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  • Former CIA officer charged in alleged leaks

    01/23/2012 6:42:19 PM PST · by oldernittany · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/23/2012 | Greg Miller
    Kiriakou, 47, was a source for stories by The New York Times and other news organizations in 2008 and 2009 about some of the agency’s most sensitive operations after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. ......... that the information Kiriakou supplied to journalists ... enabling defense attorneys there to obtain photographs of CIA operatives suspected of being involved in harsh interrogations. Some of the pictures were subsequently discovered in the cells of high-value detainees.
  • Big Secret Makes FBI's Anti-Encryption Campaign a Big Lie

    09/29/2015 6:17:31 AM PDT · by Izzy Dunne · 32 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 28 Sep 2015 | Jenna McLaughlin
    To hear FBI Director James Comey tell it, strong encryption stops law enforcement dead in its tracks by letting terrorists, kidnappers and rapists communicate in complete secrecy. But that’s just not true. In the rare cases in which an investigation may initially appear to be blocked by encryption — and so far, the FBI has yet to identify a single one — the government has a Plan B: it’s called hacking.
  • The Tragedy of Rand Paul

    09/19/2015 7:26:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | September 18, 2015 | Noah Rothman
    You don’t have to agree with all or even most of Senator Rand Paul’s brand of libertarianism to concede that his candidacy once held so much promise. Paul entered the race buoyed by what seemed like a burgeoning libertarian moment. From the conduct of the global war on terrorism to massive comprehensive reform packages, American political culture had grown suspicious of the federal government’s ability to avert the unforeseen negative consequences of its good intentions. For several weeks in the summer of 2014, Rand Paul led a field of nine prospective Republican presidential candidates in the polls. It was a...
  • NSA surveillance bill passes after weeks-long showdown (Big Brother/1984 Alert)

    09/08/2015 9:40:58 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | 09/07/15 | Jeremy Diamond
    The National Security Agency lost its authority to collect the phone records of millions of Americans, thanks to a new reform measure Congress passed on Tuesday. President Barack Obama signed the bill into law on Tuesday evening. It is the first piece of legislation to reform post 9/11 surveillance measures. "It's historical," said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, one of the leading architects of the reform efforts. "It's the first major overhaul of government surveillance in decades." The weeks-long buildup to the final vote was full of drama. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul assailed the NSA in a 10-hour speech that roused...
  • FBI testing 'intelligence collecting' technology at the Burning Man event in Nevada

    09/08/2015 7:29:08 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 38 replies ^ | 09/07/2015 | Jon E. Dougherty
    ( The FBI will send undercover agents to the annual Burning Man festival in Nevada to test new “intelligence collecting” technology aimed at combating “terrorist activities,” something the agency has admitted it has done since 2010. In response to a Freedom of Information Act request in 2012, the FBI said its Special Events Management unit has been maintaining files on attendees of the alternative lifestyle festival, who are known as “burners,” in an attempt to “aid in the prevention of terrorist activities and intelligence collection.” However, much of the FBI’s 16-page response to the FOIA request is heavily redacted, the...
  • StingRay surveillance prompts Baltimore attorneys to review nearly 2,000 cases

    08/29/2015 8:58:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 28, 2015 | Andrew Blake
    Attorneys in Baltimore are reviewing hundreds of convictions after an investigation revealed that police there have secretly used cell phone surveillance tools in nearly 2,000 criminal cases. Following a report in USA Today that exposed the extent of the Baltimore Police Department’s use of cell-tracking technology to locate suspects sought in connection with low-level crimes, lawyers in the city’s public defender office now tell the paper they plan to ask the court to toss out “a large number” of convictions.
  • [June 1, 2015 Video] Donald Trump on the need for NSA phone data collection

