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  • Franken "Very Well Aware Of" NSA Tracking Phone Records

    06/11/2013 3:15:37 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 30 replies
    CBS Minnesota ^ | June 11, 2013 | CBS Minnesota
    ST. PAUL (WCCO) — US Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., says he’s not surprised by revelations that federal security agencies collect phone and computer data on American citizens.
  • Rasmussen: 59% Oppose Government’s Secret Collecting of Phone Records

    06/10/2013 10:41:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 06/10/2013
    Most voters oppose the U.S. government’s secret collection of the phone records of millions of Americans and think the feds are spying too much on U.S. citizens these days. Just 26% of Likely U.S. Voters favor the government’s secret collecting of these phone records for national security purposes regardless of whether there is any suspicion of wrongdoing. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 59% are opposed to the practice. Fifteen percent (15%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
  • Obama in Silicon Valley: Gov’t Should Help Build Broadband Infrastructure Like It Helps Build Roads

    06/08/2013 5:42:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 7, 2013 - 2:59 PM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Speaking at a fundraising dinner held in Silicon Valley for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on Thursday night, President Barack Obama said that the government should play a critical role in creating the nation’s “broadband” infrastructure—a role similar to the one the government plays in building roads and bridges. “[G]overnment has a critical role to play in funding science and research, in creating the infrastructure—not only the old infrastructure of roads and bridges and ports, but the new infrastructure of smartgrids and broadband,” Obama said. Broadband is the medium through which many Americans now get Internet access delivered to their...
  • Dem Senator: ‘Clearly the Administration Has Not Followed the Law’

    06/07/2013 7:46:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 7, 2013 | Bridget Johnson
    Privacy stalwarts peel away from White House on the left while on the right Rand Paul sees his signature issue ascend. As this week drew to a close, the scandal trifecta of Benghazi, IRS targeting and snooping on journalists seemed so five days ago. The late-week revelation that the National Security Agency accessed the Verizon phone records of millions of Americans snowballed within a day as more phone companies were included and operation PRISM, which involved agreements with nine Internet companies to monitor email and web activity, put the Obama administration on the defense. The main White House defense is...
  • Biometric Database tucked inside Gang of Eight immigration bill

    06/07/2013 4:44:05 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 39 replies
    Conservative Action Alerts ^ | May 31, 2013 | Conservative Action Alerts
    Biometric Database tucked inside Gang of Eight immigration bill by Conservative Action Alerts on May 31, 2013 ALERT: The Gang of Eight’s comprehensive immigration plan will destroy individual privacy via biometric database. American Conservative, Last Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed their markup of the Gang of Eight’s “immigration reform” bill – a version that not only preserves most of the bill’s original problems, but also contains 233 additional pages of rules. Senator Ted Cruz says that the bill only makes our current immigration problems “worse.” Sadly, he holds the minority opinion as he was one of only five Senate...
  • Time to Dial Up Some Healthy Skepticism

    06/07/2013 4:54:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 7, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    The U.S. government is trying "to create a database of every [phone] call ever made." That's how one informed person described the National Security Agency's effort to USA Today. That newspaper also confirmed that not only is the government collecting every phone record from Verizon -- as first reported by the British newspaper The Guardian -- it's also collecting similar data from other phone companies. It's important to emphasize that the NSA isn't listening to the content of these calls. Indeed, it couldn't if it wanted to, given the sheer volume of conversations. It'd be like one person trying to...
  • 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.
  • Obama Administration Defends Verizon Phone Record Collection

    06/06/2013 6:17:23 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 64 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mark Hosenball, Susan Heavey
    (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Thursday acknowledged that it is collecting a massive amount of telephone records from at least one carrier, reopening the debate over privacy even as it defended the practice as necessary to protect Americans against attack.
  • NSA collecting phone records of millions daily, court order reveals (We Are AP)

    06/06/2013 2:56:07 AM PDT · by BushCountry · 26 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5 June 2013 | Glenn Greenwald
    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 time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in...
  • Would You Believe The Administration Got Phone Records of The House Of Representatives?

