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  • It appears Facebook is now a franchisee of the NSA

    06/24/2016 9:22:48 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 102 replies
    I have a facebook account under a silly name that I use to log into other sites to make political comments. Today facebook has demanded that I upload a photo ID from a state-issued driver's license, passport, military ID card, etc. before I can log in again. I have screen shots of the demands that I will upload to this thread when I get home. It may be time to go dark on the Interwebs. My spidey sense is tingling.
  • New law would let the FBI read your email without a court order

    05/26/2016 9:46:08 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 30 replies
    BGR ^ | May 26, 2016 at 11:34 AM | By Chris Smith
    Image Source: A new Senate bill would let the FBI and other law enforcement agencies access the contents of any US citizen’s email without a court order during investigations. Instead, the FBI would need just a National Security Letter, which would force companies to provide email access to the agency without alerting the person who’s being investigated. The FBI can already access phone records without a court order, but that law doesn’t apply to email conversations. The Senate Intelligence Committee approved the 2017 Intelligence Authorization Act on Tuesday, CNET reports. The bill will head to the full Senate now that...
  • Cortana now scans your emails to make sure you're keeping promises

    01/25/2016 5:31:40 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 30 replies ^ | January 25, 2016 09:00 am | Tom Warren
    Starting today, Windows Insiders will get access to a new commitment option in Cortana for Windows 10. Commitments is very similar to the existing flight and delivery tracking in Cortana, but it's designed to pick up on emails where you promise your boss to finish a particular project in time. "Cortana will look for emails where you've said you're going to do something," explains Microsoft's Marcus Ash in an interview with The Verge. If you send an email to a friend or colleague with content like "I'll get back to you by next week" or "I'll have this finished by...
  • White House Launches 'Task Force' To Combat 'Violent Extremism' [Aborting the 1st Amendment]

    01/09/2016 7:40:57 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 34 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 01/08/2016 | Adam Kredo
    The White House announced Friday afternoon that it is launching an inter-agency task force to counter the sharp growth in violent extremism in America, according to an announcement. As senior members of the Obama administration's national security team meet with technology leaders in Silicon Valley, the White House’s National Security Council announced that the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security would team up to launch a Countering Violent Extremism Task Force, according to the announcement. The White House background document accompanying the announcement does contain any specific reference to the types of "violent extremism" the administration seeks to counter. The...
  • Microsoft to begin alerting users about suspected government snooping

    12/31/2015 9:16:08 AM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    The Register ^ | 12/31/15 | staff
    Microsoft will warn email and OneDrive users if it detects apparent attempts by governments to hack into their accounts. The rollout of the alert system on Wednesday follows reports Redmond had failed to warn Hotmail users targeted by Chinese hackers, according to former employees. Reuters reports Microsoft was hacked in 2011 but failed to notify affected users, partly to avoid antagonising China, the suspected culprit. Targeted users were instead advised to pick new passwords without any particular reason being supplied at the time. Google, Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo already offer similar government hacker alert systems to the one just introduced...
  • Report: Secret Service leaked information on Chaffetz

    09/30/2015 3:51:18 PM PDT · by TroutStalker · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/30/15 | Lauren French
    The Secret Service leaked sensitive personal information to the press about Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz as the Utah Republican was investigating the beleaguered agency, an inspector general's report said Wednesday. The Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General issued a report on Wednesday that accused Secret Service Assistant Director Edward Lowery and other agency officials of plotting to leak information about Chaffetz, including his unsuccessful attempt to join the organization. The leaks were a highly unusual breach of decorum. Lawmakers often battle with agencies, but the fights mostly stay above board and focus on...
  • Attkisson DOJ Suit Will Get Agents Names Who Planted Cable at Home

    01/08/2015 10:55:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    breitbart ^ | 1/8/15 | Pam Key
    Thursday on Fox News Radios John Gibson Show, investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson explained she is suing the Department of Justice to get discovery, which she said hopefully will start with the names of the agents or third-party contractors sometimes hired for certain dark projects, who hacked her computer and planted a fiber optics cable at her house.
  • Verizon Allegedly Built A Fiber Optic Cable To Give The Feds Access To Communications

