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American Surveillance Now Threatens American Business

aa-surveillance state USA A new study finds that a vast majority of Americans trust neither the government nor tech companies with their personal data. http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/11/american-surveillance-now-threatens-american-business/382821/


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Sharyl Attkisson vs. Obama’s Police State

aa-Big Brother - 5-17-14 If the revelations of Edward Snowden didn’t convince you that we’re living in a police state, then Sharyl Attkisson’s book, Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington, is the clincher. Indeed, it is more convincing insofar as the reporting that came out of Snowden’s disclosures never definitively demonstrated how such powerful technology in the hands of unrestrained government has led to the targeting of political opponents by government officials. In Attkisson’s book, the ultimate Orwellian nightmare comes true. http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/11/20/sharyl-attkisson-vs-obamas-police-state/#.VG8-mVdf95E.email


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Congress is Irrelevant on Mass Surveillance

aa-Congress - monkees So the pro-NSA Republican senators were actually arguing that if the NSA were no longer allowed to bulk-collect the communication records of Americans inside the U.S., then ISIS would kill you and your kids. But because they were speaking in an empty chamber and only to their warped and insulated D.C. circles and sycophantic aides, there was nobody there to cackle contemptuously or tell them how self-evidently moronic it all was. So they kept their Serious Faces on like they were doing The Nation’s Serious Business, even though what was coming out of their mouths sounded like the demented ramblings of a paranoid End is Nigh cult. The boredom of this spectacle was simply due to the fact that this has been seen so many times before—in fact, every time in the post-9/11 era that the U.S. Congress pretends publicly to debate some kind of foreign policy or civil liberties bill. Just enough members stand up to scream “9/11″ and “terrorism” over and over until the bill vesting new powers is passed or the bill protecting civil liberties is defeated. https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/11/19/irrelevance-u-s-congress-stopping-nsas-mass-surveillance/


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Are ‘We the People’ Useful Idiots in the Digital Age?

aa-1984 - freedumbville great one In an Orwellian age where war equals peace, surveillance equals safety, and tolerance equals intolerance of uncomfortable truths and politically incorrect ideas, “we the people” have gotten very good at walking freely into the slaughterhouse, all the while convincing ourselves that the prison walls enclosing us within the American police state are there for our protection. Call it doublespeak, call it hypocrisy, call it delusion, call it whatever you like, but the fact remains that while we claim to value freedom, privacy, individuality, equality, diversity, accountability, and government transparency, our actions and those of our government overseers contradict these much-vaunted principles at every turn. https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/are_we_the_people_useful_idiots_in_the_digital_age


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The ‘USA Freedom Act’ is a Fraud

aa-Big Brother - is watching good one The “Freedom Act” is quite free with its Orwellian redefinition of common words to mean the exact opposite of what they have traditionally meant: for example, the bill defines a “selector” in such a way as to permit NSA to report a dragnet order collecting everyone’s VISA bill as a single order targeting specific alleged terrorist outfits – when, in the real world, it would legalize surveillance of over 300 million US citizens. No wonder Deputy NSA Director Richard Ledgett says that under the terms of the bill “the actual universe of potential calls that could be queried against is [potentially] dramatically larger.” http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/11/16/the-usa-freedom-act-is-a-fraud/#.VGn3Me42bpw.email


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The FBI: America’s Secret Police

aa-FBI - surveillance top secret Suffice it to say that when and if a true history of the FBI is ever written, it will not only track the rise of the American police state but it will also chart the decline of freedom in America: how a nation that once abided by the rule of law and held the government accountable for its actions has steadily devolved into a police state where justice is one-sided, a corporate elite runs the show, representative government is a mockery, police are extensions of the military, surveillance is rampant, privacy is extinct, and the law is little more than a tool for the government to browbeat the people into compliance. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/11/john-w-whitehead/the-american-secret-police-2/


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Is Your TV Watching You? Samsung’s Latest Sets With Built-in Cameras Spark Concerns

aa-surveillance - samsung TV watching viewer Samsung’s latest breed of plasmas and HDTVs may allow hackers, or even the company itself, to see and hear you and your family, and collect extremely personal data. The new models, which are closer than ever to personal computers, offer high-tech features that have previously been unavailable, including a built-in HD camera, microphone set and face and speech recognition software. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2117493/Samsungs-latest-TV-sets-built-cameras-spark-concerns.html#ixzz3IGPTKNws


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Skewering the ‘Shadow Government’

aa-book - Shadow Government I have just finished reading Tom Engelhardt’s latest book Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World. I will be completely frank – it is a book I would have liked to have written myself. Indeed, I did try to write something like it a couple of years back but got so wrapped up in the complexity of what is taking place that I kept losing my focus as I was going along. Engelhardt, however, gets it right. He cuts to the quick and never takes his eye off the ball: the national security state is here and now and while we were looking the other way beguiled by frequently fabricated tales of international terror it has gone global. Every American and many foreigners are now victims of an Orwellian universe of unending warfare coupled with constant surveillance and multifaceted manipulation that together make 1984 seem amateurish. Tom Engelhardt calls the development “Shadow Government” because it exists on the fringes of what we read every day in the newspapers and see every day on television. http://www.unz.com/article/skewering-the-shadow-government/


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Lunatics Run U.S. Foreign Policy

aa-police state - things that cant be done The North American gun attacks were blamed on “Islamic terrorists” driven to a murderous frenzy ignited by inflammatory Muslim war calls on the internet. In fact, both cases involved mentally ill petty criminals, not some nefarious Mideast plot. Unfortunately, both crimes are being seized upon by the hard right, Islam-haters and neocons in both nations to promote calls for more security surveillance of the public, more curbs on freedom of speech, and tighter government controls of the internet – one of the last venues of free expression in our society where media is increasingly “guided” by the state or special interest groups. We always return to the big lie promoted by the Bush administration after 9/11: Muslims hate us because of our wonderful values, and because Islam is a murderous faith, – not because Westerners continue to colonize and exploit parts of the Mideast. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/10/eric-margolis/lunatics-run-us-foreign-policy/


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Edward Snowden and the Golden Age of Spying

aa-Edward Snowden - shown on TV set Here’s a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! stat from our new age of national security. How many Americans have security clearances? The answer: 5.1 million, a figure that reflects the explosive growth of the national security state in the post-9/11 era. Imagine the kind of system needed just to vet that many people for access to our secret world (to the tune of billions of dollars). We’re talking here about the total population of Norway and significantly more people than you can find in Costa Rica, Ireland, or New Zealand. And yet it’s only about 1.6% of the American population, while on ever more matters, the unvetted 98.4% of us are meant to be left in the dark. For our own safety, of course. That goes without saying. All of this offers a new definition of democracy in which we, the people, are to know only what the national security state cares to tell us. Under this system, ignorance is the necessary, legally enforced prerequisite for feeling protected. In this sense, it is telling that the only crime for which those inside the national security state can be held accountable in post-9/11 Washington is not potential perjury before Congress, or the destruction of evidence of a crime, or torture, or kidnapping, or assassination, or the deaths of prisoners in an extralegal prison system, but whistleblowing; that is, telling the American people something about what their government is actually doing. http://original.antiwar.com/engelhardt/2014/10/19/edward-snowden-and-the-golden-age-of-spying/


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FBI to America: ‘Let Us Spy On You’

aa-FBI - foils FBI plot very good one “If you like your phone secretly spied on, you can keep it,” appears to be the message from the FBI, as Bloomberg reports, FBI Director James Comey said yesterday that companies like Apple and Google should be required to build surveillance capabilities into their products to help law enforcement with their probes. Technology has become “the tool of choice” for terrorists and other dangerous criminals, Comey fears(and so Americans should willingly give up their privacy?) “we are struggling to keep up with changing technology and maintain our ability to actually collect communications we are authorized to collect.” Concluding with his M.A.D. “it’s for your own good” propaganda, Comey warned “if the challenges of real time data interception threatened to leave us in the dark, encryption threatens to lead us all to a very dark place.” http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-10-17/fbi-america-let-us-spy-you


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Failure Is Success: How American Intelligence Works in the Twenty-First Century

aa-surveillance is security What are the odds? You put about $68 billion annually into a maze of 17 major intelligence outfits. You build them glorious headquarters. You create a global surveillance state for the ages. You listen in on your citizenry and gather their communications in staggering quantities. Your employees even morph into avatars and enter video-game landscapes, lest any Americans betray a penchant for evil deeds while in entertainment mode. You collect information on visits to porn sites just in case, one day, blackmail might be useful. You pass around naked photos of them just for… well, the salacious hell of it. Your employees even use aspects of the system you’ve created to stalk former lovers and, within your arcane world, that act of “spycraft” gains its own name: LOVEINT. You listen in on foreign leaders and politicians across the planet. You bring on board hundreds of thousands of crony corporate employees, creating the sinews of an intelligence-corporate complex of the first order. You break into the “backdoors” of the data centers of major Internet outfits to collect user accounts. You create new outfits within outfits, including an ever-expanding secret military and intelligence crew embedded inside the military itself (and not counted among those 17 agencies). Your leaders lie to Congress and the American people without, as far as we can tell, a flicker of self-doubt. Your acts are subject to secret courts, which only hear your versions of events and regularly rubberstamp them – and whose judgments and substantial body of lawmaking are far too secret for Americans to know about. http://original.antiwar.com/engelhardt/2014/09/30/entering-the-intelligence-labyrinth/