    05/15/2013 6:11:52 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 234 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 15, 2013 | Duane Patterson
    That’s the revelation made by California Congressman Devin Nunes, who sits on the House Ways And Means Committee on Hugh Hewitt’s Show Wednesday night. Here’s the key part of that transcript: HH: The idea that this might be a Geithner-Axelrod plan, and by that, the sort of intimation, Henry II style, will no one rid me of this turbulent priest, will no one rid me of these turbulent Tea Parties, that might have just been a hint, a shift of an eyebrow, a change in the tone of voice. That’s going to take a long time to get to. I...
  • Congressman to Holder: Where Does the Buck Stop?

    05/15/2013 12:40:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    CNSNews ^ | May 15, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    (CNSNews.com) – Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) told Attorney General Eric Holder Wednesday to visit the Truman Library, “because we don’t know where the buck stops,” referring to scandals at the Justice Department. “Mr. Attorney General, I think that this committee has been frustrated for at least the last two and a half years—if not the last four and a half years—that there doesn’t seem to be any acceptance of responsibility in the Justice Department for things that have gone wrong,” Sensenbrenner said, during an oversight hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. “Now, may I suggest that you and maybe Mr....
  • Fourth Estate on Marion Barry Obama’s Plantation

    05/14/2013 4:53:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 14, 2013 | John Ransom
    Congrats to Hillary Clinton: She’s become everything she said she was fighting against when Nixon was in the White House. She was either liar then or a hypocrite now. If I had to pick one, I’d pick liar and hypocrite. Maybe when she runs from president 2016, she can help herself in the polls and go on Letterman or the Tonight Show or Jon Stewart and talk about whether she wears Obama’s boxers or briefs for him. It could help her. The press would just love it. You see Hillary and Barack can do no wrong. Because, like DC Mayor...
  • AP CEO's letter to Eric Holder

    05/13/2013 5:24:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 170 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 5/13/13 | Gary B. Pruit
  • White House: 'No knowledge' of AP phone record seizure

    05/13/2013 5:59:46 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 198 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 13, 2013 | Justin Sink
    The White House on Monday distanced President Obama from the Department of Justice’s seizure of Associated Press telephone records. “Other than press reports, we have no knowledge of any attempt by the Justice Department to seek phone records of the AP,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement. Carney said the White House had no involvement in the Justice effort. “We are not involved in decisions made in connection with criminal investigations, as those matters are handled independently by the Justice Department,” he said. The Justice Department said in a letter to the AP on Friday that...
  • US: CIA thwarts new al-Qaida underwear bomb plot

    05/07/2012 1:26:58 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 55 replies
    The CIA thwarted an ambitious plot by al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen to destroy a U.S.-bound airliner using a bomb with a sophisticated new design around the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, The Associated Press has learned.
  • Jetliner Bomb Plot Is Foiled

    05/07/2012 10:30:31 PM PDT · by lbryce · 30 replies
    WallStreet Journal ^ | By SIOBHAN GORMAN, LAURA MECKLER and EVAN PERE
    The U.S. thwarted a bomb plot by al Qaeda's Yemeni branch aimed at bringing down a jetliner with a more advanced version of an underwear bomb used in a failed 2009 Christmas Day attempt, officials said Monday. The Central Intelligence Agency, working with foreign security services, was able to seize the bomb—which they believed was intended for a U.S.-bound flight—before the would-be suicide bomber was able to move ahead with his plot, officials said. Because the plot was headed off in its early stages, officials said the effort never represented a threat to Americans or to U.S. allies, nor did...
  • Don't tell anyone, but that al Qaeda mole op had zero to do with the Obama administration

    05/15/2012 4:36:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 15, 2012 | ANDREW MALCOM
    Here's a disturbing update to last week's amazing story about the U.S. mole who infiltrated al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and thwarted an airliner attack with a more sophisticated underwear bomb. Someone in Washington whose boss stood to gain from an election year story about alert intelligence operatives successfully protecting American voters at great personal risk leaked the heroic story to the Associated Press. The AP held the story until Obama administration sources said the CIA operative was safe. But, it turns out, the mole was not a CIA operative. The Obama administration had nothing to do with the...
  • Al-Qaeda Infiltrator’s Cover Blown…But Where Is The Media Hysteria?

