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  • NSA chief’s admission of misleading numbers adds to Obama administration blunders (Terrorist Plots)

    10/03/2013 9:56:40 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 16 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, October 2, 2013 | Shaun Waterman
    The Obama administration’s credibility on intelligence suffered another blow Wednesday as the chief of the National Security Agency admitted that officials put out numbers that vastly overstated the counterterrorism successes of the government’s warrantless bulk collection of all Americans’ phone records. Pressed by the Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee at an oversight hearing, Gen. Keith B. Alexander admitted that the number of terrorist plots foiled by the NSA’s huge database of every phone call made in or to America was only one or perhaps two — far smaller than the 54 originally claimed by the administration. Gen. Alexander...
  • Obama: No Allegations NSA Is Trying to 'Listen in On People's Email'

    08/23/2013 6:19:15 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 23 replies
    Obama: No Allegations NSA Is Trying to 'Listen in On People's Email' Daniel Halper August 23, 2013 7:21 AM President Barack Obama defended the NSA surveillance program in an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo this morning. On the NSA surveillance program, Cuomo asked, "Are you confident that you know everything that's going on within that agency and that you can say to the American people, 'It's all done the right way'?" "Yes, but what I've also said is that it can only work if the American people trust what's going on. And what's been clear since the disclosures that were...
  • Spying Scandal Engulfs Other U.S. Agencies

    08/21/2013 3:31:36 PM PDT · by shego · 29 replies
    International News ^ | 8/22/13 | Matthew Charles Cardinale
    Earlier this month, Reuters revealed that a special division within the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has been using intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a mass database of telephone records to secretly identify targets for drug enforcement actions.In the wake of these revelations, a former prosecutor tells IPS he believes he and his colleagues may have been unwitting pawns in the federal government's effort to deceive defendants and the court system, thereby violating citizens' constitutional rights. "None of us had any idea whatsoever there was a secret DEA programme that instructed DEA agents to conceal the source," Patrick Nightingale, a...
  • Former Marine Colonel To Town Council: 'You're Building A Domestic Army; Are You Blind?'

    08/15/2013 10:31:47 AM PDT · by Nachum · 73 replies
    Patriots for America ^ | 8/15/13 | Twana Blevins
    Every day it seems more like the "war on terror" is at home in the U.S. rather than abroad in a foreign country. Whether it's the NSA denying they scoop domestic communications while their chief tells hackers "we're looking for the terrorist among us," or it's the growing militarization and equipping of domestic police forces, it seems more and more crows keep coming home to roost. Well, one former Marine colonel has had about enough. In a rousing confrontation at a local council meeting in Concord, NH, he calls out his government for facilitating what he feels is a needless...
  • NSA, DEA, IRS Lie About Fact That Americans Are Routinely Spied On By Our Government

    08/15/2013 10:21:19 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 67 replies
    Forbes ^ | Aug 14, 2013 | By Jennifer Stisa Granick and Christopher Jon Sprigman
    Full title: NSA, DEA, IRS Lie About Fact That Americans Are Routinely Spied On By Our Government: Time For A Special Prosecutor It seems that every day brings a new revelation about the scope of the NSA’s heretofore secret warrantless mass surveillance programs. And as we learn more, the picture becomes increasingly alarming. Last week we discovered that the NSA shares information with a division of the Drug Enforcement Agency called the Special Operations Division (SOD). The DEA uses the information in drug investigations. But it also gives NSA data out to other agencies – in particular, the Internal Revenue...
  • Heckling and applause for NSA Director at Black Hat infosec conference

    08/01/2013 9:48:57 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil
    Legal Insurrection ^ | July 31, 2013 | Mandy Nagy
    National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander was met with both heckling and applause at the Black Hat information security conference in Las Vegas, Nevada on Wednesday. Ever since the leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden thrust the agency’s domestic surveillance policies into the limelight and sparked widespread public debate, Alexander and other intelligence officials have been on the hot seat, in a persistent state of defense against seemingly unending press reports.
  • How the NSA's XKeyscore program works