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Tyranny Beyond Anything Yet Known on Earth

s The mere knowledge that one is watched, or may be being watches, is enough to subvert political freedom. Already journalists have to assume that their communications are intercepted, and sources, assuming the same thing, stop being sources. We are in the cross-hairs and what happens in the next very few years will determine in what direction we go. And when we have to depend on commercial companies like Apple and Google to protect us from our government, things are bad. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/10/fred-reed/tyranny-beyond-anything-yet-known-on-earth/


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Congressmen Who Approve Militarization of U.S. Police Receive 73% More Money from Defense Industry

aa-Congress - monkees why does Congress continue to approve militarization? For the same reason that Congress members vote for NSA spying on Americans and go easy on Wall Street criminals: money. http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/08/congress-members-approve-militarization-u-s-police-receive-73-money-defense-industry.html


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Snowden: There’s A ‘Holy Sh_t’ Smoking Gun Revelation Coming

aa-Edward Snowden - magazine cover Edward Snowden, the former NSA employee turned whistleblower, says that there are still huge revelations regarding the over reach of government surveillance that would have far reaching ramifications. In an interview with fellow whistleblower James Bamford, appearing in Wired, Snowden spoke of the volume of documents he has in his possession, revealing that there are so many that he hasn’t yet been able to read all of them. http://www.infowars.com/snowden-theres-a-holy-sh_t-smoking-gun-revelation-coming/


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Spying, Lying, and Torture

aa-1984 - freedumbville great one In some respects, the recent admission by CIA Director John Brennan that his agents and his lawyers have been spying on the senators whose job it is to monitor the agency should come as no surprise. The agency’s job is to steal and keep secrets, and implicit in those tasks, Brennan would no doubt argue, is lying. Yet in another respect, this may very well be a smoking gun in the now substantial case against President Barack Obama that alleges that much of his official behavior has manifested lawlessness and incompetence. It is hard to believe that the president did not know about this but not hard to believe he would look the other way. http://original.antiwar.com/andrew-p-napolitano/2014/08/06/spying-lying-and-torture/#.U-N12fwKDEY.email


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Insider Says Intelligence Agencies Are Running the Government

aa-surveillance - grid Alex Jones talks with William Binney about the growing corruption and power of the NSA and how they abuse their power behind the scenes to pull strings. http://www.infowars.com/insider-says-intelligence-agencies-are-running-the-government/


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Study: Mass Government Spying Crushing Freedom of the Press

aa-surveillance state USA A new report compiled by rights groups reveals that government domestic spying programs are significantly changing the way journalists and lawyers operate, thus undermining Constitutional rights. http://www.infowars.com/study-mass-government-spying-crushing-freedom-of-the-press/


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NSA’s ‘Collect It All, Know It All’ is Actually the Stasi Model”

aa-surveillance state USA Indeed, for 5,000 years straight, mass surveillance on one’s own people has always aimed at crushing dissent. Former top-level NSA officials say that this is “J. Edgar Hoover on super steroids“, and that we’ve turned into Stasi Germany or the Soviet Union. They say we’ve turned into a police state. http://www.infowars.com/nsas-collect-it-all-know-it-all-is-actually-the-stasi-model/


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High-Level NSA Official: The NSA Has Become ‘J. Edgar Hoover on Super Steroids’

aa-NSA - your tax dollars at work Spying on – and blackmailing – politicians, generals, judges, lawyers and citizens. http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/07/proof-nsa-spying-american-politicians.html


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Hell Yeah

aa-drone - over a beach The truth is that the government is slowly but surely desensitizing the ignorant masses to being under constant surveillance. I looked around the beach to see if anyone else even noticed the flying surveillance vehicle “keeping them safe from terrorists”. The masses were oblivious. They were too busy chowing down on their choco-taco ice cream bars. I’m sure the vast majority of people on that beach think drones are cool and don’t have the critical thinking skills or desire to think about the long term implications of unmanned surveillance vehicles protecting the shit out of them. It is clear to me that I will be a minority in this country in the very near future. There are just too many ignorant people in this country. Their entitlement mentality, lack of intelligence, and ability to be manipulated by consumerism propaganda will keep them enslaved in debt and ignorance. And if that starts to fail, you have the Orwellian Federal government arming local police departments with military weapons and widening their surveillance state with unassuming little drones watching everything you do. http://www.theburningplatform.com/2014/07/07/hell-motherfking-yea/


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Is the U.S. Government Trying to Stop Glenn Greenwald from Publishing His ‘Biggest Story?’

aa-surveillance state USA Glen Greenwald (in May): We published the first article [about the NSA collecting Verizon phone records] while I was in Hong Kong last June and won’t stop until we’re done. I think we will end the big stories in about three months or so [June or July 2014]. I like to think of it as a fireworks show: You want to save your best for last. There’s a story that from the beginning I thought would be our biggest, and I’m saving that. The last one is the one where the sky is all covered in spectacular multicolored hues. This will be the finale, a big missing piece. It seems that as Greenwald on the verge of publishing the story, the U.S. government has decided to intervene. http://www.silverdoctors.com/is-the-u-s-government-trying-to-stop-glenn-greenwald-from-publishing-his-biggest-story/


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Supreme Court Rules Cops Need Warrants to Search Cell Phone Data

aa-NSA - satirical logo Moments ago, in a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court gave the NSA monopoly rights to electronic data, communication and exchange after it decided that Police must obtain a warrant before searching mobile devices after arresting someone, stating “privacy interest outweigh police convenience”. So… Americans still have privacy rights despite all the Snowden revelations – amusing. According to the WSJ, “the court, in a unanimous ruling by Chief Justice John Roberts, said both the quantity and quality of information contained in modern handheld hand-held is constitutionally protected.” http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-06-25/supreme-court-rules-cops-need-warrants-search-cell-phone-data

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For now!,in the future as the SC travels in the direction that the "hostile elite" dictates cell phone data will be added to the list,as of now they threw us a crumb.maybe!

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Sacramento Sheriff Confronted Over Stingray Surveillance

aa-Stingray surveillance device Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones became visibly irate this week after being questioned over his department’s secret use of the cell-phone tracking technology known as Stingray. http://www.infowars.com/sacramento-sheriff-confronted-over-stingray-surveillance/


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Microsoft: NSA Security Fallout ‘Getting Worse’ … ‘Not Blowing Over’

aa-Facebook Microsoft’s top lawyer says the fallout of the NSA spying scandal is “getting worse,” and carries grim implications for U.S. tech companies. In a speech at the GigaOm Structure conference in San Francisco on Thursday, Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith warned attendees that unless the U.S. political establishment figures out how to rein in its spy agencies, there could be heavy repercussions for tech companies. http://xrepublic.tv/node/9530


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Your Local Police May Be Collecting Metadata

aa-surveillance state USA When talking of freewheeling domestic spying, it would behoove us to remember that it’s not just the National Security Agency (NSA) that needs reform and a tight leash. Hell, it’s not even just federal agencies who are disinterested in your Fourth Amendment rights. Like the war toys that move from the Pentagon down to myriad local law enforcement agencies, dragnet spying is happening at the state and city level, too. http://original.antiwar.com/lucy/2014/06/18/your-local-police-may-be-collecting-metadata/


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The NSA Claims It is ‘Too Big to Comply’ With a Court Order

aa-NSA - logo The fact that that the NSA is now claiming it is “Too Big to Comply” to a court order is an extremely important revelation since it further proves that the super rich and super powerful are in no way shape or form subject to the same laws as the rest of us. The mega banks are “Too Big to Fail,” multi-national corporations are “Too Big to Pay Taxes” and the government is just “Too Big to be Useful.” The rule of law no longer exists in America (remember Jon Corzine), which in turn means there is no longer a functioning society. http://www.silverdoctors.com/the-nsa-claims-it-is-too-big-to-comply-with-a-court-order/


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The Obama Administration is Forcing Local Cops to Stay Silent on Surveillance

aa-Obama - power to the bankers The criminality of the Obama Administration is at this point almost beyond description: The Obama administration has been quietly advising local police not to disclose details about surveillance technology they are using to sweep up basic cellphone data from entire neighborhoods, The Associated Press has learned. Citing security reasons, the U.S. has intervened in routine state public records cases and criminal trials regarding use of the technology. This has resulted in police departments withholding materials or heavily censoring documents in rare instances when they disclose any about the purchase and use of such powerful surveillance equipment. Yep, there’s that catch-all term again to justify anything, “security.” http://www.silverdoctors.com/the-obama-administration-is-forcing-local-cops-to-stay-silent-on-surveillance/


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Land of the Free Watch: Fedgov Pushing Local Cops to Stay Mum on Surveillance

aa-surveillance state USA The Obama administration has been quietly advising local police not to disclose details about surveillance technology they are using to sweep up basic cellphone data from entire neighborhoods, The Associated Press has learned. Citing security reasons, the U.S. has intervened in routine state public records cases and criminal trials regarding use of the technology. This has resulted in police departments withholding materials or heavily censoring documents in rare instances when they disclose any about the purchase and use of such powerful surveillance equipment. Federal involvement in local open records proceedings is unusual. It comes at a time when President Barack Obama has said he welcomes a debate on government surveillance and called for more transparency about spying in the wake of disclosures about classified federal surveillance programs. http://news.yahoo.com/us-pushing-local-cops-stay-174613067.html;_ylt=AwrBJR4e65lTwmEAb7zQtDMD


