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FBI pressures Internet providers to install surveillance software

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FBI pressures Internet providers to install surveillance software

 

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At least one service provider is fighting this, which is good. Whether this company will prevail is another thing. Indeed many within government probably wonder if a “private” communications company should even exist in this country. How is the government supposed to keep us safe if any information at all is kept out of government hands?

(From CNET.com)

The U.S. government is quietly pressuring telecommunications providers to install eavesdropping technology deep inside companies’ internal networks to facilitate surveillance efforts.

FBI officials have been sparring with carriers, a process that has on occasion included threats of contempt of court, in a bid to deploy government-provided software capable of intercepting and analyzing entire communications streams. The FBI’s legal position during these discussions is that the software’s real-time interception of metadata is authorized under the Patriot Act.

Attempts by the FBI to install what it internally refers to as “port reader” software, which have not been previously disclosed, were described to CNET in interviews over the last few weeks.

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Senator Wyden: 2 Patriot Acts, the one one can read and the “real” version which one can not

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Senator Wyden: 2 Patriot Acts, the one one can read and the “real” version which one can not

 

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An effort is underway in the House (Thanks to Justin Amash, the Republican congressman from Michigan) to defund part of the NSA. Special interests within and around the agency are concerned. For pretty much forever the agency has been seen as untouchable.

 

And though the attached article doesn’t touch on this aspect, it is important for people to remember that there is a massive complex of government contractors which work for and /or supply the NSA which wields lots of power on the Hill. The amounts which flow to these “private” interests is likely huge. (Judging from their buildings which litter Northern Virginia and southern Maryland, we don’t get to see actually how much they get as the information is classified.)

But neither the agency nor its many private satellites probably need to worry too much. For all the attention the NSA is getting at this moment, for all the calls for greater transparency,  Diane Feinstein says she has the NSA’s back. As she is the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee that matters. The dollars will likely keep flowing as before.

We can only hope that people like Mr. Amash in the House, and Mr. Wyden in the Senate will keep the light burning on this issue. The establishment wants America to be OK with the NSA spying on them. I’m thankful at least a few people in the Capitol care enough to say and do something even if the rest of Congress quietly bows and pretends that the Bill of Rights isn’t being violated.

 (From McClatchy)
 
“If we do not seize this unique moment in our constitutional history to reform our surveillance laws and practices, we will live to regret it,” he (Wyden) said.
 
“Sen. Mark Udall and I tried again and again to get the executive branch to be straight with the American public, but under the classification rules observed by the Senate, we are not even allowed to tap out the truth in Morse code,” he said. “And we tried just about everything else we could think of to warn the American people.”
 
“I tell Oregonians that there are effectively two Patriot Acts,” he said. “The first is the one they can read on their laptop in Medford or Portland, analyze and understand,” Wyden said. “Then there’s the real Patriot Act – the secret interpretation of the law that the government is actually relying on.”

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Nick Sorrentino is the co-founder and editor of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org. A political and communications consultant with clients across the political spectrum, he lives just outside of Washington DC where he can keep an eye on Leviathan.

DC Report – Congress to Limit NSA Spying?

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DC Report – Congress to Limit NSA Spying?

 

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Although NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden remains both in exile and in limbo, his disclosures regarding the National Security Agency’s pervasive surveillance program may lead to significant changes on Capitol Hill.

Republican Congressman Justin Amash of Michigan has proposed an amendment to the 2014 Defense Authorization Bill that would end the NSA’s mass collection of telephone records.

Democratic Congressman Rick Larsen of Washington is promoting a measure that would require telecom companies to make public disclosures of the type and volume of data they are required to turn over to the federal government.

A bipartisan group of 32 congressmen, led by Representatives Amash and Michigan Democrat John Conyers, backs a plan to restrict data collection under the so-called PATRIOT Act and to require more transparency on the part of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which oversees the NSA’s eavesdropping program.

Roll Call reports that Republican leaders in the House of Representatives are “scrambling to quell a quiet libertarian rebellion” that may block consideration of the Defense appropriations bill unless there is a vote on Amash’s NSA amendment, as well as votes on ending military aid to Egypt and to Islamist rebels in Syria.

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If You Like the Surveillance State, You’ll Love E-Verify

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Written by Ron Paul

If You Like the Surveillance State, You’ll Love E-Verify

From massive NSA spying, to IRS targeting of the administration’s political opponents, to collection and sharing of our health care information as part of Obamacare, it seems every day we learn of another assault on our privacy. Sadly, this week the Senate took another significant, if little-noticed, step toward creating an authoritarian surveillance state. Buried in the immigration bill is a national identification system called mandatory E-Verify.The Senate did not spend much time discussing E-Verify, and what little discussion took place was mostly bipartisan praise for its effectiveness as a tool for preventing illegal immigrants from obtaining employment. It is a tragedy that mandatory E-Verify is not receiving more attention, as it will impact nearly every American’s privacy and liberty.

The mandatory E-Verify system requires Americans to carry a “tamper-proof” social security card. Before they can legally begin a job, American citizens will have to show the card to their prospective employer, who will then have to verify their identity and eligibility to hold a job in the US by running the information through the newly-created federal E-Verify database. The database will contain photographs taken from passport files and state driver’s licenses. The law gives federal bureaucrats broad discretion in adding other “biometric” identifiers to the database. It also gives the bureaucracy broad authority to determine what features the “tamper proof” card should contain.