    06/11/2013 11:02:40 AM PDT · by yoe · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 10, 2012 | Michael Kelley
    For years Americans' right to privacy, as granted by the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, has come under threat as the country's surveillance systems have grown. After intelligence leaks by former National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden, however, the NSA's domestic dragnet is finally getting the attention that many people feel it deserves.
  • Did they get me?: Docs reveal long-time John Doe spying operation (WI)

    06/29/2015 9:52:20 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 6-29-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. Democrat Milwaukee County prosecutors tapped the email and text communications of conservative activists as part of a five-year probe aimed at bringing down Republican Gov. Scott Walker, affidavits reviewed by Wisconsin Watchdog reveal. One target of the spying operation told Wisconsin Watchdog the methods used to keep tabs on Wisconsin residents were like those of the National Security Agencys domestic spying program. It was actually worse because (Milwaukee County prosecutors) were taking the body of emails and looking at actual data, said the source, who asked not to be identified for fear of retribution from the prosecutors....
  • Obama pushes ambitious Internet access plan

    08/13/2013 12:19:13 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Aug 13, 2013 | By Zachary A. Goldfarb
    President Obama liked the idea laid out in a memo from his staff: an ambitious plan to expand high-speed Internet access in schools that would allow students to use digital notebooks and teachers to customize lessons like never before. Better yet, the president would not need Congress to approve it. White House senior advisers have described the little-known proposal, announced earlier this summer under the name ConnectEd, as one of the biggest potential achievements of Obamas second term. Theres just one little catch the proposal costs billions of dollars, and Obama wants to pay for it by raising fees...
  • Official: Bulk collection would halt without Patriot Act extension

    02/06/2015 5:25:20 PM PST · by Dalek
    The Hill ^ | 2/4/15 | Mario Trujillo
    We at Walking In The Desert would like to let our readers know about a documentary that a friend and I are working on. This is our first documentary but we hope that this documentary will be a success and will promote the usage of the Tridentine Mass (Extraordinary Form) A friend and I are in the process to create a documentary that will promote the usage of the Latin Mass. We want to be able to do a video documentary that will interview priests and lay people who attend or celebrate the Latin Mass. We want to ask them...
  • The Washington Post's privacy story on Apple and how they got it wrong

    10/20/2014 11:49:05 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    The Loop ^ | October 20, 2014 | Jim Dalrymple
    The Washington Post’s privacy story on Apple and how they got it wrong Posted on Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 6:36 pm. PT Written by Jim Dalrymple The Washington Post ran a sensationalistic story this morning that claimed Apple would have user’s location, unique identifying codes and search terms when using Spotlight in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. The function is part of Spotlight search, which was updated with last week’s launch of new Mac computers and Apple’s latest operating system, Yosemite OS X, which also is available for download to owners of older machines. Once Yosemite is...
  • Six Strikes Anti-Piracy Warnings Double This Year

    10/08/2014 11:25:31 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 19 replies
    TorrentFreak ^ | August 30, 2014 | Ernesto
    The six-strikes Copyright Alert System has been active for one and a half years now and warnings are being sent out at an increasing rate. The program will double in size this year, according to its executive director, in the hope that it will eventually change people's norms toward piracy. February last year, five U.S. Internet providers started sending Copyright Alerts to customers who use BitTorrent to pirate movies, TV-shows and music.These efforts are part of the Copyright Alert System, an anti-piracy plan that aims to educate the public. Through a series of warnings suspected pirates are informed that their...
  • Facebook Promises a Deeper Review of Its User Research

    10/02/2014 12:25:19 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10-2-2014 | VINDUGOEL
    Facebook said Thursday that future research on its 1.3 billion users would be subjected to greater internal scrutiny from top managers, especially if they focused on deeply personal topics or specific groups of people. But no outside body will review Facebooks research projects, and the company declined to disclose what guidelines it would use to decide whether research was appropriate. Nor did it indicate whether it will get consent from users for projects like its emotion manipulation study, which set off a global furor when it was disclosed this summer. In essence, Facebooks message is the same as it has...
  • Seattle OKs $1 fine for adding too much food to garbage bins