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The Fourth Amendment, NSA and Metadata

aa-Fourth Amendment The Bill of Rights is not an accumulation of mere words that have become expendable, when the government finds them inconvenient. The Fourth Amendment is especially an example of a promise of protecting natural rights, long ignored and often violated. While much of court precedents involve policing powers, these decisions have profound application to NSA metadata mining. With the first anniversary of the Edward Snowden disclosures, no government official or agency can continue to deny the existence of the total surveillance state. http://batr.org/autonomy/060914.html


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China Now Brands Windows 8 as a Spy Tool for NSA

aa-Windows 8 Real bad enough for Microsoft is emerging over this entire spying of the NSA. A state-backed news report broadcast on China’s CCTV that has now branded the operating system as a threat to China’s cybersecurity, and suggesting it is being used to spy on Chinese citizens. The NSA is destroying America’s reputation and its technology. This has gone way too far. NBC may have removed the Snowden Interview at the request of the government, but as Snowden defended himself, he warned that your cell phone can be turned into a listening device whenever the NSA desires. This is really 1984 stuff. http://armstrongeconomics.com/2014/06/06/china-now-brands-windows-8-as-a-spy-tool-for-nsa/


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5,000 Years of History Shows that Mass Spying is Always Aimed at Crushing Dissent

aa-NSA - headquarters at night Espionage is one of the oldest, and most well documented, political and military arts. The rise of the great ancient civilizations, beginning 6,000 years ago in Mesopotamia, begat institutions and persons devoted to the security and preservation of their ruling regimes. http://www.infowars.com/5000-years-of-history-shows-that-mass-spying-is-always-aimed-at-crushing-dissent/


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Kerry Tells Snowden to ‘Man Up’ and Come Home

aa-John Kerry and Obama U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who at this point has all the credibility of a minor Kardashian just out of rehab, somehow was allowed on national television to say this: If Mr. Snowden wants to come back to the United States, we’ll have him on a flight today. [He] should stand up in the United States and make his case to the American people… A patriot would not run away… Let him come back and make his case. If he cares so much about America and he believes in America, he should trust the American system of justice. A near-complete failure as Secretary of State (if you are not sure, read this), Kerry is apparently relegated within the Obama administration to the role of mumbling bully-boy statements, faux-machismo rantings whose intended audience and purpose are very, very unclear. Did Kerry think he might persuade Snowden to take up the challenge and fly back to the U.S.? Maybe meet Kerry in the Octagon mano-a-mano? No, Kerry sounded much more like Grandpa Simpson than America’s Senior Diplomat. And Kerry should know better. He once, perhaps briefly, was also brave enough to act on conscience. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38646.htm#.U4nU9IBCZBc.email


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Tessie's "ketchup man" says Snowden should trust the American system of justice,I wonder if he could sell this line to fellow Skull&Bonesmen?,and did he advise his wife on business matters when she played a part in turning the H.J.Heinz Co. based in Pittsburgh,Pa.into a South American adventure followed by the firing of close to a thousand workers in the Pittsburgh area?,the new group of workers may very well resemble the starting lineup of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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No Place to Hide

aa-NSA - your tax dollars at work With heart-pounding suspense, John le Carre-like intrigue and Jeffersonian fidelity to the principles of human freedom, Glenn Greenwald has just published No Place to Hide. The book, which reads like a thriller, is Greenwald’s story of his nonstop two weeks of work in May and June of 2013 in Hong Kong with former CIA agent and NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden. Greenwald was the point person who coordinated the public release of the 1.7 million pages of NSA documents that Snowden took with him in order to prove definitively that the federal government is spying on all of us all the time. The revelations constituted for Greenwald the scoop of the century; for Snowden, the exposure of massive government violations of basic constitutional principles by his former bosses; for the NSA and the Bush and Obama administrations, the revelation of criminal wrongdoing orchestrated by two presidents themselves; and for the American public, a painful realization that the Constitution is only as valuable a restraint on the government as is the fidelity to uphold it of those in whose hands we have reposed it for safekeeping. As Greenwald makes clear, it is not in good hands. http://original.antiwar.com/andrew-p-napolitano/2014/05/28/no-place-to-hide/#.U4c7zIpBrnw.email


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Are You Talking to a Provocateur?

aa-surveillance state USA As a final comment, most countries in the world do not allow agent provocateur activity. It is expressly prohibited. Rather, it is an established legal principle that a lying government agent involved in criminal activity misrepresenting himself to the other parties cannot be excluded as a defendant in any criminal conspiracy that is charged as a result of his action. Otherwise, the validity of the assent of the private parties to the conspiracy, or the existence of the conspiracy itself, would be in question. Being a lying provocateur is not an acceptable court defense in those places for state actors who arrange to ship drugs, blow people up, shoot people, etc. The U.S. is not one of those places. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/05/david-hathaway/are-you-talking-to-a-agent-provocateur/


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Congress Guts Anti-NSA Spying Bill Beyond Recognition

aa-Congress - monkees In what will come as no surprise to any of you, there are very few members of Congress I have even the slightest degree of respect for. However, Justin Amash is one of them. Rep. Amash is 34 years old and was first elected to Congress in 2010. He has been on my radar screen for several years now as one of the few elected representatives who act more like statesmen than politicians. He has been on the right side of many civil liberties related issues, including his opposition to the NDAA’s provision that allows for the indefinite detention of American citizens without a trial. More recently, last summer he authored an anti-NSA amendment known as the “Amash Amendment,” which was defeated by establishment authoritarians in both political parties. I covered that story in my post: NSA Holds “Top Secret” Meeting to Stop Powerful Anti-Spying Amendment. Being the fighter that he is, Amash regrouped and came back with an anti-NSA spying bill with some teeth to it: The USA Freedom Act. This bill concerned the establishment to such a degree that Senator Feinstein launched her own competing bill, which believe it or not, intended to codify the NSA’s unconstitutional practices into law. In the end, what the status quo did was water down the once robust USA Freedom Act into oblivion. Don’t take my word for it, Justin Amash wrote the following on his Facebook page: http://www.silverdoctors.com/congress-guts-anti-nsa-spying-bill-beyond-recognition-original-cosponsor-justin-amash-votes-no/


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No End in Sight for Surveillance Police State

aa-surveillance state - homeland security means no privacy The gutting of the USA Freedom Act was virtually ignored by the establishment media – and for good reason: the national security state needs all-encompassing surveillance to retain its hold on power. A document released by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals the real reason the national security state has built and continues to build an unprecedented surveillance grid. “It revealed that the agency has been monitoring the online activities of individuals it believes express ‘radical’ ideas and who have a ‘radicalizing’ influence on others,” writes Glenn Greenwald for The Guardian. Because the NSA targets “broad categories of people,” it is capable and willing to conduct surveillance on “anyone anywhere, including in the US, whose ideas the government finds threatening,” Greenwald notes. http://www.infowars.com/no-end-in-sight-for-surveillance-police-state/


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If You Are Doing Nothing Wrong You Have Plenty to Fear – 30 Examples

aa-Big Brother - 5-17-14 Sometimes I just want to pimp slap people. Last summer, I was at dinner during a sales convention. The conversation didn’t get political until someone mentioned the NSA. There is one in every crowd. Someone piped up and said, “They can spy on me all they want. I am not doing anything wrong.” They sang this song in Germany in 1933. And they sang it with unprecedented gusto in the months following 9/11, all in the name of “security” and “keeping us safe”. We were at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the world’s second largest hotel. Nothing in the post-9/11 “national security” apparatus would prevent a terrorist from walking in, setting off a bomb, and killing hundreds or even thousands of people. The more important questions are: How do you know you are doing nothing that could be construed as wrong by some state functionary? How do you know you are not breaking some law somewhere? And why are you so implicitly trusting that your government would never do anything evil with the information it has collected on you? http://www.infowars.com/if-you-are-doing-nothing-wrong-you-have-plenty-to-fear-30-examples/


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Spying is Meant to Crush Citizens’ Dissent, Not Catch Terrorists

aa-surveillance - grid The perception that invasive surveillance is confined only to a marginalised and deserving group of those “doing wrong” – the bad people – ensures that the majority acquiesces to the abuse of power or even cheers it on. But that view radically misunderstands what goals drive all institutions of authority. “Doing something wrong” in the eyes of such institutions encompasses far more than illegal acts, violent behaviour and terrorist plots. It typically extends to meaningful dissent and any genuine challenge. It is the nature of authority to equate dissent with wrongdoing, or at least with a threat. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/05/no_author/spying-is-meant-to-crush-dissent/


