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  • Did the Person Who Recorded Trump in 2005 Break the Law?

    10/10/2016 8:12:30 AM PDT · by CodeToad · 56 replies
    The Post & Email ^ | Oct. 9, 2016 | Sharon Rondeau
    On Friday, an audio-recording was released by The Washington Post from a 2005 bus ride en route to the filming of a soap opera episode to include then-TV reality show star and businessman Donald Trump and actress Arianne Zucker. ... While video of the bus traveling to and stopping at its destination to meet Zucker has also been broadcast, the audio of the conversation between Trump and Billy Bush, said to have been captured by a “hot mic” and widely condemned as “offensive,” is the subject of what The Post now calls a “crisis” within the Republican Party. ... According...
  • The FBI and Martin Luther King

    01/19/2015 1:23:46 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 43 replies
    Atlantic, The ^ | Jul 1 2002, 12:00 PM ET | David J. Garrow
    Martin Luther King was never himself a Communist—far from it. But the FBI's wiretapping of King was precipitated by his association with Stanley Levison, a man with reported ties to the Communist Party. Newly available documents reveal what the FBI actually knew—the vast extent of Levinson's Party activities On October 10, 1963, U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy committed what is widely viewed as one of the most ignominious acts in modern American history: he authorized the Federal Bureau of Investigation to begin wiretapping the telephones of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Kennedy believed that one of King's closest...
  • Google Chrome Listening In To Your Room Shows The Importance Of Privacy Defense In Depth

    06/23/2015 12:58:49 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 31 replies
    Privacy Online News ^ | 6/18/15 | Rick Falkvinge
    Google Chrome Listening In To Your Room Shows The Importance Of Privacy Defense In Depth Yesterday, news broke that Google has been stealth downloading audio listeners onto every computer that runs Chrome, and transmits audio data back to Google. Effectively, this means that Google had taken itself the right to listen to every conversation in every room that runs Chrome somewhere, without any kind of consent from the people eavesdropped on. In official statements, Google shrugged off the practice with what amounts to “we can do that”.It looked like just another bug report. "When I start Chromium, it downloads something."...
  • Panama’s ex-president’s hunger for gossip at center of wiretap probe

    01/30/2015 12:47:42 PM PST · by Theoria · 7 replies
    McClatchy ^ | 28 Jan 2015 | Tim Johnson
    When the United States rejected former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli’s request for spying equipment to eavesdrop, U.S. diplomats feared, on his political enemies, the former supermarket baron turned to another source: Israel.Now scores of Panama’s political and social elite are learning that the eavesdropping program that Martinelli’s security team set in place sprawled into the most private aspects of their lives – including their bedrooms. Rather than national security, what appears to have driven the wiretapping was a surfeit of the seven deadly sins, particularly greed, pride, lust and envy.Nearly every day, targets of the wiretapping march to the prosecutors’...
  • The verdict, take 2 [NY Slime And The FISA Judges]

    03/30/2006 6:42:54 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 13 replies · 671+ views
    Powerline ^ | March 30, 2006 | Scott Johnson
    Last night John rendered his "Verdict: The New York Times blew the story." The "story" was the testimony of five federal judges -- Magistrate Judge Allan Kornblum and four former FISA court judges -- on Senator Specter's proposed revision of the FISA statute. According to yesterday's New York Times story by Eric Lichtblau: In a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the secretive court, known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, several former judges who served on the panel...voiced skepticism at a Senate hearing about the president's constitutional authority to order wiretapping on Americans without a court order. They...
  • Federal Court's Ruling Poses Threat to Terror-Finance Investigation

    04/02/2010 4:55:52 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 535+ views
    SNIPPET: "A federal judge in California has ruled that the Bush Administration illegally wiretapped the U.S. branch of the Saudi Arabian-based charity al Haramain Islamic Foundation. While ground breaking in its assessment of the controversial Terrorist Surveillance Program (TSP), Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling is perhaps more important in that it may dismantle a five-year investigation into al Haramain's financial support for terrorist organizations. Al Haramain is active in more than 50 countries. The U.S. branch registered as a non-profit charity in Oregon in 1999.While it claims to "stand against terrorism, injustice, or subversive activities in any form, and [ ]...
  • The NSA's Online Dragnet: Warrantless Surveillance Hits the Target, Along With Many Other People

    07/09/2014 3:18:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | July 9, 2014 | Jacob Sullum
    As an Illinois senator running for president in 2008, Barack Obama promised there would be no more "wiretaps without warrants" under his administration. He abandoned that position even before he was elected to the White House, voting for legislation that amended the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to let the National Security Agency collect Americans' international communications without a warrant. The targets of such surveillance were supposed to be foreigners located outside of the United States, and the purpose of the surveillance was supposed to be the acquisition of "foreign intelligence information," implying that the targets would be suspected spies...
  • Hillary Knew & Used NSA Wiretaps – Dick Morris TV: Lunch Alert!

