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  • Under the Rug

    03/22/2020 7:17:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | March 22, 2020 | Gil Gutknecht
    For anyone who is paying attention, it’s beginning to look more and more like there won’t be any serious consequences for wrongdoing inside the FBI and DOJ. Yes, Attorney General Barr understands the critical nature of all this. The Durham investigation grinds on at glacial speed. They face a herd of musk ox. The insiders have formed a circle, horns out. Insiders are clearly signaling that they are far more interested in defending their institutions than in defending the truth. If there were any serious attempt to hold the bad apples accountable, we would have seen evidence of it long...
  • Senate clears 77-day extension of surveillance powers

    03/16/2020 3:54:05 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 16, 2020 | Jordain Carney
    The Senate cleared a nearly four-month extension of intelligence programs that expired on Sunday as part of a deal that will also allow for votes on broader surveillance reforms. The Senate had been expected to hold an initial procedural vote Monday on the House-passed bill that paired extension of the three expired USA Freedom Act provisions with some changes to the court established by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Instead, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) came to the floor minutes before the scheduled vote and passed a 77-day extension of the three USA Freedom Act provisions. The extension...
  • Government okays mass surveillance of Israelis’ phones to curb coronavirus

    03/15/2020 4:32:49 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 19 replies
    the times of Israel ^ | 15 March 2020 | By JUDAH ARI GROSS
    Measure still requires Knesset subcommittee approval before going forward; ministers say they’ve worked to limit the harm to privacy, but critics warn of civil liberty violations
  • Trump suggests he may veto surveillance bill

    03/12/2020 8:56:08 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03 12 2020 | Morgan Chalfant
    President Trump on Thursday said that “many” Republican senators want him to veto legislation reauthorizing expiring intelligence programs, an indication the president is considering doing so. “Many Republican Senators want me to Veto the FISA Bill until we find out what led to, and happened with, the illegal attempted ‘coup’ of the duly elected President of the United States, and others!” Trump tweeted Thursday morning, referring to the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference and contacts between his campaign and Moscow, which has not been deemed illegal. Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), both of whom are allies of...
  • House strikes last-minute surveillance deal

    03/10/2020 3:55:02 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | Mike Lillis | Mike Lillis
    House leaders on Tuesday struck an agreement to reauthorize a key surveillance bill, clinching a bipartisan deal on the contentious legislation just days before it’s set to expire. The move follows months of hard-fought negotiations that found disagreements not only between the parties, but within them as well. Leaders in both parties say they expect the bill to pass through the House on Wednesday, sending it to the Senate with four days to spare before the March 15 expiration. The deal came together after negotiators launched an 11th-hour effort to mollify an unusual coalition of dissenting voices: liberal Democrats and...
  • Trump Refusing To Rubber Stamp FISA Renewal, Demands Post-Russia Surveillance Reforms

    03/04/2020 8:07:06 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 30 replies
    Just the News ^ | 03/04/20 | Carrie Sheffield
    Law raises concerns about extent feds can spy on AmericansPresident Trump has told congressional Republican leaders that he will not support a clean reauthorization of surveillance laws without significant reforms to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court system that was abused during the Russia collusion probe, a senior White House official says.The surveillance provisions are set to expire on March 15, and the White House indicated to Republican leaders Tuesday that it would support only a temporary, 30-day extension to allow Congress to iron out the reforms. House Democratic leaders have indicated publicly they are open to bipartisan compromise.“Just got back from the...
  • A Chinese destroyer fired a weapons-grade laser at a US surveillance aircraft, US Navy says

    02/27/2020 7:17:25 PM PST · by DEPcom · 33 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 2-27-2020 | Ryan Pickrell
    A Chinese destroyer used a weapons-grade laser to target a US Navy P-8A surveillance aircraft flying above the Pacific last week, US Pacific Fleet said Thursday.
  • Tapping Trump’s Anger About 2016 Surveillance, White House Seeks Overhaul of Spying Law

