October 16, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    Earlier this week, FBI Director James Comey gave an interview to "60 Minutes" during which he revealed a flawed understanding of personal freedom. He rightly distinguished what FBI agents do in their investigations of federal crimes from what the NSA does in its intelligence gathering, when the two federal agencies are looking for non-public data. The FBI requires, Comey correctly asserted, articulable suspicion to commence an investigation and probable cause to obtain a search warrant. It does this because its agents have sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution, and their failure to comply with that oath may very well...
  • Obama And Kerry Need to Man 'Up'…If That’s At All Humanly Possible

    05/29/2014 4:33:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | May 29, 2014 | John Ransom
    Man people are stupid. And I mean a lot of people. So John Kerry went on national TV yesterday to triple double dog dare Edward Snowden to come back from Russia. “Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday called National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden a fugitive and challenged him to ‘man up and come back to the United States,’" reports ABCNews. "If Mr. Snowden wants to come back to the United States," Kerry said, "we'll have him on a flight today." Kerry said Snowden should "stand up in the United States and make his case to the American people."...
  • “We Kill People Based on Metadata,” Admits Former CIA/NSA Boss

    05/13/2014 4:04:19 PM PDT · by robowombat · 60 replies
    New American ^ | Tuesday, 13 May 2014 11:00 | Alex Newman
    “We Kill People Based on Metadata,” Admits Former CIA/NSA Boss Written by Alex Newman font size decrease font size increase font size Print E-mail “We Kill People Based on Metadata,” Admits Former CIA/NSA Boss Essentially confessing to mass murder and multiple other crimes, retired Gen. Michael Hayden, the former boss of both the NSA and the CIA, admitted that the Obama administration has been murdering people around the world based solely on the so-called metadata collected by U.S. intelligence agencies. The controversial insider’s remarks confirmed growing fears and warnings by critics of the out-of-control federal government that, despite efforts to...
  • Obama Acolyte, Facebook Founder, Shocked By Spying

    03/15/2014 5:57:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | March 15, 2014 | John Ransom
    Now you're gonna have to answer to the Coca-Cola company, Mr. Obama. OK, maybe not Coke, but, you’ll have to answer to today’s bubbly equivalent, which can also rot you from the inside out: Facebook. Yeah. So be warned “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called President Barack Obama Wednesday night to complain about U.S. government actions that are undermining trust in the Internet,” reports Politico, “after a report that described how the National Security Agency posed as a Facebook server to inject malicious software into targets’ computers.” I wonder if Zuck’s voice broke when he talked to Obama. I wonder if...
  • Dianne Feinstein and the Democrats' Great Satan

    03/12/2014 4:26:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | March 12, 2014 | John Ransom
    Oh, now they’ve done it. They picked on the wrong people this time. The C.I.A. has apparently been spying on Congress. I know. Who would have seen that coming? Spies spying on people? That’s like lawyers legislating or something. Oh wait…. So, Congress is really, really mad at the C.I.A. now. According to a story by the New York Times, the C.I.A. snooped on Senate staffers in order to find out how the Senate got internal C.I.A. documents, some of which were critical of “agency’s detention and interrogation program. Parts of the C.I.A. report cast a particularly harsh light...
  • Rand Paul Versus Barack Obama

    02/15/2014 3:01:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | February 15, 2014 | John Ransom
    I’m a national security hawk. But, I’m also a free-market, anti-crony capitalist. I’m a Catholic, I’m a dad and I’m a businessman. And an American. For all these reasons, I stand with Rand in his lawsuit against Barack Obama and his co-defendants: the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander and FBI Director James Comey. “Paul’s suit, filed in conjunction with conservative group FreedomWorks,” says the New York Daily News, “alleges that the NSA’s bulk collection program, under which the agency has collected the telephone metadata of many Americans, violates the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution,...
  • Cisco’s disastrous quarter shows NSA spying could freeze US companies out of a trillion$ opportunity

    11/26/2013 9:57:52 AM PST · by kobald · 9 replies
    Quartz ^ | November 14, 2013 | Christopher Mims
    Cisco announced two important things in today’s earnings report: The first is that the company is aggressively moving into the Internet of Things—the effort to connect just about every object on earth to the internet—by rolling out new technologies. The second is that Cisco has seen a huge drop-off in demand for its hardware in emerging markets, which the company blames on fears about the NSA using American hardware to spy on the rest of the world. Cisco chief executive John Chambers said on the company’s earnings call that he believes other American technology companies will be similarly affected. Cisco...
  • “What Difference Does It Make”? The Difference Between Truth and Lies