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The American Republic is Dead

aa-America - US of paranoia The specter of the Surveillance State is hanging not just over my head, and Eric’s – it’s casting its dark shadow over everyone in America who has ever had a “dissident” or “radical” thought and expressed himself or herself in an email, over the phone, on a blog, or using any other form of electronic communication. This is what an authoritarian state looks like – and “elections” don’t change the equation one bit. In a truly free, or even semi-free society, this question – “Am I being spied on by the government?” – wouldn’t even come up. As it stands now, however, anyone in America who has ever expressed a “radical” idea is now a potential target. Nothing short of a revolution is going to reverse this monstrous reality. Whether it comes in a peaceful form – perhaps some combination of electoral and legislative action – in which the warlords of Washington are thrown out on their ears, or some other way is not for me to say. No one can know the future. What I do know, however, is this: one way or another, the monster must be slain. http://antiwar.com/justin/justin051414.html


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How I Met Edward Snowden

aa-Edward Snowden - good poster Make no mistake: it’s been the year of Edward Snowden. Not since Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War has a trove of documents revealing the inner workings and thinking of the U.S. government so changed the conversation. In Ellsberg’s case, that conversation was transformed only in the United States. Snowden has changed it worldwide. From six-year-olds to Angela Merkel, who hasn’t been thinking about the staggering ambitions of the National Security Agency, about its urge to create the first global security state in history and so step beyond even the most fervid dreams of the totalitarian regimes of the last century? And who hasn’t been struck by how close the agency has actually come to sweeping up the communications of the whole planet? Technologically speaking, what Snowden revealed to the world – thanks to journalist Glenn Greenwald and filmmaker Laura Poitras – was a remarkable accomplishment, as well as a nightmare directly out of some dystopian novel. http://original.antiwar.com/engelhardt/2014/05/13/how-i-met-edward-snowden/#.U3ItRvx1-6s.email


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Land of the Free Watch: NSA Intercepts Computer Hardware and Fits It With Surveillance Equipment

aa-NSA - spying Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who broke the Edward Snowden revelations, has come good on his promise that fresh information on the NSA’s mass spying would be forthcoming. Today he reveals that the US government agency routinely intercepts computer hardware such as routers, switches and servers, and fits it with cutting edge surveillance equipment, before sending it back on its way. http://www.infowars.com/greenwald-nsa-intercepts-computer-hardware-and-fits-it-with-surveillance-equipment/


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Keith Alexander Unplugged

Keith Alexander AFR: What were the key differences for you as director of NSA serving under presidents Bush and Obama? Did you have a preferred commander in chief? Gen. Alexander: Obviously they come from different parties, they view things differently, but when it comes to the security of the nation and making those decisions about how to protect our nation, what we need to do to defend it, they are, ironically, very close to the same point. You would get almost the same decision from both of them on key questions about how to defend our nation from terrorists and other threats. The almost-complete continuity between George W. Bush and Barack Obama on such matters has been explained by far too many senior officials in both parties, and has been amply documented in far too many venues, to make it newsworthy when it happens again. Still, the fact that one of the nation’s most powerful generals in history, who has no incentive to say it unless it were true, just comes right out and states that Bush and The Candidate of Change are “very close to the same point” and “you would get almost the same decision from both of them on key questions” is a fine commentary on a number of things, including how adept the 2008 Obama team was at the art of branding. The fact that Obama, in 2008, specifically vowed to his followers angered over his campaign-season NSA reversal that he possessed “the firm intention — once I’m sworn in as president — to have my Attorney General conduct a comprehensive review of all our surveillance programs, and to make further recommendations on any steps needed to preserve civil liberties and to prevent executive branch abuse in the future” only makes that point a bit more vivid. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38454.htm#.U24ioHY1isw.email


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Los Angeles County Sheriff Admits Big Brother is Here ‘But We Kept It Pretty Hush Hush’

aa-surveillance - grid “This is the future if nothing is done to stop it,” is the ominous way The Atlantic describes the recent Big Brother tactics used by LA County Sheriffs to “police” areas such as Compton. Residents were unaware (“A lot of people do have a problem with the eye in the sky, the Big Brother, so to mitigate those kinds of complaints we basically kept it pretty hush hush”)that, as the police stated, “we literally watched all of Compton during the times that we were flying, so we could zoom in anywhere within the city of Compton and follow cars and see people,” as they trialled a new system which if adopted, would mean Americans can be policed like Iraqis and Afghanis under occupation. As The Atlantic concludes, the sheriff didn’t conclude that the “wide area surveillance” wouldn’t be like Big Brother after all, just that Big Brother capabilities would help to solve more crimes… so why not tryout mass surveillance? http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-05-04/la-county-sheriff-admits-big-brother-here-we-kept-it-pretty-hush-hush


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Edward Snowden: Everyone is Under Surveillance Now

Edward Snowden The US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden has warned that entire populations, rather than just individuals, now live under constant surveillance. “It’s no longer based on the traditional practice of targeted taps based on some individual suspicion of wrongdoing,” he said. “It covers phone calls, emails, texts, search history, what you buy, who your friends are, where you go, who you love.” Snowden made his comments in a short video that was played before a debate on the proposition that surveillance today is a euphemism for mass surveillance, in Toronto, Canada. The former U.S. National Security Agency contractor is living in Russia, having been granted temporary asylum there in June 2013. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/03/everyone-is-under-surveillance-now-says-whistleblower-edward-snowden


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Was Surveillance the Purpose of the Internet?

aa-internet and all seeing eye David Livingstone implies that all-pervasive surveillance was the intention, and not an accidental byproduct of the invention of the personal computer & Internet. http://henrymakow.com/2014/04/was-surveillance-the-purpose.html


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Multiple Ways Kleptocrats and Militarists Fleece Americans

aa-1984 - freedumbville great one ‘Living’ in the deepest and most intimate sense of the term, means the ability to share ideas, feelings and experiences with individuals, families, friends and citizens without the intrusive and pervasive presence of a punitive state apparatus. When a state spy apparatus intercepts, collects, files, analyzes and makes a police evaluation of citizen’s communications, scientists refer to it as a police-state. The gigantic growth of a police state and its permeation of civil society has dramatically changed for the worse the fundamental bases of inter-personal life and communications. Police state rule, has sharply deteriorated cultural, social, political and economic living conditions. The ‘standards’ for living have been harshly reduced. The ‘legal’, but arbitrary, executive prerogatives of the state have been enhanced. The parameters of the basic rights of citizens have shrunk. As police state expenditures grow and the subjects of surveillance increase, so do budgets and taxes. http://petras.lahaine.org/?p=1981


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Land of the Free Watch: The Creation of a Border Security State

aa-checkpoint Our borders have, conveniently enough, long been Constitution-free zones where more or less anything goes, including warrantless searches of various sorts. In the twenty-first century, however, the border itself, north as well as south, has not only been increasingly up-armored, but redefined as a 100-mile-wide strip around the United States (and Alaska). In other words – check that map again – our “borders” now cover an expanse in which nearly 200 million Americans, or two-thirds of the U.S. population, live. Included are nine of the 10 largest metropolitan areas. If you live in Florida, Maine, or Michigan, for example, no matter how far inland you may be, you are “on the border.” Imagine that. And then imagine what it means. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, as Todd Miller points out today, is not only the largest law enforcement agency in the country you know next to nothing about, but the largest, flat and simple. Now, its agents can act as if the Constitution has been put to bed up to 100 miles inland anywhere. This, in turn, means – as the ACLU has written – that at new checkpoints and elsewhere in areas no American would once have considered borderlands, you can be stopped, interrogated, and searched “on an everyday basis with absolutely no suspicion of wrongdoing.” http://original.antiwar.com/engelhardt/2014/04/22/the-creation-of-a-border-security-state/


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This is What Drones Can See

aa-drone - 3-8-14 Welcome to the new world of no privacy. https://www.youtube.com/v/AHrZgS-Gvi4


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Creepy Autonomous AI CCTV Surveillance Network Watches All of Boston

aa-surveillance - grid Following the Boston Marathon bombings almost one year ago, the Boston Police Department started looking toward more high-tech means of securing the city against future attacks. They found the solution in the form of an artificially intelligent, self-learning surveillance network that now watches the entire city, and all of its inhabitants. http://dailycaller.com/2014/04/17/creepy-autonomous-surveillance-network-watches-all-of-boston/

 


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Snowden Calls Into Putin Telethon to Discuss Legality of Mass Surveillance

aa-Edward Snowden and Putin While the western media paints Vladmir Putin as some cross between Napoleon and Hitler marauding across Europe breaking international laws willy-nilly, there is one red line he is apparently unwilling to cross. In a somewhat surprising turn of events, none other than Edward Snowden called in to a Putin live telethon and asked the Russian President: “Does Russia intercept millions of citizens’ data?” Putin’s response (whether true or not) is worth paying attention to by his opponent on the world stage: “Russia uses surveillance techniques for spying on individuals only with the sanction of a court order. This is our law, and therefore there is no mass surveillance in our country.” http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-04-17/snowden-calls-putin-telethon-discuss-legality-mass-surveillance


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Land of the Free Watch: FBI to Launch Facial Recognition Database With Over 50 Million Photos by 2015

aa-America - US of paranoia There is a disturbing push by the FBI to create an extensive facial recognition database, which will include criminal and non-criminal photos alike. The FBI reportedly is pushing to have a facial recognition database with up to 52 million photos by 2015. The program is called Next Generation Identification (NGI), and the aspect of it that should bother you the most is the fact that non-criminal and criminal photos will be combined in the same database. So someone who has no criminal record can suddenly be flagged as a suspect just because an algorithm says so. What’s worst, research shows that the potential for false positive identification increases as the dataset increases. http://www.silverdoctors.com/nowhere-to-hide-fbi-to-launch-facial-recognition-database-with-over-50-million-photos-by-2015/