    08/17/2015 4:49:48 PM PDT · by JediJones · 103 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 1, 2015 | FOX News
    "security has to preside...and be pre-eminent" "if anyone wants to listen to my phone calls, it's fine" "I think we have to err on the side of security" "we don't love it, but we have probably not much of a choice" "it doesn't seem to be very popular, what [Rand Paul's] doing" "Most people seem to feel the way I do" "My best trait will be security"
  • AT&T Helped U.S. Spy on Internet on a Vast Scale

    08/16/2015 2:46:05 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 5 replies
    NY Times ^ | 08/15/15 | The National Security Agency’s ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through
    The National Security Agency’s ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States has relied on its extraordinary, decades-long partnership with a single company: the telecom giant AT&T. While it has been long known that American telecommunications companies worked closely with the spy agency, newly disclosed N.S.A. documents show that the relationship with AT&T has been considered unique and especially productive. One document described it as “highly collaborative,” while another lauded the company’s “extreme willingness to help.” AT&T’s cooperation has involved a broad range of classified activities, according to the documents, which date from 2003...
  • Google’s robots and creeping militarization

    01/11/2014 4:06:23 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 32 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/9/2014 | Scott Cleland
    Google CEO Larry Page has rapidly positioned Google to become an indispensable U.S. military contractor. Google recently purchased Boston Dynamics, a robotics pioneer that produces amazing humanoid robots for the U.S. Defense Department. This development invites attention to Google’s broader military contracting ambitions — especially since Boston Dynamics is the eighth robotics company that Google has bought in the last six months. ... In 2012, Google hired Regina Dugan, the head of DOD’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), DOD’s in-house “moon-shot” idea factory. At the time a Google spokesperson said: “Regina is a technical pioneer who brought the future...
  • How your smartphone's battery life can be used to invade your privacy

    08/04/2015 6:33:19 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday 4 August 2015 | Alex Hern
    How your smartphone's battery life can be used to invade your privacy A group of researchers have demonstrated how to track users with nothing more than their remaining battery power, which could compromise privacy Alex Hern Tuesday 4 August 2015 08.18 BST A little-known feature of the HTML5 specification means that websites can find out how much battery power a visitor has left on their laptop or smartphone – and now, security researchers have warned that that information can be used to track browsers online. The battery status API is currently supported in the Firefox, Opera and Chrome browsers, and...
  • FBI spy plane reportedly making flights above Muslim-concentrated Dearborn

    08/05/2015 5:19:34 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 47 replies ^ | August 05, 2015 | Gus Burns
    DEABORN, MI -- Robert Snell of the Detroit News analyzed flight data that shows a single-engine, 2010 Cessna tied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation by an Associated Press investigation this June spent a good amount of time in the skies above the Muslim-concentrated city of Dearborn this weekend. The flight data showed the plane on Saturday and Sunday made 19 slow-speed, several-mile-wide loops above Dearborn, as well as neighboring cities of Allen Park, Melvindale, Dearborn Heights and Taylor. "The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times,...
  • Cybersecurity bill could 'sweep away' internet users' privacy, agency warns

    08/05/2015 7:13:13 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 8/3/2015 | Sam Thielman
    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Monday said a controversial new surveillance bill could sweep away “important privacy protections”, a move that bodes ill for the measure’s return to the floor of the Senate this week. The latest in a series of failed attempts to reform cybersecurity, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (Cisa) grants broad latitude to tech companies, data brokers and anyone with a web-based data collection to mine user information and then share it with “appropriate Federal entities”, which themselves then have permission to share it throughout the government. Minnesota senator Al Franken queried the DHS in...
  • Global spy system ECHELON confirmed at last – by leaked Snowden files

    08/03/2015 6:04:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Register ^ | August 2, 2015 | Duncan Campbell
    I stepped from the warmth of our source's London flat. That February night in 1977, the air was damp and cool; the buzz of traffic muted in this leafy north London suburb, in the shadow of the iconic Alexandra Palace. A fellow journalist and I had just spent three hours inside, drinking Chianti and talking about secret surveillance with our source, and now we stood on the doorstep discussing how to get back to the south coast town where I lived. Events were about to take me on a different journey. Behind me, sharp footfalls broke the stillness. A squad...
  • Will the Internet listen to your private conversations?

