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Joe Heller

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  1. masterskrain

    masterskrain GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    It kind of makes you wonder just how soon after passage of the So-Called “Patriot Act” that this all started…or how long it was going on before…

  2. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 1 year ago

    @Ms. Ima

    I doubt if Russia has the infrastructure to be as thorough as the NSA can be.

  3. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 1 year ago

    @masterskrain

    Friday night’s Rachel Maddow Show had a very good segment on how, when and where this all began. Since she, like most intelligent Americans, considers this overbroad investigation to be an overreach, even Conservatives may find her story to be informative and valid.
    I try to avoid using liberal sources as they usually draw the same scathing opinions that the use of conservative sources draw from liberals. This first segment was good and even objective.
    ^
    http://www.nbcnews.com/id/26315908/ns/msnbc_tv-rachel_maddow_show/#52139801
    ^
    Respectfully,
    C.

  4. Glass Hole

    Glass Hole GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Nothing to be concerned about, Governments have been listening and watching for years.. It seems as though that everyone should be used to that by now..

  5. PepeLePew2010

    PepeLePew2010 said, over 1 year ago

    Glad I don’t live in the USA

  6. Rad-ish

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

    The Utah Data Center, also known as the Intelligence Community Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative Data Center, is a data storage facility for the United States Intelligence Community that is designed to store data on the scale of yottabytes (1 yottabyte = 1 trillion terabytes, or 1 quadrillion gigabytes). Its purpose — as the name implies — is to support the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI), though its precise mission is classified.
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    The data center is alleged to be able to capture “all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Internet searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital ‘pocket litter’.” According to the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, the federal government is legally prohibited from collecting, storing, analyzing, or disseminating the content of the communications of U.S. citizens, whether inside or outside of the United States, unless authorized by an individual warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
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    The project had been designed for foreign signals intelligence (SIGINT) collection but, Binney alleged, after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, controls that limited unintentional collection of data pertaining to U.S. citizens were removed, prompting concerns by him and others that the actions were illegal and unconstitutional. Binney alleged that the Bluffdale facility was designed to store a broad range of domestic communications for data mining without warrants.
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    During the Obama Administration, the NSA has officially continued operating under the new FISA guidelines. However, in April 2009, officials at the United States Department of Justice acknowledged that the NSA had engaged in “overcollection” of domestic communications in excess of the FISA court’s authority, but claimed that the acts were unintentional and had since been rectified.
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utah_Data_Center

  7. Glass Hole

    Glass Hole GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @PepeLePew2010

    PepeLePew2010 -
    Watchful eyes, and sharp ears are everywhere..

  8. Glass Hole

    Glass Hole GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @PepeLePew2010

    PepeLaPew2010 -
    Regardless of which country..

  9. edinbaltimore

    edinbaltimore GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    The predecessor to all this, Echelon, has been talked about for years. Conservatives love to talk “small government”, but continually give government more power, then are “outraged” when a Dem uses THEIR legislation in the name of “National Security”. I suppose those that voted for the Patriot Act expected a Repub to succeed Bush II?

  10. Ajax 4Hire

    Ajax 4Hire said, over 1 year ago

    I am now presumed guilty. With the amount of laws today, it is impossible to stay “legal”, therefore my government may surveil me.

    The US Constitution, 4th Amendment (1791)
    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated; and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized.

  11. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Just a wee small point as well: the information NSA has been gathering is the property of VERIZON, not the “individual”. Same for any other providers. There as some FCC rules, as well as what folks sign in those cell phone, internet, or Apple/Microsoft contracts, on computer use of their software, even Kindle content access belongs to Amazon, not the purchaser of their products. FISA authorized access (to Bush and Obama administrations) to content that belongs to corporations. (Gee, with “Citizens United”, those are “persons” too!)

  12. edinbaltimore

    edinbaltimore GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    And if the “provider class” really “provided”, we wouldn’t have socialist ideology. And I don’t consider the crumbs your so-called providers “provide” to be providing!

  13. churchillwasright

    churchillwasright said, over 1 year ago

    @dtroutma

    You are confusing two different cases. In the AP case, for example, the Justice Department merely asks for the records, without any court order. The phone provider isn’t obligated to do anything. But they cave immediately and provide the information. Since we signed off on their agreement, we (may) have no recourse.

    The other case is a manipulation of the law, which clearly state the DOJ must have “a specific target and a specific threat” before a Court Order is executed. The DOJ— read Eric Holder— manipulated the law to issue the warrant (egregious act #1) and the FISA Court just rubber stamped it (egregious act #2).

    But does any of this surprise me? No. I’ve been railing against— and warning people about— what they say on both landlines and cell phones for many, many years (In my world, it was nothing very egregious. Just people talking about getting high buying pot and so forth). Project Echelon, while primarily used since WWII through the 60s, for military intercepts, was expanded in the 90’s to intercept civilian communications. (errr, that would be during Clinton).You can tell them a million times, but they always say you’re paranoid. Maybe now they’ll listen. (Nah, we’re pretty much passed that phase, so it won’t matter.) HEY NSA SNOOPS, I DON’T HAVE ANY CONNECTIONS. CAN YOU GET ME ONE?

    Just because you think you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you. Live it. Learn it.

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