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Land of the Free Watch: Who’s Watching Me? Police Took Photos of My License Plates

aa-surveillance - scanner used by repo industry The police know exactly where my car has been — and when — during the past few months. They could have the same information — or more — about you. http://watchdog.org/138370/police-reporters-license/


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When Secrecy and Surveillance Trump the Rule of Law

aa-movie - They Live - obey What’s not at all amusing, of course, is the fact that our nation is riddled with all manner of problems, and it’s because we have government officials in the executive branch, Congress, and the courts incapable of abiding by the Constitution. These people have proven time and again that they cannot be trusted to do what they say, and they certainly can’t be trusted to abide by their oaths of office to uphold and defend the Constitution. Indeed, the American people have been cheated and lied to for so long that we’ve arrived at a stage of disbelief and skepticism. So when the Obama administration announces that it will be rolling out proposals to rein in the NSA bulk collection of data about Americans’ private communications, you’d be perfectly justified in wondering what other far-fetched schemes they plan to sell you next. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/04/john-w-whitehead/obey/


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Invasion of the Data Snatchers

aa-surveillance - very good one Estimates vary, but by 2020 there could be over 30 billion devices connected to the Internet. Once dumb, they will have smartened up thanks to sensors and other technologies embedded in them and, thanks to your machines, your life will quite literally have gone online. The implications are revolutionary. Your smart refrigerator will keep an inventory of food items, noting when they go bad. Your smart thermostat will learn your habits and adjust the temperature to your liking. Smart lights will illuminate dangerous parking garages, even as they keep an “eye” out for suspicious activity. Techno-evangelists have a nice catchphrase for this future utopia of machines and the never-ending stream of information, known as Big Data, it produces: the Internet of Things. So abstract. So inoffensive. Ultimately, so meaningless. A future Internet of Things does have the potential to offer real benefits, but the dark side of that seemingly shiny coin is this: companies will increasingly know all there is to know about you. http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175822/tomgram%3A_crump_and_harwood%2C_the_net_closes_around_us/


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Probable Cause

aa-Constitution - as roll of toilet paper good one Except for the definition and mechanism of proving treason, no area of the Constitution addressing the rights of all persons when the government is pursuing them is more specific than the Fourth Amendment. The linchpin of that specificity is the requirement that the government demonstrate probable cause to a judge as a precondition to the judge issuing a search warrant. The other specific requirement is identity: The government must identify whose property it wishes to search or whose behavior it wishes to monitor, because the Fourth Amendment requires that all warrants specifically describe the place to be searched or the person or thing to be seized. http://original.antiwar.com/andrew-p-napolitano/2014/03/26/probable-cause/#.UzQv1v5jFtA.email


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U.S. Security Agencies Are Out of Control

aa-NSA - your tax dollars at work Many recent indicators point to a U.S. national security bureaucracy running roughshod over the sad remnants of the founder’s republican vision. As in the Roman world, empire is gradually snuffing out the republic. The U.S. government’s more than $1 trillion dollar annual spending on security – for a country that may very well be the most intrinsically secure great power in world history – should be the first hint that something is amiss. The United States has two great ocean moats, weak and friendly neighbors, and the world’s most potent arsenal of nuclear weapons, which threatens annihilation of the territory of any potential attacker. Such nuclear weapons cost only a small portion of the $1 trillion in security spending. http://original.antiwar.com/eland/2014/03/25/us-security-agencies-are-out-of-control/


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Police Use ‘StingRay’ Device to Monitor Cellphones

aa-Big Brother - is watching good one Using a device called StingRay, police across America are able to intercept calls and texts from cell phones — often without a warrant. The StingRay simulates a cell tower, prompting cellphones within its range to identify themselves and transmit their signals to the police instead of the nearest mobile network operator’s tower. No one seems to know exactly how many local, state, or federal law enforcement agencies are using Stingray technology, how extensive the monitoring is, or even what information the devices are capable of capturing, such as the contents of phone conversations and text messages. This information dearth is disturbing to all Americans who value their right to privacy, as protected by the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition of “unreasonable searches and seizures.” The amendment also prohibits the issuance of search warrants without “probable cause.” Yet there are indications that StingRay is commonly being used by police not only without probable cause, but also without a warrant. http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/17908-police-use-stingray-device-to-monitor-cellphones


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Freedom for Me, But Not for Thee

aa-Diane Feinstein Diane Feinstein’s outrage was directed at CIA domestic spying for the wrong reasons. She not only expressed no outrage over NSA spying, including upon her 37 million California constituents, but she approved it. The CIA behavior that she condemns is the unapproved or unreported torture and the domestic spying on a dozen persons in another branch of government. The NSA behavior that she approves is spying on all Americans all the time. All of this behavior goes to the heart of personal liberty in a free society. At that heart is the principle of personal sovereignty – the idea that individuals are sovereign and the state is merely one instrument with which to protect that sovereignty. Yet the government of which Feinstein approves has been assaulting personal sovereignty by destroying personal privacy. Privacy is not only a natural right – it exists by virtue of our humanity – but it has sound historical and textual roots. A natural right is an area or zone of personal behavior that may not be interfered with by the government, no matter whose good that interference might serve. http://original.antiwar.com/andrew-p-napolitano/2014/03/19/freedom-for-me-but-not-for-thee/#.Uyr5hdbj56k.email


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The Leviathan Goes Rogue

aa-Republicrats - two parties one ideology On the Sunday morning shows last week, Secretary of State John Kerry denounced Russia’s “invasion” of Ukraine as a “brazen act of aggression.” Whatever that says about the Ukraine, Kerry’s highly-charged prose could equally describe the federal government’s manifest invasions of privacy here at home, its “brazen acts of aggression” against personal liberty, and its avalanche of serial violations of our own Constitution. Unfortunately, Republicans appear to be more worried about Putin and Crimea than they are about criminal politicians on the home front. In fact, House leaders are often among the most fervent defenders of Big Brother’s invasion of liberty and privacy right here at home. Of course, it’s always for our own good. http://www.fgfbooks.com/Manion/2014/Manion140312.html


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The Buggering State

aa-TSA - 3-12-14 The USA is becoming a bone fide police state, albeit a superficially benign one which retains many of the trappings of what is traditionally known as “freedom.” Though the vast majority of citizens (or more properly, subjects) of these United States (make that this United State) have no power to restrain their rulers’ rapacious appetites for plunder, graft, and outright murder, they are nevertheless permitted to criticize these propensities of the ruling class, with as much vitriol as they see fit, and with overall legal impunity. Indeed, pretty much anyone can mouth off about pretty much any major issue, brazenly taking the anti-establishment side, and can pretty much get away with it, after a fashion. http://alternative-right.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-buggering-state.html


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Land of the Free Watch: NSA Pretends to be Facebook to Spy on the World

aa-NSA - your tax dollars at work The latest Snowden leaks on the NSA reveal that the spy agency is masquerading as Facebook in order to infect millions of computers around the world with malware as part of its mass surveillance program. Glenn Greenwald reported the latest information today, noting that the practice has been in operation for over ten years with the help of British and Japanese intelligence. The NSA, according to the leaks, has been distributing malware “implants” which can siphon out data from computers around the globe. The agency reportedly used a fake Facebook server as a launching pad to grab information from hard drives. The malware has also been designed to covertly record audio from a computer’s microphone and take snapshots with its webcam. http://www.infowars.com/nsa-pretends-to-be-facebook-to-spy-on-the-world/


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Paul Wins CPAC Poll, Says Privacy is the Issue for Republicans

aa-Rand Paul - speaking at 2014 CPAC The day after he won the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll of potential GOP presidential candidates, with a 3-1 lead over his nearest rival, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (shown) said a clear focus on the issue of privacy in the midst of America’s growing surveillance state is necessary if the Republican Party is going to grow and win elections again. http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/item/17806-paul-wins-straw-poll-says-privacy-is-the-issue-for-republicans


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How the Repo Industry is Collecting Data on Virtually Every Car in America

aa-surveillance - scanner used by repo industry Few notice the “spotter car” from Manny Sousa’s repo company as it scours Massachusetts parking lots, looking for vehicles whose owners have defaulted on their loans. Sousa’s unmarked car is part of a technological revolution that goes well beyond the repossession business, transforming any ­industry that wants to check on the whereabouts of ordinary people. An automated reader attached to the spotter car takes a picture of every license plate it passes and sends it to a company in Texas that already has more than 1.8 billion plate scans from vehicles across the country. These scans mean big money for Sousa — typically $200 to $400 every time the spotter finds a vehicle that’s stolen or in default — so he runs his spotter around the clock, typically adding 8,000 plate scans to the database in Texas each day. “Honestly, we’ve found random apartment complexes and shopping ­plazas that are sweet spots” where the company can impound multiple vehicles, explains Sousa, the president of New England Associates Inc. in Bridgewater. But the most significant impact of Sousa’s business is far bigger than locating cars whose owners have defaulted on loans: It is the growing database of snapshots showing where Americans were at specific times, information that everyone from private detectives to ­insurers are willing to pay for. While public debate about the license reading technology has centered on how police should use it, business has eagerly adopted the $10,000 to $17,000 scanners with remarkably few limits. http://www.silverdoctors.com/how-the-repo-industry-is-collecting-data-on-virtually-every-car-in-america/