    05/17/2012 8:02:22 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 11 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-16-12 | Curt
    Do you recall a time, a few years back, when the media wouldn't shut up about a supposed outing of an agent? Yup, the left and the media were pissed. I bet you could just imagine the firestorm of coverage that would result if instead of a former Secretary of State leaking a name it was our President....right? Guess not: Just a week ago the establishment media was aflutter with news that a CIA double-agent had thwarted a new type of underwear bomb attack targeting U.S. flights in a plot devised by al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula. But as...
  • BREAKING NEWS: DRUDGE SIREN - Govt obtains wide AP phone records in probe

    05/13/2013 1:49:29 PM PDT · by CWW · 465 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | 05-13-2013 | cww
    <p>Looks Like DOJ HAS BEEN TAPPING AP NEWS TELEPHONE LINES TO DISCOVER THEIR CONFIDENTIAL SOURCES IN CONGRESS!</p> <p>The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative's top executive called a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into how news organizations gather the news.</p>
  • Ohio Supreme Court says police must obtain warrant to search suspects’ cell phones

    12/15/2009 10:54:29 AM PST · by Gun142 · 34 replies · 1,411+ views
    Gaea Times ^ | December 15th, 2009 | AP
    Ohio justices: Cell phone searches require warrant COLUMBUS, Ohio — Police officers must obtain a search warrant before searching the contents of a suspect’s cell phone unless their safety is in danger, a divided Ohio Supreme Court ruled Tuesday on an issue that appears never to have reached another state high court or the U.S. Supreme Court. The court ruled 5-4 in favor of Antwaun Smith, who was arrested on drug charges after he answered a cell phone call from a crack cocaine user acting as a police informant. Officers took Smith’s cell phone when he was arrested and, acting...
  • White House Denies Delaying Release of Clinton Records

    10/12/2007 4:26:02 AM PDT · by syriacus · 5 replies · 508+ views
    New York Sun ^ | October 12, 2007 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    The White House is casting doubt on a recent claim by President Clinton that the release of historical records from his administration has been "slowed down" by aides to President Bush....[snip] The Bush White House's claim that it is not responsible for any backlog of Clinton-era records awaiting release was first reported last week in an Associated Press dispatch that was not widely circulated outside Arkansas.
  • U.S. Senate seeks deal on protecting phone records

    09/20/2006 4:42:02 PM PDT · by jdm · 2 replies · 121+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sept 20, 2006 | Jeremy Pelofsky
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate is trying to reach a deal before recessing next week on a bill that would ban the practice of impersonating someone to get telephone records, aides said on Wednesday, in light of a scandal at Hewlett-Packard Co. over how it probed news leaks. The Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees were negotiating to finalize the language of a bill before the recess to campaign for November elections, they said. "We're working on a compromise bill that would hopefully satisfy all parties," one of the aides said. "We every have intention of getting it done before...
  • Reports: HP investigation extended beyond phone records

    09/18/2006 2:40:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 511+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 9/18/06 | Michelle Liedtke - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO Extending beyond the skullduggery that pried loose people's private phone records, Hewlett-Packard Co. investigators hunting for a boardroom leak shadowed the company's directors and tried to install snooping software on at least one reporter's computer, according to published reports. While the additional surveillance reported by The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal may provoke more indignation about HP's probe, the tactics aren't likely to shift the focus of the inquiries into whether the company and its investigators broke any laws in their quest to identify the boardroom leaker. Authorities and politicians remain primarily concerned about the...
  • U.S. Wins Access to Reporter Phone Records [NY federal appeals court rules against 2 NYT reporters]

    08/01/2006 10:39:51 PM PDT · by summer · 36 replies · 1,220+ views
    The NY Times ^ | Augsut 2, 2006 | Adam Liptak
    A federal prosecutor may inspect the telephone records of two New York Times reporters in an effort to identify their confidential sources, a federal appeals court in New York ruled yesterday. The 2-to-1 decision, from a court historically sympathetic to claims that journalists should be entitled to protect their sources, reversed a lower court and dealt a further setback to news organizations, which have lately been on a losing streak in the federal courts. ...The case arose from a Chicago grand jury’s investigation into who told the two [NYT] reporters, Judith Miller and Philip Shenon, about actions the government was...
  • Court rules NYT has to cough up phone records

    08/01/2006 5:23:56 PM PDT · by VA40 · 36 replies · 967+ views
    Fox News break | 08/01/06 | Fox News
    Just heard on Fox News break something about Court ruling NYT has to give up phone records re: tipping off Islamic charity case. Nothing on web site yet
  • Court OK's Look at Times' Phone Records

