Published on Apr 19, 2015 by Richard Bruce
The USA Freedom Act doesn’t just fail to reform mass surveillance; it extends and expands it…
On May 7th, 2015, the Second District Court of Appeals ruled that the NSA’s bulk collection of phone call data using Section 215 of the Patriot Act is illegal. This decision, if upheld, would end the NSA’s capability to suck up bulk phone call data.
Now Congress is trying to pass a bill— the USA Freedom Act—that would give this power back to the NSA through new legal loopholes, while appearing on the surface to reign-in the NSA. The bill is scheduled for a vote in the House of Representatives this week. Don’t be fooled. This bill is designed to appease the public while cementing the government’s surveillance authority for years to come.
It’s not too late to stop Congress. They’re trying to sneak this past the American public, but if enough people call shenanigans on it, they’ll have to stop. Contact Congress now!
They are Trying to Pull A Fast One on— ‘We The People’, AGAIN!
The USA Freedom Act doesn’t just fail to reform mass surveillance; it extends and expands it.
- Extends Section 215 of the Patriot Act until 2019 while modernizing it so it can suck up more information on the devices we use most commonly.
- Expand the type of information the government can access. The bill expands call data from landlines to include VoIP calls and video chats, and likely will allow the government to access all data related to smartphone activity.
- Claims to end bulk collection, but would allow the government to continue collecting huge amounts of data by using broad search terms to target big portions of the population and then conducting surveillance on anyone who is “connected” to those targets.
- Provides legal immunity to companies that violate privacy laws and pays them to participate in handing over data to the government.
- Creates broad “emergency” powers for the government to collect all kinds of personal data without prior court approval. The government could use this authority to suck up and retain massaive amounts of data.
- Allows the FBI to access data collected for counterterrorism investigations and use it for investigations outside of counterterrorism cases. The FBI can then set up permanent gag orders to prevent public oversight into their use of this data.
- Creates a new public advocate at the FISA court but lets the government block the advocate from seeing any and all information they choose to keep secret from them.
- Takes wind out of the sails of real reform by appearing to have addressed mass surveillance (without actually doing anything to fundamentally alter mass surveillance).
This bill will prevent *real* NSA reform.
The much-anticipated report investigating torture methods carried out by the CIA during the Bush administration was released today…
“In the report, a product of a 5-year investigation, Senate investigators reveal sordid details of the systemic and individual failures by the agency personnel who ran the “enhanced interrogation program” — the government’s euphemism for systematic torture — during the George W. Bush administration. The program involved capturing terrorism suspects and shipping them to secret overseas prisons, where they were subjected to techniques such as waterboarding.”
“The CIA’s program has long been criticized as un-American and a chilling departure from the nation’s values. Opponents allege that it resulted in gross abuses and inhumane treatment of detainees, some of whom were eventually revealed not to have been involved in terror organizations.”
To read the whole story go to: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/09/senate-cia-report_n_6270138.html
Another Immaculate Deception!
A National Disgrace that We Better Address NOW or ELSE!
WAKE Up AMERICANS!
Check it out— According to an article published by the Guardian:
“CIA admits to spying on Senate staffers!”
- CIA director apologises for improper conduct of agency staff
- One senator calls on John Brennan to resign in wake of scandal
“I have no choice but to call for the resignation of CIA director John Brennan,” Mark Udall said after a briefing on the inspector general’s findings.
“The CIA unconstitutionally spied on Congress by hacking into Senate intelligence committee computers. This grave misconduct is not only illegal, but it violates the US constitution’s requirement of separation of powers. These offenses, along with other errors in judgment by some at the CIA, demonstrate a tremendous failure of leadership, and there must be consequences.”
What about the CIA – operating in the shadows with impunity? Is our government getting ready to exercises rigid and repressive controls over our social, economic, and political lives in the name of National Security? In 1933 Germany amended it constitution with the ‘Enabling Act;’ which played a critical role in the rise of Adolf Hitler to become the dictator and Fuhrer of Nazi Germany by August, 1934.
Are we enabling our own Demise of America as we knew it? Is there an American Gestapo? How about a THOUGHT Police?