    09/23/2014 1:02:29 PM PDT · by mojito · 28 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 9/22/2014 | Daniel Beekman
    The Seattle City Council passed a new ordinance Monday that could mean $1 fines for people who toss too many table scraps into the trash. Under current Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) rules, people living in single-family homes are encouraged but not required to dispose of food waste and compostable paper products in compost bins. Apartment buildings must have compost bins available, but residents of apartment buildings arent required to use them. And businesses arent subject to any composting requirements. Under the new rules, collectors can take a cursory look each time they dump trash into a garbage truck. If they...
  • Feds Spend $1 Million To Track Misinformation And Hate Speech On Twitter

    08/27/2014 7:43:47 AM PDT · by Baynative · 36 replies
    Inquisitor ^ | Posted: August 26, 2014 | Tara Dodrill
    Via the Lars Larson Radio Show, yesterday: The federal government spent $1 million to create a database to track hate speech and misinformation on Twitter. The National Science Foundation is behind the creation of the online government monitoring project. The database will reportedly include searches for suspicious memes, false and misleading ideas and will place particular focus on online political activity.
  • Department of Justice wants expanded permission to hack and search remote computers

    05/10/2014 7:42:39 PM PDT · by prisoner6 · 9 replies ^ | May 9, 2014 | Grant Gross
    The U.S. Department of Justice wants new authority to hack and search remote computers during investigations, saying the new rules are needed because of complex criminal schemes sometimes using millions of machines spread across the country. Digital rights groups say the request from the DOJ for authority to search computers outside the district where an investigation is based raises concerns about Internet security and Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures. By expanding federal law enforcements power to secretly exploit zero-day vulnerabilities in software and Internet platforms, the proposal threatens to weaken Internet security for all of us, Nathan...
  • Google Knew About Heartbleed and Didnt Tell the Government

    04/16/2014 12:55:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 14, 2014 | Brendan Sasso
    Federal systems remained vulnerable to hackers even after researchers identified the bug. Google knew about a critical flaw in Internet security, but it didn't alert anyone in the government. Neel Mehta, a Google engineer, first discovered "Heartbleed"a bug that undermines the widely used encryption technology OpenSSLsome time in March. A team at the Finnish security firm Codenomicon discovered the flaw around the same time. Google was able to patch most of its servicessuch as email, search, and YouTubebefore the companies publicized the bug on April 7. The researchers also notified a handful of other companies about the bug before going...
  • Obama Lets N.S.A. Exploit Some Internet Flaws, Officials Say [heartbleed bug]

    04/12/2014 11:52:42 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 3 replies
    NYT ^ | April 12, 2014 | By David E. Sanger
    WASHINGTON Stepping into a heated debate within the nations intelligence agencies, President Obama has decided that when the National Security Agency discovers major flaws in Internet security, it should in most circumstances reveal them to assure that they will be fixed, rather than keep mum so that the flaws can be used in espionage or cyberattacks, senior administration officials said Saturday. But Mr. Obama carved a broad exception for a clear national security or law enforcement need, the officials said, a loophole that is likely to allow the N.S.A. to continue to exploit security flaws both to...
  • CODEVILLA: Governments secret backdoor to your email

    01/20/2014 12:26:25 PM PST · by ransomnote · 12 replies ^ | January 17, 2014 | By Angelo M. Codevilla
    The NSA orchestrated Internet vulnerabilities against the directive of Congress Every child learns not to touch a neighbors mailbox. Thats a federal crime, hes told, and for good reason. However, the transactions and love-hate letters that used to go through physical mailboxes now go through electronic ones. The U.S. government cannot protect their privacy. What the laws and customs that surround the U.S. mail once did is now done by encryption. Governments own role is problematic, because many of its various agencies want to look into our mailboxes by defeating encryption. We can understand how serious a matter this is...
  • Secret court approves three more months of NSA phone snooping

    01/03/2014 4:05:22 PM PST · by ColdOne · 54 replies ^ | 1/3/14 | Stephen Dinan
    The secret court that oversees the nations intelligence activities renewed its approval of the National Security Agencys 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 Clappers office announced the courts ruling in a statement, though officials didnt 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 administrations view, consistent with the recent holdings of the United States District Courts for...
  • Tech giants' demand for NSA reform 'a major game-changer', advocates say