    11/04/2013 9:36:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | November 4, 2013 | Morgan Brittany
    Why do a vast majority of the American public continue to fall for the constant lies coming out of Washington?What is it that they just don’t see?Time and time again the rug is pulled out from under them and they still fall for the same old “bait and switch”.Politicians know it and now they have no qualms about continuing the lies even after we know they are lies! I remember a time when at least they tried to cover it up, (Richard Nixon), or they came clean after they were caught, (Bill Clinton).Today however, they fabricate a lie in order...
  • Barack Obama: America’s Commander-in-Deceit

    10/30/2013 5:59:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | October 30, 2013 | Bob Barr
    If there is one man who knows about corrupt presidential administrations, it is Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward. So, when the man who helped bring down Richard Nixon warns about widespread corruption within the Executive Branch, it commands attention. Woodward spoke last weekend with CBS anchor Bob Schieffer about the Obama Administration’s “secret world” of government power, where it operates with impunity, often times well outside the rule of law. To keep Obama and his cronies ensconced in power, Woodward describes how the Administration routinely uses intimidation, misdirection, and outright lies to hide what it actually is doing. Of course,...
  • NSA spying threatens to hamper US foreign policy

    10/26/2013 9:04:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 26, 2013 10:19 AM EDT | Deb Riechmann
    Secretary of State John Kerry went to Europe to talk about Mideast peace, Syria and Iran. What he got was an earful of outrage over U.S. snooping abroad. President Barack Obama has defended America’s surveillance dragnet to leaders of Russia, Mexico, Brazil, France and Germany, but the international anger over the disclosures shows no signs of abating in the short run. … Diplomatic relations are built on trust. If America’s credibility is in question, the U.S. will find it harder to maintain alliances, influence world opinion and maybe even close trade deals. …
  • NSA director Keith Alexander and deputy expected to depart in early 2014

    10/17/2013 12:56:05 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 32 replies
    The Guardian ^ | October 17, 2013 |,
    The director of the National Security Agency and his deputy are expected to depart in the coming months, US officials said on Wednesday, in a development that could give President Obama a chance to reshape the eavesdropping agency. Army general Keith Alexander's eight-year tenure was rocked this year by revelations contained in documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden about the agency's widespread scooping up of telephone, email and social media data.
  • NSA collects millions of e-mail address books globally

    10/14/2013 4:19:54 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 39 replies
    The National Security Agency is harvesting hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal e-mail and instant messaging accounts around the world, many of them belonging to Americans, according to senior intelligence officials and top secret documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
  • Newspeak for a new millenium

    10/03/2013 6:38:17 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/3/2013 | Adam Bates
    Wednesday’s oversight hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee vindicated civil libertarians skeptical of the surveillance state, but it also deserves to be remembered for the Obama Administration’s introduction of a concept so absurd and Orwellian that we can only conclude that the national security apparatus has jumped the shark.First, the vindication. Gen. Keith Alexander, Director of the National Security Agency, finally admitted what astute observers of the American counter-terrorism apparatus have been arguing for months: the claim made by the Obama Administration that the NSA’s domestic spying program foiled dozens of terrorist plots was egregiously untrue. Under pressure from Sen....
  • Obama spy panel is loaded with insiders, critics charge

    10/01/2013 5:43:50 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 32 replies
    McClatchyDC ^ | October 1, 2013 | By Anita Kumar
    WASHINGTON — After a public backlash to government spying, President Barack Obama called for an independent group to review the vast surveillance programs that allow the collections of phone and email records. Now, weeks before the group’s first report is due, some lawmakers, technology organizations and civil liberties groups are concerned that the panel’s members are too close to the Obama administration and its mission too vague to provide a thorough scrubbing of the National Security Agency technologies that have guided intelligence gathering since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------snip---------------------------- The members of the review group are Richard Clarke,...
  • More NSA leaks to come, Guardian says

    10/02/2013 8:51:13 AM PDT · by shego · 13 replies
    Computerworld ^ | 10/1/13 | Zach Miners
    The flood of stories on government spying will not be slowing soon -- in fact the majority of the most important documents detailing how the U.S. National Security Agency collects personal data have not been published yet, journalists from U.K. newspaper The Guardian said on Tuesday. The British newspaper responsible for breaking many of the stories surrounding the government surveillance program known as Prism said that there are thousands of relevant documents that it has obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Of those documents, the majority of ones that should, and will, be published still remain, said Glenn Greenwald,...
  • Journalists to investigate the NSA's role in 'assassinations program' (Hussein's private Army)