    08/01/2013 8:17:06 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 73 replies
    NBC ^ | 7/31/13 | Yannick LeJacq
    Until Wednesday morning, you'd probably never heard of something called "XKeyscore," a program that the National Security Agency itself describes as its "widest reaching" means of gathering data from across the Internet. According to reports shared by NSA leaker Edward Snowden with the Guardian, is that in addition to all of the other recent revelations about the NSA's surveillance programs, by using XKeyscore, "analysts can also search by name, telephone number, IP address, keywords, the language in which the Internet activity was conducted or the type of browser used." David Brown, who co-authored the recent book "Deep State: Inside the...
  • The NSA's New Spy Facilities are 7 Times Bigger Than the Pentagon (O'Bammy's 'Library')

    07/25/2013 9:16:18 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies
    Defense One ^ | 7/25/13 | Aliya Sternstein
    He works at one of the three-letter intelligence agencies and oversees construction of a $1.2 billion surveillance data center in Utah that is 15 times the size of MetLife Stadium, home to the New York Giants and Jets. Long Island native Harvey Davis, a top National Security Agency official, needs that commanding presence. His role is to supervise infrastructure construction worldwide for NSA, which is part of the Defense Department. That involves tending to logistics, military installations, as well as power, space and cooling for all NSA data centers. In May, crews broke ground on a $792 million computing center...
  • License-plate readers let police collect millions of records on drivers

    06/26/2013 3:04:40 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 54 replies
    CIRO ^ | 6/26/13 | Ali Winston
    Click for larger image A license-plate reader mounted on a San Leandro Police Department car can log thousands of plates in an eight-hour patrol shift. “It works 100 times better than driving around looking for license plates with our eyes,” says police Lt. Randall Brandt. Credit: Michael Katz-Lacabe When the city of San Leandro, Calif., purchased a license-plate reader for its police department in 2008, computer security consultant Michael Katz-Lacabe asked the city for a record of every time the scanners had photographed his car.The results shocked him.The paperback-size device, installed on the outside of police cars, can log thousands of...
  • Millenials Rejecting DemocRATS Due To Spying

    06/25/2013 6:58:42 AM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 47 replies
    Chriss Street and Co. ^ | June 25, 2013 | Chriss W. Street
    The revelations by former National Security Agency operative Edward Snowden that the United States government has been spying on all Americans may be causing a permanent political shift by the American “Millennial” generation (youth born between 1980 and the year 2000) away from President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. Contrary to the main-stream-media’s claims that “Millennials don’t worry about online privacy,” research demonstrates young people are extremely sensitive about who has access and can engage in mischief with their digital lives. As Snowden’s spying disclosures continue, the blow-back against Obama and the Democratic Party is alienating this future dominant...
  • The Ruling Class Consensus On Domestic Spying (Must Read)

    06/24/2013 12:22:53 PM PDT · by mojito · 15 replies
    Library of Law and Liberty ^ | 6/23/2013 | Angelo M. Codevilla
    From Barack Obama to Karl Rove, the ruling class is in unison: The NSA’s collection of data on virtually all Americans is essential to preventing you from “being blown to smithereens on your morning commute” – as the Wall Street Journal editorial put it. In the words of General Keith Alexander, director of NSA, this surveillance has “helped to prevent” “dozens of terrorist events.” Later, the tally rose to “over fifty.” Project Constant Informant, which tracks essentially all American phone calls, allows matching the account holder’s identity with each call’s precise location in time and place. Another, PRISM, gives access...
  • Obama's Failure to Campaign Against NSA Spying Could Damage His Popularity with Generation Text

    06/18/2013 2:19:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | June 18, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: According to latest CNN poll, Obama's job approval is down from 53% in May to 45% now. Approval of his handling of the economy is down 2% to 42%. On foreign affairs Obama's down five points to 44. On illegal immigration, Obama's disapproval is up to 56. And only 49% of respondents say Obama is honest or trustworthy. You know, this polling data, this is huge, folks. We haven't seen this before. We have not seen this kind of intense evidence of Obama losing approval, losing popularity, and losing support. And it's a CNN poll. Now, I...
  • Massive San Antonio NSA Data Center Raises Eyebrows