    12/13/2013 8:04:39 AM PST · by kobald · 20 replies
    The Guardian ^ | December 9, 2013 | Paul Lewis
    Senior figures behind efforts to curtail the powers of American spy agencies have seized on the decision by the worlds largest tech companies to call for radical surveillance reform, saying the unexpected intervention is a potential game-changer. In an open letter published jointly on Monday, eight tech giants, including Apple, Google and Facebook, said disclosures by the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that basic rights and freedoms were being undermined. The companies which also include Microsoft, Yahoo, AOL, LinkedIn and Twitter, and have a combined value of $1.4tn called for widespread changes that, if enacted, would...
  • Amash-backed bill aimed to end NSA spying programs garners even bipartisan support

    12/13/2013 6:26:49 AM PST · by kobald · 24 replies
    MLive (Michigan) ^ | December 3, 2013 | Andrew Krietz
    An even split of Democratic and Republican legislators back a bill supported by Rep. Justin Amash, aiming to end the country's domestic surveillance programs. The legislation, titled The USA Freedom Act, would, if signed into law, curb the National Security Agency's ability to conduct communications sweeps and close a "back door" to information by requiring a court order when performing searches of Americans in data already collected without warrants. The Hill reported during the weekend that the bill has at least 102 cosponsors, including 51 Democrats and 51 Republicans... According to The Hill, members of Congress are placing increased pressure...
  • US Gov't Data Requests Soaring, Google Says

    11/22/2013 7:54:49 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 3 replies ^ | 11/18/2013 | Brandon Dimmel
    Google says it's facing a rapidly increasing number of data requests from national governments, and particularly the United States government... Google says that, in the six-month period between January and June 2013, the United States government made almost 11,000 requests for information related to Google's users.... Overall, this means Google faced twice as many data requests between January and June 2013 than it did over the same period last year. Google added that this remarkable total "only include[s] the requests we're allowed to publish." Google says that, in most cases where data was requested, it handed over the information. That...
  • Government worried about citizen uprising

    10/05/2013 7:35:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 10/5/2013 | Patrice Lewis
    ........theres no shortage of shockingly invasive tactics our government is employing to keep track of its servants er, citizens. In fact, it seems that more and more of what our government is doing is keeping track close track of what were all up to. Our traveling is monitored through license plates and GPS systems. Our credit card purchases are monitored. Our phone calls are monitored. Our social media sites are monitored. Our search engines and online meanderings are monitored. In short, there is very little the government doesnt know about everyone. Even the occasional hermit living unplugged...
  • NSA stores all collectable browsing data for 365 days, new leak reveals

    10/01/2013 7:24:31 AM PDT · by shego · 25 replies
    The Verge ^ | 9/30/13 | Russell Brandom
    A new leak published by The Guardian reveals more details about the NSA's Marina metadata program, including the program's ability to look back at a full year of metadata for millions of web users, regardless of whether the users are the target of an investigation. The metadata can include anything from browsing history to more detailed account activity in the case of web-based email, including contact lists and potentially even account passwords. The Marina program had been mentioned in previous leaks, but the new revelations, pulled from an NSA training document, show how the data was centrally stored and managed....
  • Big Brother Is Watching You Swipe: The NSAs Credit Card Data Grab

    09/15/2013 5:42:20 PM PDT · by shego · 11 replies
    Time ^ | Dave Clarke
    The National Security Agency isn't just snooping into phone and online communications. It also appears to be keeping a close eye on credit card transactions. Why? And what can they see? The presumed purpose of NSA's credit card tracking is to help it stop terrorism. Agents hope to ferret out terrorists who are buying bomb ingredients, visiting hotbeds of radicalism, and moving funds illicitly. But the program's reach is so broad, some say it will inevitably sweep up purchases made by innocent American citizens, as well.... Technically, there are safeguards in place to keep American citizens out of the NSA's...
  • Move over NSA, you got nothin' on the DEA (Records of decades of American phone calls)