    08/01/2006 12:25:15 PM PDT · by Not gonna take it anymore · 42 replies · 1,310+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | August 01, 2006 | DAVID B. CARUSO
    NEW YORK (AP) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that federal prosecutors investigating a leak about a terrorism funding probe can see the phone records of two New York Times reporters. A panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held in a 2-1 vote that prosecutors had a valid interest in seeing who had contacted the reporters. "We see no danger to a free press in so holding," Judge Ralph K. Winter wrote for the majority. The case involved stories written in 2001 by Times reporters Judith Miller and Philip Shenon that revealed that the government...
  • USA Today: Phone Database Not As Broad As Reported, (USA TODAY LIED AGAIN)

    06/30/2006 8:18:59 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 98 replies · 3,357+ views
    biz.yahoo.com ^ | 30 June 2006 | AP Staff
  • Federal Source to ABC News: We Know Who You're Calling (Leaking about the FBI's Leak Investigation)

    05/18/2006 5:51:24 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 8 replies · 347+ views
    ABC News Blog ^ | May 15, 2006 | Brian Ross and Richard Esposito
    Federal Source to ABC News: We Know Who You're Calling May 15, 2006 10:33 AM Brian Ross and Richard Esposito Report: A senior federal law enforcement official tells ABC News the government is tracking the phone numbers we (Brian Ross and Richard Esposito) call in an effort to root out confidential sources. "It's time for you to get some new cell phones, quick," the source told us in an in-person conversation. ABC News does not know how the government determined who we are calling, or whether our phone records were provided to the government as part of the recently-disclosed NSA...
  • Lawyer to request Duke accuser’s records

    05/18/2006 11:54:48 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 54 replies · 1,301+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Updated: 10:26 a.m. ET May 18, 2006 | staff
    DURHAM, N.C. - An attorney for one of three Duke University lacrosse players charged with rape wants prosecutors to release evidence they’ve collected, including the cell phone logs and any criminal history of the accuser. Reade Seligmann was due in court Thursday afternoon for his first appearance since his indictment last month. His attorney, Kirk Osborn, wants to use what would normally be a brief hearing to ask the judge for records complied by authorities during their investigation, as well as reduction in Seligmann’s bond.
  • Nation of Fear (barfer)

    05/16/2006 10:44:15 AM PDT · by blitzgig · 27 replies · 555+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 5/16/06 | Eugene Robinson
    There's little comfort in the latest polls on the revelation that the National Security Agency, on orders from George W. Bush, is compiling a permanent record of Americans' telephone calls. True, the new surveys by Newsweek and USA Today-Gallup are more encouraging than the Post-ABC News poll last week in which 63 percent said sure, no problem, go ahead and rummage through my life. But even the new polls say that four out of every 10 citizens are ready to surrender privacy and due process without so much as a whimper of protest. That is just stunning. What the hell...
  • BellSouth Says It Gave NSA No Call Records

    05/15/2006 7:07:51 PM PDT · by digger48 · 17 replies · 574+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 5-15-2006 | WALTER PUTNAM
    BellSouth Corp. said Monday its "thorough review" found no indication it gave telephone records to the National Security Agency as part of a federal anti-terrorism surveillance program. A report last week by USA Today identified BellSouth, along with AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc., as companies that had complied with an NSA request to turn over millions of customer phone records after the 2001 terror attacks. "Based on our review to date, we have confirmed no such contract exists and we have not provided bulk customer calling records to the NSA," the Atlanta-based regional Bell said in a statement. BellSouth...
  • Are Telephone Records Protected: Supreme Court Said "No" In 1979

    05/14/2006 2:21:04 PM PDT · by angkor · 74 replies · 1,785+ views
    Findlaw ^ | June 20, 1979 | US Supreme Court
    Are telephone records "private"? Are they "protected"? I'm no lawyer, but this sure does seem to blow the lid off of the MSM's rank duplicity on the NSA's monitoring programs. U.S. Supreme Court SMITH v. MARYLAND, 442 U.S. 735 (1979) 442 U.S. 735 SMITH v. MARYLAND. CERTIORARI TO THE COURT OF APPEALS OF MARYLAND. No. 78-5374. Argued March 28, 1979. Decided June 20, 1979. The telephone company, at police request, installed at its central offices a pen register to record the numbers dialed from the telephone at petitioner's home. Prior to his robbery trial, petitioner moved to suppress "all fruits...
  • The Datamining Scare