    02/28/2014 12:27:23 PM PST · by 11th Commandment · 15 replies
    Dick ^ | February 28, 2014 | Dick Morris
    In this video commentary, Morris discusses how Hillary knew of and used NSA wiretaps. Tune in!
  • US 'eavesdropped on Vatican in run-up to conclave'

    10/30/2013 10:00:03 AM PDT · by onyx · 70 replies
    AFP ^ | October 30, 2013
    <p>Rome — US secret services allegedly eavesdropped on cardinals before the conclave in March to elect a new pope, Italian weekly magazine Panorama claimed Wednesday.</p> <p>"The National Security Agency wiretapped the pope," the magazine said, accusing the United States of listening in to telephone calls to and from the Vatican, including the accommodation housing cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio before he was elected Pope Francis.</p>
  • Report: White House stopped phone tapping of foreign leaders this summer

    10/28/2013 6:23:01 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 87 replies ^ | October 28, 2013 | David Simpson
    (CNN) -- The White House learned this summer that the National Security Agency had tapped the phones of world leaders and ordered a halt to some of the eavesdropping, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.
  • German leader calls Obama about alleged cellphone tapping

    10/23/2013 5:33:12 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, October 23, 5:59 PM | Michael Birnbaum and Ellen Nakashima
    BERLIN — Furious German officials said Wednesday that U.S. intelligence agencies may have been monitoring German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone, creating a fresh diplomatic headache for President Obama after a week in which other close allies condemned his administration over allegations of other spying misdeeds. The German leader called Obama on Wednesday about the issue, forcing him to assure a European leader for the second time this week that the United States had not overstepped boundaries in its eavesdropping programs. ... The accusations in Germany were prompted by reporting by the news magazine Der Spiegel, which has run many stories...
  • Here's how much your carrier makes selling your data to the Feds

    07/09/2013 3:04:31 PM PDT · by Sopater · 1 replies
    DVICE ^ | April 4, 2012 | Evan Ackerman
    It's not completely illegal for law enforcement to get your cellphone records from wireless carriers without a warrant. So, they do it. And wireless carriers seem happy to comply, perhaps because they get to charge lots of money every time someone asks for something, and the ACLU has found out how much money this is.If you're a law enforcement agency of some sort, you have a nice fat ŕ la carte menu of wiretapping, data harvesting, and electronic tracking items to choose from. Here are the going rates as of 2009, broken down by service and then by carrier:...
  • The Original NSA Whistleblower: I Know NSA Wiretapped Barack Obama In 2004 Because I Saw The Order

    06/22/2013 11:06:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/22/2013 | Michael Kelley
    Russ Tice worked as an offensive National Security Agency (NSA) agent from 2002 to 2005, before becoming a source for this Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times article exposing NSA domestic spying. This week he appeared on the Boiling Frogs Show and detailed how he had his hands "in the nitty-gritty, the nuts and bolts" during his 20 years as a U.S. intelligence analyst.Tice claimed that he held NSA wiretap orders targeting numerous members of the U.S. government, including one for a young senator from Illinois named Barack Obama."In the summer of 2004, one of the papers that I held in my hand was to wiretap a...
  • 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....
  • Most Americans back NSA tracking phone records, prioritize probes over privacy

    06/10/2013 3:35:29 PM PDT · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 96 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/10/2013 | Jon Cohen
    A large majority of Americans say the federal government should focus on investigating possible terrorist threats even if personal privacy is compromised, and most support the blanket tracking of telephone records in an effort to uncover terrorist activity, according to a new Washington Post-Pew Research Center poll. Fully 45 percent of all Americans say the government should be able to go further than it is, saying that it should be able to monitor everyone’s online activity if doing so would prevent terrorist attacks. A slender majority, 52 percent, say no such broad-based monitoring should occur. The new survey comes amid...
  • Hey, remember way back when wiretapping the Democratic Party's headquarters was a huge scandal?

