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  • NSA ‘confident’ in new system at center of Rubio-Cruz fight

    01/08/2016 10:22:42 AM PST · by Isara · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/07/16 | Julian Hattem
    The National Security Agency said on Thursday it was "confident" in its powers under a new phone records collection scheme, a claim that backs up assertions from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).In a post on the influential legal blog Lawfare, NSA general counsel Glenn Gerstell addressed the operations of the spy agency's new program, which began in November following a tough congressional fight last summer."NSA will in due course, as it gains experience with the new process, report to Congress about the efficiency of the new arrangement," Gerstell wrote. "NSA is confident, however, that it can operate the new scheme in...
  • Court (F.I.S.C.) rules NSA can resume bulk collection of phone records: NY Times

    06/30/2015 11:19:18 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/30/15 | Eric Beech
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has ruled the National Security Agency may temporarily resume its bulk collection of Americans' domestic phone call records, the New York Times reported on Tuesday. The program lapsed on June 1, when Section 215 of the Patriot Act expired. Congress revived that provision the following day with a bill called the Freedom Act, which said the provision could only be used for bulk collection for six months.
  • Top court rules against NSA program

    05/07/2015 6:43:11 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/07/2015 | Juliam Hatem
    A federal court has decided that the National Security Agencys (NSA) bulk, warrantless collection of millions of Americans phone records is illegal. The decision from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday represents the second major court victory for opponents of the NSA, after a lower court decision called the program nearly unconstitutional six months ago. The phone records program exceeds the scope of what Congress has authorized, Judge Gerard Lynch wrote on behalf of the three-judge panel. The court did not examine the constitutionality of the surveillance program.
  • 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 hes not surprised by revelations that federal security agencies collect phone and computer data on American citizens.
  • Rasmussen: 59% Oppose Governments 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. governments 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 governments 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: Govt 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 nations broadband infrastructurea 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 infrastructurenot 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 ^ | 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
    Thats the revelation made by California Congressman Devin Nunes, who sits on the House Ways And Means Committee on Hugh Hewitts Show Wednesday night. Heres 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. Thats 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
    ( Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) told Attorney General Eric Holder Wednesday to visit the Truman Library, because we dont 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 yearsif not the last four and a half yearsthat there doesnt 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 Obamas Plantation

    05/14/2013 4:53:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | 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 Justices 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
    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 bombwhich they believed was intended for a U.S.-bound flightbefore 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...