    09/29/2013 5:31:54 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    13 ABC ^ | 9/28/13
    **SNIP** "The connections between war and surveillance are clear. I don't want to give too much away but Glenn and I are working on a project right now that has at its center how the National Security Agency plays a significant, central role in the U.S. assassination program," said Scahill, speaking to moviegoers in Rio de Janeiro, where the documentary based on his book made its Latin American debut at the Rio Film Festival. "There are so many stories that are yet to be published that we hope will produce 'actionable intelligence,' or information that ordinary citizens across the world...
  • Qaeda Plot Leak Has Undermined U.S. Intelligence

    09/30/2013 8:49:45 AM PDT · by lbryce · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 29, 2013 | ERIC SCHMITT and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
    As the nation’s spy agencies assess the fallout from disclosures about their surveillance programs, some government analysts and senior officials have made a startling finding: the impact of a leaked terrorist plot by Al Qaeda in August has caused more immediate damage to American counterterrorism efforts than the thousands of classified documents disclosed by Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor. Since news reports in early August revealed that the United States intercepted messages between Ayman al-Zawahri, who succeeded Osama bin Laden as the head of Al Qaeda, and Nasser al-Wuhayshi, the head of the Yemen-based Al Qaeda in...
  • Close the N.S.A.’s Back Doors

    09/22/2013 2:22:00 PM PDT · by shego · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | 9/21/13 | Editorial
    In 2006, a federal agency, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, helped build an international encryption system to help countries and industries fend off computer hacking and theft. Unbeknown to the many users of the system, a different government arm, the National Security Agency, secretly inserted a "back door" into the system that allowed federal spies to crack open any data that was encoded using its technology.... The New York Times, The Guardian and ProPublica recently reported that the agency now has access to the codes that protect commerce and banking systems, trade secrets and medical records, and everyone's...
  • Close ties between White House, NSA spying review

    09/22/2013 7:37:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 22, 2013 10:26 AM EDT | Stephen Braun
    Stung by public unease about new details of spying by the National Security Agency, President Barack Obama selected a panel of advisers he described as independent experts to scrutinize the NSA’s surveillance programs to be sure they weren’t violating civil liberties and to restore Americans’ trust. But with just weeks remaining before its first deadline to report back to the White House, the review panel has effectively been operating as an arm of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees the NSA and all other U.S. spy efforts.The panel’s advisers work in offices on loan from the...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Spying Scandal Engulfs Other U.S. Agencies

    08/21/2013 3:31:36 PM PDT · by shego · 29 replies
    International News ^ | 8/22/13 | Matthew Charles Cardinale
    Earlier this month, Reuters revealed that a special division within the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has been using intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a mass database of telephone records to secretly identify targets for drug enforcement actions.In the wake of these revelations, a former prosecutor tells IPS he believes he and his colleagues may have been unwitting pawns in the federal government's effort to deceive defendants and the court system, thereby violating citizens' constitutional rights. "None of us had any idea whatsoever there was a secret DEA programme that instructed DEA agents to conceal the source," Patrick Nightingale, a...
  • The US government has betrayed the internet. We need to take it back

    09/05/2013 7:24:25 PM PDT · by shego · 17 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9/5/13 | Bruce Schneier
    Government and industry have betrayed the internet, and us. By subverting the internet at every level to make it a vast, multi-layered and robust surveillance platform, the NSA has undermined a fundamental social contract. The companies that build and manage our internet infrastructure, the companies that create and sell us our hardware and software, or the companies that host our data: we can no longer trust them to be ethical internet stewards. This is not the internet the world needs, or the internet its creators envisioned. We need to take it back. And by we, I mean the engineering community....
  • Snowden impersonated NSA officials, sources say

    08/29/2013 5:48:30 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 53 replies
    NBC News ^ | August 29, 2013 | Richard Esposito, Matthew Cole and Robert Windrem
    Edward Snowden accessed some secret national security documents by assuming the electronic identities of top NSA officials, said intelligence sources. “Every day, they are learning how brilliant [Snowden] was,” said a former U.S. official with knowledge of the case. “This is why you don’t hire brilliant people for jobs like this. You hire smart people. Brilliant people get you in trouble.”
  • ...At least two major networks ‘fully engaged’ on Benghazi; NSA just ‘tip of the iceberg’