    02/23/2020 4:28:49 PM PST · by ransomnote · 8 replies ^ | February 23, 2020 | Andrew Restuccia and Dustin Volz
    WASHINGTON—Senior White House officials are discussing an overhaul of the government’s surveillance program for people in the U.S. suspected of posing a national-security risk, spurred in part by President Trump’s grievances about an investigation of a 2016 campaign adviser, according to people familiar with the matter.The effort seeks to take advantage of the looming expiration of some spying powers next month, including portions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a Watergate-era law that Mr. Trump believes was improperly used to target his campaign, these people said.Overhauling FISA has become a rallying cry for conservatives and allies of the president in...
  • Activate This ‘Bracelet of Silence,’ and Alexa Can’t Eavesdrop

    02/19/2020 9:37:23 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | Feb. 14, 2020 | Kashmir Hill
    Microphones and cameras lurk everywhere. You may want to slip on some privacy armor.Last year, Ben Zhao decided to buy an Alexa-enabled Echo speaker for his Chicago home. Mr. Zhao just wanted a digital assistant to play music, but his wife, Heather Zheng, was not enthused. “She freaked out,” he said. Ms. Zheng characterized her reaction differently. First she objected to having the device in their house, she said. Then, when Mr. Zhao put the Echo in a work space they shared, she made her position perfectly clear:“I said, ‘I don’t want that in the office. Please unplug it. I...
  • Ring and Nest helped normalize American surveillance and turned us into a nation of voyeurs

    02/18/2020 9:05:10 AM PST · by ransomnote · 41 replies ^ | February 18, 2020 | Drew Harwell
    Margaret Cudia thought her Ring doorbell camera was "the best thing since sliced bread." She loved watching the world pass by through her suburban New Jersey neighborhood, guarding vigilantly for suspicious strangers and porch pirates from the comfort of her phone. She hadn't expected the camera also might capture awkward moments closer to home, like the time it caught her daughter grabbing a beer and talking about how controlling her mother was. "I never told her about that one," she said with a laugh. Amazon's Ring, Google's Nest and other Internet-connected cameras - some selling for as little as $59...
  • U.S. Accuses China's Huawei Of Helping Iran Track Protesters

    02/16/2020 7:45:47 AM PST · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    The U.S. Justice Department has accused Huawei Technologies of helping Iran track protesters in its latest indictment against the Chinese tech giant as Washington steps up pressure on the world's largest telecommunications equipment maker. In a new indictment unsealed on February 13, Huawei was also charged with conspiring to steal trade secrets from six U.S. technology companies and to violate a racketeering law typically used in the fight against organized crime. The indictment supersedes one unsealed last year in federal court in Brooklyn, New York. According to prosecutors, Huawei provided surveillance equipment to Iran that enabled the monitoring of protesters...
  • Your Anonymity Gone With The Wind

    01/28/2020 6:42:23 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/28/20 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    The more we talk about freedom (of speech, of assembly, to carry guns, religion) in the world today occupied and controlled by everything progressive, the more we hear the chains rattling I wrote before about the 2006 Oscar winner for the best Foreign Language Film, “Das Leben des Anderen” (The Lives of Others), a German drama that describes in painful detail life in the communist East Berlin of 1984, before the fall of the Berlin Wall, how ordinary and not so ordinary citizens were spied upon by their government, using agents of the infamous Stasi, the German Democratic Republic’s secret...
  • Justice Department Believes It Should Have Ended Surveillance of Trump Adviser Earlier

    01/23/2020 4:38:52 PM PST · by bitt · 26 replies
    WSJ ^ | 1/23/2020 | Byron Tau
    Government tells court it lacked probable cause in last two of four eavesdropping applications for Carter Page WASHINGTON—The Justice Department now believes it should have discontinued its secret surveillance of one-time Trump campaign adviser Carter Page far earlier than it did, according to a new court filing unsealed Thursday. The Justice Department made that determination in a December letter to the secret court that oversees surveillance of suspected foreign spies, acknowledging it may have lacked probable cause to continue wiretapping in the last two of the four surveillance applications it sought against Mr. Page.
  • FISA Court Selecting Surveillance State Advocate, David Kris, Shouldn’t Be a Surprise…