    07/29/2015 3:46:21 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 3 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 7-29-2015 | Michael Liedtke, AP
    Like a lot of teenagers, Aanya Nigam reflexively shares her whereabouts, activities and thoughts on Twitter, Instagram and other social networks without a qualm. But Aanya's care-free attitude dissolved into paranoia a few months ago shortly after her mother bought Amazon's Echo, a digital assistant that can be set up in a home or office to listen for various requests, such as for a song, a sports score, the weather, or even a book to be read aloud. After using the Internet-connected device for two months, Aanya, 16, started to worry that the Echo was eavesdropping on conversations in her...
  • CISA: the dirty deal between Google and the NSA that no one is talking about

    07/29/2015 10:43:18 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 29, 2015 | By Evan Greer and Donny Shaw
    One of the things that civil liberties activists like to lament about is that the general public seems to care more about Google and Facebook using their personal data to target advertising than the government using it to target drone strikes. The reality is that both types of abuse are dangerous, and they work hand in hand. It’s hard to find a more perfect example of this collusion than in a bill that’s headed for a vote soon in the U.S. Senate: the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA. CISA is an out and out surveillance bill masquerading as a...

    07/19/2015 1:39:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies ^ | 7/19/15 | Christopher Sogho
    Christopher Soghoian THE SPIES WE TRUST: THIRD PARTY SERVICE PROVIDERS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT SURVEILLANCE Telecommunications carriers and service providers now play an essential role in fa- cilitating modern surveillance by law enforcement agencies. The police merely select the individuals to be monitored, while the actual surveillance is performed by third parties: often the same email providers, search engines and telephone companies to whom con- sumers have entrusted their private data. Assisting Big Brother has become a routine part of business. While communications surveillance is widespread, the official government reports barely scratch the surface. As such, the true scale of law...
  • The hack to end all hacks: China now has sensitive info on 21.5 million Americans, feds say

    07/09/2015 7:14:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 9, 2015 | Allahpundit
    He promised us the most transparent administration in history. And he delivered. Combined with the 4.2 million people whose Social Security numbers were stolen in a separate breach, we’re now talking about upwards of eight percent of the entire population whose sensitive personal data is in an enemy power’s hands. On that note, let me gently remind you that not a single person has been fired for any of this. Of the 21.5 million records that were stolen, 19.7 million belonged to individuals who had undergone background investigation, OPM said. The remaining 1.8 million records belonged to other individuals, mostly...
  • US company gives glimpse into future of government surveillance

    07/06/2015 11:47:57 AM PDT · by driftdiver · 39 replies ^ | July 7, 2015 | Staff
    A SMALL private firm in the US has developed a surveillance system of Orwellian proportions that could very well be the future of big brother. Thirty kilometres above a chosen city, a plane hangs out of sight of the thousands of people scurrying below — continuously circling the metropolis underneath. Every second, the plane takes a photo of the entire city and all the happenings within a 64sq km radius. The images are beamed down to a control centre where they create what is akin to a real-time Google map of everything taking place. When a crime occurs, teams of...
  • BOLO – Suspicious activity (vanity)

    06/13/2015 7:05:34 AM PDT · by null and void · 98 replies
    Private communication | 6/13/15 | nully
    From a private communication: Lots of people casing streets with dogs sunglasses and baseball caps, always in pairs. They get real long hard looks up every driveway that doesn’t have a security camera at the end of it (as soon as they spot a camera the ground suddenly becomes really interesting). Seen this behavior myself more than a few times. Dogs always have their noses to the ground and the edges of the property. I have never seen an untrained dog sniff like a bloodhound quite like that. It doesn’t help [my paranoia] that every pair of people I’ve seen...
  • License plates being rapidly scanned in Walmart parking lotby incognito surveillance vehicle?

