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  • FBI chief's claim on surveillance abuse doesn't fit the evidence

    12/16/2017 4:21:04 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/15/17 01:50 PM EST | Sharyl Attkisson
    I caught my breath when I heard FBI Director Christopher Wray testify to Congress that there’s been no abuse of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), the law under which our intelligence communities electronically spy on possible terrorists and sometimes capture private communications of innocent U.S. citizens. Section 702 and related components expire Dec. 31, and Congress must decide whether to renew them. To see if I’d heard Wray correctly, I searched for a transcript of his testimony. I found that he’d delivered the same line during an Oct. 13 Heritage Foundation speech. Wray claimed, “There’s been...
  • BOOM! Devin Nunes Orders Investigators to Physically Remove Outstanding Documents From DOJ

    12/15/2017 9:29:22 PM PST · by Enterprise · 107 replies
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com ^ | December 12, 2017 | Joshua Caplan
    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) ordered congressional investigators to physically remove all outstanding documents from the Justice Department on Thursday. “Intel Cmte chair Nunes says Hse Intel Cmte will send investigators to DoJ Thursday to do a “scrub” of documents they have pursued since winter. Nunes says if McCabe doesn’t appear next Tuesd, he will move to subpoena him..or potentially hold McCabe in contempt of Congress,” tweeted Fox News’ Chad Pergram.
  • Head of House intelligence panel finds evidence of abuse in US government surveillance

    12/09/2017 5:05:00 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/8/2017 | Catherine Herridge
    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told Fox News on Friday that his investigators have already uncovered evidence of "abuse" in the U.S. government's surveillance practices. “I believe there's evidence that abuses have occurred," Nunes said in his first interview since the House Ethics Committee dismissed allegations he had wrongly released classified information as part of the panel’s Russia investigation. "We have had an ongoing investigation into DOJ [Department of Justice] and FBI since mid-summer for both FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court] abuse and other matters that we can't get into too much. But it is very concerning." Nunes...
  • Justice Official Demoted as House Investigators Subpoena Records of His Fusion GPS Meetings

    12/07/2017 3:49:20 PM PST · by righttackle44 · 56 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 7, 2017 | Kristina Wong
    A senior Justice Department official was demoted on Wednesday amid an ongoing House intelligence committee investigation into his contacts with Fusion GPS, the firm responsible for the Trump dossier, according to Fox News. Bruce G. Ohr, who was until Wednesday associate deputy attorney general, met during the 2016 campaign with the author of the dossier, Christopher Steele, according to evidence obtained by committee investigators. Ohr also met “shortly after” the election with Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS, investigators also found. Congressional sources told Fox News that Simpson and Ohr met sometime around Thanksgiving last year, when President-elect Trump was...
  • Can anybody here verify this whether we are being surveillance through our cellphone batteries?

    Is the government keeping tabs on us through our cellphone batteries?
  • Watchdogs: DOJ memo undermines agency probes

    08/05/2015 2:17:47 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 5, 2015 | Megan R. Wilson
    Agency watchdogs are up in arms over a Justice Department memo questioning the legality of turning documents they say are crucial to their investigations. The new policy protecting certain portions of sensitive documents — announced last month by the DOJ’s office of legal counsel — came under fresh fire from lawmakers during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday. Lawmakers in both parties, including the top Republican and Democrat on the panel, disagree with the policy shift, saying it goes against the specific intent of the Inspector General Act of 1978. The law specifies that inspectors general have access to...
  • John Lott on the Lars Larson Show to discuss how the FBI’s data gathering has become politicized

    11/27/2017 1:37:00 PM PST · by rogerantone1 · 2 replies
    Dr. John Lott talked to Lars Larson on his national radio to discuss another type of politicization of the FBI that occurred during the Obama administration.
  • Permissionless data slurping: Why Google's latest bombshell matters (Are you in control?)