    06/10/2013 5:52:06 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 11 replies
    JimGeraghtyTwitter ^ | 6/10/2013 | Jim Geraghty
    Hey, remember way back when wiretapping the Democratic Party's headquarters was a huge scandal?
  • NSA Leaker: I Had Authority 'To Wiretap Anyone'

    06/09/2013 11:03:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/9/13 | Tony Lee
    Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old who leaked information about the NSA's data surveillance programs, said he had the authority to wiretap even the president's email if he had a personal email address. In an interview with Glenn Greenwald the UK Guardian posted on Sunday, Snowden said while the NSA surveillance programs were at first more narrowly tailored, the agency now "specifically targets the communications of everyone" and stores them because "it's the easiest and most efficient" way to achieve their ends. He said he had the authority to wiretap nearly everyone in the United States.
  • Hello. This is Verizon Customer Service. Press #1 for English, #2 for Spanish and #3 for Obama.

    06/09/2013 5:15:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | June 9, 2013 | Doug Giles
    I just got back from hunting buffalo in Zimbabwe for the last two weeks. It’s always a pleasure for me to go beyond the pavement, where the cell phones don’t work, and I can’t go online and there isn’t a television that functions within a sixty-mile radius. Yep, when I’m hunting out in the African bush, or in an Alaskan swamp, or I’m out of cell phone range crushing some mahi in the Atlantic, I truly enjoy the technological fast from my Mac book, my iPhone and my TV. That said, while I’m disconnected from the digital crap I cannot...
  • How About More Scandal, Incompetence, Venality, Hubris, Vanity and Error to Start

    06/08/2013 4:57:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | June 8, 2013 | John Ransom
    Lost amidst the White House he-said-she-said of finger pointing, scandal, incompetence, venality, hubris, vanity, error, greed, gluttony, embarrassment, cover up, stupidity,  amateur bungling, brownnosing, grandstanding, photo-opting and hearings as the result of a few minor mistakes made by the Obama administration- an administration which rode roughshod over a several outdated laws, certain small parts of the Bill of Rights written by irrelevant white dudes; an administration that got people killed, violated civil rights, harassed government employees, ignored it’s basic responsibilities and common sense- are these small, little, niggling details: The folks in charge are freaking hypocrites; and because the are...
  • Public Documents Contradict Claim Email Spying Foiled Terror Plot

    06/07/2013 7:39:22 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 30 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | Ben Smith
    Defenders of the American government’s online spying program known as “PRISM” claimed Friday that the suddenly controversial secret effort had saved New York City’s subways from a 2009 terrorist plot led by a young Afghan-American, Najibullah Zazi.
  • Kirk to Holder: Is DOJ spying on Congress? (& SCOTUS?)

    06/06/2013 9:34:44 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 186 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 6 | Joel Gehrke
    “With all due respect, Senator, I don’t think this is an appropriate setting for me to discuss [this issue],” Holder replied during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing when Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., asked if the executive branch was conducting surveillance that would give “unique leverage” over lawmakers. Kirk replied that “the correct answer would be no, we stayed within our lane, and we did not spy on Members of Congress.” Holder assured Kirk that “there is no intention to do anything of that nature — that is, to spy on Members of Congress or to spy on the Supreme Court.”
  • Now FBI wants back door to all software

    06/06/2013 3:42:39 AM PDT · by kimtom · 19 replies ^ | June 6 2013 | Bob Unruh
    The FBI is unhappy that there are communications technologies that it cannot intercept, and wants a new requirement that software makers and communications companies create a back door so they can listen in when they want. But a team of technology experts warns that would be nothing more than handing over to the nation’s enemies abilities they are not capable of developing for themselves. Ads by Google Walk-In Tubs For DisabledSpecially Designed Tubs To Minimize Risk. Ask About Veteran Discounts! Military RecordsLargest Online US Military Records Collection. Discover Family Heroes. According to a recent report in the Washington...
  • Bombshell: Ryan Lizza reports that DOJ fought to conceal warrant from James Rosen

    05/24/2013 1:01:43 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 92 replies
    Unreal. In an explosive new bombshell report, the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza claims that the Obama administration deliberately kept Fox News reporter James Rosen in the dark about the warrant to search through his personal emails. Some new info in the leak case that targeted Fox's James Rosen coming shortly...— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) May 24, 2013
  • Freedom Of Redacted Act