    Suspicious activity noted ahead of #JadeHelm15 CHINO HILLS, Calif. (INTELLIHUB) — A reader, John Temblador, retired California State Peace Officer, CDC, witnessed a vehicle dashing through a Walmart parking lot on June 4. “at a high rate of speed”, bearing no “E” plate.Temblador thinks that the vehicle may have been conducting a “covert scan” of some type.The vehicle appears to be equipped with license plate scanning technology or code catcher technology, aimed both forward and aft to either side of the vehicle to catch every plate in the parking lot.
  • Elbows flying, rhetorically, at Romney's 2016 retreat

    06/13/2015 12:54:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | June 12, 2015 | Steve Peoples and Julie Bykowicz.
    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Govs. Scott Walker and Chris Christie said presidential rivals in the Senate don't do anything. Sen. Marco Rubio denounced "old ways" in an indirect slap at older contenders. Sen. Lindsey Graham said his party may be going down a "death spiral" if it doesn't embrace minority and younger voters. In fighting for attention Friday at a luxury mountainside donor retreat convened by 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney, several 2016 contenders let loose some elbows at each other. Most did not name names, but Christie did. "If you want to know how little they know," he...
  • Surveillance Law Lets US Ratify Nuclear Terrorism Treaties

    06/07/2015 8:34:38 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 7 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | June 7, 2015 | DEB RIECHMANN
    Tucked into the surveillance bill that became law was a little-noticed section that will let the United States complete ratification of two long-stalled treaties aimed at stopping a frightening scenario: terrorists wielding radioactive bombs. "Today, nearly 2,000 metric tons of weapons-usable nuclear materials remain spread across hundreds of sites around the globe — some of it poorly secured," said former Sen. Sam Nunn, co-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, an organization in Washington that works on the issue. "We know that to get the materials needed to build a bomb, terrorists will not necessarily go where there is the most...
  • Obama Goes Full Stalin: Tells Secret Court To Ignore Law He Signed 4 Hours Earlier, Extend Illegal

    06/09/2015 7:37:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    zeri hedge ^ | 6/9/15 | tyler durden
    Just when we thought the absurdity that marks every single day of Obama's reign could not possibly be surpassed, we learned that 4 hours (3 hours and 47 minutes to be precise) after the US president vowed to sign a new law banning bulk data collection by the NSA (named, for purely grotesque reasons, the "USA Freedom Act"), the Obama administration asked the secret Fisa surveillance court to ignore a federal court that found bulk surveillance illegal and to once again grant the National Security Agency the power to collect the phone records of millions of Americans for six months....
  • Obama lawyers asked secret court to ignore public court’s decision on spying

    06/09/2015 10:12:10 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 19 replies
    The UK Guardian ^ | June 9. 2015 | Spencer Ackerman
    The Obama administration has asked a secret surveillance court to ignore a federal court that found bulk surveillance illegal and to once again grant the National Security Agency the power to collect the phone records of millions of Americans for six months. The legal request, filed nearly four hours after Barack Obama vowed to sign a new law banning precisely the bulk collection he asks the secret court to approve, also suggests that the administration may not necessarily comply with any potential court order demanding that the collection stop.
  • Rand Paul’s Faux-Libertarian Opposition to the Patriot Act

    06/06/2015 10:14:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The National Review ^ | June 6, 2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    At Powerline this week, Steve Hayward penned a post aptly entitled “The Insincerity of Rand Paul.” The senator’s legal arguments against the Patriot Act, he posits, mimic papa Ron Paul’s 2003 calls for a formal declaration of war against Iraq: mere “constitutional punctilio to cover his real feelings.” Steve is right. Congress statutorily authorized the use of military force in Iraq. Nothing more was constitutionally required. The real reason for Representative Ron Paul’s formalistic nattering about a declaration of war was his opposition to American intervention in Iraq. That, in turn, was driven by his theory that it was American...
  • Report: China Dispatching Surveillance Vessels Off Hawaii