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Edward Snowden’s Moral Courage

Edward Snowden There is no free press without the ability of the reporters to protect the confidentiality of those who have the moral courage to make public the abuse of power. Those few individuals inside government who dared to speak out about the system of mass surveillance have been charged as spies or hounded into exile. An omnipresent surveillance state—and I covered the East German Stasi state—creates a climate of paranoia and fear. It makes democratic dissent impossible. Any state that has the ability to inflict full-spectrum dominance on its citizens is not a free state. It does not matter if it does not use this capacity today; it will use it, history has shown, should it feel threatened or seek greater control. The goal of wholesale surveillance, as Hannah Arendt wrote, is not, in the end, to discover crimes, “but to be on hand when the government decides to arrest a certain category of the population.” The relationship between those who are constantly watched and tracked and those who watch and track them is the relationship between masters and slaves. http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/edward_snowdens_moral_courage_20140223


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Be a DHS Patriot — Dial #1776

aa-DHS poster Not only is your government recording every conversation, text, email, facebook entry, download, or tweet you make, they are now using your own tax dollars to run advertising campaigns encouraging you to spy on and turn in anyone you think is suspicious looking. Driving to work this morning I heard a commercial for SEPTA about reporting “suspicious” people to the authorities. At the end of the commercial they revealed that it was paid for by DHS. That means it was paid for by YOU. http://www.theburningplatform.com/2014/03/03/be-a-dhs-patriot-dial-1776/


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Drones Now Doing Business in the Skies Above You

aa-drone - flying over house good one Drones, once known as weapons of war, are undergoing a dramatic makeover as a hot new business tool in the sky. But, as with unmanned military craft, domestic drones are prompting concerns over safety and privacy. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/03/02/6199300/drones-now-doing-business-in-the.html


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The Worst Snowden Revelation of Them All

aa-national security state One common reaction to Edward Snowden’s exposure of the National Security Agency’s pervasive surveillance of Americans and people around the world has been: Well, at least they aren’t doing what US government agents did in the 1960s and 1970s – targeting dissident political activists, spying on and disrupting their constitutionally-protected activities, and seeking to discredit them with programs like Cointelpro. Except they are, as it turns out. The latest revelations and newly-released documents, detailed by Glenn Greenwald in a shocking piece for his new outlet, The Intercept, show that’s exactly what they’re doing. Whereas J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI used old-fashioned methods – primitive bugging devices, poison pen letters, and physical infiltration of “suspect” groups – today’s Thought Police use the Internet to, as Greenwald puts it, “control, infiltrate, manipulate, and warp online discourse, and in doing so, are compromising the integrity of the Internet itself.” http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/02/27/the-worst-snowden-revelation-of-them-all/


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New Assaults on American Law

aa-NSA - your tax dollars at work In the months since Edward Snowden revealed the nature and extent of the spying that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been perpetrating upon Americans and foreigners, some of the NSA’s most troublesome behavior has not been a part of the public debate. This behavior constitutes the government’s assaults on the American legal system. Those assaults have been conducted thus far on two fronts, one of which is aimed at lawyers who represent foreign entities here in America, and the other is aimed at lawyers who represent criminal defendants against whom evidence has been obtained unlawfully and presented in court untruthfully. http://original.antiwar.com/andrew-p-napolitano/2014/02/26/new-assaults-on-american-law/#.Uw9CFjFieTY.email


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Thug State U.S.A.

aa-surveillance state - homeland security means no privacy If tomorrow a series of Edward Snowdens were to appear, each from a different intelligence agency or other outfit in the national security state, one thing would be guaranteed: the shock of the NSA revelations would be multiplied many times over. Protected from the law by a spreading cult of government secrecy, beyond the reach of the citizenry, Congress, or the aboveground judicial system, supported by the White House and a body of developing secret law, knowing that no act undertaken in the name of American “safety” and “security” will ever be prosecuted, the inhabitants of our secret state have been moving in dark and disturbing ways. What we know is already disturbing enough. What we don’t know would surely unnerve us far more. Shadow government has conquered twenty-first-century Washington. We have the makings of a thug state of the first order. http://original.antiwar.com/engelhardt/2014/02/21/thug-state-u-s-a/


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Public Schools Are Preparing America’s Children For Life in a Police State

aa-school - as prison Our children are the future of America, and our public schools are systematically training them to become accustomed to living in a “Big Brother” police state. All across the United States today, public schools have essentially become “prison grids” that are run by control freaks that are absolutely obsessed with micromanaging the lives of their students down to the smallest detail. http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/public-schools-are-preparing-americas-children-for-life-in-a-police-state-2


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Land of the Free Watch: Oregon Police Give Nightclubs ID Scanners to Datamine Customers

aa-scanner For the last several weeks, police have issued ID-scanning devices to clubs and bars all throughout Portland’s Old Town neighborhood. The scanners not only captured customers’ personal data, including names and photos, but uploaded all the information to a police database. http://www.infowars.com/oregon-police-give-nightclubs-id-scanners-to-datamine-customers/


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Putting Big Brother in the Driver’s Seat: V2V Transmitters, Black Boxes and Drones

aa-drones - 30k in america very good one We’re on the losing end of a technological revolution that has already taken hostage our computers, our phones, our finances, our entertainment, our shopping, our appliances, and now, it’s focused its sights on our cars. As if the government wasn’t already able to track our movements on the nation’s highways and byways by way of satellites, GPS devices, and real-time traffic cameras, government officials are now pushing to require that all new vehicles come installed with black box recorders and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications, ostensibly to help prevent crashes. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/02/john-w-whitehead/big-brother-in-the-drivers-seat/


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The Art of American Scaremongering

aa-America - US of paranoia What we are seeing is a consensus within both the administration and congress that leakers of any and all classified information must somehow be punished. Working back from that premise, it is necessary to find some legal justification to enable the punishment to take place. This is behavior not atypical of totalitarian regimes. The Soviets maintained meticulous records of their completely phony show trials to demonstrate that some kind of rule of law was taking place while even the Nazis used a famous jurist Carl Schmitt to propagate their “Fuhrer principle,” that the government is always right. Rogers and others in the government who are looking to imprison people for doing the job that they should have been doing in terms of protecting the constitution are heirs to that legacy of government through intimidation and fear mongering. http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2014/02/10/the-art-of-american-scaremongering/


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Totalitarian Paranoia in the Post-Orwellian Surveillance State

aa-surveillance - very good one Orwell was clear that the right to privacy had come under egregious assault. But the right to privacy pointed to something more sinister than the violation of individual rights. When ruthlessly transgressed, the issue of privacy became a moral and political principle by which to assess the nature, power and severity of an emerging totalitarian state. As important as Orwell’s warning was in shedding light on the horrors of mid-20th century totalitarianism and the endless regimes of state spying imposed on citizens, the text serves as a brilliant but limited metaphor for mapping the expansive trajectory of global surveillance and authoritarianism now characteristic of the first decades of the new millennium. http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/21656-totalitarian-paranoia-in-the-post-orwellian-surveillance-state#.Uvo-KFcI-9U.email


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Get Ready: The Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance is Coming

aa-surveillance - we can stop spying Two years ago, major websites like Google, Reddit and Wikipedia went dark for a day. They were protesting the then-pending “Stop Online Piracy Act,” federal legislation that would have done enormous damage to the open internet by creating system of censorship and deterring digital-media innovators. The 18 January 2012 blackout created an outpouring of opposition from average Americans who suddenly realized what was at stake, and Congress backed off a bill that almost certainly would have passed otherwise. There won’t be a website blackout next Tuesday, 11 February, but there will be another virtual call to arms. In the U.S. the primary goal this time is to help reverse America’s retreat from liberty by telling lawmakers we can’t abide a surveillance state – and by insisting they vote for a measure, called the USA Freedom Act, that would begin to restore the civil liberties we’ve lost in recent times. (For people outside the U.S. the goal will be similar, to push authorities toward policies favoring liberty and privacy.) http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/feb/06/nsa-fighting-back-against-surveillence-state


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The New Dark Age

aa-1984 - freedumbville great one For years, this space has been arguing – railing, really – that the ideological and legal currents unleashed by America’s response to the 9/11 attacks have been leading us down the road to dictatorship: see here, here, here, and here. Back in those halcyon days, circa 2007 and much earlier, it was easy to dismiss such charges as the mental effluvia of the somewhat overwrought libertarian imagination: after all, if we’re headed for an authoritarian order of Orwellian proportions, then where are the Thought Police? What we didn’t know was that they were lurking in the woodwork all along – spying on us, recording our phone calls, scooping up our emails, and tracking our every move. We didn’t know about the National Security Agency’s data dragnet: we hadn’t heard of PRISM, or any of the other programs that allow government snoops to sniff out dissidents and other “subversives” who might be “linked” to “terrorism.” Don’t say we didn’t warn you. I take very cold comfort in having been right about this, because, for one, it’s actually much worse than I thought it would be. In the wake of the Snowden revelations, and the government’s reaction, we have an ominous new development in the works, one I never foresaw: the criminalization of journalism. http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/02/06/the-new-dark-age/


