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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    It’s been going on for decades, it’s time to get real, people. And it goes both ways! I liked the fact that when we wanted really clear satellite photos, we bought them from the Russians, because the U.S. agencies wouldn’t make such images “public” even to other federal agencies. Then when Gorbachev made the point that THEIR satellites weren’t as sophisticated as OURS, but they COULD read license plate numbers of vehicles on parking lot in the U.S.!

    Isn’t it even a little odd, that what every President, for DECADES has been doing was just fine, but when Obama, or his administration, do the SAME THING, it’s suddenly “wrong”?? Also, why should HE release any secret information he has, when others have not, well, except some of our idiot Republicans conducting hearings in the House. There are some folks who need to be pulled OFF the “Intelligence Committees”, and have their clearances pulled!

  2. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Year 2000
    There is a report out today from the AP saying that it has been “known for years,” that there is a program which “copies Internet traffic as it enters and leaves the United States, then routes it to the NSA for analysis.”
    In fact, the American public has known that the NSA has extensive Internet-spying programs since 2000.
    That’s when “60 Minutes” reported: “If you made a phone call today or sent an e-mail to a friend, there’s a good chance what you said or wrote was captured and screened by the country’s largest intelligence agency.”
    The “60 Minutes” report exposed the existence of a program called Echelon, through which the governments of Canada, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand worked in coordination to spy on each other’s citizens on the Internet.
    If you read the transcript from that “60 Minutes” episode, Echelon sounds like a more invasive program than PRISM.

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    The NSA’s domestic spying program, known in official government documents as the “President’s Surveillance Program,” (“The Program”) was implemented by President George W. Bush shortly after the attacks on September 11, 2001. The US Government still considers the Program officially classified, but a tremendous amount of information has been exposed by various whistleblowers, admitted to by government officials during Congressional hearings and with public statements, and reported on in investigations by major newspaper across the country.
    In the weeks after 9/11, President Bush authorized the National Security Agency (NSA) to conduct a range of surveillance activities inside the United States, which had been barred by law and agency policy for decades. When the NSA’s spying program was first exposed by theNew York Times in 2005, President Bush admitted to a small aspect of the program—what the administration labeled the “Terrorist Surveillance Program”—in which the NSA monitored, without warrants, the communications of between 500-1000 people inside the US with suspected connections to Al Qaeda.
    But other aspects of the Program were aimed not just at targeted individuals, but perhaps millions of innocent Americans never suspected of a crime.
    The German Chancellor’s mobile phone has been on an NSA target list since 2002 and was code-named “GE Chancellor Merkel”, according to Der Spiegel. The paper also reports that President Obama assured Merkel that he did not know her phone was tapped.
    The monitoring operation was still in force even a few weeks before Obama’s visit to Berlin in June 2013.
    In the NSA’s Special Collection Service (SCS) document cited by the magazine, the agency said it had a"not legally registered spying branch" in the US embassy in Berlin. It also warned that its exposure would lead to “grave damage for the relations of the United States to another government”.
    Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa had asked for details about intentional NSA abuse of its authority following government officials’ acknowledgement in August that there had been “a couple” of willful violations in the past decade. It was previously reported that some of these cases involved snooping on partners or spouses, known internally as “LOVEINT,” for “Love Intelligence.”
    The letter sent to Grassley reveals that there have been at least 12 recorded cases of spies abusing their powers since 2003, with several of these cases involving LOVINT. In 2011, one NSA employee working at an overseas base spied on the calls of her foreign boyfriend and other foreigners she met socially because she wanted to find out if they were “shady characters.” In 2004, an NSA spy monitored the calls of a foreign number she found in her husband’s cellphone because she suspected he had been unfaithful. In 2003, an NSA employee was internally investigated after a woman with whom he had a sexual relationship reported him to the government because she suspected he was monitoring her calls. An investigation revealed that over a period of five years, the employee had unlawfully monitored nine phone numbers associated with female foreign nationals. In each of these three cases there was no prosecution or disciplinary action taken because the NSA staff involved in the abuses resigned.
    At least six other similar LOVEINT cased were recorded by the NSA.
    A column by New York Times public editor Byron Calame August 13 reveals that the newspaper withheld a story about the Bush administration’s program of illegal domestic spying until after the 2004 election, and then lied about it.
    On December 16, 2005, the Times reported that President Bush had authorized the National Security Agency (NSA) to monitor thousands of telephone conversations and e-mails in the US without court approval. At the time, the Times acknowledged that it had, at the urging of the Bush administration, withheld publication of the story, saying it held its exposé back “for a year.” This time frame suggested that the newspaper made the decision to withhold publication of the story after the 2004 presidential election.
    Tice claimed that he held NSA wiretap orders targeting numerous members of the U.S. government, including one for a young senator from Illinois named Barack Obama.
    “In the summer of 2004, one of the papers that I held in my hand was to wiretap a bunch of numbers associated with a forty-some-year-old senator from Illinois. You wouldn’t happen to know where that guy lives now would you? It’s a big White House in Washington D.C. That’s who the NSA went after. That’s the President of the United States now.”
    Tice added that he also saw orders to spy on Hillary Clinton, Senators John McCain and Diane Feinstein, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell, Gen. David Petraeus, and a current Supreme Court Justice.
    That sounds like a lot of abuse of the rules that govern NSA domestic spying. And that’s exactly what Tice is claiming.