    01/13/2020 3:25:20 AM PST · by a little elbow grease · 32 replies ^ | 1/13/20 | sundance
    (snips) In the second half of Devin Nunes interview with Maria Bartiromo today he was asked his thoughts about the FISA Court selecting David Kris as an FBI surveillance and compliance monitor. The issue is quite important because the FBI FISA reforms and promises are essentially meaningless without some form of structural review process. However, the new 2020 FISC Presiding Judge James Boasberg selecting David Kris has been noted by several people as a rather weak effort on behalf of the court. As an outcome of our former FISA-702 reviews CTH has an entirely different reason for questioning the selection...
  • FISA Court Neck Deep In Surveillance On Trump Campaign,

    12/26/2019 7:50:10 PM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 72 replies
    The Federalist Papers ^ | 12/26/2019 | Carmine Sabia
    FISA Court Neck Deep In Surveillance On Trump Campaign, Knew Of Application Issues, Report Carmine Sabia By Carmine Sabia Published December 26, 2019 at 9:49am The Deep State is a real thing, and with each new report or finding we discover that it is deeper than any of us have imagined. In the most recent case, it appears that the FISA courts were aware that the applications to spy on Carter Page, an aide with President Donald Trump’s campaign. After the report of Inspector General Michael Horowitz, the head of the FISA courts, Judge Rosemary Collyer, ripped into the FBI...
  • If The FBI’s Contempt For The Law Is Not Reined In, Its Abuses Will Get Worse

    12/26/2019 6:53:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 12/26/2019 | Adam Mill
    In 2018, the U.S. government filed 1,117 final applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court for authority for the FBI to conduct electronic surveillance and physical searches. One application was withdrawn. One other was denied. The remaining 1,115 were granted.Hours before the FISA court issued a December 17 order openly declaring that it could no longer trust any of the sworn statements the FBI had submitted to justify spying on Americans, The New York Times published an opinion article by William Webster, a former director of both the FBI and the CIA. Webster wrote, “Today, the integrity of...
  • NYT: We Spied On Trump And Other Powerful People With Phone Tracking Data

    12/21/2019 6:58:20 AM PST · by upchuck · 18 replies
    Daily Wire ^ | Dec 20, 2019
    In an extensive report that is part of its “Privacy Project,” The New York Times revealed Thursday that it has gained access to cell phone tracking data for millions of Americans and was able to rather easily track the movements of regular Americans as well as high-profile and powerful figures, including President Trump himself — details of whose actions the Times published in a follow-up report. In its initial report, titled “Twelve Million Phones, One Dataset, Zero Privacy,” the Times warns that if you were able to see the data which they obtained from a single private cell phone app...
  • Six ways we were blind to screaming red flags about government surveillance

    12/21/2019 6:25:13 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 20,2019 | BY SHARYL ATTKISSON,
    FBI Director Christopher Wray: As I have written, FBI Director Christopher Wray falsely testified to Congress that there have been no 702 surveillance abuses. Surprisingly, nobody questioned him about this incorrect claim, even though many documented abuses are in the public record. If the head of this important agency either doesn’t know about surveillance abuses, or knows of them and is being misleading, it doesn’t bode well for the notion that he can (or will) clean things up. The media: With few exceptions, the news media largely delivered a collective yawn after the initial furor over various abuses in recent...
  • Sharyl Attkisson explains why one FISA warrant on one person can lead to spying on thousands of people

    12/21/2019 5:44:31 AM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 21, 2019 | Thomas Lifson
    The genuine magnitude of the FBI spying on the Trump campaign (or Adam Schiff’s getting ahold of the phone records of journalists and fellow representatives) was far greater than most people realize, reading or hearing about a FISA warrant to spy on Carter Page. Many people naturally presume that an operation to trample on the rights of one man – even an Annapolis graduate who served as a source for the CIA – was bad, but not a major spying operation. After all, Page was not a top-level campaign advisor but an unpaid volunteer. So, what’s the big deal? ......
  • How to Track President Trump (scary stuff for everyone)

    12/20/2019 7:13:10 AM PST · by janetjanet998 · 22 replies
    IF YOU OWN A MOBILE PHONE, its every move is logged and tracked by dozens of companies. No one is beyond the reach of this constant digital surveillance. Not even the president of the United States. The Times Privacy Project obtained a dataset with more than 50 billion location pings from the phones of more than 12 million people in this country. It was a random sample from 2016 and 2017, but it took only minutes — with assistance from publicly available information — for us to deanonymize location data and track the whereabouts of President Trump.