    06/05/2015 7:08:37 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 7 replies ^ | June 5 2015 | Wyatt Olson
    China has begun dispatching surveillance vessels off the coast of Hawaii in response to theNavy's monitoring activities of disputed islands in the South China Sea, according to the Taiwan newspaper Want China Times. The purported surveillance comes on the heels of raised tensions between China and the United States late last month. A Navy P-8A Poseidon surveillance plane was flying over the Spratly Islands near the Philippines and Malaysia when a Chinese radio dispatcher warned it several times to depart the airspace. China has been enlarging some of the uninhabited atolls by dredging up sand from the sea bottom, claiming...
  • Hunting for Hackers, N.S.A. Secretly Expands Internet Spying at U.S. Border

    06/04/2015 5:04:17 PM PDT · by upchuck · 10 replies
    NYT ^ | June 4, 2015 | CHARLIE SAVAGE & others
    Without public notice or debate, the Obama administration has expanded the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance of Americans’ international Internet traffic to search for evidence of malicious computer hacking, according to classified N.S.A. documents. In mid-2012, Justice Department lawyers wrote two secret memos permitting the spy agency to begin hunting on Internet cables, without a warrant and on American soil, for data linked to computer intrusions originating abroad — including traffic that flows to suspicious Internet addresses or contains malware, the documents show. The Justice Department allowed the agency to monitor only addresses and “cybersignatures” — patterns associated with computer...
  • Rand Paul Is Following Ron Paul All the Way to a 2016 Loss

    06/04/2015 3:34:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 3, 2015 | Josh Kraushaar
    He’s turning out to be a lot like his father, unable or unwilling to adjust to changing political realities within his party.There are many reasons to be bullish about Rand Paul's unconventional campaign for president. He's relentlessly courting support from young voters and African Americans, making the explicit case that outreach can translate into wider support. He's embracing issues that Republicans usually don't dare touch, such as criminal-justice reform, drug decriminalization, and reining in government surveillance. And based on the early polls, he's finding himself in solid shape, running competitively against Hillary Clinton and in the top tier of Republican...
  • Adriana Cohen: Evidence is clear for strong surveillance

    06/03/2015 6:56:50 PM PDT · by Adriana Cohen News
    Boston Herald ^ | June 3, 2015 | Adriana Cohen
    Good morning Baltimore. Crime is up and arrests are down. Residents are afraid to go outside following the recent surge in homicides, the worst in 15 years. But have no fear, Al Sharpton has come to the rescue to bring peace and harmony to the mean streets of a city near you. America’s law-and-order champion has been calling for the deployment of a federal police force to take over local law enforcement in riot-troubled cities such as Baltimore and Ferguson. “We need the Justice Department to step in and take over policing in this country,” he said. He also suggested...
  • Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell's marriage of political convenience

    06/02/2015 6:16:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | June 2, 2015 | Lisa Mascaro
    The relationship between Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell has always been more a marriage of political convenience than heartfelt bromance, and it is being tested now like never before.. The two Republican senators represent divergent flanks of the Republican Party, often pulling in different directions, most recently over what to do with the nation’s domestic telephone surveillance program. Paul is the libertarian-leaning firebrand who temporarily shut down the government's bulk collection of Americans’ phone records. McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is the establishment elder who believes surveillance is not infringing on privacy and should be preserved to catch terrorists. Paul...
  • Cruz roundup: News polls with mixed results, biting his tongue on Rand

    06/02/2015 1:12:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Sen. Ted Cruz is polling better against Hillary Clinton, but not against the people he’d need to beat to face her. Cruz gained ground on the former secretary of state in a CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday trailing her 52 percent to 43 percent in a hypothetical 2016 match-up. The nine-point gap is a major improvement from the 24-point Cruz lost by in a mid-April poll. But Cruz only gained one point on his primary competition in a poll of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents, inching from seven to eight points. Clinton’s polling in favorability, trustworthiness and empathy also tanked, so this...
  • Did Rand Paul's NSA gambit work?