    05/15/2013 8:19:19 AM PDT · by the_Watchman · 2 replies
    KFYI Radio web page (Phoenix, AZ) ^ | May 15, 2013 | Barry Young
    The American Civil Liberties Union made a Freedom of Information Act request for documents about warrant less spying of text messages. The Department of Justice responded with this….TRANSPARENCY! [ Page upon page of totally redacted information. ]
  • The Ever Expanding Reach of Government Control Over the Internet

    05/10/2013 3:37:24 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 9 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-10-13 | Ditto
    Under the public radar, and little talked about in the MSM is the growing expansion of government intrusion into our privacy and the expansion of it's control over internet. Let's look at some of this: Obama and Congress consider expanding government wiretapping U.S. Weighs Wide Overhaul of Wiretap Laws WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, resolving years of internal debate, is on the verge of backing a Federal Bureau of Investigation plan for a sweeping overhaul of surveillance laws that would make it easier to wiretap people who communicate using the Internet rather than by traditional phone services, according to officials...
  • All phone calls in the US are recorded and accessible to the government, claims former FBI agent

    05/06/2013 10:46:41 AM PDT · by kiryandil · 78 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 5, 2013 | DAILY MAIL reporter
    A former FBI counterterrorism agent has hinted at a vast and intrusive surveillance network used by the U.S. government to monitor its own citizens. Tim Clemente admitted as much when he appeared on CNN Wednesday night. Discussing the Boston Marathon attack and past telephone conversations of Katherine Russell and her now deceased husband, suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Clemente said that those conversations would be available to investigators. Clemente discussed the issue in this exchange with host Erin Burnett, as recorded by the CNN transcript...
  • Federal judge rules surveillance provisions unconstitutional

    03/15/2013 7:03:52 PM PDT · by Redcitizen · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3-15-2013 | By Bernard Vaughan
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge has ruled unconstitutional national security provisions that permit federal investigators to access customer information from some companies without court approval. The provisions "suffer from significant constitutional infirmities," and violate the First Amendment and separation of powers, Judge Susan Illston of the District Court for the Northern District of California wrote in an order on Thursday. The judge's decision stems from a "National Security Letter" that the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued to an unnamed telecommunications company, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
  • Spain links Syrian cabal to Sept. 11 plot--Prosecutors follow the money trail

    10/19/2003 4:03:02 PM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies · 228+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 19, 2003 | John Crewdson, Drew Crosby
    By John Crewdson, Tribune senior correspondent. Reporting and research assistance was provided by Drew Crosby in Madrid MADRID -- The most sweeping criminal indictment to arise thus far from the Sept. 11 attacks reflects a quiet but dramatic change in understanding by investigators here and across Europe of the terrorist organization known as Al Qaeda, and the international Islamic radical-terrorist network of which, they now agree, it is merely a part. As laid out in the indictment, the defendants' alleged activities--from arranging travel and providing introductions to procuring false documents and, especially, moving money--provide the first detailed look at one...
  • Issa’s secret gunwalking wiretaps revealed in Congressional Record

    06/29/2012 12:03:55 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 75 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 29, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    Rep. Darrell Issa managed to push the details of a secret wiretap application from the botched “Fast and Furious” gunwalking operation into the public domain this week when he entered summaries into the Congressional Record, apparently using Congress‘ protection under the speech and debate clause to get around legal boundaries. The summary of a March 2010 wiretap application shows that federal agents repeatedly lost track of guns they knew were being trafficked back to cartels in Mexico — a violation of Justice Department policy that should have raised red flags with top department officials who signed off on the wiretaps,...
  • Darrell Issa: Wiretap approvals show high-ranking DOJ were plenty aware of Fast & Furious gunwalking

    06/06/2012 1:28:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 6/6/12 | Erika Johnsen
    From the beginning, the Obama administration’s line on the deadly gunwalking operation known as Fast & Furious has been that the whole affair was a “botched” program that somehow spun out of control among the lower levels of government. As Katie Pavlich has fastidiously documented, the higher-ups in the Justice Department have denied, denied, denied that they knew anything about it at the time, and stuck to the story that this was just a well-meaning crime-fighting initiative gone awry — but their insistence is looking increasingly desperate. And House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, it seems, can smell fear. Issa and...
  • Fast and Furious: Wiretap documents confirm senior Justice officials knew about “gun walking”