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    President Bush took aim at the messenger Saturday, saying that a newspaper jeopardized national security by revealing that he authorized wiretaps on U.S. citizens after September 11.
    After The New York Times reported, and CNN confirmed, a claim that Bush gave the National Security Agency license to eavesdrop on Americans communicating with people overseas, the president said that his actions were permissible, but that leaking the revelation to the media was illegal.
    After hearing Bush’s response, Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wisconsin, said there was no law allowing the president’s actions and that “it’s a sad day.”
    “He’s trying to claim somehow that the authorization for the Afghanistan attack after 9/11 permitted this, and that’s just absurd,” Feingold said. “There’s not a single senator or member of Congress who thought we were authorizing wiretaps.”
    He added that the law clearly lays out how to obtain permission for wiretaps.
    “If he needs a wiretap, the authority is already there — the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act,” Feingold said. “They can ask for a warrant to do that, and even if there’s an emergency situation, they can go for 72 hours as long as they give notice at the end of 72 hours.”
    Bush, however, said he authorized the program on several occasions since the September 11 attacks and that he plans on doing it again.
    “I have re-authorized this program more than 30 times,” he said. “I intend to do so for as long as our nation faces a continuing threat from al Qaeda and related groups.”
    According to a statement released by Klein’s attorney, an NSA agent showed up at the San Francisco switching center in 2002 to interview a management-level technician for a special job. In January 2003, Klein observed a new room being built adjacent to the room housing AT&T’s #4ESS switching equipment, which is responsible for routing long distance and international calls.
    “I learned that the person whom the NSA interviewed for the secret job was the person working to install equipment in this room,” Klein wrote. “The regular technician work force was not allowed in the room.”
    Klein’s job eventually included connecting internet circuits to a splitting cabinet that led to the secret room. During the course of that work, he learned from a co-worker that similar cabinets were being installed in other cities, including Seattle, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego.
    “While doing my job, I learned that fiber optic cables from the secret room were tapping into the Worldnet (AT&T’s internet service) circuits by splitting off a portion of the light signal,” Klein wrote.
    The split circuits included traffic from peering links connecting to other internet backbone providers, meaning that AT&T was also diverting traffic routed from its network to or from other domestic and international providers, according to Klein’s statement.
    The secret room also included data-mining equipment called a Narus STA 6400, “known to be used particularly by government intelligence agencies because of its ability to sift through large amounts of data looking for preprogrammed targets,” according to Klein’s statement.
    Narus, whose website touts AT&T as a client, sells software to help internet service providers and telecoms monitor and manage their networks, look for intrusions, and wiretap phone calls as mandated by federal law.
    Klein said he came forward because he does not believe that the Bush administration is being truthful about the extent of its extrajudicial monitoring of Americans’ communications.
    The leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday said senators were informed of the administration’s sweeping surveillance practices, which they said have been going on since 2007.
    “If you’re on the intel committee, or if you’re in leadership, you might have been briefed. I’m pretty good about attending meetings; I don’t remember being briefed,” said Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.). He said he voted for the FISA reauthorization and the Patriot Act but did not intend to grant authority to collect millions of phone records at a time.
    “I never voted intentionally for any bill that would grant blanket [authority] to just monitor every phone call,” he said.