    06/02/2015 7:05:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Politico ^ | June 2, 2015 | Kyle Cheney and Burgess Everett
    The Kentucky senator walks a tight line between pleasing libertarians and alienating moderates.Rand Paul is a man besieged. Eight weeks into his White House bid, the Kentucky Republican is hurting for deep-pocketed donors, watching supporters of his libertarian father, Ron Paul, gravitate toward opponents and getting flogged by a GOP establishment that abhors his calls for a less interventionist approach to foreign policy. But his latest confrontation with Republican power brokers — a move to block the renewal of the PATRIOT Act and federal spying programs — has also exposed Paul’s increasingly imperiled tightrope walk toward his party’s nomination. “His...
  • The FBI is operating a small air force to spy on Americans

    06/02/2015 6:05:32 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 55 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Jun. 2, 2015 | Jack Gillum, Eileen Sullivan and Eric Tucker
    The FBI is operating a small air force to spy on Americans Associated Press Jack Gillum, Eileen Sullivan and Eric Tucker, Associated Press Jun. 2, 2015, WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology — all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned. The planes' surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge's approval, and the FBI said the flights are used for specific, ongoing investigations. In a recent 30-day period, the agency...
  • 2016 GOP Power Index: Paul fights his way down

    06/01/2015 1:29:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 1, 2015 | Chris Stirewalt
    ---snip--- Sen. Rand Paul is in step with his party on most issues. He’s pro-life, a big backer of gun rights, a small-government conservative and he’s an unabashed critic of President Obama and Hillary Clinton. And yet, Paul is again in the spotlight talking about his disagreements with his own party. For months, Paul has been focused on reducing criminal penalties for drugs. Last week, he blamed GOP hawks for the creation of ISIS. Now, he has succeeded in pulling off a one-man blockade of the Patriot Act. Like his other views, Paul’s stand is no doubt sincere and he...
  • Justice Department Studying ‘Far-Right’ Social Media Use

    06/01/2015 5:55:49 AM PDT · by lbryce · 91 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | June 1, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Department of Justice is concentrating on “far-right” groups in a new study of social media usage aimed at combatting violent extremism. The Justice Department’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) awarded Michigan State University $585,719 for the study, which was praised by Eric Holder, the former attorney general, earlier this year. “There is currently limited knowledge of the role of technology and computer mediated communications (CMCs), such as Facebook and Twitter, in the dissemination of messages that promote extremist agendas and radicalize individuals to violence,” according to the NIJ grant. “The proposed study will address this gap through a series...

    05/31/2015 5:26:15 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 63 replies
    A.P. ^ | May 31, 2015 | ERICA WERNER AND KEN DILANIAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Security Agency will lose its authority at midnight to collect Americans' phone records in bulk, after an extraordinary Sunday Senate session failed to produce an 11th-hour deal to extend the fiercely contested program.
  • NSA Domestic Surveillance Program 'Likely' to Expire Tonight, Former Counterterrorism Official Says

    05/31/2015 1:13:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 31, 2015 | Erin Dooley and Arlette Saenz
    Key provisions of the PATRIOT Act -- the controversial law that allows the NSA to collect Americans' phone records and secretly track suspected terrorists – will likely expire tonight, a former White House counterterrorism official told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week.""What I think will likely happen tonight is the law will expire," Richard Clarke said Sunday morning. "And then later in the week, the USA Freedom Act, which is essentially the same as the PATRIOT Act with the exception of the telephony metadata program, that act will pass and most of the authorities will be restored." Though the White...
  • In Iowa, GOP voters are uneasy about Paul’s crusade against NSA spying

    05/31/2015 11:02:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 31, 2015 | James Hohmann
    DAVENPORT, Iowa — Rand Paul would notch a big victory in Washington just after midnight Monday if he follows through on his promise to block the renewal of the anti-terrorism law used to justify domestic spying programs. But back in Iowa, where Paul has tried to use the issue in recent days to revive his struggling presidential campaign, many Republican voters have responded with unease. Even some who stood in line to see Paul as he traveled the state last week said that they simply could not agree with his argument that the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection was...
  • Cruz, in Rindge, laughs off Paul's criticism