    08/27/2013 10:08:00 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 56 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | August 26th, 2013
    Joe DiGenova, an attorney working with Benghazi whistleblowers, spoke with WMAL this morning and left to big hints about Benghazi and domestic spying by the government. Regarding Benghazi, DiGenova said people are coming of the woodwork to talk to him about Benghazi and at least 2 major networks are fully engaged in trying to uncover more information about Benghazi:
  • Some NSA Employees Spied on Their Love Interests

    08/24/2013 6:18:02 AM PDT · by xzins · 173 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Aug. 24, 2013 | Oliver Darcy
    The National Security Agency (NSA) has admitted some of their officers misused the agency’s massive spying powers to keep tabs on their love interests, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported Friday night. NSA employees reportedly dubbed the practice with its very own spy label: LOVEINT. U.S. officials said some of the violations included overseas communications, but claimed the practice was “very rare,” according to the WSJ. Officials reportedly said all employees involved were appropriately disciplined. The incidents were often self-reported, revealed while the officers took polygraph tests during routine security clearance renewals, according to the WSJ. “NSA has zero tolerance...
  • 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...
  • New Details Show Broader NSA Surveillance Reach

    08/20/2013 5:51:05 PM PDT · by John W · 59 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 20, 2013 | SIOBHAN GORMAN and JENNIFER VALENTINO-DEVRIES
    WASHINGTON—The National Security Agency—which possesses only limited legal authority to spy on U.S. citizens—has built a surveillance network that covers more Americans' Internet communications than officials have publicly disclosed, current and former officials say. The system has the capacity to reach roughly 75% of all U.S. Internet traffic in the hunt for foreign intelligence, including a wide array of communications by foreigners and Americans. In some cases, it retains the written content of emails sent between citizens within the U.S. and also filters domestic phone calls made with Internet technology, these people say. Details of these surveillance programs were gathered...
  • “Minor Errors” at NSA Are Anything But

    08/21/2013 4:06:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | August 21, 2013 | Bob Barr
    When Lord Acton noted famously in 1887 that, “power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” he could hardly have imagined just how powerful the agencies of government would become a century later, and just how apt his warning would be about the dangers of absolute power. Washington Post writer Barton Gellman reported last week that the National Security Agency violates privacy restrictions on monitoring innocent U.S. citizens thousands of times each year. This data comes not from an outside organization with an axe to grind with the powerful eavesdropping agency headquartered just outside the nation’s capitol in Ft....
  • NSA Surveillance Reach Broader Than Publicly Acknowledged

    08/21/2013 5:11:44 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies ^ | August 21, 2013 | FoxNews.Com
    The National Security Agency's surveillance network has the capacity to spy on 75 percent of all U.S. Internet traffic, The Wall Street Journal reports.
  • Guardian chief says UK destroyed hard drives to stop Snowden secrets

    08/20/2013 10:10:00 AM PDT · by mojito · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/20/2013 | Unattributed
    The Guardian newspaper's editor says British authorities destroyed an unspecified number of its hard drives in an apparent attempt to keep secrets leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden from Chinese spies. Alan Rusbridger made the claim in an opinion piece published Monday on the Guardian's website, saying that a pair of staffers from British eavesdropping agency GCHQ monitored the process in what he called "one of the more bizarre moments in the Guardian's long history." He said the hard drives were torn apart in the basement of the Guardian's north London office with "two GCHQ security experts...
  • How Obama has abused the Patriot Act

    08/19/2013 11:29:34 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 34 replies
    LA Times ^ | Aug 19, 2013 | By Jim Sensenbrenner
    On Aug. 9, the Obama administration released a previously secret legal interpretation of the Patriot Act that it used to justify the bulk collection of every American's phone records. The strained reasoning in the 22-page memo won't survive long in public light, which is itself one of the strongest arguments for transparency in government. As the late Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote, "Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants." Recent revelations by the Washington Post emphasize the need for greater transparency. The National Security Agency failed to report privacy violations that are serious infringements of constitutional rights....
  • NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds

    08/15/2013 6:42:52 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 55 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Thursday August 13, 2013
    The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents. Most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by law and executive order. They range from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of U.S. e-mails and telephone calls. [....] The NSA audit obtained by The Post, dated May 2012, counted 2,776 incidents in...
  • Obama upends intel panel