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    The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, The Washington Post reported Thursday.
    Most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by law and executive order. They range from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of U.S. emails and telephone calls, the Post said, citing an internal audit and other top-secret documents provided it earlier this summer from NSA leaker Edward Snowden, a former systems analyst with the agency.
    In one of the documents, agency personnel are instructed to remove details and substitute more generic language in reports to the Justice Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
    The Post cited a 2008 example of the interception of a “large number” of calls placed from Washington when a programming error confused U.S. area code 202 for 20, the international dialing code for Egypt, according to a “quality assurance” review that was not distributed to the NSA’s oversight staff.
    On July 24, 2008, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama addressed tens of thousands of Germans on the avenue that leads from the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. In a pointed reference to the outgoing administration of President George W. Bush, he promised a new era of “allies who will listen to each other, who will learn from each other, who will, above all, trust each other.”
    One German present among the hugely enthusiastic crowd said the occasion reminded him of Berlin’s famous “Love Parade.” No U.S. politician since John F. Kennedy had so captured Europeans’ imagination.
    Five years on, in the words of the song, it’s a case of “After the Love Has Gone.”

  3. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 1 year ago


    And of course the FBI was tapping the phones of a lot of people in the civil rights and peace movement. I was leading a demonstration in 1967 in Washington DC and I was being a little uncooperative with the police about the names of the people involved when a big guy in a trench coat came up to me and said, “Lonecat, I’m Captain So-and-So from Military Intelligence. Why don’t you just give this police officer the information he wants.” I had never seen Captain So-and-So before, but it was clear that he knew a lot about me. We actually got to know the FBI agent who was assigned to us, and we had coffee with him from time to time. But he wouldn’t tell us his name. I also found out later on that the FBI was picking up our trash to sort through it.

  4. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago


    I remember talking about Gary Powers with my friend Jeff, we were both ten. The prevailing attitude among the rednecks was that Powers was a tratior for not killing himself after capture.
    The Powers incident happened under Allen Dullas the head of the CIA, who also intalled the Shah in Iran, ran the Bay of Pigs operation, ran operation Paperclip and got Nazis into America, began Operation MK Ultra, overthrew the left wing president of Guatamala while Dullas was on the board for the United Fruit Company. I believe he was also the coordinator for the assassination of JFK. Probably the man who did the most evil in this country.

  5. pirate227

    pirate227 said, over 1 year ago


    And they named a big international airport after him right here in Va. Hmmm, reminds of another airport that was named after a scoundrel lately, right here in Va.

  6. MortyForTyrant

    MortyForTyrant said, over 1 year ago


    Without Paperclip you guys would be looking at a “Red Moon” today because Von Braun would have worked in a Russian Gulag… Yes, he had the title “Obersturmbandführer” in the SS. Yes, he used slave labor to build rockets for the Nazis. But he didn’t initiate either, both were forced upon him. This is why “de-nazification” went so fast for him and his men: they cared about rockets, not politics.

  7. MortyForTyrant

    MortyForTyrant said, over 1 year ago

    Security blanket? No more…

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