    06/05/2012 12:19:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Human Events ^ | 6/5/12 | John Hayward
    It’s becoming increasingly clear why Attorney General Eric Holder is so reluctant to hand over subpoenaed documents to Congressional investigators. Today, House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) wrote Holder to discuss some wiretaps related to Operation Fast and Furious, the deadly Obama Administration program that put American guns into the hands of Mexican cartel killers. Holder has always maintained that he and his top deputies were unaware of the outrageous methods employed in Fast and Furious, which involved “walking” American guns across the border, ostensibly to trap cartel bigwigs with firearms charges. No serious effort was made to track...
  • Court OKs immunity for telecoms in wiretap case

    12/29/2011 5:13:36 PM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/29/11 | JASON DEAREN, Associated Press
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal appeals court on Thursday said a 2008 law that granted telecommunications companies legal immunity for helping the National Security Agency with an email and telephone eavesdropping program is constitutional. A unanimous three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court ruling that found the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, passed constitutional muster. The appeal concerned a case that consolidated 33 different lawsuits filed against various telecom companies, including AT&T, Sprint Nextel, Verizon Communications Inc. and BellSouth Corp. on behalf of these companies' customers. The plaintiffs, represented by lawyers...
  • FBI-Sponsored Backdoors

    10/13/2011 4:22:19 PM PDT · by FritzG · 13 replies
    Schneier on Security ^ | 07 Oct 2011 | Bruce Schneier
    From a review of Susan Landau's Surveillance or Security?: To catch up with the new technologies of malfeasance, FBI director Robert Mueller traveled to Silicon Valley last November to persuade technology companies to build "backdoors" into their products. If Mueller’s wish were granted, the FBI would gain undetected real-time access to suspects’ Skype calls, Facebook chats, and other online communications­and in "clear text," the industry lingo for unencrypted data. Backdoors, in other words, would make the Internet -- and especially its burgeoning social media sector -- "wiretappable." This is one of the cyber threats I talked about last week: insecurities...
  • Enhanced Interrogations Led to Bin Laden Kill: Senator

    05/03/2011 12:46:59 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 14 replies · 1+ views
    CNBC ^ | May 03, 2011 | CNBC
    A member of the US Senate Intelligence Committee has told CNBC that the death of Osama Bin Laden was a direct result of enhanced interrogations."The information that eventually led us to this compound was the direct result of enhanced interrogations; one can conclude if we had not used enhanced interrogations, we would not have come to yesterday's action," US Senator Richard Burr in a telephone interview with CNBC. As a member of the US Senate Intelligence Committee, Burr was briefed on the attack on the compound that led to Bin Laden's death and believes the failure of Pakistani security forces...
  • Hollywood’s Patriot Act

    03/19/2011 8:37:39 AM PDT · by Starman417
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-18-11 | gyyfawkes99
    White House's Newest Power Grab - A Hollywood Patriot Act Since his election as President, Barack Obama has grown government power exponentially. Failed stimulus bills, government take-over of major portions of the auto industry, bailouts of the financial industry and a government-takeover of our health care system have all increased the size, scope and power of the federal government. Apparently, we have seen nothing yet. The White House is now proposing a Hollywood version of the Patriot Act - legislation that would allow copyright wiretaps against website owners who post copyrighted materials. The proposed legislation comes on the heels...
  • Weare Police Charge Man for Recording Traffic Stop (Felony Charges)

    02/25/2011 11:11:08 AM PST · by lbryce · 59 replies
    Union Leader ^ | February 25, 2011 | Dan O'BRIEN
    For the second time in less than a year, Weare police have charged someone with felony wiretapping for recording police activity. William Alleman, 51, of 140 Helen Dearborn Road, was charged Tuesday with interception of oral communication prohibited, which is the state's felony wiretapping law RSA 570-A Police Chief Gregory Begin released few details of the case when reached for comment Thursday. The charges stem from a July 10 traffic stop, Begin said. "He was making an audio recording of the officer during a motor vehicle stop without getting consent of the officer," Begin said. Alleman said the charge is...
  • U.S. Pushes to Ease Technical Obstacles to Wiretapping

    10/19/2010 5:15:37 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 10 replies
    NY Times ^ | 18 OCT 2010 | Charlie Savage
    WASHINGTON — Law enforcement and counterterrorism officials, citing lapses in compliance with surveillance orders, are pushing to overhaul a federal law that requires phone and broadband carriers to ensure that their networks can be wiretapped, federal officials say. The officials say tougher legislation is needed because some telecommunications companies in recent years have begun new services and made system upgrades that create technical obstacles to surveillance. They want to increase legal incentives and penalties aimed at pushing carriers like Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast to ensure that any network changes will not disrupt their ability to conduct wiretaps. An Obama administration...
  • Now Obama Wants To Wiretap Your Email