    09/02/2013 8:16:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/02/2013 | Rick Moran
    This is how the New York Times describes a telephone surveillance program carried out by federal drug enforcement agencies: For at least six years, law enforcement officials working on a counternarcotics program have had routine access, using subpoenas, to an enormous AT&T database that contains the records of decades of Americans' phone calls -- parallel to but covering a far longer time than the National Security Agency's hotly disputed collection of phone call logs. Sounds ominous, but is it? The Hemisphere Project, a partnership between federal and local drug officials and AT&T that has not previously been reported, involves an...
  • 'Read Constitution, not my email': Anti-snooping protests sweep US

    08/06/2013 9:33:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Youtube ^ | 8/4/13 | RussiaToday RussiaToday
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  • US spy chiefs admit snooping on Americans

    07/31/2013 9:29:05 PM PDT · by Rabin · 9 replies
    aljazeera ^ | 01 Aug 2013 03:05 | Alfontz J. Ajazeera
    President Barack Obama's national security has team acknowledged for the first time that... If a person called 40 people, the analysis would allow the government to mine the records of 2.5 million Americans when investigating a suspect
  • New NSA Leaks Show How Easily The Government Can See Almost Everything You Do On The Internet

    07/31/2013 8:03:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/31/2013 | Michael Kelly
    National Security Agency documents provided to The Guardian by Edward Snowden reveal a system that allows analysts to search "nearly everything a typical user does on the internet," according to one docuement. Glenn Greenwald reports that training materials for a program called XKeyscore show how analysts without the review of a court or other NSA personnel can mine extensive agency databases by giving only a broad justification for the search. "It's very rare to be questioned on our searches," Snowden told the Guardian in June, "and even when we are, it's usually along the lines of: 'let's bulk...
  • Report: Feds demand major internet companies turn over user passwords

    07/26/2013 8:03:15 AM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 31 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 26, 2013 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    The federal government has demanded that major internet companies turn over users stored passwords, two sources told the respected tech website CNet. So what exactly does this escalation as CNet calls it mean? If the government is able to determine a persons password, which is typically stored in encrypted form, the credential could be used to log in to an account to peruse confidential correspondence or even impersonate the user, the report says. Obtaining it also would aid in deciphering encrypted devices in situations where passwords are reused.
  • Delaware officials admit tax snooping; wont identify Christine ODonnell as target

    07/19/2013 7:24:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/19/13 | Dave Boyer
    The director of Delawares tax-collection office said Friday that his agency accessed the federal tax records in 2010 of an unnamed taxpayer, believed to be former GOP Senate candidate Christine ODonnell. Patrick Carter, director of the states division of revenue, would not identify Ms. ODonnell as the taxpayer but said he approved the inquiry for routine purposes. A state Division of Revenue investigator accessed records on or after March 20, 2010 following information that came to the attention of the division, Mr. Carter said in a statement. The record access led the state revenue investigator
  • U.S. Postal Service Logging All Mail for Law Enforcement

    07/03/2013 11:34:28 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 63 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 3 Jul 2013 | RON NIXON
    WASHINGTON Leslie James Pickering noticed something odd in his mail last September: A handwritten card, apparently delivered by mistake, with instructions for postal workers to pay special attention to the letters and packages sent to his home. Show all mail to supv supervisor for copying prior to going out on the street, read the card. It included Mr. Pickerings name, address and the type of mail that needed to be monitored. The word confidential was highlighted in green. It was a bit of a shock to see it, said Mr. Pickering, who owns a small bookstore in...
  • Multiple Government Agencies Are Keeping Records Of Your Credit Card Transactions

    06/29/2013 5:09:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    TEC ^ | 06/28/2013 | Michael Snyder
    Were you under the impression that your credit card transactions are private? If so, I am sorry to burst your bubble. As you will see below, there are actually multiple government agencies that are gathering and storing records of your credit card transactions. And in turn, those government agencies share that information with other government agencies that want it. So if you are making a purchase that you don't want anyone to know about, don't use a credit card. This is one of the reasons why the government hates cash so much. It is just so hard to track. In...
  • The Guardian: British intel also snooping on Internet content