    11/25/2017 5:28:34 PM PST · by texas booster · 20 replies
    The Register UK ^ | 22 Nov 2017 | Andrew Orlowski
    Comment According to an old Chinese proverb: "When a wise man points at the Moon, an idiot looks at his finger." Google may have been hoping that you were examining a finger, not reading a Quartz story yesterday, which reveals how Android phones send location data to Google without you even knowing it. Google received the data even if you didn't have a SIM card in your phone, and everything else was turned off. It's such an old story, you'll fall asleep reading it, so please don't, urged one blue-ticked tweeter. Nobody suspected Google did this practice – and Google...
  • What if Government Steals Liberty and Fails to Deliver Safety?

    11/09/2017 6:34:33 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 9, 2017 | Andrew Napolitano
    What if the government doesn't really deliver for us? What if its failures to protect our lives, liberties and property are glaring? What if nothing changes after these failures? What if the National Security Agency -- the federal government's domestic spying apparatus -- has convinced Congress that it needs to cut constitutional corners in order to spy on as many people in America as possible? What if Congress has bought that argument and passed a statute that put a secret court between the NSA and its appetite for all electronically transmitted data in America? What if that secret court --...
  • Verizon Allegedly Built A Fiber Optic Cable To Give The Feds Access To Communications

    06/11/2013 11:02:40 AM PDT · by yoe · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 10, 2012 | Michael Kelley
    For years Americans' right to privacy, as granted by the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, has come under threat as the country's surveillance systems have grown. After intelligence leaks by former National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden, however, the NSA's domestic dragnet is finally getting the attention that many people feel it deserves.
  • Mosque Where NYC Terror Suspect Worshipped Was Target Of Controversial NYPD Surveillance Effort

    11/02/2017 10:33:03 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    North Jersey ^ | 10/31/17 | Hannan Adely and William Lamb
    The Masjid Omar Mosque was probed by a program that drew criticism from civil liberties advocates and was the subject of two federal lawsuits. The Paterson mosque that some neighbors said the suspect in Tuesday's deadly terror attack in New York City attended was among several in New Jersey that the New York Police Department targeted as part of a broad surveillance program that was intended to identify "budding terrorist conspiracies." The Masjid Omar Mosque is on Getty Avenue, around the corner from the apartment where the suspect, Sayfullo Saipov, lived with his family. Wednesday morning, the mosque was within...
  • Looking for Privacy in All the Wrong Places

    10/25/2017 7:37:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2017 | Bob Barr
    Like the rising of the sun or the changing of the tides, another opportunity for the GOP to right the wrongs of the post-9/11 security state is here again. In less than three months, Section 702 of the 2008 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act, which authorizes the National Security Agency’s controversial (and in many instances, unconstitutional) spy programs, is set to expire. The lingering question, however, is whether the GOP is finally ready to close the book on what has been one of the biggest abuses of government power in American history.It is well-known that the GOP has had numerous...
  • Google Home Mini Defect Caused Some Units To Record Audio 24/7 [Defect or Design Feature?]

    10/11/2017 9:32:16 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Extreme Tech ^ | 10/11/17 | Ryan Whitwam
    Intelligent assistant platforms like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant could be the next great frontier in computer interface, but there are bound to be some bumps along the way before we reach a Star Trek-style future. For example, Android Police founder Artem Russakovskii discovered a hardware defect in the upcoming Google Home Mini that caused the device to record almost all nearby audio and upload it directly to Google. That’s a pretty severe privacy violation, but Google says it’s pushing out an update to prevent it from happening again.The Google Home Mini is a small puck-shaped speaker that lets you...
  • 5 Times the Obama Admin Leaked Crucial National Security Information

    05/27/2014 5:48:11 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 May 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    On Sunday, President Barack Obama traveled to Afghanistan to do a photo op with the troops amid fallout from the burgeoning Veterans Administration scandal. Announcing his visit, the White House promptly released a list of guests, including the name of the top CIA officer in Afghanistan. That officer is responsible for intelligence and drone warfare. The information was sent to over 6,000 email addresses. Oops. This is not the first time the Obama administration has compromised national security with leaks, either purposeful or inadvertent. SEAL Team Six. After the killing of Osama Bin Laden, the Obama administration steadfastly refused to...
  • Is it the Kremlin’s turn to get WikiLeaked?