    09/28/2010 9:34:56 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 31 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 09-28-10 | DrJohn
    My, how things change. Or not. Remember this? Eliminate Warrantless Wiretaps. Barack Obama opposed the Bush Administration’s initial policy on warrantless wiretaps because it crossed the line between protecting our national security and eroding the civil liberties of American citizens. As president, Obama would update the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to provide greater oversight and accountability to the congressional intelligence committees to prevent future threats to the rule of law. Naturally, that went the way of all Obama promises: On the campaign trail, Barack Obama harshly criticized Bush administration policies allowing warrantless wiretaps. But, since he assumed office as...
  • US seeks to ease Internet wiretaps: report

    09/27/2010 11:53:22 PM PDT · by paudio · 5 replies ^ | 9/27/10
    The Obama administration is drawing up legislation to make it easier for US intelligence services to eavesdrop on the Internet, including email exchanges and social networks, The New York Times said Monday. The White House intends to submit a bill before Congress next year that would require all online services that enable communications to be technically capable of complying with a wiretap order, including being able to intercept and unscramble encrypted messages, the Times reported.
  • U.S. Wants Broader Internet Wiretap Authority (More Intrusion from the One)

    09/27/2010 7:03:18 AM PDT · by LUV W · 51 replies ^ | September 27,2010 |
    The Obama administration is developing plans that would require all Internet-based communication services -- such as encrypted BlackBerry e-mail, Facebook, and Skype -- to be capable of complying with federal wiretap orders, according to a report published Monday.
  • Obama Administration Invokes State Secrets Privilege…Again

    11/01/2009 7:52:26 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies · 974+ views
    ABC News ^ | October 30, 2009 10:53 PM | Jake Tapper ABC News Senior White House Correspondent
    The Obama administration invoked the controversial "state secrets" privilege again on Friday, arguing that if U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker were to permit a legal case against the government to proceed, he would be putting national security at risk. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement about the case, Shubert et. al v. Obama, that "there is no way for this case to move forward without jeopardizing ongoing intelligence activities that we rely upon to protect the safety of the American people."The case is a class action suit brought by four Brooklynites alleging that the Bush administration engaged in...
  • Democrats Wield The Patriot Ax

    10/05/2009 5:03:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 2,152+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 5, 2009 | INVESTORS BUISNESS DAILY Staff
    Homeland Security: Provisions of the law that spared New York another 9/11 are set to expire Dec. 31. So why do Democrats want to gut this law and remove the immunity telecom companies have for helping protect America? To borrow a British expression from World War II, it was a very near thing. The capture, arrest and indictment of 24-year-old Afghan immigrant Najubullah Zazi before he could set off bombs made from store-bought chemicals prevented a tragedy of potentially devastating proportions. It wouldn't have happened if the critics of Patriot Act had their way. The capture of Zazi was made...
  • Obama's Special Ramadan Guest (terrorist's defense attorney)

    09/02/2009 1:44:35 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 15 replies · 1,374+ views
    The White House invited an ACLU attorney, who has built a career over the past six years of litigating against the United States in support of terrorists, to an official White House dinner last night to celebrate Ramadan with President Obama. Jameel Jaffer, who runs the ACLU's "national security project," has filed lawsuits challenging the FBI's "national security letter" authority, the constitutionality of warrantless wiretaps, and has been a leader in pushing for the shut down of Guantánamo Bay, and providing legal rights to terrorists held by the United States overseas in such countries as Iraq and Afghanistan. His efforts...
  • Telecom Companies Win Dismissal of Wiretap Suits

    06/03/2009 8:09:52 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies · 426+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 4, 2009 | Eric Lichtblau
    A federal judge on Wednesday threw out more than three dozen lawsuits claiming that the nation’s major telecommunications companies had illegally assisted in the wiretapping without warrants program approved by President George W. Bush after the 2001 terrorist attacks. Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker of Federal District Court in Northern California said that although consumer and privacy groups raised important constitutional issues in their claims, Congress had left no doubt about its “unequivocal intention” when it passed a measure last summer giving immunity to phone carriers in the wiretapping program. The ruling represents a major victory not only for AT&T...
  • Pvt. Long’s assassin roamed free because of “insufficient evidence” for wiretaps/investigation