    06/22/2013 7:56:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/22/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    A couple of weeks ago, the British government found itself under considerable fire at home for their connection to the NSA’s PRISM program. A number of MPs demanded answers from David Cameron’s Tory government about whether British intelligence was bypassing UK law in order to spy on its subjects by having the NSA collect the data from their Internet for them. At the time, I wondered whether the Brits were doing the same for the NSA on their own, comparing it to the Hitchcock thriller Strangers on a Train, with its famous “criss cross” murder plot (or the more humorous...
  • Government Snooping, ObamaCare and Abortion

    06/18/2013 2:09:11 PM PDT · by DanMiller
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | June 18, 2013 | Dan Miller
    Back when I was in law school,The Bramble Bushwas required reading for a course on jurisprudence. Thepreface includedthis from Mother Goose Rhymes. There was a man in our town, And he was wondrous wise; He jumped into a brier bush, And scratched out both his eyes; And when he saw his eyes were out, With all his might and main He jumped into another bush, And scratched 'em in again. ObamaCare and regulations implementing it -- as well as Governmental snooping in general -- are thorny "brier bushes" with enough brambles to "scratch out" all of our eyes.Those brier bushes...
  • There is no Constitutional Justification for the Current Governmental Snooping.

    06/15/2013 12:00:50 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 17 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | June 15, 2013 | Dan Miller
    Jonathan Turley publishes some quite good stuff at his blog. There were two excellent pieces yesterday and one today, thus far. It's a grand old Constitution. Is it time for a wake? Today's article at Jonathan Turley's blog was authored by Mike Spindell. Titled Catch 22 and the Secrecy Debate, it is based in part on this quote from Joseph Heller’s Catch 22. There, Mr. Heller wrote  The “Catch-22″ is that “anyone who wants to get out of combat duty isn’t really crazy” Hence, pilots who request a mental fitness evaluation are sane, and therefore must fly in combat. At the same...
  • Gallup, Fox News polls: Public opposes broad NSA collection of records

    06/13/2013 12:38:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/13/2013 | AllahPundit
    I'm not going to present every poll on this topic but some commenters were grumpy about the results of the Pew and CBS polls and I wanted to throw them a bone. If you’re waiting for a backlash, your wait might be over. First, Gallup:And, hot on its heels, Fox News:Now for the eeyorish caveats. First, in a separate question, Gallup finds that of the 53 percent who disapprove of the program, 21 percent say that there are circumstances under which this sort of data-mining would be appropriate. They’re not hard opponents, in other words, just opponents at this particular...
  • Snowden Is Not MLK: Theres a difference between civil disobedience and mere lawbreaking.

    06/13/2013 6:43:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 121 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/13/2013 | Daniel Foster
    It is a testament both to the complexity of the political and legal questions surrounding the NSAs PRISM program, and to the mixture of intellectual honesty and political opportunism characterizing those debating them, that one cannot accurately extrapolate from a persons views on the program his views on Edward Snowden, the low-level government contractor who exposed it. Speaking broadly, establishment Democrats and Republicans alike tend to be apologists for the program, and to think Snowden deserves prosecution for compromising it. By contrast, libertarians left and right tend to be outraged by the program, and think Snowden a hero for showing...
  • Snowden' Second Interview: "I Am Not Here To Hide From Justice; I Am Here To Reveal Criminality"

    06/12/2013 9:26:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 06/12/2013 | Tyler Durden
    Following the dramatic self-revelatory interview/profiling of Edward Snowden by the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, the media world, and everyone else, has been abuzz about what other revelations the NSA whistleblower may bring to light. Moments ago, the South China Morning Post releases the much anticipated second interview with the 29 year old. While hardly earth-shattering, it does provide some additional insight into the mind of the administration's current persona most non grata. From South China Morning Post: Snowden said last night that he had no doubts about his choice of Hong Kong.People who think I made a mistake in picking...
  • (Vanity) - Political correctness is the cause of general intercepts