    05/31/2015 10:05:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The New Hampshire Union Leader ^ | May 30, 2015 | Meghan Pierce, Sunday News Correspondent
    RINDGE - Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas laughed off Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's "capitulating Canadian" tag after a gathering at Franklin Pierce University Friday night.The new ad by the America Liberty PAC spins the U.S. Senate's upcoming session tonight for a vote on the USA Freedom Act as "the biggest brawl for liberty, of the century."The Kentucky senator is plugged as "The Defender of Freedom, Senator Rand Paul." The Texas senator is pegged as one of many "so-called-conservative accomplices" to President Barack Obama's assault on privacy rights as the "capitulating Canadian." "Well, I have say, I chuckled,...
  • States are fighting back against too much surveillance

    05/31/2015 7:50:25 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 2 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | May 31, 2015 | Jon E Dougherty
    Americans have watched for years as Washington has steadily drained the states and the people of their autonomy, but the NSA surveillance scandal, such as it is, has proven to be one power grab too many for some. As such, according to, some state governments are implementing an example that Congress can (and should) follow with regards to limiting electronic surveillance.
  • Ted Cruz takes high road in laying out policies

    05/29/2015 11:50:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | May 30, 2015 | Chris Cassidy
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) RINDGE, N.H. — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz laughed off his starring role as a “Capitulating Canadian,” dressed up in fighting clothes, in the first attack ad of the 2016 presidential campaign launched by a U.S. Sen. Rand Paul super PAC — and vowed not to retaliate against his Kentucky rival. “Well, I have to say I chuckled. I’ve never seen myself portrayed as a World Wrestling Federation person, even though I guess it was one that I was not supposed to win,” Cruz told the Herald after a town hall event at Franklin Pierce University last night. “It’s politics....
  • Team Rand Attacks ‘Canadian’ Ted Cruz

    05/29/2015 10:33:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 148 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | May 29, 2015 | Charlie Spiering
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’s America’s Liberty Super PAC is out with a new ad attacking Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as a “Canadian” who supports President Obama on domestic surveillance extensions in the Patriot Act. The extreme-style smackdown ad features Paul as the shirtless hero of a Sunday brawl in the Senate over the NSA and the right to privacy. Featuring a picture of Cruz with Obama and the backdrop of a Canadian flag, the ad calls the Texas Senator a “capitulating Canadian” who is “backing Barack’s bill.” Technically, the ad is not endorsed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)'s campaign, but...
  • Mysterious low-flying plane over Twin Cities raises questions of surveillance

    05/29/2015 9:07:10 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 33 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 5-29-15 | Matt McKinney and John Reinan
    Aviation buff John Zimmerman was at a weekly gathering of neighbors Friday night when he noticed something peculiar: a small plane circling a route overhead that didnÂ’t make sense to him. It was dark, so a sightseeing flight didnÂ’t make sense, and when Zimmerman pulled up more information on an aviation phone app he routinely checks, he had immediate concerns. The planeÂ’s flight path, recorded by the website, would eventually show that it circled downtown Minneapolis, the Mall of America and Southdale Center at low altitude for hours starting at 10:30 p.m., slipping off radar just after 3 a.m....
  • Feud between John McCain and Rand Paul worsens after NSA reform fiasco

    05/24/2015 5:22:49 AM PDT · by McGruff · 31 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 23 May 2015 | Ben Jacobs
    The feud between John McCain and Rand Paul worsened on Saturday morning after the presidential candidate successfully held up a temporary extension of controversial provisions of the Patriot Act. McCain, a leading GOP hawk and Paul, the leader of his party’s libertarian wing, have never exactly seen eye to eye. But the relationship became even more toxic after Paul successfully blocked the Senate from extending NSA surveillance programs for even one additional day.
  • NSA winds down once-secret phone-records collection program