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The Wild West of Surveillance

aa-NSA - your tax dollars at work Imagine that you could wander unseen through a city, sneaking into houses and offices of your choosing at any time, day or night. Imagine that, once inside, you could observe everything happening, unnoticed by others — from the combinations used to secure bank safes to the clandestine rendezvous of lovers. Imagine also that you have the ability to silently record everybody’s actions, whether they are at work or play without leaving a trace. Such omniscience could, of course, make you rich, but perhaps more important, it could make you very powerful. That scenario out of some futuristic sci-fi novel is, in fact, almost reality right now. After all, globalization and the Internet have connected all our lives in a single, seamless virtual city where everything is accessible at the tap of a finger. http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175803/tomgram%3A_pratap_chatterjee%2C_the_wild_west_of_surveillance/#more


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Where Did You Hide the Enhanced Radiation Device?

aa-NSA - device Whatever one thinks about the legality or illegality of what NSA and CIA do, there is a fundamental question that remains about whether their activities actually benefit the American people in any way. The real problem in aspiring to vacuum up the world’s electronic emissions can be regarded as systemic. The NSA and CIA programs have grown enormously, so much so that they will never catch up in terms of their ability to digest the vast quantities of information that they have to deal with. But the bottleneck is at the bottom. If information cannot be made usable all of NSA’s massive collection mechanism will be unable to do what it claims to do, i.e. deter terrorist plots. The record of success is not good based on what we do know in that there is currently little or no evidence to suggest that massive data collection accomplishes anything in spite of the repeated assertions by the White House and key Congressmen to the contrary. http://www.unz.com/article/where-did-you-hide-the-enhanced-radiation-device/


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Obama’s NSA Speech Makes Orwellian Surveillance Patriotic

aa-Obama - speech on NSA When considering the revolutionary history of the United States, most would think of fighting for freedom, the enshrinement of basic human and civil rights in a constitutional government of the people, by the people and for the people. But in his speech on reforms to the NSA and the United States’ intelligence gathering systems last week, President Obama had a creative new addition to the legacy of the American Revolution: surveillance. “At the dawn of our Republic, a small, secret surveillance committee borne out of the Sons of Liberty was established in Boston,” said the president. “And the group’s members included Paul Revere. At night, they would patrol the streets, reporting back any signs that the British were preparing raids against America’s early Patriots.” Collecting the meta-data of billions of phone calls and 200 million text messages a day, as well as gathering data through the government’s PRISM program and placing bugs in 100,000 computers all over the world seems significantly more extensive than monitoring British troop movement via horseback and candlestick – especially when you consider that the data being collected is in large part that of the American people, not a foreign enemy during war time. Such metadata information would still be collected and stored in President Obama’s “reformed” NSA. The reforms proposed by the President’s speech amount to nothing short of a bouquet of roses for American intelligence agencies. The changes detailed in the speech do almost nothing to actually rein in the growing national surveillance state. Billions of phone calls by Americans would still be collected and retained every single day – too much information for even the NSA to wade through properly. We’re creating a massive database that could be used at basically any time to determine peoples’ associates and behaviors. http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/21461-obamas-nsa-speech-makes-orwellian-surveillance-patriotic#.UufDf1_ELd4.email


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The ‘Progressive’ Crack-Up

aa-liberal - brain of This is a case of pure projection: that knife you see sticking out of the back of the ACLU and the wide array of liberal-left institutions and organizations that have joined the coalition to restore the Fourth Amendment and get the NSA out of our computers was put there by progressives like Beauchamp-Hillhiser, Wilentz, Watson, and the rest of the James Clapper Fan Club. Aside from this little crime scene, however, the unusual honesty of the authors in declaring that the Constitution is not a particularly sacred cow is revealing: I suppose that goes for the First Amendment as well as the Fourth, which is a pretty startling confession for an ostensible “liberal” to make. The irony is compounded by the authors’ charge that many aspects of these local legislative initiatives are “unconstitutional” – an argument that gives new meaning to the word “cherry-picking.” What a smart take. http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/01/26/the-progressive-crack-up/#.UuZgVEuyaUU.email


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Corporate Billionaires Defend NSA

aa-movie - They Live - obey The government’s defense of its constant surveillance of the American public reached a new level of absurdity when Obama compared Paul Revere to the NSA. Now it’s time for the corporate billionaires to defend what their puppet Obama can’t. http://www.infowars.com/billionaire-ceos-defend-nsa/


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It’s About Blackmail, Not National Security

aa-surveillance state - great parody As it happens, Edward Snowden’s revelations fit the logic of the system the NSA created to a T. What the former agency contractor revealed, above all, was that the surveillance of anyone and everyone was the essence of our new world, and that not even the NSA would be exempt. He made that agency his own object of surveillance and so opened it up to the scrutiny of the rest of the planet. He gave its officials a dose of their own medicine. Much of the ensuing outrage from the U.S. intelligence community, including the calls for his head, the cries of “treason,” the demands to bring him to “justice,” and so on, reflect outrage over the fact that the agency had gotten a full-scale dose of its own rules. It turns out that you don’t have to be an ordinary citizen or a world leader to feel terrible when someone appropriates the right to surveil your life. When it happened to agency honchos, they undoubtedly felt just like Merkel or Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff or so many other figures who discovered that their lives and communications weren’t private and weren’t their own. In a perfectly human manner, reality being far too ugly for their taste, they wanted payback. http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175795/tomgram%3A_alfred_mccoy%2C_it%27s_about_blackmail%2C_not_national_security/


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NSA ‘reforms’ are Little More Than a PR Attempt to Mollify the Public

aa-Obama - tearing up constitution In response to political scandal and public outrage, official Washington repeatedly uses the same well-worn tactic. It is the one that has been hauled out over decades in response to many of America’s most significant political scandals. Predictably, it is the same one that shaped President Obama’s much-heralded Friday speech to announce his proposals for “reforming” the National Security Agency in the wake of seven months of intense worldwide controversy. The crux of this tactic is that US political leaders pretend to validate and even channel public anger by acknowledging that there are “serious questions that have been raised”. They vow changes to fix the system and ensure these problems never happen again. And they then set out, with their actions, to do exactly the opposite: to make the system prettier and more politically palatable with empty, cosmetic “reforms” so as to placate public anger while leaving the system fundamentally unchanged, even more immune than before to serious challenge. This scam has been so frequently used that it is now easily recognizable. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jan/17/obama-nsa-reforms-bulk-surveillance-remains


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NSA Official: ‘We Are Now a Police State’

aa-surveillance state - homeland security means no privacy Last year, high-ranking NSA official Bill Binney said, “We are, like, that far from a turnkey totalitarian state.” Now, Binney says that the U.S. has already become a full-blown police state. http://www.cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/matt-vespa/nsa-official-we-are-now-police-state


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NSA’s Preference for Metadata

aa-NSA - prism The hidden ball in the debate over the NSA’s collection of phone and e-mail metadata (vs. tapping into actual conversations with a court order) is that the NSA actually prefers the metadata approach because it strips away privacy more efficiently, says ex-NSA analyst Kirk Wiebe. http://original.antiwar.com/Kirk-Wiebe/2014/01/13/nsas-preference-for-metadata/


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You Can’t Opt Out

aa-NSA - very good one The debate Edward Snowden envisioned when he revealed the extent of National Security Agency (NSA) spying on Americans has taken a bad turn. Instead of a careful examination of what the NSA does, the legality of its actions, what risks it takes for what gains, and how effective the agency has been in its stated mission of protecting Americans, we increasingly have government officials or retired versions of the same demanding — quite literally — Snowden’s head and engaging in the usual fear-mongering over 9/11. They have been aided by a chorus of pundits, columnists, and present as well as former officials offering bumper-sticker slogans like “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear,” all the while claiming our freedom is in direct conflict with our security. It’s time to face these arguments directly. So here are ten myths about NSA surveillance that need debunking. Let’s sort them out. http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175792/tomgram%3A_peter_van_buren%2C_we_have_to_destroy_our_constitution_to_save_it/


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More DHS-Funded Police Surveillance Cameras; No Drop in Crime

aa-surveillance - cameras on city street Thousands of surveillance cameras are showing up in cities across the country without a corresponding reduction in crime. Citizens are taking notice of this fact of the federal takeover of local police, and they are speaking out. http://thenewamerican.com/usnews/crime/item/17378-more-dhs-funded-police-surveillance-cameras-no-drop-in-crime


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The Pipe Dream of NSA Reformers

aa-NSA - your tax dollars at work The pipe dream of many of those who are complaining about the NSA’s massive surveillance scheme is that the NSA can be “reined in” by some type of congressional legislation. They just don’t get it. As long as the NSA exists, it’s going to do whatever it needs to do to protect “national security,” even if that means breaking the law. After all, protecting “national security” is paramount. It is everything. Does anyone honestly believe that the NSA is going to let the country go down if breaking the law enables the NSA to save it? Haven’t these people ever heard the old adage, “The Constitution is not a suicide pact”? Equally important, every single NSA official knows that nothing is ever going to happen to him if he is caught breaking the law, so long as he is doing it to protect “national security.” http://fff.org/2014/01/10/the-pipe-dream-of-nsa-reformers/