According to an article published on March 6, 2014 by the Wall Street Daily, the U.S. Government is not only spying on We the People, it is also spying on itself. “More specifically, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been monitoring the computers used by Congress’ Senate Intelligence Committee. (Not coincidentally, that’s the same Senate group responsible for overseeing the CIA’s actions.)”
Imagine that! Does the CIA have something to hide? Damage Control?
Alas, “If it turns out that the CIA was spying on the Senate committee that oversees the agency, it would be an outrageous violation of separation of powers. The CIA is prohibited from spying in the United States itself, and there can be few greater violations of that rule than spying on congressional staff carrying out the constitutional duty of being a check on the CIA’s powers. CIA surveillance of Congress would be another sign that the intelligence community has come to believe that they’re above the law and should get only deference from the other branches of government, not the meaningful oversight that’s required by the Constitution.” – Christopher Anders (Senior legislative counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union.)
Do we have an Enabling Act of our own here at home in the USA? Believe it or not, we have something just as scary. On December 31, 2011, President Barack Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA); “for the defense of the United States and its interests abroad.” Amongst the many Powers that it has been granted to deal with and address conflict in the Name of National Security, is a controversial provisions entitled “Counter-Terrorism”.
Counter-terrorism authorizes the indefinite military detention of persons the government SUSPECTS of involvement in terrorism, including U.S. citizens arrested on American soil. Although the White House and Senate sponsors maintain that the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) already grants presidential authority for indefinite detention, the Act states that Congress “affirms” this authority and makes specific provisions as to the exercise of that authority.What about the two Boston Bombing Suspects? People’s houses we searched without their permission?
How dare we question authority in the Name of National Security as Congress “affirms” this Unconstitutional, indefinite military detention of US citizens based on Suspicion? Whistle blowers, rebel rousers — Beware! The SHADOW KNOWS! Gitmo? It reminds me of the East German Ministry for State Security (MfS), commonly known as the Stasi.Stasi has been described as one of the most effective and repressive intelligence and secret police agencies in the world. The Stasi motto was “Schild und Schwert der Partei” (Shield and Sword of the Party). Incidentally, the detention provisions of the Act have received critical attention by both the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.
What about the ‘War Powers Act’? In March of 2012 at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey brazenly admitted that their authority comes not from the U.S. Constitution, but that the United States is subservient to and takes its marching orders from the United Nations Security Council and NATO, when it comes to taking military action.
They don’t give a damn about the War Powers Act? They can invade whomever they chose without consulting or getting permission from Congress just like they did when President Obama ordered the USA to invade Libya; which was against the US Rule of Law. I guess the world is now ruled under International Law in the Name of the New World Order? What happened to the ‘Supreme Law of the Land’? Destination — the Rule of Unconstitutional Law?
Is the USA turning into a Police State? Are there spies amongst us? Are we being set up, labeled, organized into categories and casted with Suspicion? Unfortunately, the agenda is on a need to know basis. Far too people are now considered Guilty; Until Proven Innocent? Ironically, the situation is getting worse and worse little by little especially since the Supreme Court decided in June, 2013 that Police can takeyour DNA upon arrest?
Justice Antonin Scalia was appalled as he argued that the case paves the way for increased DNA testing, which he claimed violates the Constitution’s protection against unreasonable searches.
“Make no mistake about it: because of today’s decision, your DNA can be taken and entered into a national database if you are ever arrested, rightly or wrongly, and for whatever reason,” Scalia wrote. “This will solve some extra crimes, to be sure. But so would taking your DNA whenever you fly on an airplane.”
Incidentally, the Federal Government has funded checkpoint surveys— to stop US citizens and draw their blood for cash in cities all across America. Some citizens are even secretly tested if they refuse to cooperate, by a breath analyzer— which operates while they are talking to the police. The results go to some federal contractors, who are working to complete a 3 year, $7.9M USD survey on behalf of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). They are allegedly collecting medical data to be used in combatting drunk driving. According to one lawyer, the search constituted an unconstitutional search and seizure.