Regardless of one’s views on immigration, the idea that we should have to ask permission from the federal government before taking a job ought to be offensive to all Americans. Under this system, many Americans will be denied the opportunity for work. The E-Verify database will falsely identify thousands as “ineligible,” forcing many to lose job opportunities while challenging government computer inaccuracies. E-Verify will also impose additional compliance costs on American businesses, at a time when they are struggling with Obamacare implementation and other regulations.

According to David Bier of Competitive Enterprise Institute, there is nothing stopping the use of E-Verify for purposes unrelated to work verification, and these expanded uses could be authorized by agency rule-making or executive order. So it is not inconceivable that, should this bill pass, the day may come when you are not be able to board an airplane or exercise your second amendment rights without being run through the E-Verify database. It is not outside the realm of possibility that the personal health care information that will soon be collected by the IRS and shared with other federal agencies as part of Obamacare will also be linked to the E-Verify system.

Those who dismiss these concerns as paranoid should consider that the same charges were leveled at those who warned that the PATRIOT Act could lead to the government collecting our phone records and spying on our Internet usage. Just as the PATRIOT Act was only supposed to be used against terrorists but is now used to bypass constitutional protections in matters having noting to do with terrorism or national security, the national ID/mandatory E-Verify database will not only be used to prevent illegal immigrants from gaining employment. Instead, it will eventually be used as another tool to monitor and control the American people.

The recent revelations of the extent of National Security Agency (NSA) spying on Americans, plus recent stories of IRS targeting Tea Party and similar groups for special scrutiny, demonstrates the dangers of trusting government with this type of power. Creation of a federal database with photos and possibly other “biometric” information about American citizens is a great leap forward for the surveillance state. All Americans who still care about limited government and individual liberty should strongly oppose E-Verify.

DC Report – Revisiting the “Patriot” Act

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DC Report – Revisiting the “Patriot” Act

 

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The ongoing controversy regarding the NSA’s wiretapping and data-mining program has refocused attention on the USA PATRIOT Act, which was enacted shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The NSA claims that their programs are fully authorized by the PATRIOT act by the FISA Amendments Act.

However, Republican Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, who was the chief sponsor of the PATRIOT act, has condemned the NSA program as both improper and counterproductive. He says that the NSA’s surveillance program goes “far beyond what we intended with the law,” and notes that it did nothing to prevent the recent terrorist attack in Boston.

Senator Diane Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, dismisses concerns over the NSA’s snooping program, saying that it is subject to congressional oversight.

However, as Roll Call notes, Feinstein and her colleagues haven’t been all that diligent in reviewing the impact of the PATRIOT Act: In 2010, when the Senate took up the issue of extending the measure, the floor debate lasted all of twenty seconds.

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Ben Swann – NSA’s Criminal Activity

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Ben Swann – NSA’s Criminal Activity

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Published on Jun 20, 2013

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Ben Swann Full Disclosure is asking the questions the rest of the media is ignoring. Even by the overreaching standards of the Patriot Act, Ben Swann demonstrates how the NSA’s Prism program is clearly illegal.

Judge Napolitano Discusses Latest Edward Snowden Revelations, Must Stand Up for Constitution

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Judge Napolitano Discusses Latest Edward Snowden Revelations

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US Government Spying: Constructing a ‘Turnkey Totalitarian State’?

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Written by Adam Dick

US Government Spying: Constructing a ‘Turnkey Totalitarian State’?

 

The Washington Post reports that the ranking minority member of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence seems not too concerned about the United States government collecting information about our phone conversations:

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), the top Republican on the Intelligence Committee, said, “This is nothing particularly new…. Every member of the United States Senate has been advised of this.”

He added: “It is simply what we call metadata that is never utilized by any government agency” unless an agency goes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judges for further review of the information.

Using section 215 of the PATRIOT Act federal government agencies can require companies to hand over this and other personal information without the government establishing reasonable grounds, much less the constitutionally required probably cause, that the people whose information is sought are engaged in criminal activity.

When section 215 came up for re-authorization in 2011, Sens. Ron Wyden and Mark Udall, also members of the Senate Intelligence Committee with access to classified briefings on the US government’s use and interpretation of section 215 powers, warned that Americans would be concerned about the powers being exercised and promoted unsuccessful efforts to limit the exercise of these powers. Declan McCullagh detailed the senators’ concerns and legislative efforts.

Further, Sen. Chambliss’s suggestion that the FISA court will protect us from government snooping provides little comfort. That court ordered Verizon to hand over millions of individuals’ personal phone records. Indeed, the US Department of Justice reported to Congress that in 2012 the FISA court did not deny any of 1,789 applications for monitoring electronic communications.

National Security Agency whistleblower William Binney reminds us in the Washington Times that US government snooping on the “metadata” and content of vast amounts of email and phone calls has been ongoing for over a decade. For more explanation from Binney about the secret US government spying on our private lives check out James Bamford’s investigative report from last year in Wired that also goes into the details of the multi-year, billions-upon-billions of dollars build-up of facilities, technology, and manpower to spy on our activities on an unprecedented scale. The US government’s snooping has reached the point that Binney gives the following warning in Bamford’s article:

Sitting in a restaurant not far from NSA headquarters, the place where he spent nearly 40 years of his life, Binney held his thumb and forefinger close together. “We are, like, that far from a turnkey totalitarian state,” he says.

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