    06/03/2009 9:58:39 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 10 replies · 752+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-03-09 | Mataharley
    Pvt. William Long was assassinated by a Muslim wannabe jihadist just over 24 hours ago. His fellow soldier, Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula was luckier... and is recouperating in a local hospital. Two of America's finest were ambushed - not while engaged in a firefight in one of Janet Napolitano's "overseas contingency operations", but in a parking lot in Little Rock, AR. In fact, neither Pvt. Long, nor Pvt. Ezeagwula, had yet been deployed to any theatre or battlefield. The two young recruits were fresh out of basic training, and not regular recruiters. Instead they were pulling some of their first duties...
  • Pelosi Knew About Harman Wiretap Years Ago

    04/22/2009 10:50:29 AM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 32 replies · 1,915+ views
    Roll Call ^ | 4-22-2009 | Tory Newmyer
    Pelosi Knew About Harman Wiretap By Tory Newmyer Roll Call Staff April 22, 2009, 1:50 p.m. Pelosi Knew About Harman Wiretap Report on Detainees Raises New Questions for Obama Hoyer Voices Concern Over Wiretapping of Members Democratic Senate Women to Headline Event for Gillibrand NAFCU Board Votes to Publicly Oppose Cram-Down The National Security Agency briefed Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) “a few years ago” that they had wiretapped Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), Pelosi revealed Wednesday. But Pelosi said she was not told what federal eavesdroppers picked up on the call — and never alerted Harman to it. “It was not...
  • Harman: Wiretaps were 'abuse of power'

    04/21/2009 4:25:47 PM PDT · by SmithL · 23 replies · 847+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 4/21/9 | Shane Goldmacher
    Rep. Jane Harman, who has come under criticism for what she said in apparently wiretapped conversations with two pro-Israel lobbyists under investigation for espionage, went on CNN today to defend herself, calling the government wiretaps an "abuse of power." "And let's see who else was wiretapped. I mean lots of members of Congress talk to advocacy organizations. My phone is ringing off the hook in my office from worried members who are asking whether I think it could have happened to them. I think this is an abuse of power," she told Wolf Blitzer in an CNN interview. The story...
  • Source says Democrat Jane Harmon’s denial “….is bull s&^t”: “It’s true. She was on there.”

    04/21/2009 6:09:30 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 16 replies · 1,349+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | April 21, 2009 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    California Democrat Jane Harmon tried to sell her influence to end an espionage case against to spies in return for help becoming House Intelligence Committee chairwoman. In a newly released NSA wiretap report, Harmon has been exposed negotiating a quid pro quo deal with an official of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). The agreement apparently called for Harmon to sell the influence of her Congressional office by lobbying the Justice Department to reduce espionage charges against two AIPC operatives. In return AIPAC would lobby then minority leader Democrat Nancy Pelosi to name Harmon as the Chair of the...
  • Wiretap Recorded Rep. Harman Promising to Intervene for AIPAC

    04/20/2009 7:59:09 PM PDT · by ceejay77 · 13 replies · 1,007+ views
    CQPolitics ^ | 19 April 2009 | Jeff Stein
    Rep. Jane Harman , the California Democrat with a longtime involvement in intelligence issues, was overheard on an NSA wiretap telling a suspected Israeli agent that she would lobby the Justice Department reduce espionage-related charges against two officials of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, the most powerful pro-Israel organization in Washington. Harman was recorded saying she would "waddle into" the AIPAC case "if you think it'll make a difference," according to two former senior national security officials familiar with the NSA transcript. In exchange for Harman's help, the sources said, the suspected Israeli agent pledged to help lobby Nancy...
  • Harman denies allegations, questions wiretap

    04/20/2009 1:53:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 746+ views
    The Hill ^ | 4/20/09 | Mike Soroghan
    Rep. Jane Harman is denying that she tried to interfere with a Justice Department prosecution of alleged spying for Israel and is questioning whether a federal agency was improperly spying on a member of Congress. Harman (D-Calif.) responded angrily Monday to a story in CQ Politics reporting that the National Security Agency monitored a conversation in which she told a suspected Israeli agent that she would press prosecutors to reduce charges against two former officials of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee. "If there is anything about this story that should arouse concern, it is that the Bush administration may...