    05/23/2015 4:40:33 PM PDT · by Libloather · 88 replies
    AP via MSN ^ | 5/23/15 | KEN DILANIAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month. Barring an 11th hour compromise when the Senate returns to session May 31, a much-debated provision of the Patriot Act — and some other lesser known surveillance tools — will sunset at midnight that day. The change also would have a major impact on the FBI, which uses the Patriot Act and the other...
  • FBI Director Blasts Tech Companies Fighting for Encryption

    05/20/2015 4:11:56 PM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    Nextgov ^ | 5/20/15
    FBI Director James Comey fired back on Wednesday at Silicon Valley companies that are calling for stronger encryption of their products. "Some prominent folks wrote a letter to the president yesterday that I frankly found depressing," Comey said in a discussion at Georgetown University Law Center, referring to a letter signed by Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and other companies, as well as civil-liberties groups and Internet-security experts. "Their letter contains no acknowledgment that there are societal costs to universal encryption." There can be benefits to securing devices from hackers, Comey acknowledged, but he argued there are also "tremendous costs" to...
  • Royal Navy helicopter gets new surveillance system

    05/22/2015 7:42:34 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Engineering and Technology Magazine ^ | May 22, 2015 | Laura Onita
    A Merlin helicopter will be fitted with a new on-board system to deliver essential anti-snooping watch and send early warnings if security threats are detected. The Merlin Mk2 helicopter will act as the Royal Navy’s eyes and ears for its next generation carriers, replacing the Sea King’s helicopter’s surveillance capabilities. Philip Dunne, Minister of State for Defence Procurement, said: “It is essential that our ships and particularly our future aircraft carriers will have the best possible protection. “The Crowsnest system on board our new Merlin Mk2 helicopter will deliver an essential surveillance and intelligence capability, providing early warnings to our...
  • Justice Department Memo: NSA Spying Will Begin Shutting Down This Week [Sure it will]

    05/20/2015 4:07:20 PM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Government Executive ^ | 5/20/15 | Dustin Volz
    The Patriot Act provisions that have allowed the National Security Agency to vacuum up Americans' phone records officially expire on June 1. But the Obama administration says the NSA must begin preparing to end its bulk-telephone-spying program as soon as Friday. A Justice Department memo circulated among congressional offices Wednesday and obtained by National Journal said Congress needs to fully settle its differences over the expiring spy provisions this week in order to avoid an operational interruption to the NSA's mass-surveillance program, which was exposed by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden two years ago. "After May 22, 2015, the National...
  • Sen. Paul Calls for "Open Rebellion" Against NSA Spy Program

    05/21/2015 12:55:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The New American ^ | May 21, 2014. | Jack Kenny
    With a call for “open rebellion” against the program, Senator Rand Paul (shown, R-Ky.) held the Senate floor for ten-and-a-half hours Wednesday in opposition to extending provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act that allow the National Security Agency to collect billions of telephone records and and electronic messages every day. "We should be in open rebellion, saying, 'enough is enough, we're not going to take it anymore,'" Paul said of the NSA’s “metadata” program. Calling for “a thorough and complete debate,” the first-term senator asked: "Do we want to live in a world where the government knows everything about us?...
  • Who Killed Michael Hastings?

    11/11/2013 6:40:27 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 86 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Nov 10, 2013 | Benjamin Wallace
    Reflexively distrustful, eager to make powerful enemies, the young journalist whose Mercedes exploded in Los Angeles one night couldn’t possibly have died accidentally, could he? A t the end of his life, Michael Hastings, like many of the progressive journalists he counted among his friends, felt besieged by an overreaching government. Hastings was living in Los Angeles, and at a Beverly Hills theater in April, he took part in a panel discussion about the documentary War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State. Interviewed in May on The Young Turks, a talk show on Current TV, Hastings railed...