September 29, 2013
SPYING on what for what? On whom??? …:::: FBI has been using drones since 2006, watchdog agency says.
Because it sure looks like it’s not making us safer. Something a fence could do, with little or no operational costs. (than what supposedly the federal government is doing now, but we know that’s not true)
Let’s see are they there? Yep they are. Note this was way back during th evil Bush years.
When will people put a stop to this???
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September 16, 2013
Men Legally Carrying Firearms Arrested at Texas Capitol – Troopers Not Aware of Gun Law Exemption.
Land Commissioner Jerry Paterson and Governor Candidate Tom Pauken have demanded that the charges be dropped against these men because it is not illegal to open carry the guns the men had in the manner they carried them. Also, it has been confirmed that it was three men who were arrested, not just two. Also, it has been confirmed that the group of men were part of an organization called Open Carry Texas.
It sure isn’t the leftrud ACLU, that’s to give you comfort when they take you to your cell.
You might want to give to the ACLJ, the real defenders of liberty.
July 28, 2013
Our Head SPY … I remember when the left was all up in arms over Bush peeking at your lirbrary card checkout records. I bet you do to. What happened to them now?
Apparently the USA Today Newspaper also remembers ….
USA TODAY EDITORIALIZES: Metadata mining fight far from over: The good guys lost the House vote, but they’ll be back.
- National security officials have tried to make it sound as if their intrusions are modest, testifying they used the authority to “query” particular phone numbers just 300 times last year from a database of tens of millions. But for each number queried, analysts may go out two or three “hops.” This means an analyst will look at everyone a target has called (the first hop), then at everyone those contacts have called (the second hop) and then at all the numbers called by those contacts. With all this hopping, the National Security Agency has likely looked at the communication patterns of millions of people, the ACLU’s Jameel Jaffer testified last week. This bears closer scrutiny.
- The administration has overplayed the effectiveness of its approach, initially testifying that the phone program and another that involves international e-mails had helped disrupt “potential terrorist events over 50 times since 9/11.” When pressed, however, it turned out that the e-mail program has been most successful in thwarting terrorism; the phone database “contributed” to understanding 12 events and not necessarily to preventing them.
- The administration and its allies have underscored the oversight provided by congressional intelligence committees and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. But lawmakers on the committees are muzzled by their oaths of confidentiality. And the court operates in secrecy, hearing only the government’s side.
This is grossly excessive, and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., hinted this week that there is more still that has not been disclosed.
A month ago, just a handful of senators was warning that the security programs had gone too far.
With more than 200 House members joining the chorus, the program might finally get the intensive public review that it so badly needs.
Wow. That’s laying it all out for you … read it all.
The intent of the Patriot Act was it target only known terrorist and over oversees spying. Not of US citizens. How Big Government spy’s on everybody everywhere when the lamestream madia lays down on their job!!! How do I know ask the author of the Patriot Act…
July 17, 2013
Driving Somewhere — The Government now tracks that: Chances are, your local or state police departments have photographs of your car in their files, noting where you were driving on a particular day, even if you never did anything wrong.
Using automated scanners, law enforcement agencies across the country have amassed millions of digital records on the location and movement of every vehicle with a license plate, according to a study published Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union. Affixed to police cars, bridges or buildings, the scanners capture images of passing or parked vehicles and note their location, uploading that information into police databases. Departments keep the records for weeks or years, sometimes indefinitely.
As the technology becomes cheaper and more ubiquitous, and federal grants focus on aiding local terrorist detection, even small police agencies are able to deploy more sophisticated surveillance systems. While the Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that a judge’s approval is needed to track a car with GPS, networks of plate scanners allow police effectively to track a driver’s location, sometimes several times every day, with few legal restrictions. The ACLU says the scanners assemble what it calls a “single, high-resolution image of our lives.”
June 11, 2013
And they gritted their teeth all the way to the courthouse.
Today, the ACLU did what the ACLU does best… file lawsuits. This time it was against the Obama Administration for illegally collecting hoovering up phone records of millions of Americans.
The New York Times reports,
The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its “dragnet” collection of logs of domestic phone calls, contending that the once-secret program — whose existence was exposed by a former National Security Agency contractor last week — is illegal and asking a judge to both stop it and order the records purged.
The lawsuit, filed in New York, could set up an eventual Supreme Court test. It could also focus attention on this disclosure amid the larger heap of top secret surveillance matters that were disclosed by Edward J. Snowden, a former N.S.A. contractor who came forward on Sunday to say he was the source of a series of disclosures by The Guardian and The Washington Post.
The program “gives the government a comprehensive record of our associations and public movements, revealing a wealth of detail about our familial, political, professional, religious and intimate associations,” the complaint says, adding that it “is likely to have a chilling effect on whistle-blowers and others who would otherwise contact” the A.C.L.U. for legal assistance.
A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment.
May 9, 2013
In blatant violation of the Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure, the Department of Justice has apparently decided that they do not require warrants for grabbing Americans’ emails and Facebook chats.