    08/15/2013 4:39:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/15/13 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    The White House dismissed the bulk of President Barack Obama’s premier panel of outside intelligence advisers earlier this year, leaving the blue-ribbon commission largely vacant as the public furor built over the National Security Agency’s widespread tracking of Americans’ telephone calls. The President’s Intelligence Advisory Board stood 14 members strong through 2012, but the White House website was recently updated to show the panel’s roster shrinking to just four people. In the past four years, the high-powered group has waded into the implications of WikiLeaks for intelligence sharing, and urged retooling of America’s spy agencies as the United States withdraws...
  • WH Tried to Interfere with WaPo´s NSA Story

    08/16/2013 6:42:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 74 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/16/13 | Elizabeth Sheld
    The Washington Post´s article detailing the fourth amendment abuses by the NSA got some push back from the administration who attempted to "edit" the article before publication. The internal audit referenced in the article was obtained by the WaPo from Edward Snowden. The details of the audit indicated repeated and growing privacy violations by the NSA, violations which included obtaining thousands of American citizen´s communications records and using methods of information collection that were later deemed unconstitutional by a court. The Post was able to interview John Delong, NSA director of compliance for the article and they were initially
  • Two Dems Warn NSA Violations Just ‘Tip of a Larger Iceberg’

    08/17/2013 1:48:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 16, 2013 - 2:59 pm | Bridget Johnson
    A pair of civil-liberties Democrats whom the White House tried to appease in a closed-door meeting warned today that fresh reports of thousands of privacy violations by the National Security Agency are just the “tip of a larger iceberg.” On Thursday, the Washington Post published its report of a May 2012 audit leaked by former contractor Edward Snowden that found 2,776 violations over the previous year of executive orders and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act provisions governing spying on Americans or foreign targets in the U.S. These included both computer and operator errors. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.)...
  • Confessed Liar To Congress James Clapper Gets To Set Up 'Independent' Review Over NSA Surveillance

    08/13/2013 6:15:05 AM PDT · by shego · 9 replies
    TechDirt ^ | 8/12/13 | Mike Masnick
    ...Remember on Friday how one of President Obama's efforts to get people to trust the government more concerning the NSA's surveillance efforts was to create an "outside" and "independent" board to review it all?... ...Except, that was Friday. Today is Monday. And, on Monday we learn that "outside" and "independent" actually means setup by Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper--the same guy who has already admitted to lying to Congress about the program, and has received no punishment for doing so. This is independent? From this we're supposed to expect real oversight?!? This is from the letter sent to Clapper:...
  • Government is Dangerous. Handle With Care.

    08/12/2013 4:50:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | August 11, 2013 | Jeff Jacoby
    There is no connection, of course, between the prosecution of notorious gangster James "Whitey" Bulger and the recent spate of scandals and revelations roiling the Obama administration. Or is there? Law enforcement and criminal justice are essential functions of government. No civilized society could survive for long if it lacked tools to combat lawlessness or make dangerous villains answer for their crimes. And Bulger was certainly dangerous — "one of the most vicious, violent criminals ever to walk the streets of Boston," as Assistant US Attorney Fred Wyshak called him in summing up for the prosecution last week. But Bulger...
  • James Madison Saw This Abusive Government Thing Coming

    Americans voted twice for a big-government President, and now we’re beginning to experience the impact of big government. Are you shocked? It’s been nearly five years of the President and Congress spending future generations into the oblivion of debt, the Executive Branch securing control over huge chunks of the private economy (two car companies, multiple banks and the health care industry are only part of it), and a dramatic expansion of both the defined role, and the powers of the IRS. At this point in the Obama presidency, we the people should not be surprised by a government that has...
  • Cynic-in-Chief

    07/26/2013 6:41:07 AM PDT · by National Review · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | July 26, 2013 | National Review
    President Obama ran against cynicism — and defined his presidency by it. By Jonah Goldberg ‘My rival in this race,” President Obama announced early in 2007, “is not other candidates. It’s cynicism.” Sadly, it’s now evident cynicism won. In a much-hyped speech at Knox College on Wednesday, Obama sought to pivot back to the economy — as the journalistic cliché goes — and shape the issue environment for the 2014 congressional elections.
  • Civil Libertarians' Hypocrisy

    07/11/2013 9:12:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | July 11, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    Self-proclaimed civil libertarians are up in arms over the National Security Agency's massive database containing information about whom we call and what we do on the Web. Defenders of the program say, "So what?" Unless you're a terrorist, no one in the government will ever bother to access that information. That's not good enough, say civil libertarians. "At least 850,000 people have security clearances that give them access to this information," Tiffiniy Cheng of Fight for the Future recently wrote on The Huffington Post. "That's the size of Boston. Imagine if they leak information about a politician or business leaders'...
  • Hypocrites and Bullies Speak on "The Importance of Trust"; Bullies, Bribes, and Foreign Aid