    05/13/2006 5:09:07 AM PDT · by yoe · 12 replies · 584+ views
    Wall Street Journal on Line ^ | May 13, 2006 | Editor
    The Bush Administration's Big Brother operation is at it again--or so media reports and Democrats this week would have us believe. We suspect, however, that this political tempest will founder on the good sense of the American people much like the earlier one did. Last December, the New York Times reported that after 9/11 the National Security Agency began listening to overseas phone calls of suspected terrorists, including calls placed from or received inside the U.S. This was supposed be a scandal because the tapping was done without a warrant from something called the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. But as...
  • National Insecurity

    05/13/2006 8:03:53 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 11 replies · 384+ views
    Smart Money ^ | May 12, 2006 | Ray Hennessey
    It turns out that the National Security Agency has put together a database of many of the phone calls we made. Courtesy of USA Today, we find out that big telecom companies handed over what are known as "external" records of calls, essentially the phone numbers we dialed. "Internal" records, or the content of the calls, weren't collected. Your penchant for heavy breathing remains safe. Be afraid. Be very afraid. Just don't fear the NSA. Fear the telecoms themselves. The story about the phone records is a reminder that folks are being watched. Every time we pick up the phone,...
  • Phone-Records Surveillance Is Broadly Acceptable to Public (ABC Poll)

    05/12/2006 5:57:25 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 127 replies · 2,059+ views
    ABC News ^ | 5/12/06 | Mikey_1962
    May 12, 2006 — Americans by nearly a 2-1 ratio call the surveillance of telephone records an acceptable way for the federal government to investigate possible terrorist threats, expressing broad unconcern even if their own calling patterns are scrutinized. Lending support to the administration's defense of its anti-terrorism intelligence efforts, 63 percent in this ABC News/Washington Post poll say the secret program, disclosed Thursday by USA Today, is justified, while far fewer, 35 percent, call it unjustified. Indeed, 51 percent approve of the way President Bush is handling the protection of privacy rights, while 47 percent disapprove — hardly a...
  • Web Sites Hawking Phone Records Shut Down

    02/08/2006 4:33:39 PM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies · 250+ views
    AP ^ | 2/8/9 | JENNIFER C. KERR
    WASHINGTON -- Following a wave of negative publicity and pressure from the government, several Web sites that peddled people's private phone records are calling it quits. "We are no longer accepting new orders" was the announcement posted Wednesday on two such sites, locatecell.com and celltolls.com. "Thank you for your patronage. It was a pleasure serving you," the sites said. The Federal Trade Commission this week conducted a sweep of 40 sites known to have been selling private phone records. According to the FTC's Lydia Parnes, more than 20 sites have recently shut down or stopped advertising for new business. The...
  • AMERICAblog just bought General Wesley Clark's cell phone records for $89.95

    01/12/2006 11:54:45 AM PST · by Boston Republican · 5 replies · 572+ views
    Americablog ^ | 1/12/2006 | John in DC
    UPDATE: We tried to get the cell phone records of other high-profile Washingtonians like ABC's George Stephanopoulos, the Washington Post's Dana Milbank, and the New York Time's Adam Nagourney, but LocateCell was unable to provide me with their records (possibly because those three use Verizon as their cell phone service, or possibly because LocateCell was on to me). I reported the other day that your cell phone records are on sale online for anyone to buy, without your permission. Well, this morning AMERICAblog bought former presidential candidate, and former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO (SACEUR), General Wesley Clark's cell phone...
  • Reporters' Phone Records Are Protected, Court Rules

    02/24/2005 8:59:58 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 3 replies · 254+ views
    Washington Post ^ | February 25, 2005 | John Mintz
    The New York Times has a qualified right under the First Amendment and federal common law to protect the identity of its confidential sources by refusing to release telephone records to a prosecutor, a federal judge in New York ruled yesterday. U.S. District Judge Robert W. Sweet ruled that a federal prosecutor in Chicago cannot compel the newspaper to turn over records of two Times reporters' phone calls in 2001 as part of an investigation into possible government leaks. The effort by U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald came in the cases of two Muslim charities accused of possible ties to...