    06/11/2013 9:20:23 PM PDT · by NowApproachingMidnight · 12 replies
    6/12/13 | Self
    It would seem as though we all have government snooping wrong. They are not prying, they are like cockroaches when the lights come on. They are scurrying, hiding, defenseless. There is a reason they must spy on us all. What is that reason? Political Correctness. If the federal government is watching you, it is because the Liberal left wing politicians have neutered them. Trust me / They would rather profile. What are your thoughts on this? Do you agree the government has been handicapped by political correctness, i.e. profiling EVERYONE instead of the obvious terrorists? Will good men stand up...
  • The Data Retention Disaster Heading to the US

    06/11/2013 7:40:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/11/2013 | Christopher Reynolds
    The scandal over PRISM, the NSA's alleged secret backdoor into some of the biggest services on the internet, shows little sign of dying down. But while PRISM's data mining has been hidden away from the eyes of American citizens, over in Europe there is a mass surveillance program that's been operating out in the open for the last eight years. The European Data Retention Directive forces all EU Internet Service Providers to log data on its users and store that data for up to two years after their subscription ends. Something similar could be heading to U.S. shores. In March,...
  • Pew Poll: 56% support NSA tracking phone calls to hunt for terrorists

    06/10/2013 7:04:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/10/2013 | AllahPundit
    I tweeted the link to this WaPo story and was surprised by how many people seemed surprised by, or even in outright denial about, the results. This has always been a 50/50 issue, more or less; if it wasn't, The One wouldn't have dared to trade his Hopenchange cred for PRISM. The only numbers that really move much in the data from year to year aren’t the topline results but the partisan splits, which predictably shift — a lot, as you’ll see below — depending upon which party is at the controls of NSA.A caveat: In 2006 the question referred...
  • Edward Snowden: Hero? Or Traitor?

    06/10/2013 7:25:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 102 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/10/2013 | Rick Moran
    You've probably heard by now that the man responsible for the NSA leaks of surveillance programs is a 29-year old high school dropout who was a contract worker for the NSA, Edward Snowden. Snowden is being lionized by both left and right -- at least, those who are reacting emotionally to his revelations. They are, indeed, serious and dangerous. The potential to make the US a police state is great, as is a loss of any sense of privacy for the individual. The potential is also there to head off terrorist attacks. And revealing these surveillance programs almost certainly gives...
  • Verizon security chief used to be high level official at FBI

    06/08/2013 2:31:27 PM PDT · by 867V309 · 9 replies
    dailycaller ^ | 06/07/2013 | Josh Peterson
    The current chief of security of Verizon, a company embroiled in controversy over the recent revelation of a secret government domestic spy program, is a former high level official in the FBI.
  • Democratic Senator Defends Phone Spying, And Says It's Been Going On For 7 Years

    06/06/2013 8:55:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/06/2013 | Brett LoGiurato
    Senators on both sides of the political aisle moved to defend the National Security Agency's collection of data from millions of Americans' phone records, saying it has been an ongoing practice that has kept the United States safe. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) told reporters on Thursday that The Guardian's revelation of the court order that compels Verizon to give data on millions of Americans' calls is a standard three-month renewal of a practice that has been ongoing for about seven years. Feinstein, the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence committee, also defended the practice. "It's called protecting America," she said, according...
  • White House on NSA snooping: You can totally trust us

    06/06/2013 8:06:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/06/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    The White House admitted this morning that the Guardian story last night was accurate — the NSA has been collecting metadata on Verizon’s phone calls for the last couple of months. Thanks to a secret court order, the phone records and location of calls by over 121 million customers now rest within the vaults of the NSA. And according to the Associated Press’ White House source, that’s no problem, because we can totally trust them to only do nice things with them, and not be evil and rotten like the previous administration who did pretty much the same thing: The...
  • 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...
  • Schumer: New Gang of Eight to draft rules for press subpoenas

    05/27/2013 7:29:15 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 25 replies ^ | 5/26/13 | Keith Laing
    Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday proposed a new bipartisan Gang of Eight to draft a bill to create guidelines for future investigations of media leaks by the government. I proposed along with [Sen.] Lindsey Graham [R-S.C.], well be announcing that we have four Democrats, four Republicans, another Gang of Eight, said Schumer on CBSs Face the Nation. I love these gangs of eight I guess. Schumer said the bipartisan group will introduce legislation that sets up rules where if the government wants to go to a member of the press and say you have to divulge your sources and...