    06/18/2013 4:06:19 PM PDT · by drewh · 58 replies
    Andrew Breitbart's Big Government ^ | 17 Jun 2013 | Ben Shapiro
    Even as reports break about the size and scope of the National Security Agency’s vast data storage center in Utah, new details are emerging about a second massive NSA center in San Antonio, Texas. According to the Houston Chronicle, “Satellite and aerial imagery show that massive air conditioning units and backup generators have been added to the facility, which is now ringed by barbed-wire fencing. City permits and property tax records show that the complex has been dramatically expanded.” According to sources, the plant will supposedly translate intercepted communications from the NSA; the communications are then forwarded to Maryland for...
  • Judge Napolitano: NSA Leaker Andrew Snowden "An American Hero" (Video at URL

    06/10/2013 4:36:24 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 210 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 6/10/2013 | Ian Schwartz
    JUDGE ANDREW NAPOLITANO: I would describe this man as an American hero, as a person willing to risk life, limb and liberty in order to expose to the American people one of the most extraordinary violations of the American principles, value judgments and the Constitution itself in all of our history. A person so familiar with the intelligence community, as you just heard from the excerpts that you just played. He's aware of the personal danger to himself. He knows of the likelihood of prosecution. But he also understands that the government listening to half the country is not what...
  • Judge Napolitano on NSA Whistleblower: 'Gov't Took Freedom Under Cover of Darkness'

    06/10/2013 11:35:26 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 34 replies
    ... Bill Hemmer asked the judge what he thinks we need to understand about what Snowden is telling us. Judge Napolitano explained that the government has granted itself this sweeping authority without a national debate about how much privacy Americans are willing to sacrifice... He said the government wants Americans to sacrifice liberty in return for the promise of security... ...
  • Keep Your Hands off My Cell Phone

    06/09/2013 6:34:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 9, 2013 | Bruce Bialosky
    Scary. Unacceptable. This is not America. Those are some of the comments that I have heard about the revelations regarding government snooping on our cell phones. The statement that one man made that something is wrong with you if you don’t think something is askew here -- that would be about right. If you are not upset about this situation then you are clueless. There is a dangerous extension of government that no true American could possibly endorse or accept. Our government has no right to randomly rummage through our cell phone or email records. If you think that the...
  • Hello. This is Verizon Customer Service. Press #1 for English, #2 for Spanish and #3 for Obama.

    06/09/2013 5:15:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 9, 2013 | Doug Giles
    I just got back from hunting buffalo in Zimbabwe for the last two weeks. It’s always a pleasure for me to go beyond the pavement, where the cell phones don’t work, and I can’t go online and there isn’t a television that functions within a sixty-mile radius. Yep, when I’m hunting out in the African bush, or in an Alaskan swamp, or I’m out of cell phone range crushing some mahi in the Atlantic, I truly enjoy the technological fast from my Mac book, my iPhone and my TV. That said, while I’m disconnected from the digital crap I cannot...
  • Obama's Bat Cave: $1.9 Billion Data Center Set to Open In October

    06/08/2013 4:11:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 131 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 8, 2013 | John Nolte
    <p>There is no question that the big winners from last week were George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, two men vilified for years by the left, the media, and Barack Obama as eager to use the War on Terror as an excuse to violate the Constitutional rights of everyday Americans. Obama ran for president as the anti-Bush in many respects, but especially on the issue of surveillance and snooping.</p>
  • The NSA—America’s new Secret Police

    06/08/2013 8:00:54 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 32 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | June 8th, 2013 | Jim Emerson
    They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin Last February Maxine Waters in an interview stated “The President has put in place an organization with the kind of database that no one has ever seen before in life,” She continued to reveal “That database will have information about everything on every individual on ways that it’s never been done before”. This week Americans were surprised to learn that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting phone call information of American Verizon customers. Like all of the...
  • CIA ADMITS FULL MONITORING OF FACEBOOK, Google, Youtube and other social networks