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American Privacy is Vanishing as the Government and Corporations Raid Our Online Lives

aa-online spying Was 2013 the year online privacy died? Or was it the year that people paying attention realized that their online lives—and all their data and communications—was low-hanging fruit that was being picked and parsed by big government and big business. http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/government-and-business-raid-online-lives


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Morality Versus the National Security State

aa-America - US of paranoia Why should the government be involved in immoral or illegal activity? Yet, isn’t immoral and illegal activity the very essence of the national-security state apparatus that has now become a permanent part of America’s governmental structure, especially since much of what it does is conducted in secret? Consider the Edward Snowden revelations of a massive super-secret surveillance scheme by the U.S. national-security state on the entire American populace, not to mention millions of people all over the world. Where do they get the constitutional authorization for that? Is there a constitutional provision that empowers them to do that? No! The only justification is the same one that the national-security state has always cited for its exercise of secret, covert operations: “national security,” a term that isn’t even found in the Constitution and has no objective meaning. Why shouldn’t the American people decide whether they want to be spied on in this way? Isn’t the citizenry supposed to be the ones in control? Aren’t federal officials supposed to be mere servants, with the citizenry as their bosses? http://fff.org/2014/01/09/morality-versus-the-national-security-state/


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The One Percent Solution: Oligarchs to the Rescue

aa-Republicrats - two parties one ideology Last month, 500 famous authors signed a petition protesting the encroachments of the all-pervasive, techno-surveillance culture that is covering the earth with hidden eyes and ears, like a metastasized Stasi run amok. We’re talking heavy literary lumber here: Nobel Prize-winners, critic list-toppers, best-sellers – big names calling on the UN to create “an international bill of digital rights.” The authors state the indisputable truth: the “fundamental human right” of personal privacy “has been rendered null and void through abuse of technological developments by states and corporations.” They rightly declare that “a person under surveillance is no longer free; a society under surveillance is no longer a democracy. To maintain any validity, our democratic rights must apply in virtual as in real space.” Of course, one might like to see those “democratic rights in real space” applied a bit more vigorously in these days of airport x-rays, mandatory drug tests, “indefinite detention,” “extrajudicial execution,” “free speech zones,” etc. The accelerating degradation of “real space” liberties hardly inspires hope for preserving freedom in the virtual realm. Still, no sensible person would dispute the very worthy goals espoused in the petition. And yet, a cankerous old worm of skepticism keeps creeping in. Especially when the petitioners declare that this assemblage of Tolstoyan speakers of truth to power is not actually “against government.” Good gracious no! As Danish writer Janne Teller told the Guardian: “This initiative must be seen as helping governments, who like to preserve democracy in the western world.” Now, you rubes out there probably think that “governments” are actually prime culprits in the mass evisceration of privacy. But no; it seems our good-hearted, democracy-preserving leaders are victims: helpless babes manipulated by their sinister intelligence services. http://www.chris-floyd.com/component/content/article/1-latest-news/2364-the-one-percent-solution-oligarchs-to-the-rescue.html


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Spying on Congress

aa-NSA - logo Last week, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., wrote to Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Administration (NSA), and asked plainly whether the NSA has been or is now spying on members of Congress or other public officials. The senator’s letter was no doubt prompted by the revelations of Edward Snowden to the effect that the federal government’s lust for personal private data about all Americans and many foreigners knows no bounds, and its respect for the constitutionally protected and statutorily enforced right to privacy is nonexistent The senator’s benign and neutral letter came on the heels of a suggestion by his colleague Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to the effect that Alexander’s boss, Gen. James Clapper, director of national intelligence, perjured himself before a Senate subcommittee when he testified that the NSA is not gathering massive amounts of data from tens or hundreds of millions of Americans. Alexander himself is also on the hook for having testified in a highly misleading manner to a House committee when he was asked whether the NSA has the ability to read emails and listen to phone calls and he stated: “No, we don’t have that authority. Thus far, Paul is the only member of Congress possessed of the personal courage to call out Clapper by arguing that working for the government is no defense to lying under oath. The gravity of Paul’s charges was enhanced by revelations subsequent to the Clapper testimony to the effect that Clapper was told in advance of his testimony what questions would be put to him and then declined an offer afterward to correct any misstatements. In a new low for members of Congress, the NSA’s own advocate in the House, Long Island’s Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., attacked Paul for attacking Clapper for lying under oath. The King argument is: Anything goes when it comes to national security – even lying under oath, even violating everyone’s constitutional rights, even destroying the freedom you have sworn to protect. http://original.antiwar.com/andrew-p-napolitano/2014/01/08/spying-on-congress/#.Us6shMdKj4g.email


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Life in the Electronic Concentration Camp

aa-surveillance state - great parody To put it bluntly, we are living in an electronic concentration camp. Through a series of imperceptible steps, we have willingly allowed ourselves to become enmeshed in a system that knows the most intimate details of our lives, analyzes them, and treats us accordingly. As George Orwell warned, “You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.” Thus, we have arrived in Orwell’s world. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/01/john-w-whitehead/life-in-the-electronic-concentration-camp/


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Clues to Future Snowden Leaks Found in His Past

Edward Snowden Only a tiny fraction of Snowden’s documents have been published. What’s still to come? We believe one hint comes from Snowden’s past as a security specialist at one of one the NSA’s covert facilities at the University of Maryland. http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/01/clues-future-snowden-leaks-found-past.html


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Land of the Free Watch: Ex-NSA Boss: Fourth Amendment Dispensable in Post 9/11 World

aa-NSA - satirical logo The former boss of the CIA and the NSA, retired Gen. Michael Hayden, tells USA Today the Constitution and the Bill of Rights impede the smooth functioning of a Stasi police state. He said the NSA should not be required to seek court warrants in its widespread surveillance. http://www.infowars.com/ex-nsa-boss-fourth-amendment-dispensable-in-post-911-world/


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Fusion Centers: Expensive and Dangerous to Our Liberty

aa-fusion center Amidst unprecedented focus on overreach at the National Security Agency (NSA), many Americans have come to understand the risk of being spied on by the government in their electronic communications. But the intelligence-sharing hubs coordinated between DHS and state and local police departments around the country, called “fusion centers,” show there is extensive surveillance of Americans’ physical and social activities as well. http://reason.com/archives/2013/12/25/fusion-centers-expensive-and-dangerous-t


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Edward Snowden Declares ‘Mission Accomplished’ in Moscow Interview

Edward Snowden Six months after the first revelations appeared in The Washington Post and Britain’s Guardian newspaper, Snowden agreed to reflect at length on the roots and repercussions of his choice. He was relaxed and animated over two days of nearly unbroken conversation, fueled by burgers, pasta, ice cream and Russian pastry. Snowden offered vignettes from his intelligence career and from his recent life as “an indoor cat” in Russia. But he consistently steered the conversation back to surveillance, democracy and the meaning of the documents he exposed. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/edward-snowden-after-months-of-nsa-revelations-says-his-missions-accomplished/2013/12/23/49fc36de-6c1c-11e3-a523-fe73f0ff6b8d_story.html


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The Sordid Roots of the National Security State

aa-NSA - satirical logo Given that most all of us living today have been born and raised under a national-security state apparatus, we’ve all been inculcated with the notion that the enormous military empire, CIA, and NSA are a necessary and permanent part of our lives. We’ve all been taught that our very freedom and well-being depend on the existence of these agencies. In fact, we praise them and glorify them for “defending our freedoms,” “keeping us safe,” and protecting “national security.” It’s important, however, to bear in mind that the Founding Fathers fully and totally rejected this type of governmental structure and way of life, which is why our American ancestors lived without such an apparatus for the first 150 years of American history. Our predecessors understood that enormous, permanent military establishments and secret intelligence agencies were hallmarks of totalitarian regimes, not free societies, and, in fact, constituted grave threats against the freedom and well-being of the citizenry. So, how did the U.S. national-security state apparatus come into existence? What caused the American people to move in this totalitarian-like direction? Why did Americans decide to reject the philosophy of liberty and limited government of the Founding Fathers in favor of militarism, empire, foreign interventionism, covert operations, coups, torture, assassinations, spying, surveillance, and the like? http://fff.org/2013/12/19/the-sordid-roots-of-the-national-security-state/


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NSA’s Goal is Elimination of Individual Privacy Worldwide

aa-surveillance state - homeland security means no privacy The NSA’s ultimate goal is to destroy individual privacy worldwide, working with its UK sidekick GCHQ, journalist Glenn Greenwald warned an EU inquiry, adding that they were far ahead of their rivals in their “ability to destroy privacy.” Greenwald, the former Guardian journalist renowned for publishing Edward Snowden’s leaks, criticized EU governments’ muted response to the revelations about the NSA’s mass espionage. Most governments reacted with “apathy and indifference” to reports that ordinary citizens were being spied upon, Greenwald said, pointing out that EU politicians only took action when they discovered that they themselves were being targeted. “I think Western governments have inculcated people to accept that privacy does not really have much value,” said Greenwald, adding it was “to get populations accustomed to violations of their privacy.” http://www.lewrockwell.com/2013/12/russia-today/the-nsas-goal/


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