    09/21/2017 6:02:17 PM PDT · by Jagermonster · 7 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 21, 2017 | Fred Weir
    MODES OF THOUGHT   The online activist group this week leaked documents from a company that provides ‘solutions’ for Russian telecom giants and state agencies. The dump could signal new scrutiny of Russia from the long-time US bugbear. MOSCOW—It’s been seven years since WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange threatened to drop an information bombshell on the Kremlin that would show Russians the inner workings of their government and business world. That threat never materialized, though a handful of fairly tame Russia-related documents were published. WikiLeaks went on to publish hundreds of thousands of secret US diplomatic cables and, more recently, a...
  • Sharyl Attkisson: You Know The Obama White House Spied On Me Too (No Doubt About It)

    09/21/2017 5:11:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    Former CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson decided to offer her two-cents in light of the recent revelation that former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort was indeed wiretapped before and after the 2016 election. Mr. Manafort has a residence in Trump Tower, though it’s still unknown if any surveillance occurred there, but what is highly plausible is that conversations between him and Donald Trump were recorded, and we know that the FBI was monitoring the former campaign manager’s phone calls. The wiretaps were given the green light by the FISA court, which signs off on such surveillance activities in secret....
  • Fox News Slammed by Legal Experts for Saying Trump Was Right About Obama Wiretap

    09/21/2017 1:50:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Newsweek ^ | September 20, 2017 | Graham Lanktree
    Following reports that Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman was under surveillance, Fox News pundits jumped to the president’s defense Tuesday, asserting that his claims the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower have now been vindicated. Yet they couldn’t be more wrong, said legal experts. It all goes back to Trump’s tweet on March 4 that he “found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” Trump also compared it to “Nixon/Watergate,” when President Richard Nixon attempted to bug the Democratic Party headquarters. Defending Trump’s months-old claim, Fox News pundit Tucker...
  • It looks like Obama did spy on Trump, just as he apparently did to me

    09/20/2017 1:58:50 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | Sharyl Attkisson,
    Many in the media are diving deeply into minutiae in order to discredit any notion that President Trump might have been onto something in March when he fired off a series of tweets claiming President Obama had “tapped” “wires” in Trump Tower just before the election. According to media reports this week, the FBI did indeed “wiretap” the former head of Trump’s campaign, Paul Manafort, both before and after Trump was elected. If Trump officials — or Trump himself — communicated with Manafort during the wiretaps, they would have been recorded, too. But we’re missing the bigger story. If these...
  • 3 Reasons Why the Drone Industry Is Hiring Thousands of New Workers

    09/19/2017 6:16:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Inc. Magazine ^ | September 18, 2017 | Lisa Calhoun, General partner, Valor Ventures
    For the first time in history, investments in drones--those buzzy airborne gadgets that used to be called UAVs--have crossed a billion dollars. $1.2 billion has already been invested in unmanned aerial tech in 2017 so far, according to CB Insights. When I invested in a drone startup last year, there was only about $600 million in venture capital deployed. Drone pilots still had to be licensed like fixed-wing aircraft. "In the past several years, the drone space has crossed the threshold from being driven by hobbyists and experimentalists to being largely enterprise-dominated," says John Frankel, founder at FFVC, a New...
  • US pulls back from watching ISIS convoy at request of Russians , Pentagon says

    09/10/2017 5:24:11 PM PDT · by BeadCounter · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 8, 2017 | Lucas Tomlinson
    The U.S. military on Friday pulled back surveillance aircraft that had been watching an 11-bus ISIS convoy filled with hundreds of militants and their family members -- at the request of the Russian government. The ISIS convoy was given safe passage over 10 days ago to travel from the Lebanon-Syria border across the Syrian desert to the Iraqi border in a deal struck between Syria and Hezbollah, which angered the U.S. military.