    07/08/2013 7:24:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | July 8, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    The bullies and hypocrites took to the air waves today regarding the "Importance of Trust". For example, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff complained today Snowden’s disclosures have undermined ‘importance of trust’ with other countries. The Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman says NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s disclosures about U.S. surveillance programs have undermined U.S. relationships with other countries and affected what he calls “the importance of trust.” Gen. Martin Dempsey told CNN’s “State of the Union” in an interview broadcast Sunday that the U.S. will “work our way back. But it has set us back temporarily.” The head...
  • Data Mining and Elections

    07/05/2013 5:42:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | July 5, 2013 | Barney Brenner
    The Obama administration has been collecting enormous amounts of communications and other data on Americans. The justification which is offered (and which is being accepted on both sides of the aisle) is the need to monitor this information to protect us in the age of modern terrorism. The most credible complaint we hear is that they’re gathering data on their political opposition. The IRS scandal gives weight to this thought. But an overlooked motive will play a pivotal role in 2014: this data-mining effort, in significant part, is a vehicle for getting votes. We’re told that no one is listening...
  • Claim: NSA Program Stopped 50 Terror Attacks Since 9/11

    06/18/2013 9:36:32 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 64 replies
    Town Hall ^ | June 18, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    Testifying Tuesday on Capitol Hill before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Director of the National Security Agency General Keith Alexander claimed that the NSA program and keeping of millions of phone records has thwarted more 50 terror attacks since September 11, 2001 in more than 20 countries. Alexander stressed the NSA program is focused on terrorism and foreign threats, but that Americans involved in terrorism are looked at. Deputy Attorney General James Cole reiterated this claim, saying that in order to listen or obtain content of phone calls or emails, there must be probable cause a person is...
  • Who Is Being Dishonorable? Dishonest?

    06/18/2013 5:19:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | June 18, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson attacked Sen. Rand Paul, my brother, Rush, and my good friend Mark Levin in a recent column for their various comments concerning the National Security Agency's surveillance data collection operation and other administration activities. I find it noteworthy that Gerson -- who holds himself out as measured and reasonable, as one who abhors sloppy thinking and expression, and as one who decries the politics of personal destruction -- has gone out of his way to personally attack Limbaugh and Levin. He challenged their conservatism, patriotism, integrity and honor instead of simply registering his disagreement with...
  • Duplicity of the Obama Administration Is Not New

    06/16/2013 8:27:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | June 16, 2013 | Michael Youssef
    As if the past few weeks of scandals haven’t been enough, now we learn that the American government is spying on us to an astounding degree. And all it takes to be a target is an analyst’s “51 percent confidence” in an individual’s “foreignness.” The fact that I have an extensive media ministry in the Middle East and—surprise, surprise—have a “foreign” sounding name, places me smack-dab in the middle of the NSA’s target lists. No doubt, they have monitored my phone calls and emails. And yet, I’m not concerned about being spied upon. At least, I’m not concerned about myself....
  • Procedures For Wire, Electronic, and Oral Interceptions For Law Enforcement

    06/14/2013 7:08:45 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 28 replies
    Public Intelligence ^ | May 1995 | Eleanor Hill (DoD Inspector General)
    The following document is the current Department of Defense manual on the procedures for intercepting wire, electronic and oral communications for law enforcement. The manual also discusses 'access to electronic communications in electronic storage or in a remote computing service.' Though the manual was issued in 1995, it is still current according to another, unreleased DoD Directive-Type Memorandum updated in 2012 (DTM 11-007 – Delegation of Authority to Approve Consensual Interceptions for Law Enforcement) that makes reference to the manual and modifies some of its language.
  • The Snowden Effect

    06/14/2013 4:19:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 91 replies ^ | June 14, 2013 | Mark Davis
    After a week of enduring the crossfire over the relative benefits and dangers of the deeds of NSA leaker Edward Snowden, I am left wondering whether this has been good or bad for our nation. The answer depends on the lens we use for viewing America and the world. I belong to two groups that are not large enough. The first is the portion of America that is very, very serious about fighting terror. I have not forgotten 9/11 or the fact that its hatchers would love to do it again. Stopping them has been an all-consuming pursuit for our...