    02/03/2013 1:11:49 PM PST · by Lazamataz · 177 replies
    Secrets of the Fed ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    I. Introduction Social media platforms are changing the way organizations are communicating to the public Conversations are happening all the time and everywhere. There is need for the Communications Group to be timely and proactively aware of the reactions and opinions expressed by the general public as it relates to the Federal Reserve and its actions on a variety of subjects. II. Social Listening Platforms Social media listening platforms are solutions that gather data from various social media outlets and news sources. They monitor billions of conversations and generate text analytics based on predefined criteria. They can also determine the...
  • Orlando Florida Patrolled By Surveillance Drones As Early As This Summer

    01/13/2013 2:34:10 PM PST · by blam · 45 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-13-2013 | Robert Johnson
    Orlando Florida Patrolled By Surveillance Drones As Early As This Summer Robert JohnsonJan. 13, 2013, 8:18 AMOctatron shows the camera aboard the SkySeer drone used for surveillance and reconnaissance for law enforcement When Congress passed a bill last February allowing unmanned drones to fly American skies it became only a matter of time before UAVs patrolled U.S. cities for local law enforcement. While most drones in the U.S. are flown along the Mexican border, the Orange County Sheriff's Office wants to put them over metro Orlando within the next few months. The Greater Orlando metropolitan area is home to more...
  • The US Government Today Has More Data On The Average American Than The Stasi Did On East Germans

    10/05/2012 7:07:19 PM PDT · by RobertClark · 40 replies
    TechDirt ^ | 10/03/12 | TechDirt
    We've written plenty about how the US government has been quite aggressive in spying on Americans. It has been helped along by a court system that doesn't seem particularly concerned about the 4th Amendment and by the growing ability of private companies to have our data and to then share it with the government at will. Either way, in a radio interview, Wall Street Journal reporter Julia Angwin (who's been one of the best at covering the surveillance state in the US) made a simple observation that puts much of this into context: the US surveillance regime has more data...
  • New surveillance cameras will use computer eyes to find 'pre crimes' by detecting suspicious

    06/07/2012 8:28:58 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 42 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 6/5/12 | Rob Waugh
    New surveillance cameras will use computer eyes to find 'pre crimes' by detecting suspicious behaviour and calling for guards ...FULL TITLE In its latest project BRS Labs is to install its devices on the transport system in San Francisco, which includes buses, trams and subways. snip The company says will put them in 12 stations with up to 22 cameras in each, bringing the total number to 288. The cameras will be able to track up to 150 people at a time in real time and will gradually build up a ‘memory’ of suspicious behaviour to work out what...
  • Send In The Drones: Obama Spies On America

    06/06/2012 6:46:59 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 29 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 6, 2012
    Privacy: News the EPA is conducting surveillance on farmers goes against our grain. Freedom means freedom of movement and the presumption of innocence. How can we have it if every move is monitored by government? Nebraska's congressional delegation sent a justifiably angry letter to Administrator Lisa Jackson last week complaining that her Environmental Protection Agency had exceeded its legislative and constitutional authority by conducting drone surveillance flights over Nebraska and Iowa farms looking for violations of the Clean Water Act. "They are just way on the outer limits of any authority they've been granted," said Nebraska GOP Sen. Mike Johanns,...
  • Low-Tech Solutions To High-Tech Tyranny

    05/24/2012 3:12:07 PM PDT · by JohnKinAK · 17 replies
    Alt-Market ^ | 5/24/2012 | Brandon Smith
    Disclaimer: The following is a series of fictional accounts of theoretical situations. However, the information contained within was taken from established scientific journals on covered technology and military studies of real life combat scenarios. Alt-Market does not condone the use of any of the tactics described within for “illegal” purposes. Obviously, the totalitarian subject matter portrayed here is “pure fantasy”, and would never be encountered in the U.S. where politicians and corporate bankers are forthright, honest, and honorable, wishing only the sweetest sugar coated chili-dog best for all of mankind… Imagine, if you will, a fantastic near future in which...
  • Drones Pose a Threat to Americans' Privacy: Pressure is mounting to normalize the use of drones...

    05/24/2012 8:18:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 41 replies
    Reason ^ | May 23, 2012 | Gene Healy
    Pressure is mounting to normalize the use of drones in the United States. "Don't drone, me, bro!"—that's one way to sum up Charles Krauthammer's heated reaction to last week's news that the Federal Aviation Administration had loosened restrictions on local police departments' use of surveillance Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. "Stop it here, stop it now," Krauthammer exclaimed on Fox News's "Special Report" Monday, "I don't want to see it hovering over anybody's home. ... I'm not encouraging, but I am predicting that the first guy who uses a Second Amendment weapon to bring a drone down that's been hovering over his...
  • Groups Concerned Over Arming Of Domestic Drones

    05/24/2012 6:43:53 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 29 replies
    CBS ^ | May 23, 2012
    WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – With the use of domestic drones increasing, concern has not just come up over privacy issues, but also over the potential use of lethal force by the unmanned aircraft. Drones have been used overseas to target and kill high-level terror leaders and are also being used along the U.S.-Mexico border in the battle against illegal immigration. But now, these drones are starting to be used domestically at an increasing rate. The Federal Aviation Administration has allowed several police departments to use drones across the U.S. They are controlled from a remote location and use infrared sensors and...
  • Surveillance Drone Spotted Near Chicago - For NATO Summit?

    05/16/2012 8:50:33 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 60 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 13th 2012 | MisterBees
    This was filmed in Elgin, Illinois about 40 miles from Chicago. I assume it's for the NATO summit this week as a security measure.
  • Fox News Analyst: First American To Shoot Down A Domestic Spy Drone 'Will Become A Folk Hero'

    05/15/2012 1:38:34 PM PDT · by JohnKinAK · 160 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 5/15/2012 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    Charles Krauthammer, the conservative columnist spoke about the use of drones for domestic spying last night. He blasted the idea: "A drone is a high-tech version of an old army. It ought to be used in Somalia to hunt bad guys but not in America. Yes you can say we have satellites, we have Google Street, we have everything else, but that is no reason to accept a society where you are always watched by the government. "I would predict the first guy who uses a second amendment weapon to bring a drone down who is hovering over his house...
  • Is there a drone in your neighbourhood?

    04/24/2012 6:23:05 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 107 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | 05:15 EST, 24 April 2012 | Julian Gavaghan
    Is there a drone in your neighbourhood? Rise of spy planes exposed after FAA is forced to reveal 63 launch sites across U.S. Unmanned spy planes are being launched from locations in 20 states and owners include the military and universities. There are at least 63 active drone sites around the U.S, federal authorities have been forced to reveal following a landmark Freedom of Information lawsuit. The unmanned planes – some of which may have been designed to kill terror suspects – are being launched from locations in 20 states. Most of the active drones are deployed from military installations,...
  • Congress Demands Drones Over America

    02/10/2012 8:42:52 PM PST · by lbryce · 20 replies
    AviationPros.com ^ | February 10, 2012 | Harley Geiger
    Congress is demanding drones in the air over the United States - without considering the civil liberties issues. Within the span of three days last week, the House and then the Senate passed a law - H.R. 658 - requiring the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to speed up, within 90 days, its current licensing process for government use of drones domestically and to open the national airspace to drone aircraft for commercial and private use by October 2015. While the law requires the FAA to develop guidance on drone safety, the law says absolutely nothing about the privacy or transparency...
  • America's police state: The drones are coming

    02/10/2012 8:31:56 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 51 replies
    Pittsburgh live.com ^ | February 10, 2012
    America's police state: The drones are coming Friday, February 10, 2012 A new federal law accelerating domestic use of government aerial surveillance drones brings America frighteningly close to an Orwellian police state. President Obama is expected to sign the FAA Reauthorization Act, which expedites approval for federal, state and local police to use these drones. The Federal Aviation Administration's existing case-by-case approach is chilling enough -- it's being sued over its refusal to disclose publicly which agencies use drones and how they're used. Still, it's known that the Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection arm uses drones domestically....